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Lower North Island

Meal time visitor, Kāpiti island © Kāpiti Island Tours LEFT: Walking, Mt Taranaki © Getty Images

DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU’VE SQUEEZED OUT EVERY LAST DROP OF THE LOWER NORTH ISLAND’S BEST BITS. UNCOVER NAPIER PRISON’S SECRETS With its barren cells, a hanging yard, solitary confinement and the ominous ‘Hole’, Napier Prison stands eerily unoccupied. Visitors can take self-guided audio tours through its empty chambers, listening to various stories of villains and victims, including the wrongly accused Kereopa Te Rau. Once known as ‘The Eye-Eater’ he has since been pardoned for a heinous murder. Nevertheless it was here Kereopa met the noose. Should you need a break from the morbidly fascinating, the informative (and thankfully light-hearted) staff will enthral. The young and young at heart are encouraged to have their mugshot taken and fingerprints done, while brave types can sign up for the night tour.

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DRINK WINE, BUT EXPECT THE UNEXPECTED Just five minutes from Hokio Beach, Celtic Winery is a small cellar door yet to be discovered by the masses. Fruit wines are made using traditional Celtic methods; matured naturally without chemicals or additives, but with a great deal of patience. From plum ports to feijoa wine and a green ginger wine said to work as a healing tonic (don’t question it just drink it), everything is certified organic. Book a tasting online via the winery’s website. TAKE ON MT TARANAKI For the fit and strong-willed, hiking up Mt Taranaki in the summer is a challenging but spectacular conquest. Stretches of pathway bearing such names as ‘The Puffer’

hint at the difficulty of this 8-10 hour return trip. Prepare yourself for laborious uphill walking, steep staircases and exposed scree. Perseverance will eventually lead to the summit and views reaching as far as the South Island. Winter hikes, when the mountain is laden with snow are not advised, unless you’re highly experienced. MEET THE RESIDENTS OF KĀPITI ISLAND Nowhere does it feel more like someone – or something – is watching you than on Kāpiti Island. Fortunately, as one of New Zealand’s oldest and most important bird sanctuaries, it’s likely to be a beady-eyed tomtit, or green-breasted wood pigeon eyeing you from a tree. Free from all introduced pests and predators,

these tame inhabitants might spy your arrival on the boat, or follow your guided tour. Just one hour’s drive from Wellington and five kilometres off the coast, Kāpiti Island is a wonderful experience for anyone wanting to experience New Zealand’s striking bird life. GET LOST IN AN EMPORIUM OF CURIOS Lovers of both beautiful design and browsing won’t be able to resist Brown & Co on Wellington’s Wakefield Street. Your one-stop shop for vintage finds and modern niceties, the curios range from coffee table books to candles and delicious smelling toothpastes imported from Florence. Music crackles on the record player and price tags are all handwritten. Magical.


Lower North Island Whanganui River © Ocean Belcher/Tourism NZ BELOW: Hawke’s Bay grapes © Hawke’s Bay Tourism

A Welcome to the LOWER NORTH ISLAND ISBN > 978-1-98-852339-2 © The New Zealand Automobile Association Incorporated 2019. All rights reserved.

From Taranaki and Hawke’s Bay, down to our cool little capital, Wellington, this guide provides vital information on activities and attractions, as well as a raft of accommodation options to suit your style and your pocket.

AA and the AA logo and the Tourism pictogram are registered trademarks and the colour combination YELLOW & BLACK are trademarks of The New Zealand Automobile Association Incorporated. While every care has been taken in the compilation of this guide, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for inaccuracies or changes since going to press, or for consequential loss arising from such changes or other inaccuracies, or any other loss direct or consequential arising in connection with information provided in the publication. There is no requirement for advertisers in this guide to provide discounts for AA Members; some individual advertisers offer concessions and details of these are indicated in their listings.

Check out the things to see and do within the townships shown below, view the maps and get ready to experience the very best the Lower North Island has to offer.

All content in advertisements was provided by advertisers. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced (except brief passages for the purpose of review), stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the publishers. Published in September 2019 by AA Tourism Publishing, Level 1, Building 2, 61 Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay, North Shore 0632. PO Box 101 001, North Shore 0745. T. +64 9 966 8720 F. +64 9 966 8721 E. tourism.inquiries@aa.co.nz W. www.aatraveller.co.nz Advertising Enquiries: T. +64 9 966 8720 E. tourism.sales@aa.co.nz COVER IMAGE: View over Wellington at dusk © Getty Images

go-to destination for nature lovers and adventure seekers, the Lower North Island is also loved by visitors who appreciate worldrenowned wine, an innovative culinary scene, and a vibrant arts and cultural environment.

CONTENTS 4 VISITOR INFORMATION 7 LOWER NORTH ISLAND REGIONAL MAP 8 HAWKE’S BAY 13 Napier 15 Havelock North 16 TARANAKI 18 NORTH TARANAKI 18 Urenui 19 NEW PLYMOUTH 23 Inglewood

24 CENTRAL TARANAKI 24 Stratford 26 SOUTH TARANAKI 26 Hāwera 29 WHANGANUI 30 HOROWHENUA, KĀPITI COAST & WELLINGTON 32 Ōtaki 32 Waikanae 33 Paraparaumu

34 WELLINGTON CITY 41 HUTT VALLEY 42 WAIRARAPA 43 Carterton 46 TARARUA & MANAWATŪ 46 Dannevirke 47 Pahiatua 47 Feilding 48 RANGITĪKEI 48 Taihape

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VISITOR INFO

AA CENTRES

Useful information and valuable tips to help you on your travels around New Zealand. BANKING / TRAVELLERS’ CHEQUES Banks open Monday-Friday (except public holidays), 9.30am-4.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays in some shopping malls. Automatic Teller Machines operate on a card/PIN number system. Use of EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale) is common. IMPORTANT NUMBERS Emergency services FREE CALL.................................................. 111

Local operator.......................................... 010 International operator.........................0170 NZ directory assistance......................... 018 International directory assistance....0172 National direct dialling full area code (with the 0 prefix) and local number. International direct dialling 00 followed by country code, area code & local number.

• All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. International credit cards can be used, provided they have a four-digit pin number encoded.

NAPIER 33 Carlyle St Ph: +64 6 834 2590 NEW PLYMOUTH 49-55 Powderham St Ph: +64 6 968 7840 HĀWERA 121-123 Princes St Ph: +64 6 278 5095 WHANGANUI 202 Victoria Ave Ph: +64 6 348 9160 LOWER HUTT 29 Waterloo Rd Ph: +64 4 917 1860

• Accommodation providers’ arrival and departure times (check-in and check-out) are generally from 2pm on the day of arrival and by 10am on the day of departure. Other arrival and departure times must be by arrangement. • Goods and services are taxed at 15%. This tax is usually included in the advertised price.

SAFETY FIRST

• It pays to have travel insurance when visiting New Zealand.

• Please don’t swim alone and take particular care at surf beaches. Rips are strong currents of water running out to sea; they are very dangerous for swimmers, but are difficult to identify. If the beach is patrolled by lifeguards, always swim between the red and yellow flags as they identify the safest area to swim.

• Always lock your car and never leave valuables in vehicles. • Keep your valuables, such as your passport, stored securely at your accommodation. • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash.

PARAPARAUMU Kapiti Lights, Amohia St Ph: +64 4 296 1063 PORIRUA 13 Cobham Court Ph: +64 4 237 5709 WELLINGTON 342-352 Lambton Quay Ph: +64 4 931 9999 FEILDING 96 Fergusson St Ph: +64 6 323 8664 PALMERSTON NORTH 227 Broadway Ave Ph: +64 6 357 7039

HASTINGS Cnr Russell & Heretaunga St East www.visithastings.co.nz HAVELOCK NORTH Cnr Te Aute & Middle Rds www.visithastings.co.nz NAPIER 100 Marine Pde www.napiernz.com NEW PLYMOUTH 65 St Aubyn St www.visitnewplymouth.nz SOUTH TARANAKI 55 High St, Hawera www.southtaranaki.com STRATFORD Prospero Pl • www.stratford.govt.nz WHANGANUI 31 Taupo Quay www.discoverwhanganui.nz

FOXTON 22 Harbour St • www.teawahou.com KĀPITI Main Rd, Coastlands, Paraparaumu www.kapiticoast.govt.nz LEVIN 10 Bath St • www.tetakere.org.nz MASTERTON Cnr Dixon & Bruce Sts www.wairarapanz.com MARTINBOROUGH The Square • www.wairarapanz.com WELLINGTON 111 Wakefield St • www.wellingtonnz.com UPPER HUTT 836 Fergusson Dr www.visit.upperhuttcity.com PALMERSTON NORTH The Square • www.manawatunz.co.nz TARARUA 45 Vogel St, Woodville • www.tararua.com

Weather Watch

• Carry a mobile phone at all times. • Don’t leave your bags unattended in public places.

Look for the mark of Quality Qualmark is New Zealand Tourism’s official mark of quality. When a business displays a Qualmark rating, you can be sure that the business has been independently assessed and has met strict quality standards. The Sustainable Tourism Business Awards (Gold, Silver or Bronze) also gives a guide to travellers to recognise the business’s performance against the Sustainable Tourism Business criterion.

It’s important to know what’s happening with the weather. New Zealand’s weather is changeable and unpredictable; parts of the country are susceptible to cyclones, other parts to strong winds and heavy rain. Sudden drops in temperature can take you from hot days to cold nights, especially in spring and autumn, so be prepared. Carry extra clothing, rain gear, sun hats and sun block.

Temperatures

Go to www.aatraveller.co.nz to book accommodation and for travel ideas, itineraries, online maps and time and distance calculator. 4

MASTERTON 221 Queen St Ph: +64 6 377 4920

i-SITE VISITOR CENTRES

Did You Know? • It is not obligatory to tip in New Zealand, including in restaurants and bars. However, if you wish to tip for good service, this is always welcome.

HASTINGS 521 Heretaunga St West Ph: +64 6 878 4101

Be conscious that New Zealand’s UV is very strong. Always protect your skin from the sun. New Zealand’s official weather forecaster is MetService, available online, where you’ll find up-to-date information on localised areas, as well as specifically for marine and surf, mountains and parks. Local and national radio stations also regularly update weather predictions. Tune in on the car radio. Average summer

Average winter

Hawke’s Bay

23.9oC

14.7oC

Taranaki

21.2oC

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Paihia

Bland Bay

Ferry

Whangaruru Oakura Oakura Bay

Kawakawa

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Omapere

Russell

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Moerewa

Kaikohe

Hokianga Harbour

Cape

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Lake Omapere

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Bay of

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Whananaki

Whakapara

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Hikurangi

Trounson Kauri Park Kaihu

Ngunguru

Kamo

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Maungatapere

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Mayor Island (Tuhua)

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Glen Murray

Port Waikato

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Waimarama

MAP REFERENCE AA Centre Motorway

Sealed

Unsealed

SH 1-9 SH 10-99 Railway/Rail Tunnel State Highway Shield

Castlepoint

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Featherston

Ocean Beach

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Carterton

Upper Hutt

Riversdale Beach

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Herbertville

Eketahuna Alfredton

Masterton

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Waikanae Paraparaumu

Portland Island

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Levin

Golden Bay / Mohua

Pohara Takaka

Feilding

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Foxton Shannon

Collingwood 60

Norsewood

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Mahia

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Pukehou

50

Waipawa

Palmerston North

Manawatu River

Pakawau

Mahia Beach

Napier

Hastings

Utiku

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Tangimoana

Nuhaka

Mohaka

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Bulls 3

Wainui Beach

Wairoa

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Inglewood

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Cape Palliser

Pahiatua

Masterton

Gladstone

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Flat Point

Castlepoint

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Herbertville

Cape Turnagain

Wimbledon

Wanstead

Waipawa Waipukurau

Tararua

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Flaxmere

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Hawkes Bay Wine Trails

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Hawke Bay

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SOUTH PACIFIC OCEAN

Wairoa

Te Araroa Trail

NZ Cycle Trail

The Classic NZ Wine Trail

Forgotten World Highway

Manawatu Scenic Route

Regional Boundary Lines

Havelock North

Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony

Cape Kidnappers

Napier Art Deco Festival

Awatoto

NAPIER

Hawke’s Bay

2

Waikaremoana

TE UREWERA

NATIONAL PARK WHIRINAKI TE PUA-A-TANE CONSERVATION PARK Lake

HASTINGS

Kuripapango

Castlepoint Scenic Reserve

Pongaroa

Dannevirke

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Riversdale Beach

5

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Skydive over Taupo

TAUPO

Tinui Whakataki

Alfredton

Wairarapa

Greytown

2

Woodville

2

Mangatainoka

Pukaha Mount Bruce National Wildlife Centre

Mount Bruce

3

Ashhurst

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Eketahuna

57

Kahutara Martinborough

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Mangaweka

Taihape

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Shannon

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Raumati Beach

FOREST PARK

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Otaki

Waikanae

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Raumati South Paekakariki Pukerua Bay 1 AKATARAWA

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Bulls Ohakea

Foxton

Levin

Waiterere Beach

Kapiti Island Nature Reserve

Horowhenua/ Kapiti Coast/ Wellington

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Foxton Beach

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Whanganui

Patea

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Bridge to Nowhere

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WHANGANUI NATIONAL PARK

Forgotten World Highway

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Golf

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International Airport

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i-SITE Visitor Centre

Must-Do’s

State Highway Shield

Railway

Major Roads

SH 10-99

SH 1-9

Motorway

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Unsealed

MAP REFERENCE AA Centre

Wainui

30km

State Highway 35 / Pacific Coast Highway

GISBORNE

LOWER NORTH ISLAND: REGIONAL MAP

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Hawera

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Stratford

The Goblin Forest

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Mt Taranaki (Mt Egmont)

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Waitara

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Bell Block

Len Lye Centre

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North Taranaki Bight

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Awakino

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isitors fall hard for the fresh ocean air, rich harvest and handsome architecture of Hawke’s Bay. As one of New Zealand’s leading food and wine regions, fertile soils lend themselves to chardonnays and syrahs, as well as freshly squeezed fruit juice. With long summers and winters that rarely drop below 10 degrees, trying to resist this miniMediterranean is futile. Dryer and flatter than many areas of the North Island, an east coast beauty like Hawke’s Bay doesn’t need lush greenery and towering snow-capped

mountains to beguile. In Napier, art deco buildings are bathed in pastel hues and the promenade oozes with seaside joviality. Alfresco tables spill onto the streets, silently inviting passers-by to join them, and the shops are always dressed to impress. Hastings is a town that leaves taste buds in a tizz with its restaurants, breweries and vineyards. The local markets boast a bounty of goods and orchards burst with seasonal plums and berries. After gorging relentlessly, over indulgence can be offset with cycling. Scribbled with a 200km

network of scenic trails, the Bay’s routes are smooth, flat and peppered with pubs and vineyards. Drink up the ocean views and then full-bodied reds. Come summer, thousands of gannets flock to the cliffs at Cape Kidnappers to dine on a menu of seafood. The world-acclaimed Cape Kidnappers Golf Course teeters on a lofty ridge and enjoys the world’s most dramatic spot to tee off, and Te Mata Peak beckons in the distance, with huge Redwood trees nestled beneath. It’s impossible to ignore the magnetism of this region, and nor will you want to.

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Te Awa is renowned for producing boutique, high-quality wines as well as offering a beautiful restaurant available for lunch and event bookings. Featuring a cosy interior and roaring fire over autumn and winter, and fresh air coupled with lush green landscapes during spring and summer, Te Awa Restaurant & Cellar Door is a place where wine and food can be sought, savoured and remembered.

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• 2375 State Highway 50, Roy’s Hill, Hastings, Hawke’s Bay RD 5 • Ph: +64 6 879 7602 1 • www.teawacollection.com

Brookfields • 378 Brookfields Road, Meeanee, Napier, Hawke’s Bay 4112 • Ph: +64 6 834 4615 • www.brookfieldsvineyards.co.nz

Founded in 1937, 2 Brookfields Vineyards is the oldest boutique winery in Hawke’s Bay. Brookfields Vineyards makes Sauvignon Blanc, Pinot Gris, Chardonnay, Merlot, Syrah and Cabernet Sauvignon. Visit Brookfields and enjoy an intimate tasting in the Barrel Room. Brookfields Vineyards also hosts weddings and corporate functions. PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP

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Under the spectacular escarpment of Te Mata Peak, the iconic Craggy Range Winery presents a second-to-none visitor experience. Boutique, self-contained accommodation in the heart of Hawke’s Bay wine country includes two or fourbedroom luxury lodges offering private retreats overlooking the Tukituki River, and one and two-bedroom boutique cottages set amongst the vines. A short stroll away, you’ll find the Cellar Door offering relaxed and intimate seated tastings, while the award-winning restaurant serves the best local and seasonal produce in elegant surroundings highlighting the breathtaking local landscape.

Craggy Range Vineyards • 253 Waimarama Road, Havelock North, Hawke’s Bay 4130 • Ph: +64 6 873 7126 • Email: info@craggyrange.com • www.craggyrange.com Twitter: @craggyrange | Facebook: @CraggyRangeWinery | Instagram: @craggyrange

Askerne is a boutique family owned winery specialising in aromatic white wines and dessert wines. We offer you the opportunity to select your own picnic from our wide range of gourmet foods. Match your picnic with a glass of stunning Askerne fine wine in our idyllic vineyard setting.

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Askerne Estate Winery • 267 Te Mata Mangateretere Road, Havelock North, Hastings, Hawke’s Bay 4157 • Ph: +64 6 877 2089 6 • www.askernewines.co.nz

Black Barn Vineyards Black Barn is the perfect visitor destination to spend an hour or two, a night or two or even a week or two. You can taste our wines, dine in the Bistro, shop local in our Kitchen store, explore the Growers’ Market, enjoy a concert in the renowned Amphitheatre or all of the above by staying in one of our sixteen luxury retreats. black barn road, havelock north, hawke’s bay P: +64 6 877 7985 E: blackbarn@blackbarn.com www.blackbarn.com

7 • 2016 Maraekakaho Rd, RD 1, Hastings • Ph: +64 6 879 4830 • www.sileni.co.nz Sileni is based in the sub-region of the Bridge Pa Triangle in sunny Hawke’s Bay. We are proud to be able to create wines that showcase the region’s stunning Terroir. Come visit our Cellar Door team for a tasting then enjoy a glass of wine in our vineyard.

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Hawke’s Bay WITH A CLIMATE SIMILAR TO BORDEAUX, MARIST MISSIONARIES FROM FRANCE PROBABLY KNEW THEY WERE ON TO A WINNER WHEN THEY PLANTED THE REGION’S FIRST VINES HERE IN 1851. BUT THEY PROBABLY HAD LESS IDEA THAT THEIR AIMS OF PRODUCING SACRAMENTAL AND TABLE WINES WOULD CREATE A BARREL LOAD OF MOMENTUM. SEVERAL LANDOWNERS FOLLOWED THE MARISTS’ LEAD AND BY THE EARLY 1900S, HAWKE’S BAY WAS THE COUNTRY’S LEADING WINE REGION. Church Road Winery BELOW: Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market BOTH © Hawke’s Bay Tourism

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Beautiful old buildings are a real feature of the town centre, as many were designed in Spanish mission and art deco styles when Hastings was rebuilt after the destructive 1931 earthquake. It’s not all about history. There is an energetic, contemporary feel to Hastings, thanks to a vibrant retail centre and street art, including sculptures by local artists, that add another dimension to the streetscape worth capturing on film. Hastings also caters well to family

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visitors, all of whom should make a beeline for Splash Planet, a water theme park with pools, slides, bumper cars and mini-golf. Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo, home to an impressive array of friendly animals, also has real appeal, especially for young children. Grown-ups get a turn, too, with golf, white-water rafting and horse riding all easily accessible from Hastings. When it’s time to consider refuelling, Hawke’s Bay pulls out all stops. From awardwinning restaurants to cafés and cellar-door kitchens, they’re famous for serving locally produced, fresh-as food.

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• Chocolate Factory & Shop • Café • Gift and Pantry Shops • History of Chocolate Museum • Situated halfway between Napier and Hastings • Open 7 days 1131 Links Rd, Napier Ph: 06 845 0908 www.silkyoakchocs.co.nz Email: info@silkyoakchocs.co.nz

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Foodie’s delight The Hawke’s Bay Farmers’ Market is an excellent place to sample the region’s premier produce. It’s no wonder the crowds pack into the Hawke’s Bay Showgrounds in Kenilworth Road, Hastings, every Sunday for fresh coffee, locally grown produce, flowers, meat, pickles, olive oil and much more. But if you can’t make it, don’t despair as fresh produce can be bought throughout the city. Hastings is also an ideal base for exploring the wineries – taking a tour is a good idea. PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP


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the National Aquarium of New Zealand, which is particularly popular with children for its adorable Little Penguins (also known as little blue penguins). There are also open-air hot pools, basketball, splash pad and mini-golf. Bay Skate is a world-class roller sports park for skateboarding, roller derby and BMX. Take a selfie at the Pania of the Reef statue in

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Marine Parade Gardens. Visit the MTG Hawke’s Bay Museum Theatre which also has exhibitions of contemporary art and craft. Trek to one of the waterfalls at Lake Tūtira, or drive out to Ball’s Clearing Scenic Reserve to admire the ancient trees, or journey to Bluff Hill for commanding views.

National Aquarium of New Zealand

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o trip to Napier would be complete without sampling the local wines. There’s a huge range of renowned local wineries to visit and alternative ways to get there. One of the best options is to cycle or take a guided tour. Download a handy wine trail map at www.hawkesbaywine. co.nz which details the region’s 72 wineries, some with top-class restaurants, and has tips on tasting etiquette.

Wealth of Art Deco

LOCAL BUZZ “You can’t beat a long leisurely lunch with good friends and good wine under the vines in the sunken courtyard of Black Barn Vineyards.” Kim Thorp – Co-owner Black Barn Vineyards, Havelock North

Art deco buildings, Napier © Getty Images INSET: Trinity Hill Homage Syrah © Hawke’s Bay Tourism

The Art Deco Trust has been showing visitors around the sights of beautiful Napier for more than 30 years. The city’s rebuild in the 1930s gave local architect Louis Hay, a fan of the great American architect Frank Lloyd Wright, a chance to shine and also incorporate Māori motifs into his unique New Zealand designs. Don’t miss the iconic T & G building with its copper dome and clock. Take a guided walk, or a vintage car, bus or bike tour and learn all about Napier’s history from wonderful storytellers. To get the whole package, put 19-23 February 2020 in your diary, and come for the hugely popular annual Art Deco Festival. There’s jazz, classic cars and aircraft, zoot suits and other 1920s and 1930s influenced attractions. Nearly 60 events add to the occasion and include a naval parade, Bathing Belle competition, Gatsby Picnic and the Great Depression Dinner. There’s also a Winter Art Deco weekend held every July.

BAY VIEW HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS • BBQ area, wireless internet. Bar/Bistro and Café open 7 days a week. • Surfcasting beach 900m, airport 4km. • Tariff: Non-powered Sites $15pp Powered Sites $18pp Motels $110-$120 per night Tourist Cabins FAMOUS $75 per night SUNDAY NIGH T Backpackers $35pp PIG ON SPIT • Weekly rates available. • Peak rates may apply.

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Hawke’s Bay Cape Kidnappers from the golf course

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BELOW: Craggy Range Winery

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ocated at the southern end of Hawke’s Bay, this craggy peninsula combines beautiful coastline, windswept cliffs and offshore reefs. Its biggest drawcard is the Cape Kidnappers Gannet Reserve. Plateau Colony is the largest and most accessible mainland colony in the world. You will see thousands of birds at the reserve’s four colonies. Best viewing is from September to April before the gannets migrate to warmer climates. It’s half an hour’s drive from Napier and Hastings, or you can walk 10km along the coast from Clifton but you must check tide times first. Please be aware the beach walk can be prone to landslides and the best

idea is to book a tour. Take a tour of the Cape Kidnappers and Ocean Beach Wildlife Preserve, a 2500ha sanctuary with a predator-proof fence. It provides a home for seals and penguins, and breeding programmes for the likes of the North Island brown kiwi. On the way to Cape Kidnappers you’ll find Te Awanga a distraction; there are several enticing wineries worth a visit including Elephant Hill and Clearview Estate Winery. If you get to play at the spectacular golf course at Cape Kidnappers, you’ll be struck by the stunning views of Te Awanga, Napier and the Mahia Peninsula. The course is in the top 50 in the world.

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avelock North is at the heart of the Hawke’s Bay wine country and is surrounded by many of New Zealand’s best vineyards. Craggy Range, Te Mata Estate and Black Barn are just some of the vineyards which have cellar doors open for tastings. The growers’ market, held at Black Barn Vineyard every Saturday morning in summer, is set in intimate surroundings, while the winery contains an open-air amphitheatre with a cinema.

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DISCOVER, TASTE, INDULGE! FREE Entry & Honey Tasting • Open 7 days 9am-5pm (0800) ARATAKI (272 825) Group tours available by appointment

Learn all about the importance of bees and sample delicious local honey at the Arataki Honey Visitor Centre. Immerse yourself in Māori culture on a Waimārama Tour at Hakikino. Birdwoods Gallery has a charming old-fashioned sweet shop and is worth a visit. For a perfect panoramic photo opportunity, drive to the top of 400m high Te Mata Peak, ‘the sleeping giant’ and find its story and its relevance to Māori.

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Tremendous Taranaki SUBLIME SCENERY

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NUZZLING INTO NEW ZEALAND’S WEST COAST, TARANAKI’S REMOTENESS LENDS ITSELF TO MOMENTS OF BEAUTIFUL SECLUSION. For a long time, arriving here was commonly regarded as the result of a wrong turn. Then, in 2017, Lonely Planet spectacularly lifted the lid and exposed ‘The Naki’ as the destination it really is: one of New Zealand’s very finest. Mt Taranaki, also known as Mt Egmont, quite clearly popped out of Mother Nature’s ‘flawless mountain’ mould, such is its aesthetic perfection; always sitting spectacularly, and somewhat reassuringly, on the horizon. While climbing its

peak is the forte of hardened hikers, the Pouakai Circuit follows a 2-3 day route around the mountain’s base. Those starved of time should try the one-day Pouakai Crossing traversing low slopes and moss swamps, or the 13km New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. For views of Mt Taranaki from afar, climbing the 215 steps up Hāwera’s water tower will provide some of the best. Highway 45, dubbed Surf Highway 45, traces the wild coastline between New

Plymouth and Hāwera, with legendary surf breaks the entire way. World-class swells at both the Kumera Patch and Stent Road are lapped by black-sand beaches, whipped by the Tasman Sea and littered with driftwood. From jaw-dropping scenery to a surprising art scene, New Plymouth is home to the WOMAD international arts festival, while sculptures such as the Wind Wand define the region. Designed by New Zealand artist Len Lye, the

visionary also has his pieces on show at the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre, which, like most contemporary art spaces, will both bewitch and bemuse. From untamed landscapes to liberated creativity, whatever your reason for visiting Taranaki, this is one ‘wrong turn’ you’ll want to make time and time again.

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North Taranaki Roots run deep

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Mōkau Beach, North Taranaki © Getty Images

The region is well known for its flavoursome whitebait. Take a walk along the Awakino River and pop into Awakino Hotel en route. Their whitebait fritters enjoy rave reviews.

U  RENUI after Tuurenui, son of the chief Manaia •

32km NE of New Plymouth

• Quiet coastal town • Close to beach • 1min to café, shops, pub, takeaways • 2 studio units, sleeps 3. 1 family unit, sleeps 4 • Sky TV, parking • Tariff: $120-$150, extra person $10 6 Nikorima St, Urenui • Phone: +64 6 752 3771 • Email: ubmotel@gmail.com

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Picturesque family camp 11.5km north of Waitara, 30min drive from New Plymouth and situated on both sides of the bush‑surrounded estuary of the Onaero River. Fishing and whitebaiting in season. 5min to Urenui boat ramp and golf course. 1147 Main North Rd, SH 3, Onaero Ph: +64 6 752 3643 Email: onaerobay@xtra.co.nz www.onaerobay.co.nz

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orth Taranaki is an enticing mix of beaches, golf courses, art and crafts, gardens, walks, and sites of historical significance from Māori and European settlement. The coastal retreat of Awakino is the perfect place to relax with beautiful west coast beaches on tap. The mouth of the Awakino River provides some excellent breaks for surfers and the river itself is prized by anglers. Go hunting, tramping, eat some whitebait and head to the local pub to share tales from your day. Whitebaiting and fishing are popular in Mōkau and many visitors arrive to either kayak or cruise the Mōkau River. The bush along the riverbank retains much of its original splendour.

Just north of Urenui is the Whitecliffs Walkway. It follows the route of the Kapuni to Auckland gas pipeline for 14km from Pukearuhe to Tongaporutu. See the dramatic white cliffs, the Three Sisters rock formations, the historic Te Horo stock tunnel and Parininihi Marine Reserve. Check the tides if you’re planning a beach walk. The walkway is closed during lambing season from 1 July to 30 September. Waitara is the site of an original Māori settlement. Look out for the Manukorihi Pa and the magnificent carved meeting house completed in 1936. The many points of interest include the Te Roimata O Te Atiawa stone commemorating the iwi chief at the time of the first Taranaki War in 1860.

Friendly family camp with clean and modern amenities. Located off State Highway 3, 2km north of Urenui township, 30km from New Plymouth.

Your Hosts: Ian, Teresa, Liam & Aidan Hayston

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LOCAL BUZZ “The New Plymouth Board Riders Club features live music every Friday night. You can eat fish and chips with a cold beer on their deck while watching the sun go down. Magic.” Hadyn Jones – New Zealand TV presenter

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Social Kitchen, New Plymouth © Venture Taranaki

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ew Plymouth is an eclectic mix of diverse ethnic cultures, contemporary style and hospitality.

It’s fast becoming a lifestyle destination for big-city escapees who appreciate its creative energy. There’s a huge selection of things to do from waterfront walks, arts trails, surfing, tramping and cycling. The city has world-class art galleries and a growing entertainment scene.

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Taranaki THIS REGION IS RENOWNED FOR ITS GARDENS WITH THE ANNUAL POWERCO TARANAKI GARDEN SPECTACULAR SHOWCASING 40 OF THE BEST.

Gorgeous Parks & Gardens PUKEITI is well known and well regarded for its rhododendrons; in fact it boasts one of the world’s most diverse collections. But the lush public garden features much more, with innovative landscaping best described as stunning. And recently opened: the Rainforest Centre and Lodge with a café, multi-media interpretation area, function rooms and covered areas that house a massive display of vireya rhododendrons. TUPARE, established in 1932, overlooks the Waiwhakaiho River in New Plymouth. The beautifully restored garden and home is surrounded by magnificent redwoods, rhododendrons, azaleas and hydrangeas; winding paths lead visitors to intimate, secretive spaces and lovely framed views of the house and garden.

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ukekura Park is the jewel in the crown of New Plymouth’s urban spaces, and is the venue for many events including the annual TSB Festival of Lights in summer.

Spring at Tupare Garden, New Plymouth © Rob Tucker

HOLLARD GARDENS is densely planted with beautiful plants, with an emphasis on well-established rhododendrons and camellias. Visitors can discover the garden through meandering paths, open lawns, the children’s area and a food growing area. Check out Pukeiti, Hollard and Tupare garden events at www.trc.govt.nz\gardens TE KAINGA MARIRE, Māori for the peaceful encampment, is a cleverly designed inner-city garden developed around a homestead incorporating the remains of a coastal swamp forest and pā site. The garden spills into a river reserve and Te Henui Walkway leading to the city and the sea. Book a guided tour with afternoon tea made from garden produce.

One of Taranaki’s Gardens of National Significance, the well-loved park is a 49ha haven of native bush with a glorious lake and is adjacent to Brooklands Park with its natural amphitheatre music bowl and zoo. The cricket ground doubled as the parade ground where Japanese troops were trained in the 2003 film The Last Samurai. The New Plymouth district is blessed with recreational areas: 100 parks and reserves, 13 beaches and 60km of walkways.

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• 3-4min to CBD & 1min to shops, cafés in Fitzroy • Sky Guest Select, 50+ channels • Free bikes to use • Tariff: $160-$250 (2 persons), extra $20 – peak & corporate rates

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uke Ariki is the world’s first purpose-built, fully integrated museum, library and visitor information centre. Puke Ariki means Hill of Chiefs, and stands on what was once a great pa site. A striking landmark in the heart of the city, the museum is a place where the community meets and is of great significance for Taranaki. Since opening in 2003, Puke Ariki has won multiple awards for its design, delivery, technology, innovation and architecture. It tells the stories of Taranaki’s past and present and looks to the future as the region’s population grows. There’s a natural sciences collection and taonga (or treasures) precious to the local people. There are a number of changing exhibitions throughout the year, as well as displays, collections and interactive technology on permanent display.

THIS IS A BRILLIANT PLACE TO WANDER AROUND AND GET A FEEL FOR HISTORY AND

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he Govett-Brewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre is New Zealand’s top venue for contemporary art and has three major exhibitions a year. The curved, mirrored walls of the adjacent Len Lye Centre draw visitors in to see the work by the famous filmmaker and kinetic artist. Take a guided tour of the gallery to discover its many stories. The West End Precinct centred around the GovettBrewster Art Gallery/Len Lye Centre and the former White Hart Hotel is home to more than a dozen interesting eateries, fashion and design outlets and is a buzzing place to hang out.

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Taranaki If you do like to be beside the seaside, head to the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway. This award-winning 12.7km walk stretches almost the entire length of New Plymouth and provides an upclose Tasman Sea experience along an attractive paved

promenade. You can walk, jog, cycle or skate as you take in the sights and there’s a lot more to see besides the surf. View the mighty Mt Taranaki through the eye-catching Te Rewa Rewa Bridge, the winner of many international design awards. Look out for

stone carvings and other public artworks along the foreshore, while Len Lye’s elegant landmark 45m-tall Wind Wand, at the Puke Ariki Landing in the central city, is endlessly fascinating as it bends and bows in the fickle sea breezes.

Len Lye’s Wind Wand on the New Plymouth foreshore © Rob Tucker/Venture Taranaki INSET: Te Rewa Rewa Bridge © Venture Taranaki

Inviting Inglewood

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• 16 spacious self-contained double/twin studio & family units. • Walk to CBD, Pukekura Park, Bowl of Brooklands, Stadium. • Breakfast/room service. Serviced daily. Ample parking. • Wireless broadband • Major credit cards accepted, except for American Express. • Tariff: Single $92, Double $105, Family $170 (4). 61 Carrington St, New Plymouth • P: +64 6 757 9431 • Res: 0800 77 94 31 www.carringtonmotel.co.nz • E: stay@carringtonmotel.co.nz

nglewood sits just below the forested fringe of Egmont National Park and is a good place to stock up before heading out on the many walking tracks. Children – and adults – will be enthralled by Fun Ho! National Toy Museum which produces classic, handmade, aluminium sand cast toys. Watch toymaker

Richard Jordan at work at the foundry furnace. You will find a cottage garden, scenic reserves, Californian redwood trees, golf club, high ropes adventure centre and wildlife park where you can enjoy lots of animal cuddles here. Venture to picturesque Lake Mangamahoe for walking and mountain biking with great views.

INGLEWOOD English place name • 18km SE of New Plymouth on SH 3

Opening hours: 10am-4pm weekdays, 10am-2pm weekends & public holidays. Over 3000 toys on display – iconic Kiwiana. Plus slot cars, sand pit, theatrette & dioramas. Operating toymaking foundry on site. Toy models, collectables & spare parts for sale. Also on site: Fritz Reuter Gallery & Inglewood Heritage Centre. FUN HO! NATIONAL TOY MUSEUM

25 Rata St, Inglewood Ph: +64 6 756 7030 Email: funhotoys@funho.com www.funhotoys.co.nz

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Central Taranaki CENTRAL TARANAKI OFFERS MUCH IN THE WAY OF NATURAL ADVENTURES, INCLUDING MOUNTAIN WALKS IN THE BREATHTAKING EGMONT NATIONAL PARK, LUSCIOUS GARDENS INCLUDING THE 5-STAR HOLLARD GARDENS AND STUNNINGLY SCENIC LAKES SUCH AS ROTOKARE AND ROTORANGI.

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eading west from the area’s main town of Stratford will take you to the Stratford Plateau, the highest of the three roads into Egmont National Park, and the gateway to numerous walks and the Manganui ski field. Halfway between Stratford and New Plymouth, Mt Damper Falls plunge 74m into a basin of smooth slated rocks. Access is via a short 20-minute walk off the main road cutting through one kilometre of farmland. For more sensory escapes into nature, The Hidden Valley

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Walk is reached by hugging the windy roads between Stratford and Putangi. The path leads through redwood trees resonating with echoing birdsong, and hundreds of twinkling glowworms if you explore after dusk.

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ith a creaky single lane mountain tunnel and concertinaed landscapes, the Forgotten World Highway is highly intriguing. Only intrepid types embark on this 155 kilometre journey between Stratford and Taumarunui, which is so remote that petrol stations cease to exist.

Look out for The Republic of Whangamomona township which sought autonomy in 1989. It has since elected various nonhuman Presidents to govern, including a goat, poodle and turtle. Even in 2019’s election, John Herlihy (a human) was up against a teddy bear. The hilarity doesn’t stop there. Visitors can also get their passport stamped – at the local pub no less.

STRATFORD after Shakespeare’s birthplace in Warwickshire, England • 40km S of New Plymouth on SH 3

The Te Popo Gardens are also worth a visit. Covering over 13ha of woodland and river gorges, spaces are divided by placid ponds and three bridges. A small five dollar donation seems a very fair price for such an abundance of beauty.

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Taranaki THE POUAKAI CROSSING IS A HEAVENLY ONE-DAY WALK TO RIVAL THE BUSIER TONGARIRO CROSSING. TRAMP THE SLOPES OF MT TARANAKI THROUGH BUSH, ALPINE AND SUBALPINE ENVIRONMENTS AND CROSS THE REMARKABLE AHUKAWAKAWA WETLANDS TO THE POUAKAI TARNS’ ALPINE LAKES WHICH GIVE A MIRRORED REFLECTION OF THE SUMMIT. THIS TRAMP CAN BE SPREAD OVER TWO DAYS IF YOU STAY IN THE DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION HUTS.

HEAD TO STRATFORD TO CHECK OUT THE FIGURES OF ROMEO AND JULIET THAT POP OUT TO PERFORM A SCENE FROM SHAKESPEARE’S TRAGIC DRAMA AT THE GLOCKENSPIEL CLOCK TOWER 10AM, 1PM, 3PM AND 7PM DAILY.

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he iconic Glockenspiel Clock Tower set against the background of snowcapped Mt Taranaki draws visitors to pretty Stratford.

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Accommodation Camping Grounds Function Centre Weddings Amanda & Les Heynie 636 Stanley Road, RD 24 Stratford, Taranaki, New Zealand Office: +64 6 762 8775 Email: tepopogardens@gmail.com • Website: www.tepopo.co.nz

The town, 14km from Egmont National Park, is named after Stratford-upon-Avon, the birthplace of playwright William Shakespeare and many of the street’s names are taken from his characters.

• 4km south of Stratford, on 2 hectares with magnificent mountain views • 10 comfortably refurbished air-conditioned units, all with cooking facilities • Free Wifi & SKY 50+

Attractions in Stratford include magnificent gardens, the Pioneer Village, an exceptional heritage museum where you can ride on a stream train and see a blacksmith in action, and the Percy Thomson Gallery which showcases local arts. Head out to the Goblin Forest on Mt Taranaki where twisted, gnarled trees look like something from a fantasy movie.

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South Taranaki THE TALES AND TAONGA (TREASURED THINGS) OF SOUTH TARANAKI REACH AS HIGH AS THE MOUNTAIN AND AS LOW AS THE SEA BED. FROM GIANT SURF WAVES TO THE MUSEUM’S FASCINATING MICROFILMS, EXPERIENCE GREATNESS BOTH SMALL AND LARGE.

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awhiti Museum is rated one of the most creative museums in the country. Owner Nigel Ogle, who created the figures for the Glockenspiel Clock Tower in Stratford, has made thousands of scale model figures recreating Taranaki’s history. Take a ride on the Traders & Whalers experience and bush train. The Elvis Presley Museum is another fascinating place housing rare records and memorabilia. It’s open by appointment. Aotea Utanganui Museum of South Taranaki details the history and culture of the area. Mt Taranaki and the sea are only a stone’s throw away and there’s good walks and surfing. After a day of activity, relax by watching the sunset over South Taranaki Bight. MAIN: Hawera Water Tower © Venture Taranaki INSET: Mt Taranaki © AA Tourism

With nine tourism awards to its credit, Tawhiti is now considered one of New Zealand’s most innovative historical presentations. Its lifesize figures, smaller scale dioramas and vast collection of artifacts is simply like no other. 401 Ohangai Road, Hawera. Phone (06)278 6837 or email: info@tawhitimuseum.co.nz Museum website: www.tawhitimuseum.co.nz Traders & Whalers website: www.tradersandwhalers.co.nz

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Mt Taranaki THIS ICONIC MOUNTAIN INVITES WALKERS AND CLIMBERS TO DISCOVER ITS NATURAL BEAUTY.

Walking Mt Taranaki © Venture Taranaki

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• Off SH 3. Unique rural setting. Mountain views. • 4 small, 23 studio/family units, 2 campervan pads. • Some king-size beds/spa baths. • Restaurants, Tawhiti Museum 2km. • Ample parking - buses. • Tariff: $105-$178 (2 guests), $20 extra. 2 Kerry Lane, Off SH 3, Hawera • P: +64 6 278 1918 • Res: 0800 537 795 www.kerrylanemotel.co.nz • E: book@kerrylanemotel.co.nz

KIWI COURT MOTEL

• 12 quiet spacious units. • Cooking facilities, ground floor, serviced daily, breakfast, free laundry facilities. • FREE WiFi. • 32” TV & DVD players + SKY GUEST SELECT. • Tariff: from $120. 170 Waihi Rd, Hawera • P: +64 6 278 8167 www.kiwicourtmotel.co.nz • E: kiwicourt@xtra.co.nz

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t Taranaki and Egmont National Park have more than 200km of walking tracks and over 300,000 outdoor enthusiasts visit every year to enjoy the clear streams, mystical forests and breathtaking views. There’s a range of tracks from a 15-minute jaunt to a multi-day hike around the mountain. Climbing Mt Taranaki is recommended only for the fit and well-prepared as it takes five hours to ascend and three hours to descend.,

TAKE EXTRA CARE Mt Taranaki is renowned not only for its beauty, but also for its everchanging weather. Visit the Department of Conservation or i-SITE Visitor Centre for advice before you decide to hike to the summit, or hire an experienced guide.

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Approaching from the south, you will be welcomed by the statue of a giant cow because Hāwera is home to the largest dairy plant in the southern hemisphere. Hāwera is Maori for ‘burnt place’, which is appropriate given the town suffered three devastating blazes in 1884, 1888 and 1912. To make fire-fighting easier, a large water tower was built in 1914. The Hawera Water Tower is now one of Taranaki’s best-known heritage landmarks and you can climb the 215 steps for panoramic views.

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This a a delightful family-friendly destination, with safe swimming at Ōpunake Bay. The town’s population swells every summer with visitors who flock to the annual beach carnival. Explore the 7km long Ōpunake Walkway, and see the historic Armed Constabulary Cemetery and Te Namu Pa and Ōpunake Lake. Neighbouring Middleton Bay has a boat ramp and access to good deep-sea fishing. Take a drive south to visit the Pihama Lavender Farm and Gallery, and catch the growers’ market on the third Sunday of each month.

Sphere Sculpture ‘Bearing’ © visitwhanganui.nz

SURROUNDED BY DRAMATIC BEACHES AND WILDERNESS, WHANGANUI RESTS ON THE BANKS OF NEW ZEALAND’S LONGEST NAVIGABLE RIVER.

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he city is just as pretty as its setting, thanks to a rich concentration of heritage buildings. Take in the architecture via a walking tour of the town, including a visit to the shell-clad Durie Hill War Memorial Tower, reached via an elevator built 200m inside a hill. Like the Durie Hill elevator, a lot of Whanganui’s heritage transport is still in operation. Take a river cruise on a paddle steamer or catch a (very short) ride on Mable, a restored tram.

Ōpunake playground © Rob Tucker / Venture Taranaki

23 cottage-style motel studio units, which are set back from the main road with a private and quiet outlook onto picturesque gardens.

The beauty and stories of the region are an inspiration for Whanganui’s

We have spacious parking outside each unit as well as a large separate carpark for over 20 truck and trailer units.

famed artist community and there is plenty of creative energy for visitors to enjoy. Browse the River Traders’ Market on Saturdays, then visit New Zealand Glassworks, where you can watch artists twist and stretch hot glass in the studio. The Sarjeant Gallery shows New Zealand and international art and the Whanganui Regional Museum has a large collection of Māori taonga (treasures). Another special taonga is Putiki Church, where the intricate wood carvings and wall panels tell the story of Whanganui’s history.

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Reservation: 0800 707 333 Within minutes of town • 18 superior ground-floor units, some with cooking facilities & spa baths. • Free gym access. • Free high-speed WiFi & 50+ Sky Digital. • Conference facilities for up to 30 delegates. • On-site catering. • Tariff: (incl GST) $140-$170, extra adult $25.50, child $15.50.

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he legendary Whanganui River, once an important transport route for Māori and early European settlers, snakes its way past gorges, sheer clay cliffs, waterfalls, and native lowland forest through the Whanganui National Park.

on a jet boat and then walk 45 minutes to the Bridge to Nowhere, an incongruous concrete bridge, deep in the heart of the park. Built in 1936, the bridge is all that remains of a settlement that has since reverted to native bush.

The Whanganui Journey is one of New Zealand’s nine Great Walks, although there’s no walking involved: it is a multiday kayak trip stretching over 145km. While enjoying the scenery, paddlers should look out for kererū, fantail, tūī, robin, grey warbler and tomtit.

The Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail begins on the Central Volcanic Plateau at Ruapehu and takes the Whanganui River Road into Whanganui City. The ride takes 3-5 days and includes mountain views, railway viaducts, and beautiful forests. Walkers will enjoy the many tramping tracks in the park, including the Atene Skyline Track, a 6-8 hour walk featuring spectacular views of the park.

Another highlight of the park is the Bridge to Nowhere. From Pīpīriki, 113km north of Whanganui, you can jump

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COOLEST PLACES TO EXPLORE

HOROWHENUA Kāpiti Coast

& Wellington A PLAYFUL ENERGY AND ARTISTIC FLAIR RUNS THROUGH WELLINGTON’S VEINS. CREATIVE TYPES FEEL RIGHT AT HOME AND THE CITY’S INFECTIOUS STYLE HOOKS ALL THOSE WHO VISIT.

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Cosmopolitan Wellington refuses to follow the status quo of most capital cities. It’s surprisingly compact, affording an intimacy more akin to a township. High rises are rejected in favour of preserving beautiful timber houses, and hustle and bustle is vehemently shunned, replaced by relaxed waterfront strolls and cheery seaside smiles. There is one area where Wellington matches the

metropolitan main players – the art scene. There isn’t one nook or cranny of this neighbourhood where imaginations don’t run wild. Crammed with theatres, galleries and museums, slick new spaces rub shoulders against sealicked Victorian buildings. And while Wellington is justifiably known as the Windy City, nowhere else would inhabitants make the windswept look so de rigueur.

Standout Wellington highlights include the world-famous Te Papa museum, meanders along a hook-shaped harbour and riding the cable car skywards for views across the city. You’ll find ample coffee spots, craft beers and diverse dining, as well as an historic observatory, a peaceful botanic garden and 360-degree panoramas from Mt Victoria.

city, the Kāpiti Coast offers easy city escapism. Famed for its namesake Kāpiti Island, the craggy coastal paths are an invigorating must-do, while inland, Tararua Forest Park offers a rugged hiking landscape, perfect for getting lost in your thoughts. Take in the cultural delights of Horowhenua which embraces Manawatū Gorge, or continue south and cross the Cook Strait to Te Wai Pounamu.

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THE KĀPITI COAST TAKES ITS NAME FROM THE ISLAND OFF ITS SHORE WHICH IS A TRANQUIL BIRD HAVEN. THE COASTAL TOWNS AND THOSE IN HOROWHENUA ALL HAVE THEIR OWN DISTINCTIVE CHARACTER AND BEG TO BE EXPLORED FOR THEIR RICH HERITAGE AND RURAL CHARM.

ŌTAKI 74km N of Wellington on SH 1 OTAKI MOTEL

• 4 studio units (sleep 2-3), 1 x 2-brm unit (sleeps 4-6). • Air-conditioning, free WiFi, Sky Guest Select 50+ channels. • Ferry 50min. Near cafés, outlet stores, train, racecourse, park. • Tariff: $110 (single), $125 (2 persons), 2-brm unit $140 (2 persons), extra person $20. Peak rates may apply, RSA & senior discounts. 260 SH 1, Otaki • P: +64 6 364 8469 • Res: 0800 66 22 43 www.otakimotel.co.nz • E: info@otakimotel.co.nz

WAIKANAE 58km N of Wellington on SH 1 WAIKANAE BEACH MOTEL – BUSINESS CLOSED

• 11 fully equipped apartment-style units offering plenty of space & comfort. At Waikanae Beach, in picturesque garden overlooking Waikanae golf course. • Lovely solar-heated pool and play area. • 10min walk to beach. 200m drive off SH 1 and 45min to ferry. • Tariff: $130-$150 (2p), extra $20pp. Group/corp/snr rates. 95 Te Moana Rd, Waikanae Beach • P: +64 4 293 6199  FREEPHONE: 0800 486 533 www.kapitimotel.co.nz • E: office@waikanaemotel.nz

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Levin is the main town in Horowhenua and has wild beaches and bush plus farming and clothing industries. Visit Waitārere Beach for its surf and dunes and learn about the Hydrabad, lost off the coast in 1878. Take a walk in Papaitonga's sand dune lake reserve or see the morepork at Owlcatraz. Paraparaumu’s golf course has hosted the New Zealand Open 12 times and is considered the game’s spiritual home. See vintage vehicles at the Southward Car Museum. Catch a guided boat tour to Kāpiti Island and encounter rare takahē and kōkako.

Paekākāriki is close to the Akatarawa Forest Park, a blend of native and exotic flora and popular with quad and trail bikers. The Paekakariki Steam Museum and the Tramway Museum are interesting. Just 20 minutes north of Wellington, Porirua has a reputation for energy, creativity and outdoor action. The city is a collection of villages, each with its own personality and attractions. Papakōwhai is home to the Royal New Zealand Police College Museum and the tranquil Aotea Lagoon. Nearby is the exciting Adrenalin Forest: aerial obstacle PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP


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courses of rope swings, flying foxes and other high-wire challenges. Don’t miss the Pataka Art + Museum, which showcases the best in contemporary Māori, Pacific Island, New Zealand and international arts and culture.

Porirua is surrounded by twin harbours, hills, ocean and a rugged coastline with walks and cycle tracks. You can also kayak or sail up the Pāuatahanui Inlet. Mana and Plimmerton have excellent beaches. Scuba diving, fishing, and trips to Mana Island, a conservation

sanctuary, make a great day out. In the rural town of Ōtaki you'll find the Ōtaki Forks, one of the Kāpiti District’s best-kept secrets, a casual campground adjoining a truly magical stretch of river with deep swimming holes and rocks for jumping off.

Waikanae is home to Nga Manu Nature Reserve, an idyllic bird sanctuary where you can see New Zealand's rare brown kiwi, spot native geckos, get up close to the ancient tuatara and feed endangered long-fin eels.

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• 10 quiet, self-contained air-con units. • Conference facilities. Central with easy access to Kapiti Coast attractions including beaches and travel links to Wellington. • Park-like grounds offer outside seating. • Extensive on-site off-road parking forcars, buses, trucks, trailers & boats. • FREE WiFi.

• Newly refurbished rooms • Heat pump / air-conditioning • In the heart of Paraparaumu • Quiet rear units • Ample off-street parking for extra car/boat • FREE WIFI • Easy walking distance to mall, train station, restaurants, bars, cinemas & Aquatic Centre • Tariff: $129-$159. Peak rates may apply 65 Amohia St, Paraparaumu • Phone: +64 4 298 4476 paraparaumumotel@gmail.com • www.paraparaumu.co.nz

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Time for a view GAZE BACK ON THE CITY FROM THE BOTANIC GARDEN OR MT VICTORIA FOR INCREDIBLE PANORAMIC VIEWS.

LOCAL BUZZ “Check out a game of rugby at the Westpac Stadium, AKA the Cake Tin, or a cricket match at the beautiful and historical Basin Reserve." Steve Logan – Owner, Logan Brown Restaurant

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eparting from the heart of the city at Lambton Quay, the iconic Wellington Cable Car is worth the short, steep journey to the top of the Wellington Botanic Garden where panoramic views of the harbour are your reward. You can also visit the Space Place at Carter Observatory here. Before you head back down, visit the Cable Car Museum for a history of the city’s symbolic mode of

transport. There are walking tracks if you’re keen on a stroll back to the city. Alternatively head to the Mt Victoria Lookout at Hātaitai above Oriental Bay for views across the Eastern harbour bays, Hutt Valley and Miramar. It’s the perfect place to watch the sun rise or set over the city. You can drive all the way up, or there's a walkway through the Town Belt.

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eep an eye out for the sights and sounds of the kaka, tuatara, saddleback and dozens more rare species at Zealandia ecosanctuary.

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back for a night tour – there’s one specially geared for kids. It’s easy to get here with a free shuttle bus from the city’s i-SITE or the top of the Cable Car. Alternatively enjoy a 20-minute walk to the sanctuary from the Botanic Garden. The garden is 25ha of unique landscape, floral display, forest and fabulous views over Wellington city. It’s free to visit. En route take in Bolton Street Cemetery, which dates back to 1840 – the city’s oldest.

The 225ha protected valley is home to many endangered birds, reptiles and insects and has 30km of signposted walking tracks. It’s worth taking one of the guided tours to appreciate this special haven where our native wildlife are now thriving. Just remember that kiwi sleep in the daytime, so go

ADELAIDE MOTEL

• Studio & 1-brm units. 10min to airport, Westpac Stadium, and ferries. • On city bus route. Walk to hospitals. Free car parking. Opposite supermarket. Sky 50+. • Tariff: $135-$195, extra $20. Unit rate/min booking period may apply. 209 Adelaide Rd, Newtown, Wellington • P: +64 4 389 8138 www.adelaidemotel.co.nz • E: adelaide.motel@xtra.co.nz

WE'RE ALL GOING TO THE ZOO Animal lovers will be enthralled by Wellington Zoo. There are about 100 species here, from big cats to native wildlife and many animals that are on the endangered list. Don’t forget to check out the fascinating keepers’ talks and watch them feeding their charges. Make memories with a behind-the-scenes Close Encounter with the lions, giraffes, meerkats, lemurs, cheetahs or red pandas. Make time to visit The Nest, the zoo’s animal hospital and native wildlife centre. There are viewing galleries so visitors can watch the vets and keepers treat the zoo’s animals. Witness check-ups and surgery and hear the fascinating step-by-step commentary.

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Eating out in the city of cuisine

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fter a busy day sightseeing, kick back and enjoy one of Wellington’s superb restaurants or cafés – after all, there are said to be more eateries per capita here than in New York City. Hannahs Laneway is a culinary hub, home to bakers, coffee roasters, brewers, chocolatiers, pizza slingers, peanut butter

'Goldings Free Dive' bar, Wellington © WREDA INSET: The Beehive © AATP

There are many easily accessible, lovely walks around Wellington that will provide you with great views along the way.

Tour the

BEEHIVE Take a free guided tour around the parliament buildings which includes the unusually shaped iconic Beehive and the older buildings which house the chamber and library. Choose a quick 30-minute peek at the highlights, an hour-long more informative session or a special art tour looking at the extension collection of paintings and sculptures. The knowledgeable guides will give you a fascinating insight into the workings of the New Zealand democratic system and its history.

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makers and many more great places to eat and drink. Cuba Street has live entertainment and street food on Friday and Saturday Nights. Courtenay Place has restaurants, bars, nightclubs, theatres and cinemas. Wander around because you are sure to find whatever takes your fancy.

WALKS & TOURS

The 12km City to Sea Walkway starts near Parliament and ends at Island Bay, passing many of the city’s best landmarks. There’s the Art Deco Heritage Trail from the National War Memorial along Lambton Quay to the train station. Look out for the heritage signs. Follow the Matairangi Nature Trail on Mt Victoria with the kids. There are several companies offering a range of escorted walks and tours including Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit tours to locations where scenes from the movie trilogies were shot. There’s also wildlife tours to Kāpiti Island and to see seals. RIGHT: Walking by Boat Sheds, Wellington © WREDA

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Wellington Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa © WREDA

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ake a tour of Weta Workshop, a museum of Weta’s astounding achievements in movie-making magic, for a glimpse behind the scenes of the creative process. Rub shoulders with the locals at the Sunday Harbourside Market on the waterfront at Te Papa and buy artisan food products. Head to the Night Market on the Left Bank on Fridays and Lower Cuba St on Saturdays for street food, free entertainment and hipster goods. Explore the culinary hub at Hannahs Laneway, dubbed

‘Little Portland’ because it serves nut butters, pastries, chocolate and pizza and more. The Lambton Quay area has upmarket stores while Cuba Street has streetwear outlets. The city has a welcoming, laid-back feel epitomised by the plethora of secondhand bookstores and cool cafés. Walk to Oriental Bay for a coffee and let the kids run about on the beach. Tolkien fans will love a tour of the city’s film locations used in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. ABOVEL WETA Cave © WREDA

Discover Te Papa It’s possible to spend the entire day just exploring this worldclass national museum.

Workshop, which can be toured at their studios in Miramar, created the soldiers 2.4 times life size and used cutting edge technology for the interactive experiences.

Te Papa Tongarewa is an architecturally stunning building with an astonishing collection of exhibits. It’s staging Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War, which tells the story of the ill-fated World War I campaign through the eyes of eight ordinary Anzacs. Weta

Toi Art opened in February 2018 showcasing Aotearoa’s art collection, new large-scale and immersive works by local and international artists. Other highlights include Taiao Nature, an exciting new nature zone that is opened in early 2019.

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Wellington

ellington Museum is ranked among the world’s top 50 by The Times in the UK. Housed in a heritage building on the waterfront, it takes you back 1000 years and walks you through the area’s social history. It complements the national museum, Te Papa Tongarewa. The museum’s highlights include Gallipoli: The Scale of Our War, a joint project with innovative Weta Workshop. There is also a spectacular art gallery covering two floors.

LUX, Wellington © WREDA

Head from Te Papa to the Writers’ Walk and discover our best scribes, and enjoy major art exhibitions at the City Gallery. If you are here in February and March, check out the lively street festival CubaDupa, and the Homegrown festival, showcasing the best of kiwi music. There are light installations erected throughout the city in May for the brilliant LUX Light Festival. Come June, the city's much-loved Jazz Festival brings plenty of groove to the capital.

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ellington’s thriving arts and cultural scene continues in the Hutt Valley. The Dowse Art Museum is a place that lives and breathes creativity from multimedia and fashion to painting, while The Petone Settlers Museum is an architectural gem. Jackson Street in Petone showcases local designers and is the place to go for art, craft, fashion and food that you just won’t find anywhere else in New Zealand. Upper Hutt is the gateway to the great outdoors with stunning vistas, worldclass cycle tracks and family-friendly attractions. Stroll through the bustling boutique stores in the city centre, before heading into the wilderness of the Remutaka Forest Park. Kayak or raft down the Hutt River. Also visit Kaitoke Regional Park, home to Rivendell where scenes from The Lord of the Rings Trilogy were shot, and Staglands Wildlife Reserve, home to a variety of animals. Winding down from your outdoor excursions, visit the Expressions Arts and Entertainment Centre or the pool complex H2O Xtream.

Hutt Valley

View over Wellington Harbour © davidwallphoto.com INSET: Cable Car Lane © Nick Servian

'Walk In Style' guided tour, Petone, Jackson Street – Frances Hamilton in Deryn Schmidt shop © huttvalleynz.com

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Wairarapa

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Cape Palliser Lighthouse © Getty Images INSET: Manukura (white kiwi), Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre © Destination Wairarapa

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LOCAL BUZZ

“Coming into or leaving the Wairarapa region usually involves a drive over 'The Hill'. The road winds up to Remutaka Pass at 555m. Park up and walk to the trig station for breathtaking views.” Paul Broughton – Owner & Cheesemonger at C’est Cheese and Remutaka Pass Creamery

Cycling in Martinborough © Destination Wairarapa

CARTERTON after politician Charles Carter • 14km SW of Masterton on SH 2

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he Wairarapa region is only an hour’s drive from Wellington. It has variety and charm and while it is peaceful and restorative, it is also energetic and interesting thanks to its mix of busy towns, quality cafés, arts, culture and wine. Each spot on the Wairarapa map has its own character; each is well worth exploring. Martinborough is at the heart of the Classic New Zealand Wine Trail, with over 20 wineries, most within walking or cycling distance. It's also a great town to browse the boutiques and fuel up on coffee.

Masterton is home to the beautiful Queen Elizabeth Park plus the town hosts the annual Golden Shears world shearing competition. Carterton boasts an eclectic mix of art and second-hand stores and is the base to explore Stonehenge Aotearoa. Greytown is lined with restored Victoria buildings enjoying new lives as antique and art shops, cafés and boutiques. All these towns should be explored and enjoyed on foot. Whereas, Remutaka Cycle Trail is all about bikes; all 115km of it. This is one of the Nga Haerenga Great Rides, for many good reasons. Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre is a sanctuary for rare native species, complete with breeding programmes. On the east coast, spectacular Castlepoint beach is a must-do. Cape Palliser, with its fur seals, dramatic rock formations and classic red and white striped lighthouse is also on the 'essential visit' list.

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TAKE A DRIVE TO THE TARARUA REGION PŪKAHA NATIONAL WILDLIFE CENTRE

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NORTH ISLAND

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THE WOOL SHED MUSEUM • A great slice of New Zealand’s Farming History – well worth a visit!! • Be captivated by the history and characters of NZ’s Sheep & Shearing industry. • Experience the sights, smells and noises of being inside a real woolshed. • Enquire about our shearing demonstrations. • Souvenirs & NZ wool products for sale.

12 Dixon St , Masterton 5840 • P: +64 6 378 8008 E: admin@thewoolshednz.com • www.thewoolshednz.com

51 Ahiaruhe Road, CARTERTON Wairarapa • P: +64 6 377 1600

STONEHENGE AOTEAROA

Although similar in size and appearance to the Stonehenge on Salisbury Plain, Stonehenge Aotearoa is not a replica. It is a complete and working structure designed for its precise location in New Zealand. It is a window into the past where the visitor can rediscover the knowledge of their ancestors. www.stonehenge-aotearoa.co.nz

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Tararua & Manawatū

Tararua & Manawatū

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In Manawatū visitors can go from fine dining to river valley rafting at the flick of a switch. With shopping, golf, rugged beaches and sweeping mountains all in the neighbourhood, access to a wealth of diverse activities is easy. Tararua borders the Ruahine and Tararua ranges.

Arapuke Forest Mountain Bike Park © www.ManawatuNZ.co.nz BELOW: At the Tui Brewery © AATP RIGHT: Butterfly pond in The Square © www.ManawatuNZ.co.nz

Between these two mountain ranges is Te Apiti – Manawatū Gorge, a not-to-be missed attraction with iconic day walks. It is the only place in New Zealand where a river begins its journey on one side of the main divide and joins the sea on the other.

DANNEVIRKE 55km NE of Palmerston North on SH 2 DANNEVIRKE CAMPING GROUND

• Surrounded by native bush and exotic trees! • Deer enclosure, duck pond and a bird aviary. • 2-minute stroll through the bush takes you to a heated indoor swimming pool & town centre! • Tariff: (2 persons) cabin $44, ensuite cabin $70, powered site $26, non-power $20. 29 George St, Dannevirke • P: +64 6 374 7625 • M: +64 27 444 2300 www.dannevirkeholidaypark.co.nz • E: kimspooner@xtra.co.nz • Host: Kim Spooner

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DANNEVIRKE A little slice of Scandinavia in rural New Zealand, Dannevirke was founded in 1872 by 21 Danish and Norwegian families. Home to a mixed bag of attractions, visitors can investigate the International Police Museum, Dave’s Den and its collection of 8,500 miniature vehicles, as well as the Dannevirke Fantasy Cave. Here you’ll find nostalgic toys and rooms to make you giddy about fairy tales, nursery rhymes and Christmas – whatever your age!

PAHIATUA Having admired Pahiatua’s pretty gardens and meandered the tree-lined streets; eaten at historic buildings transformed into inviting restaurants, and visited the restored railcars at the Pahiatua Railcar Museum, stop and catch your breath. Then head for a guided Tui Brewery tour, a sheep-shearing demo at Bazza’s Baa's and a history lesson at the Pahiatua & Districts Museum.

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PAHIATUA resting place given by God • 42km SW of Dannevirke

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almerston North offers something for everyone, with a vibrant shopping and café precinct in the heart of the city, plus art galleries, installations, public sculptures and street art.

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There's also an array of dining options that will take your taste buds on a tour of the world. For panoramic views of the city, head across the river to Anzac Park, also known as Te Motu-o-Poutoa.

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Attractions include the highly acclaimed Te Manawa – an interactive science centre, museum and art gallery, and the beautifully restored Regent on Broadway theatre. Head to the Victoria Esplanade, a 19ha oasis of relaxation minutes from the CBD which is great for bush walks, picnics and has an extensive miniature Scenic Railway and a Junior Road Safety Park. Visitors with green fingers should see the Dugald McKenzie Rose Gardens – voted one of the top five rose gardens in the world, while sports fans can revel at the New Zealand Rugby Museum. It contains some of the world’s rarest rugby artefacts. Get around town by electric bike. Hire them from the i-SITE in The Square and explore the beautiful Manawatu River Pathway, 10km of riverside trails. Visit Feilding and see why it has won New Zealand’s most beautiful town award 16 times. Get a feel for this quaint area on a tour of the Feilding Saleyards, one of the largest in Australasia. Later, catch a movie at Focal Point, where nachos and wine can be served straight to your seat.

FEILDING

20km NW of Palmerston North on SH 54

FEILDING MOTEL

For more info contact the girls at Tui Brewery

+64 (0)6 376 0815 TEAM@TUIHQ.CO.NZ

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TUI BREWERY STATE HIGHWAY 2 MANGATAINOKA

• Quiet location. 9 spacious ground-floor units, parking at door. • WiFi, cooked/continental breakfast. Manfeild complex, town centre and Kowhai Park all walking distance. • Tariff: $100-$125 (2 persons); extra person $20; corporate and peak rates may apply. • AA discounts. 7 Kimbolton Rd, Feilding • P: +64 6 323 6837 • F: +64 6 323 5892 Res: 0800 500 474 • www.feildingmotel.co.nz • E: feildingmotel@actrix.co.nz

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Rangitīkei

ADVENTURE PLAYGROUND

RANGITĪKEI TAIHAPE

place of a hunchback • 28km S of Waiouru on SH 1

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he clear waters and sheer white papa (mudstone) cliffs of the Rangitīkei River create the ideal setting for heart-pumping, white-water rafting. There are grade-5 rapids where the river plunges over a maze of boulders in a spectacular canyon.

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• Luxury accommodation with 2 access units • Smokefree • King-size beds • Full kitchen facilities • Heating/air-conditioning • Soundstop windows • Breakfast available • Cot/highchair • Guest laundry • Off-street parking • Free Unlimited WiFi Tariff: (2 persons) studio from $130, 1-brm $150, 2-brm $170, extra adult $20, child $10

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Reservations: 0508 ASPEN COURT (277 362)

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TAP U ST SH 1 Mataroa Rd North, Taihape • Ph: +64 6 388 1999 Email: taihape@aspencourt.co.nz • www.aspencourttaihape.co.nz

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Horse treks and river activities, as well as the draw of that huge, metal gumboot sculpture in Taihape, tempt visitors to linger here on their way to the ski fields and Tongariro National Park. If you are visiting in March, enjoy the annual Taihape Gumboot Festival and prepare to be dumbfounded by the number of activities based around the humble rubber boot. Stand back for the main event – the gumboot throwing championship. There’s a year-round throwing lane so be sure to have a go and take a selfie by the sign that reads: 'I threw a gumboot in Taihape.' Saunter through the town’s showpiece gardens, take a bush

walk, visit the museum or take a heritage tour. If you want thrills, try horse trekking, abseiling, kayaking, jet boating or go hunting. Unforgett-a-bull Bulls is certainly 'a town like no udder'. As well as a great choice of gift, antique and art shops, pubs and cafés, there are also humourous bull signs throughout the town – look out for the Const-a-bull (police station), the Cure-a bull (medical centre), the Forgive-a bull (church), the Relievea-bull (toilets) and the Read-a-bull (library). TOP: Rangitīkei Flats © Getty Images BELOW: Corrugated iron gumboot sculpture at Taihape © AA Tourism

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