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Contents 4 North Island Travelling Times & Distances

11 North Island Map

5 Welcome to New Zealand

64 Auckland Road Trips

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Tips for Road Trips

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Pets by Arrangement

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AA Centre Locations

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Road Rules

12 Northland Road Trips

112 The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Eastland Road Trips 176 Central North island Road Trips 256 Lower North island Road Trips

10 N  orth Island Road Trip Directory

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Guide to Times & Distances Auckland

5:43

2:29

7:08

1:34

7:22

4:17

8:03

5:20

4:51

3:07

6:48

2:59

3:43

3:33

2:43

1:30

5:58

2:35

8:32

4:30

4:02

6:51

2:07

421

175

489

123

494

312

605

413

360

227

526

230

280

275

203

113

386

194

646

338

295

444

159

4:17 12:49 7:13 13:02 1:28 13:41 11:00 10:30 3:02 12:27 8:39

9:23

9:13

8:22

7:09 11:37 8:15 14:11 10:09 9:41 12:30 3:40

Cape Reinga

270

Dargaville

911

544

916

110 1026

834

781

213

947

651

701

696

625

535

806

615 1066

759

715

865

264

9:34

3:58

9:48

2:50 10:27 7:45

7:15

1:58

9:12

5:24

6:08

5:59

5:08

3:55

8:22

5:00 10:56 6:54

6:26

9:15

0:58

298

670

160

780

588

535

127

701

405

455

450

378

288

560

369

820

512

469

618

58

5:57

2:44 11:21 5:58

2:59

8:19 10:13 5:18

4:29

5:54

4:21

4:30

6:11

2:26

6:34

7:20

5:33

3:12

6:19

9:12

665

Gisborne

381

Hamilton

179

800

438

216

620

716

387

274

437

328

288

401

159

489

524

419

186

460

647

6:11

5:47

6:35

3:52

3:22

4:38

5:20

1:31

2:15

2:06

1:34

1:49

4:29

1:07

7:04

3:02

2:50

5:23

3:38

434

483

291

239

351

403

108

160

153

106

108

263

73

523

217

194

323

281

11:36 8:44

5:42

8:49 10:27 8:01

4:43

7:09

5:44

4:45

6:25

5:09

6:54 10:03 7:01

3:27

9:03

9:26

395

573

722

279

449

358

293

406

338

426

191

639

652

12:16 9:33

9:03

1:38 11:01 7:12

7:56

7:47

6:56

5:43 10:10 6:48 12:45 8:42

724

671

102

837

541

591

586

515

425

696

505

956

649

605

755

3:14

4:49 11:08 1:29

5:38

4:29

4:37

6:36

7:40

5:44

5:48

1:30

4:08

6:58

2:31 10:07

386

Hicks Bay

806

Kaitaia

617 916

Masterton

228

Napier

566

454

8:15 11:04 2:13 154

340

832

107

411

323

330

473

538

394

424

99

296

494

180

763

5:51

8:25

2:32

2:55

3:28

1:55

3:53

4:57

2:42

4:09

4:34

3:07

4:15

3:33

7:24

410

New Plymouth

640

177

219

251

142

281

346

171

302

314

232

303

250

571

7:53

3:21

4:13

2:56

4:07

4:33

5:02

7:02

2:28

5:04

3:42

5:34

2:20

6:55

353

587

Paihia

234

297

220

296

312

337

445

180

278

380

160

518

9:52

6:02

6:46

6:37

5:46

4:33

9:00

5:38 11:35 7:33

7:05

9:54

1:04

753

Palmerston North

457

507

502

430

341

612

421

872

565

521

670

70

4:23

3:14

3:21

5:20

6:25

5:03

4:33

2:09

2:53

5:43

1:03

8:52

332

Rotorua

244

251

395

459

343

345

141

217

416

74

684

2:34

1:09

1:04

2:36

3:05

2:15

6:07

2:26

1:27

4:30

5:03

173

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North Island Travelling Times and Distances

How to use the chart: To find the distance and time needed to travel between, for example, Thames and Hamilton, put one finger on the name Hamilton and the other on the name Thames. Move sideways along the chart from Hamilton and upwards from Thames. Where they meet you’ll see the distance between them is 108 km and the travelling time is 1 hour and 49 minutes. NOTE: No time is included for breaks or delays. 4 |

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65

159

158

148

451

178

87

340

388

1:44

3:18

3:53

5:03

1:20

4:57

0:47

3:53

3:08

5:47

115

Taupo

225

257

304

101

363

58

256

163

438

2:05

3:10

3:25

2:21

5:06

1:25

2:28

3:29

5:37

143

Tauranga

208

189

164

371

97

164

259

433

1:46

4:02

2:18

7:05

3:23

1:23

5:28

4:47

115

Thames

220

146

514

240

92

402

361

5:34

2:46

8:09

4:28

3:04

6:32

3:34

314

Waikaremoana

171

578

304

205

466

271

5:13

7:03

4:43

3:42

6:02

8:01

303

Waitomo Caves

480

285

175

416

543

6:17

2:07

3:33

4:28

4:40 352

464

Wellington

158

234

264

4:36

7:26

2:46 10:36

336

Whakapapa Village

535

193

803

3:46

2:48

6:34

261

Whakatane

136

496

5:49

6:06

423

Whanganui

452 8:55 602

Whangarei


NORTH ISLAND Mahurangi Regional Park, Auckland © Getty Images

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New Zealand is great for travelling by car. It’s a long, narrow country with intriguing roads in all directions and while many of those roads are winding and narrow, they all lead somewhere interesting.

tips for

road trips

D

rive to the conditions, don’t be in a rush, and allow for plenty of stops. Be spontaneous. While the plan may involve going from A to B, why not take that back road or explore the side roads? Do your research. Pick up maps and guides from an AA Centre or i-SITE, or check out itinerary ideas online. Book your accommodation online at www.aatraveller.co.nz Kids in the car? Think about playing some car games and make a point of stopping to let them stretch their legs. New Zealand has plenty of playgrounds and even a run on the beach will help everyone enjoy the journey in the long run. Pack snacks. With or without hungry children in the car, it’s a good idea to have some food and bottled water to keep the driver’s energy levels up.

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On a budget Some travel costs you can’t do much about, though it pays to shop around for rental car deals – and a huge range of accommodation options translates to a range of related prices, too. From camping at Department of Conservation (DOC) sites, to booking into high-end, beachside resorts – the price of a bed for the night varies significantly.

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If you’re watching your dollars, here’s how to save: • Consider travelling in off-peak season. The height of New Zealand summer – mid-December to March – is when New Zealand families are holidaying. If you can take your road trip earlier or later, you’ll save on accommodation costs. • Keep an eye out for Farmers’ Markets. Many towns and cities run markets on weekend days. They’re a great place to pick up cheaper fruit, vegetables, fish, free-range eggs, artisan bread, honey and a lot more – and the produce is likely to be super fresh and probably organic.


NORTH ISLAND Pets by Arrangement means an arrangement must be made with the accommodation provider prior to your arrival at their establishment.

Pets by Arrangement Accommodation providers reserve the right to decline your application. Reasons may include peak season/ public holidays and limit on numbers of dogs allowed. Dogs may be declined on age, sex or size. A current animal vaccination certificate may be required. Parvo and Distemper inoculations are necessary in the North Island. All pets must be kept under control. No animal will be permitted loose on site, and leads

must not exceed three metres. Management are authorised to require owners to leave the premises if pets become a nuisance. Pet owners are required to remove wastes and/or use an area approved for ‘pet toilet facilities’. Accommodation providers’ approval must be granted before allowing pets indoors (this may incur an additional charge).

NORTHLAND Ahipara AHIPARA BAY MOTEL & BAYVIEW RESTAURANT & BAR, 22 Reef View Rd P: +64 9 409 4888 www.ahiparabaymotel.co.nz...$110-$210 Coopers Beach SAN MARINO MOTOR LODGE, 3 San Marino Dr P: +64 9 406 0345 www.sanmarino.co.nz..................................................$120-$280 Houhora HOUHORA HEADS (WAGENER) HOLIDAY PARK, 214 Houhora Heads Rd, Kaitaia www.wagenerholidaypark.co.nz.....................$68-$120 Mangawhai/Mangawhai Heads RIVERSIDE HOLIDAY PARK, 41 Black Swamp Rd P: +64 9 431 4825 www.riversideholidaypark.co.nz.......$40-$150 Paihia ALFA BOUTIQUE MOTEL, 76 Seaview Road P: +64 9 402 7686 www.alfamotel.co.nz................................................................................$100-$200 Paihia BAY OF ISLANDS HOLIDAY PARK, 678 Puketona Rd P: +64 9 402 7646 www.bayofislandsholidaypark.co.nz.....................................$16-$165 Rawene RAWENE HOLIDAY PARK, 1 Marmon St West P: +64 9 405 7720 www.raweneholidaypark.co.nz.........................................................$30-$100 Russell RUSSELL – ORONGO BAY HOLIDAY PARK, 5960 Russell Rd P: +64 9 403 7704 www.russellaccommodation.co.nz .......................From $19 Whangarei BURGUNDY ROSE MOTEL, 100 Kamo Rd P: +64 9 437 3500 www.burgundyrosemotel.co.nz.......................................................$115-$135 Whangarei WHANANAKI HOLIDAY PARK, 2160 Whananaki North Rd P: +64 9 433 8896 www.whananakiholiday.co.nz...............................from $16 Whangarei BLUE HERON HOLIDAY PARK, 85 Scott Rd, Whangarei Heads P: +64 9 436 2293 www.blueheron.co.nz..................................from $129 Whangarei Heads TOP STOREY B&B, 73 Scott Rd, RD 4, Tamaterau P: +64 9 436 2220 www.whangareibandb.co.nz.....................................$99-$130

CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND Ohakune HOBBIT MOTORLODGE, 80 Goldfinch St P: +64 6 385 8248 www.the-hobbit.co.nz.............................................................................$165-$230

LOWER NORTH ISLAND Martinborough THE CLAREMONT MOTEL & APARTMENTS, 38 Regent St P: +64 6 306 9162 www.theclaremont.co.nz............................from $150 Otaki OTAKI MOTEL, 260 SH 1, Otaki P: +64 6 364 8469 www.otakimotel.co.nz.......................................................................................................$110-$140

AA Centres NORTH Island Auckland Area Albert St Constellation Dr LynnMall Manukau Meadowlands Orewa Penrose Takapuna Westgate

99 Albert St...............................................................09 966 8919 2B/60 Constellation Dr, Rosedale....................09 414 1460 Shop 104, LynnMall, New Lynn ........................09 826 4921 39 Cavendish Dr.....................................................09 968 2530 Shop 12, Meadowlands Shopping Plaza 112 Whitford Rd, Howick.....................................09 534 0627 Hillary Sq ...................................................................09 427 8370 419 Great South Rd...............................................09 966 9333 Ground Floor, 12 Northcroft St.........................09 968 2550 1/22 Westgate Dr, Massey..................................09 833 3700

Feilding 96 Fergusson St......................................................06 323 8664 Hamilton 313 Barton St...........................................................07 958 3600 Hamilton Five Crossroads Centre Shop 7, 5 Cross Rds .............................................07 853 5091 Hastings 521 Heretaunga St West ....................................06 878 4101

Hawera Masterton Napier New Plymouth Palmerston Nth Paraparaumu Rotorua Taupo Tauranga Whanganui Whangarei

121-123 Princes St.................................................06 278 5095 221 Queen St...........................................................06 377 4920 33 Carlyle St..............................................................06 834 2590 49-55 Powderham St............................................06 968 7840 227 Broadway Ave.................................................06 357 7039 Kapiti Lights, Amohia St........................................04 296 1063 1121 Eruera St........................................................07 348 3069 3 Tamamutu St........................................................07 378 6000 Cnr Devonport Rd & First Ave............................07 927 4772 202 Victoria Ave......................................................06 348 9160 17 James St...............................................................09 438 4848

Wellington Area Lower Hutt 29 Waterloo Rd.......................................................04 917 1860 Porirua 13 Cobham Court..................................................04 237 5709 Wellington 342-352 Lambton Quay......................................04 931 9999

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New Zealand

Road Rules

IF YOU ARE FROM ANOTHER COUNTRY, IT IS VERY IMPORTANT THAT YOU TAKE A LITTLE TIME TO LEARN THE LOCAL ROAD RULES AND REGULATIONS – FOR YOUR OWN AND OTHERS’ SAFETY. TO HELP YOU DO THIS, HERE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT INFORMATION FROM THE ROAD CODE. TAKE NOTE

EMERGENCY PHONE NUMBERS • New Zealand’s emergency phone number is 111 or *555 from a cellphone (not all areas have cellphone coverage). DRIVING LICENCES • A current licence and/ or international licence are acceptable. • Minimum age for rental car hiring is generally 21 years. IMPAIRED DRIVING • Drugs or medication which impairs your driving are not permitted. • There is a zero alcohol limit for drivers under 20 years of age; drivers aged 20 or more are recommended to consume no

more than two standard drinks before driving. • You must not drive if fatigue or poor health impairs your driving. SEAT BELTS • All modern cars and campervans are fitted with seat belts for all occupants. In New Zealand it is compulsory to wear them. Failing to do this can incur a $150 fine. CELLPHONES • Drivers must not use a hand-held mobile phone, unless the device is completely hands-free or mounted securely to the vehicle and touched infrequently and briefly. Writing, reading or sending text messages while driving is illegal. Offences incur a fine of $80 and 20 demerit points.

ALWAYS KEEP LEFT

IN NEW ZEALAND, TRAFFIC TRAVELS ON THE LEFT-HAND SIDE OF THE ROAD.

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If your speed is impeding following traffic, you must allow them to pass as soon as it is safe and practicable to do so. A good rule of thumb is to not let more than four cars build up behind you. Pull to the left when there is sufficient width to allow the vehicle to safely pass you. At slow vehicle bays and passing lanes, you must use the left lane and allow traffic to pass you. Failure to do so can incur a $150 fine.

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MOTORWAYS Keep left unless overtaking and always indicate at least three seconds before changing lanes. ON A MOTORWAY YOU MUST NOT: • walk or cycle • stop your vehicle • make a U turn

OVERTAKING • Y ou may overtake to the right of a slow moving vehicle if safe to do so and you have 100m clear visibility throughout the entire manoeuvre. Always turn your indicator on at least 3 seconds before you start to overtake. YOU MAY NOT OVERTAKE: • At a no-overtaking line marked by a yellow line on your side of the centreline. • Approaching a pedestrian crossing, a railway crossing or an intersection. • At any curve, crest of a hill where you cannot see more than 100m throughout the entire manoeuvre and cannot conduct the whole movement safely.


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North Island Road Trip Directory NORTHLAND TRIP 1 – MANGAWHAI TO WHANGĀREI 14 Mangawhai/Mangawhai Heads 21 Waipū/Waipū Cove 22 Ruakākā/One Tree Point/ Bream Bay 23 Whangārei 24 Whangārei Heads 27 TRIP 2 – WHANGĀREI TO KAWAKAWA TO PAIHIA (via Tutukākā) 28 Tutukākā 35 Whananaki 36 Russell 37 Paihia 38 TRIP 3 – PAIHIA TO KERIKERI TO MANGŌNUI TO CAPE RĒINGA TO KAITĀIA 42 Kerikeri 47 Coopers Beach 47 Karikari Peninsula 48 Houhora/Houhora Harbour/ Houhora Heads 48 Pukenui 49 Kaitāia 49 TRIP 4 – KAITĀIA TO AHIPARA TO ŌPONONI TO KAIHŪ TO DARGAVILLE TO MATAKOHE (includes ferry across Hokianga Harbour option) 50 Ahipara 58 Hokianga Harbour 59 Rāwene 59 Kaihū 60 Kai Iwi Lakes 61 Dargaville 62 Matakohe 63 Pahi 63

COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY & EASTLAND

CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND

TRIP 1 – KAIAUA TO NGĀTEA TO THAMES TO COROMANDEL TOWN TO WHITIANGA 114 Kaiaua 123 Miranda 123 Ngātea 124 Thames 124 Coromandel Town 126 Kuaotunu 128 Whitianga 129 TRIP 2 – WHITIANGA TO TAURANGA (VIA WAIHI AND MT MAUNGANUI) 132 Hot Water Beach 142 Whangamata 143 Te Aroha 143 Waihi 144 Waihi Beach 144 Katikati 146 Tauranga 147 Mt Maunganui 148 TRIP 3 – TAURANGA TO WHAKATĀNE TO ŌPOTIKI 152 Papamoa/Papamoa Beach 159 Te Puke 160 Whakatāne 161 Ōhope/Ōhope Beach 163 Ōpotiki 165 TRIP 4 – ŌPOTIKI TO RUATŌRIA TO GISBORNE TO WAIROA 166 Te Kaha 173 Hicks Bay 173 Gisborne 173

TRIP 1 – HAMILTON TO RAGLAN 178 Hamilton 184 Te Kauwhata 186 Raglan 187 TRIP 2 – RAGLAN TO WAITOMO CAVES (via Kāwhia) 188 Kāwhia 192 Waitomo Caves 193 TRIP 3 – WAITOMO CAVES TO ŌTOROHANGA TO TE AWAMUTU TO CAMBRIDGE 198 Te Kuiti 205 Ōtorohanga 207 Te Awamutu 207 Cambridge 208 TRIP 4 – CAMBRIDGE TO TĪRAU TO ROTORUA 210 Matamata 218 Rotorua 219 TRIP 5 – ROTORUA TO TAUPŌ 230 Tokoroa 237 Ōrakei Kōrako 237 Taupō 238 TRIP 6 – TAUPŌ TO TŪRANGI TO TAIHAPE (via Waiouru) 242 Tūrangi 245 Taihape 246 TRIP 7 – WAIOURU TO ŌHAKUNE TO NATIONAL PARK VILLAGE TO TAUMARUNUI (via Raetihi) 248 Ōhakune 253 Tongariro National Park 254 Taumarunui 255

AUCKLAND

LOWER NORTH ISLAND

TRIP 1 – CENTRAL AUCKLAND TO WAITĀKERE & CENTRAL AUCKLAND TO HAURAKI GULF 66 Central Auckland 74 Great Barrier 81 TRIP 2 – CENTRAL AUCKLAND TO HELENSVILLE TO WELLSFORD 82 Wellsford 85 TRIP 3 – CENTRAL AUCKLAND TO ŌREWA TO WELLSFORD (INCLUDES LEIGH, MATAKANA) 86 Rodney 94 North Shore 96 Ōrewa 97 Warkworth 98 Snells Beach 98 Matakana Coast & Country 99 Wellsford 99 TRIP 4 – CENTRAL AUCKLAND TO MANUKAU TO ĀWHITU PENINSULA 100 East Auckland 107 Auckland Airport 108 Pukekohe 110 Waiuku 111

TRIP 1 – AWAKINO TO NEW PLYMOUTH (via Inglewood) TO HĀWERA (SURF HIGHWAY 45) TO WHANGANUI (via Stratford) 258 Urenui 268 Waitara 268 New Plymouth 268 Hāwera 272 Whanganui 273 TRIP 2 – WHANGANUI TO PALMERSTON NORTH (via Bulls and Feilding) 274 Marton 280 Feilding 280 Palmerston North 281 TRIP 3 – NAPIER TO PAHIATUA (CLASSIC WINE TRAIL PART 1) 284 Napier 291 Havelock North 294 Hastings 295 Waipawa 296 Waipukurau 297 Dannevirke 297

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Woodville TRIP 4 – PAHIATUA TO WELLINGTON (CLASSIC WINE TRAIL PART 2) Masterton Castlepoint Carterton Greytown Martinborough Upper Hutt Lower Hutt Petone Wellington TRIP 5 – WELLINGTON TO FOXTON BEACH Paekākāriki Paraparaumu Waikanae Ōtaki Levin Waitārere Beach Foxton Foxton Beach Hīmatangi Beach

297 298 306 306 306 307 307 308 309 309 309 314 318 318 318 318 319 319 319 320 320


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North Island Map Cape Reinga

North Cape

Doubtless Bay

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Houhora Karikari Peninsula Heads Whatuwhiwhi Rangiputa Whangaroa Harbour Tauranga Bay Awanui Matauri Bay 10 Kaitaia BAY OF ISLANDS

Pukenui Ninety Mile Beach

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Ahipara 1 Kohukohu Kaikohe Rawene Kawakawa

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othland is a vast area with over 1700km of coastline and a great deal to explore, from the Far North of Cape Rēinga and the aquatic playground of the Bay of Islands, to the clear freshwater lakes of the Kauri Coast. The selfdrive Twin Coast Discovery Highway connects the little coves, beaches and bays of the east and the wild, sweeping coastline, immense dunes and vast harbours of the west. With 800km of distinct and spectacular scenery, driving the highway is a perfect way to experience much of the region, as will taking roads less travelled to all its corners. The region is home to a smorgasbord of natural delights: dive the Poor Knights Islands, swim with dolphins, sail to some of the 144 islands in the aptly named Bay of Islands, explore forest, clifftop or hill-country scenery on walking tracks, experience some of the established cycle trails and drive from coast to coast. However you prefer to travel,

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Mangawhai to Whangārei 1hr, 72.4km (side trip to Whangārei Heads)

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Whangārei to Paihia via Tutukākā 2hr, 117km (side trip to Russell)

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Paihia to Cape Rēinga to Kaitāia 4hr 26min, 327km (side trips to Mātauri Bay and Whatuwhiwhi Peninsula)

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Kaitāia to Matakohe 3hr 27min, 232km (side trip to Kai Iwi Lakes)

your journey through Northland will be fascinating, gratifying and memorable. Northland is also rich in history. From Polynesian navigator Kupe’s arrival in Hokianga Harbour and the Māori settlement of the west coast, to the old stone buildings of Europe and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, established on the east coast, there is much to explore here. Māori and shared history is evident throughout the region. Many historic sites remain, as do some of the country’s oldest buildings. It was in the Bay of Islands that Māori chiefs and representatives of the British Crown began the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. Northland is therefore rightly proud to be called the Birthplace of the Nation.


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Start the day at

Mangawhai Mangawhai to Waipū and Waipū Beach via Cove Rd 30min, 25.2km Waipū to Whangārei via SH1 through the seaside town Ruakākā and inland to Otaika 40min, 39.3km

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Whangārei to Whangārei Heads from the urban centre of Whangārei, drive beside the Hātea River and along a scenic seaside road to Whangārei Heads – a beautiful coastal area of volcanic peaks and beaches 30min, 26.9km

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our Northland escapade starts here. Head out of Auckland and aim for Mangawhai – the first of the many coastal villages that dot Northland’s east coast – before hitting the shores of the sparkling Pacific Ocean and cruising up the coast. Mangawhai Heads, Langs Beach, Waipū Cove and Ruakākā: the beaches that follow are some of the region’s most popular, with dazzling white sand and playful surf. Take a detour to Marsden Cove to check out this growing marine village and the Marsden Point Oil Refinery, or continue along SH 1 bound for Whangārei. From here the Whangārei Heads jut out into the ocean with the sheltered bays of the Whangārei Harbour on one side and the stunning ocean coast on the other; well worth an exploratory side trip.


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HIGHLIGHTS MANGAWHAI AND MANGAWHAI HEADS With rolling surf perfect for playing and a harbour and estuary with calm water for safe paddling, Mangawhai appeals to all. Kick back and go fishing, swimming, surfing, birdwatching or horse riding and play golf.

LEFT: Waipū © Virginia Guy BELOW: Whangārei town basin © Getty Images

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WAIPŪ Waipū is a bonny wee place with cafés, bars and art studios. The town’s original 940 European settlers came from Scotland via Nova Scotia in Canada, and the Waipū Museum tells the story of their settlement. And the nearby beach, Waipū Cove,

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is perfect for long walks, safe swims and family camping holidays. THE HEART OF WHANGĀREI The Town Basin Marina, at the heart of the city, is popular with international yachties and houses art galleries, specialty shops, cafés and eateries including the awardwinning The Quay restaurant. WHANGĀREI FALLS Situated not too far from the city, the Whangārei Falls are spectacular. These 26m-high falls are accessible via a 30-minute loop walk through native bush, and there are vantage points at the top and a picturesque picnic spot at the base.


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WHANGĀREI The Town Basin Marina, at the heart of the city, is popular with international yachties and houses art galleries, specialty shops and cafés. From here, take a stroll along the waterfront to see impressive public art.

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his small, sunny city combines a beautiful harbour with an above average quota of natural attractions and activities. It’s known for its creativity, for its exceptional beaches and walkways and for its relaxed, welcoming vibe.

Basin Marina, where specialist shops present truly special and highly tempting original pieces. At the northern end of the Town Basin you will find the canopy-covered ‘Market Bridge’ where an artistans’ market operates each Saturday during the summer.

Many artists and craftspeople have made Whangārei home so visitors are spoilt for choice when it comes to browsing galleries, craft shops and artist workshops. Some fine examples of locally made art can be found in the Town

Artists are well represented in public art too; check out the landmark bridge in Morningside, known as Te Matau a Pohe. It is truly impressive. There’s a good range of cafés, bars and fine dining options

here, easily found in the centre of town. Whangārei has many walking paths and gardens, too. Native bush walkways lead to Mair Park and Mt Parihaka. Yes, the views from the peak of the mountain watching over the city are worth the effort. Another walk to take is to Whangārei Falls, accessible via a short track just out of town. Perhaps its greatest asset is Whangārei’s access to many glorious beaches, just a short drive out to the harbour head or to Tutukākā Coast.

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TRIP 1 NORTHLAND Mangawhai Cliffs Walk © Getty Images RIGHT: Ocean Beach © Whangārei District Council

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walks MANGAWHAI CLIFFS WALK The rugged beauty of New Zealand’s coast unfolds with panoramic views offering spectacular photo opportunities along this walk from the shoreline to the clifftops. Highlights include unique rock formations and the opportunity to see passing whales and schools of sharks. 5km, 2-3 hours return.

WAIPŪ COASTAL TRAIL There are wonderful views out to the Hen and Chicken Islands and Whangārei Heads. Land and sea birds can be observed along the way. Mature coastal pōhutukawa forests grow from steep limestone cliffs, with rock formations similar to those at Punakāiki on the West Coast of the South Island.

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HATEA LOOP Whangārei has become quite the place to go for pontists – that’s people who fancy bridges - with the construction of Te Matau a Pohe (a lifting bascule road bridge over the Hātea River) and the Kotuitu Whiti foot and cycle bridge over the Waiarohia Stream. They’re both part of a 4.2km loop for walkers and cyclists around the upper river, which passes the shops and galleries of the Town Basin and passes local sculpture and information panels about the area’s heritage. 4.2km, 1 hour.

MT MANAIA TRACK A steady climb through regenerating native bush to the summit of Mt Manaia rewards you with breathtaking views of the entrance to Whangārei Harbour.

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Highlights include one of the most dramatic harbour entrances in New Zealand, and the spectacular view from the Bluff lookout to Bream Head and the Hen and Chicken Islands. 3.5km, 2-3 hours return.

TE WHARA TRACK This is an excellent day hike with challenging, steep parts but stunning views making the effort worth it. It’s at Whangārei Heads, in the Bream Bay Scenic Reserve starting from Ocean Beach or Urquharts Bay. Through some of the best coastal forest in the North Island, you’ll trek to the Te Whara summit for panoramic views from Cape Brett to Cape Rodney. On a clear day, the Gulf islands shine. 7.5km, 5-6 hours.


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BEACHES MANGAWHAI HEADS A popular white-sand surf beach and a lovely, calm estuary for a more sedate experience. The dunes looked after by the Department of Conservation are a stand-out feature.

LANGS BEACH A beautiful beach around the corner from busier Waipū. It’s popular for swimming, although it can be dangerous in poor conditions. WAIPŪ COVE With kilometres of golden sand for lazing on, rolling surf for playing in, rock pools for fossicking and a beachside café for a coffee and a bite to eat, this is one of the region’s most popular beaches.

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RUAKĀKĀ With 13km of white sand and surf, Ruakākā is a magnet for surfing, swimming, fishing and watersports. There’s a children’s playground and a racecourse. M U ST DO’s • NOR THLAND

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his stunning 600ha peninsula has many beautiful bays and a backdrop of towering volcanic peaks. Known for its wonderfully varied scenery, it’s bordered by the sheltered bays of the Whangārei Harbour on one side and the stunning ocean coast on the other. Between these runs the backbone of 20 million-year-old volcanic peaks. One of the head’s most striking physical features, these ancient volcanoes mimic the shape of the islands offshore. Along the spine are the peaks of Mt Lion and Manaia – well worth the steep climb for the spectacular views.

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The Whangārei Harbour is good for swimming at high tide and exploring at low tide. It also has excellent opportunities for fishing, surfing, kayaking and diving, and has some of the North Island’s most notable walking tracks. Climb to the top of the Heads for unparalleled views over the harbour. Te Araroa National Walkway passes through Whangārei Heads for 30km from Pataua South to McLeod Bay where there’s an old church – one of the earliest Presbyterian churches in New Zealand. Reotahi also has incredible views. Pull over at the Tiller Park sign and take the steep track to spectacular lookouts. Take a stroll along the volcanic

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causeway at Taurikura then cool off with a swim and a cold drink. Historic Māori and European sites await you on the Busby Head and Smugglers Bay walking tracks, along with good swimming and fishing at Urquharts Bay.


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BREAM BAY Bream Bay stretches from Mangawhai to Whangārei Harbour in a scoop of impressive coastline, with settlements Ruakākā, One Tree Point and Marsden Cove along its edge. Ruakākā Beach is one long expanse of white sand, One Tree Point is a sheltered spot great for swimming and fishing and at Marsden Cove is a safe, all-tide, deep water marina. All have beachy, summery village character and wonderful views across the bay to Mt Manaia on Whangārei Heads. Bream Bay © MarsdenMaritime.co.nz

MANGAWHAI / MANGAWHAI HEADS

• The perfect place to stop, relax and enjoy the stunning white sandy lagoon-style harbour & dunes. • Surf beach & famous ‘clifftop walk’ nearby. • A family friendly holiday hotspot & water lover’s paradise • Relax on one of our beachfront sites with picture perfect views of the estuary or choose from our nicely appointed accommodation options • No Pets • Shops, cafés, restaurants, golf course nearby. • Full amenities. Kayak & paddleboard hire.

www.mangawhaiheadsholidaypark.co.nz • Reservations : 09 431 4675

Riverside Holiday Park

www.riversideholidaypark.co.nz

• Family park, modern facilities, private sandy beach • Close to restaurants, cafés, tavern, sand dunes, surf beaches, bird sanctuary, golf course • Internet access • Pets by arrangement • 3 s/c cabins: 1 studio unit, 2 x 2-brm units (up to 6 persons) • Power/non-power sites • Tariff: $40-$150 (double) 41 Black Swamp Rd, Mangawhai Ph/Fax: +64 9 431 4825 Email: office.riverside@xtra.co.nz

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TRIP 1 NORTHLAND WAIPŪ / WAIPŪ COVE

Camp Waipu Cove 869 Cove Rd, RD 2, Waipu Cove Ph: +64 9 432 0410 Email: info@campwaipucove.com www.campwaipucove.com Camp Waipu Cove’s camping ground has been a Northland holiday haven for generations of Kiwi families. Our park’s great facilities, supreme patrolled surf beach and well-kept accommodation create the ideal setting for a classic Kiwi getaway. Including kitchen and self-contained cabins, power and non-power campsite, with full use of three large amenity blocks. WiFi available. Cabins make a perfect family getaway and are located just metres from the beach. Near to playground, all wheelchair accessible.

Relax in a slice of Pacific paradise –Š‘a great place to rejuvenate and unwind’ Midway between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

• DIRECT Beach Access • 12 Ground-floor Self-contained Apartments • Own Courtyards • BBQ Areas • FREE Guest Laundry • HOT Spa Pool • HEATED Swimming Pool • Sky TV 50+ Channels • FREE WIFI (Unlimited) 891 Cove Rd, Waipu Cove Northland, NZ Phone +64 9 432 0348

Email info@waipucoveresort.co.nz

www.waipucoveresort.co.nz

Waipu Museum & Boutique Gift Shop

Open 7 days 9.30am – 4.30pm Come on a voyage of discovery with a UNESCO MOW listed collection documenting the journey of 1000 Highlanders from Scotland to Canada, South Africa, Australia, and to New Zealand over a 30 year period told in an award-winning interactive exhibition. Or come shop at our gorgeous gift shop.

Ph: +64 9 4320 746 36 The Centre, Waipu E: info@waipumuseum.com www.waipumuseum.com

ROADSIDE STORIES Roadside Stories - are audio guides that keep you entertained on your road trip around New Zealand. The app contains 13 major road trips across the country with 140 stops. Each stop has a four-minute audio file and images of the location. You’re not just travelling from A to B but you learn about the people, the history, and the cultural and natural significance of the area you’re passing through. Given the size of the audio guide files, we recommend to download (only) those tours relevant to you (prior to your trip), ideally somewhere where you don’t have to pay for data. Each tour includes a map showing the location of the stops.

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RUAKĀKĀ / ONE TREE POINT / BREAM BAY

Welcome to Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park Best family camp in the North!

• Waterfront family camp • Safe swimming at patrolled surf beach & estuary • Park-like grounds, 225 power sites & 75 tent sites, 9 backpacker cabins • Tennis court, kitchens, laundries, toilets, showers • Short drive Marsden Cove Marina, Waipu Golf Links & historic village • Tariff: from $35.00 ( 2 people)

21 Ruakaka Beach Rd, Ruakaka • ruakakacamp@outlook.com

Ph: +64 9 432 7590 • www.motorcamp.co.nz

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Ruakaka Beachfront Motel The Motel on the Beach at Ruakaka

115 Ruakaka Beach Road, Ruakaka Ph: +64 9 432 7166 • Hosts: Mike & Elaine Email: info@ruakakabeachfront.co.nz

• 1 x 3-brm house & 18 units • The South Wing has 6 superior units: 1 x 1-brm & 4 spacious studios with sea views & 1 x access unit • The North Wing has 12 s/c 1 or 2-brm units (sleep 1-5), 6 with sea views • SKY Guest Select, My Sky, Free WiFi, BBQ area • BEACH FRONT property with safe swimming on a patrolled beach, tranquil location only 1.5hr from Auckland & the Bay of Islands • Near food outlets & glowworm caves • Adjacent to surf club with plenty of off-road parking • Tariff: $145-$200 (2 persons), extra $10-$20

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INVERIE HOLIDAY UNITS 218 Doctors Hill Rd, Ruakaka/Waipu P: +64 9 432 0036 E: whp@nzpoyners.com www.inverie.co.nz SPECTACULAR SEA VIEWS. Minutes drive to beach, golf, racecourse and restaurants. Free WiFi. 3 fully self-contained units (sleep 1-4). Swimming pool. Continental breakfast available. Senior citizens discount. Tariff: $90-$120 (2 persons), extra person $20. ES:TX4 M U ST DO’s • NOR THLAND

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Explore subtropical

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Otuihau - Whangārei Falls

Find out more at WhangareiNZ.com

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Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park

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Your ideal holiday accommodation choice in scenic, sub-tropical Whangarei.

0800 521 104 24 Mair Street Whangarei

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Quiet, central & scenic setting • 2km to city centre • Free Unlimited WiFi • BBQ • Easy stroll to restaurants & city • Bush/Riverside walking tracks

Whangārei’s favourite horticultural haven Lush subtropical displays • Dry cactus desert • Japanese tranquillity • Temperate house Not to mention our famous native fernery and filmy fern house! Come and enjoy ‘time out’ no matter what the weather. There is a newspaper to read or just sit and relax. Our friendly team are always happy to see you and love to chat.

OPEN DAILY 10AM - 4PM • FREE ADMISSION Whangarei District

First Avenue | Whangārei | New Zealand P 09 430 4200 | www.wdc.govt.nz Wheelchair accessible

RESERVATION FREEPHONE: 0508 243 846 Bay of Islands (1 Hour)

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Auckland (1 Hour 45 Minutes)

Cnr Cheviot St & Western Hills Dr (SH 1), Whangarei • Ph: +64 9 438 2341 Close to Town, Hospital & Sports Venues www.cheviotpark.co.nz M U ST DO’s • NOR THLAND

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CONTINENTAL MOTEL • 17 spacious studio, 1-brm & 2-brm units. Full kitchens. • Air-conditioning/heat pumps in all units. Free WiFi & SKY TV. • Heated pool (summer) and spa. • Accessibility unit wheelchair-friendly. • Central and convenient to all city amenities.

67 Kamo Rd, Regent, Whangarei • Ph: +64 9 437 6359 • info@continentalmotel.co.nz

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BURGUNDY ROSE MOTEL 100 Kamo Rd, Whangarei P: +64 9 437 3500 F: +64 9 437 3808 E: stay@burgundyrosemotel.co.nz www.burgundyrosemotel.co.nz Res: 0800 228 220 Refurbished rooms from $105. Affordable, spacious, clean studio & family units. Close to Whangarei CBD and walking distance to Kensington Stadium and Sports Grounds. Pets by arrangement. Tariff: from $115-$135.

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MOKABA CAFE 6 Quayside, Town Basin, Whangarei P: +64 9 438 7557 E: info@mokabacafe.co.nz www.mokabacafe.co.nz A delightful café with a wide range of tasty home-cooked food on their breakfast and lunch menus. Plenty of gluten-free options including cakes and counter food. Sheltered and covered indoor and outdoor dining overlooking boats and bridge. Licensed. Open 8am-5pm daily. Free WiFi.

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RIVERSIDE CAFE 14 Quayside, Town Basin, Whangarei P: +64 9 430 0467 E: info@riversidecafe.co.nz www.riversidecafe.co.nz In the centre of the Town Basin overlooking the Hatea River and yachts from all over the World is Riverside Café – fabulous food, delicious coffee, friendly service, excellent variety, dine indoors or out, fully licensed – a place for all the family. We look forward to welcoming you. Open seven days, 8am-4pm. Free WiFi.

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85 Scott Rd, Whangarei Heads, Whangarei Phone: +64 9 436 2293 Email: stay@blueheron.co.nz

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• Holiday Homes • Motel • Cabins • Waterfront Sites Also... • Swimming • Fishing • Kitchen • Barbecues • Laundry

• Quiet self-contained units including 2-brm apartment with own entrance (sleep 4-6), water views. • Garden unit on ground floor has flat access. • Visit Northland: explore Whangarei Heads’ ocean beaches, golf, walks, cafés. • Tariff: from $99-$130 (2 persons), extra person $30. Continental/ cooked breakfast. Free WiFi. 10% off for stays of 3 days or over. 73 Scott Rd, Tamaterau, Whangarei P: +64 9 436 2220 • E: info@whangareibandb.co.nz

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Whangārei to Hikurangi via SH 1 23min, 23.7km Whangārei to Tutukākā loop towards the coast to Tutukākā, then Matapōuri, then to the main route at Hikurangi 1hr 13min, 62.7km

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Hikurangi to Kawakawa Inland via Hukerenui and Kawiti Glow Worm Caves in Waiomio 30min, 38.6km Kawakawa to Russell via Waikare Rd, Russell Forest and Waikare Inlet 53min, 40.5km or by ferry via Ōpua 47min, 21.7km

Kawakawa to Paihia via the port of Ōpua 20min, 16.8km

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hether you’re staying in Whangārei for a few days or passing through on your way further north, a detour from the city centre out to the east coast is essential. Be warned: spectacular views and beaches designed for walking, swimming and relaxed picnics may slow your progress. Once you leave the coast and swing inland for the trip up to the Bay of Islands, the landscape changes. Farmland, forests and a scattering of small towns dot the route, along with intriguing historic sites. Stop in Kawakawa for a stroll among the shops and a visit to the famous public toilets before taking the last 16km to Paihia, where the scenery changes again – and dramatically. Welcome to the Bay of Islands.

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TRIP 2 NORTHLAND WHANGĀREI FALLS Just off SH 1 and only 5km from the city centre of Whangārei is this cascading gem that has a reputation for being the most photographed waterfall in New Zealand. ADVENTURE FOREST, GLENBERVIE If you have the kids on board and they are keen to let off steam, then drive another couple of minutes up the road and you’ll find 12 tree-top challenge courses packed with thrills, fun and action. KAWITI GLOW WORM CAVES Just before you reach Kawakawa, follow the signposts and discover the magic of these glowworm and limestone caves by taking a guided tour. Pay a visit to the internationally renowned HUNDERTWASSER TOILET BLOCK in the small settlement of Kawakawa. Also, if you’re passing through here on

Friday, Saturday or Sunday, check out the vintage train that runs down the middle of the main street.

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ŌPUA If you’re a keen sailor, be sure to stop here. You can charter a yacht, take a cruise or simply watch boats arriving from all over the South Pacific. BAY OF ISLANDS Marvel at pods of wild dolphins, migratory orca, seals and blue penguins in the pristine big blue yonder. Experience the Bay of Islands the old-fashioned way with a cruise on the R. TUCKER THOMPSON, a traditional gaff-rigged schooner. Enjoy a journey through some of New Zealand’s earliest settlements on the two-day TWIN COAST CYCLE TRAIL – POU HERENGA TAI. This trail connects Ōpua in the Bay of Islands and Hōreke in the Hokianga.

WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS AND MUSEUM OF WAITANGI: Explore the stories and events that shaped our nation. HARURU FALLS Only 5km west of Paihia, these falls cascade in a rare horseshoe shape. It’s a great place for a picnic and there’s an excellent walking track between the waterfall and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, past mangroves. .LEFT: Hundertwasser toilets, Kawakawa © Northland Inc.

TOP RIGHT: Diving Poor Knights © Dive Tutukākā TOP: Matapouri Beach © Getty Images

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SIDE TRIP FROM WHANGĀREI 29KM, 30MIN Take a circular route along the beautiful Tutukākā Coast from Whangārei or Hikurangi and feel the lure of turquoise ocean. Highlights include:

MATAPŌURI BAY An irresistible expanse of white sand greets you here. Dip your toes in, or join the locals in a flying leap off the bridge at high tide.

WHALE BAY Come here for seclusion because this bay is only accessible on foot from a

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coast track at the northern end of Matapōuri Bay.

SANDY BAY This is one of the best surf spots on Northland’s east coast and the final beach before the road turns inland, back to join SH 1 at Hikurangi. WHANANAKI has many more magnificent beaches and is well worth a detour. While here, explore WHANANAKI COASTAL WALKWAY – take a walk with spectacular ocean views and admire the longest footbridge in the southern hemisphere.

WARO RESERVE This curious boulder-strewn place has a limestone quarry swimming hole. Charter a fishing boat at

TUTUKĀKĀ MARINA. Take a boat cruise 23km out to the world-renowned marine reserve, the POOR KNIGHTS ISLANDS to snorkel, dive or kayak with the experts. These islands are an international icon; that they are accessible, thanks to dive charter operators, is a genuine gift to visitors. This definitely rates as a Must-Do!

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PAIHIA Early morning, Paihia © Getty Images

CULTURE & HISTORY • Spend time at the Treaty House at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds – guided tours, cultural performances, Whare Wakai Café, Hangi & Concert • Visit Russell, one of the country’s oldest European settlements and see the country’s oldest church, Christ Church, built in 1836. Also visit Pompallier Mission, constructed in 1842 to print Māori language books.

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MAGICAL PAIHIA Paihia is a little beauty. Nestled between rolling green hills, the sea and biscuit-coloured beaches, it’s a fun spot to stay a while. There are plenty of accommodation options, from low-key camping to high-end luxury, and the range of attractions here varies from the indulgent to the adrenaline-pumping. Book time at a day spa, catch a culture show, enjoy seafood at a top restaurant with views over the bay or shop for souvenirs. If you’re feeling adventurous, consider skydiving or parasailing. The nearby Waitangi Treaty Grounds features an excellent museum, the Treaty House (built in 1832 for the first British resident, James Busby) and the beautifully detailed whare rūnanga, the meeting house on the site where New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was first signed in 1840.

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Getting out on the water is the best way to see the bay, whether it’s aboard a modern or historical sailing vessel, a fishing charter, dolphin-watch boat, a cruise out to Urupukapuka Island or the Hole in the Rock at Piercy Island at the eastern entrance to the Bay, or just taking the ferry between Paihia and Russell. LEFT: Hole in the Rock Trip © Fullers Great Sights BELOW: Cruising into Russell, Bay of Islands © Destination Northland

AQUATIC PLAYGROUND • Take a cruise – the famous Hole in the Rock cruise or the Cream Trip • Charter a yacht or launch • Snorkel • Swim with the dolphins • Go sea kayaking • Join a dive tour

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View over Ōpua RIGHT: Puketī Forest BOTH © Getty Images

THE LONGER WAY to Russell is from Kawakawa through the Russell Forest and around the Waikare Inlet. It’s a picturesque but narrow, winding route. ALTERNATIVELY drive from Kawakawa to Ōpua (11.5km) and take the 22-minute Ōkiato car ferry ride across the harbour. From there, it’s a tenminute drive to Russell. A REGULAR PASSENGER FERRY SERVICE FROM PAIHIA WILL ALSO DELIVER YOU TO RUSSELL. It’s worth the effort. Russell is a romantic, beautifully located historic town with lovely accommodation and

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exceptional restaurants and cafés. You can spend time here just wandering the streets, exploring the galleries and boutique shops and admiring historic houses and churches. THE WHARF where the passenger ferry from Paihia is based is always buzzing with activity, as is the beachfront, where sitting in the sunshine eating ice cream and watching the swimmers and boaties makes for an idyllic afternoon. Take a swim at the safe little beach, among the moored boats. Or spend time fishing; this is a holiday town.

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Make sure you check out

POMPALLIER HOUSE – the only surviving pioneer printer and tannery in New Zealand. It’s a fascinating, well-presented story. Enjoy a lunch or an evening meal at the historic DUKE OF MARLBOROUGH.

Take the FLAGSTAFF HILL LOOP WALK through native bush to the top of the hill, where you can see the famous flagstaff that was chopped down four times by Māori in opposition to British rule. Soak up the 360-degree views of the Bay of Islands and stroll over to the centennial sundial.


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PUKETĪ FOREST WALKS: The Puketī and Omahuta forests offer a range of good walking opportunities.

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Swap the city noise for beautiful beaches, breathtaking views and great outdoor activities from diving and hiking to golf and surfing. We are only 30min from Whangarei and 2.5hr north of Auckland on the stunning and unspoilt Tutukaka Coast. We offer 28 spacious hotel rooms that feature a super king-size bed, ensuite, tea & coffee-making facilities, WiFi & Sky TV including 2-brm apartments with 2 ensuites, separate living area and a full kitchen – ideal for families. Wahi Restaurant offer fresh, seasonal breakfast, lunch and dinner menus 7 days a week. Our friendly team will make you feel at home and we look forward to welcoming you to paradise!

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TUTUKAKA HOLIDAY PARK • 2-minute walk to marina, boat ramp, dive centre & restaurants • Wide variety of accommodation available • Dump site available for guest use • Boat, caravan and campervan storage • Tariff: from $20-$25 sites (pp), $75-$180 cabins (double), seasonal 285 Matapouri Rd, Tutukaka Phone/Fax: +64 9 434 3938 Email: tutukakaholidaypark@gmail.com

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THE SANDS MOTEL 48 Whangaumu St, Tutukaka Coast, Whangarei P: +64 9 434 3747 E: sandsmotel@xtra.co.nz www.sandsmotel.co.nz ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT, walk from your unit to beach. 6 fully self-contained spacious 2-brm units. Beach suitable for safe swimming, ideal for fishing & sailing. Short drive to restaurants, cafés, takeaways. Free WiFi. 50+ Sky TV channels. Mooring available. Tariff: $110-$180 ES:TZ6 (2 persons), seasonal rates apply.

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WHANANAKI

Northland’s Best-kept Secret!

2160 Whananaki North Road, Whananaki North P: +64 9 433 8896

A Location for Everyone! Fishing, Diving, Tramping, Surfing, Bird Watching, Sailing and canoeing. The Camp! Swimming Pool, Kitchen, BBQ, Pizza Oven & Store next door with Dive Fills and Takeaways. Packages: NZMCA, Winter, School & Tramping Specials. Tariffs: from $16. Camping, Cabins & Motel Units. ESRT[4 Pet-friendly: by arrangement. W: www.whananakiholiday.co.nz E: stay@whananakiholiday.co.nz 36 |

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RUSSELL *Accommodation to suit all budgets and groups *Amazing rare birdlife filmed by BBC *Kiwi Trail *Wondrous night skies *Pool *Playground *Bikes for hire *Wood BBQs & Pizza Oven *Café & shop on site *Native flora & fauna *EV charging *Enviro conscious *Pet friendly *Central to walking & cycle tracks www.russellaccommodation.co.nz stay@russellaccommodation.co.nz 5960 Russell Road, Russell 09 403 7704

Russell TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 092 1 James Street, Russell

Relax and play around the beautiful Bay of Islands. Enjoy a spectacular view from your site or accommodation! Self-Contained Units | Cabins | Sites • Glamping Tents • 500m to town centre, restaurants & beaches • Tour bookings • FREE WiFi • FREE SKY TV • Large well-equipped camp kitchen & BBQ area • Park-like surroundings with stunning sea views • Children’s playground • FREE school holiday activities

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TRIP 2 NORTHLAND MOTEL RUSSELL 16 Matauwhi Rd, Russell P: +64 9 403 7854 www.motelrussell.co.nz E: stay@motelrussell.co.nz Range of studios, 1 & 2-brm units in tropical setting. FREE WiFi. Off-street parking. Russell village/waterfront 5min walk. Tour desk. Clean, comfy, friendly. Tariff: $110-$250 (2-4p). Extra $30. Seasonal rates. Visit website or phone for best rates. SKY Select TV. ES:T4

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• Quality studios & apartments • Quiet and central location • Sea views • FREE WiFi & internet kiosk • Serviced daily • Warm & sunny outlook • ­­Swimming beach/ restaurants/wharf 250m • FREE bikes/tennis & BBQ • Secure bike storage 2 MacMurray Rd, Paihia • Ph +64 9 402 6236 • Email: info@admiralsviewlodge.co.nz

www.admiralsviewlodge.co.nz • Reservations Freephone 0800

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Road trip games Group Story Telling

Odds, Evens

I Spy

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Someone starts a story and, after a couple of sentences, points to someone else to continue the story. Or “I spy with my little eye”. Use colour or first letter as a hint. Whoever guesses correctly goes next.

Name That Tune

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Two players pick either “odds” or “evens”, say, “One, two, three...shoot,” and stick out one or two fingers. Two can play. Both players make rock paper or scissors shapes behind their backs, say “One, two, three,” and show their hands.


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WiFi. Swimming pool. Safe river kayaking. Volleyball court. Flying fox. Large recreation room and covered BBQ area including pizza oven, playground, ideal for social & educational tour groups. Well-presented cabins and tourist flats. All-weather sites. Friendly welcoming staff. Spotless amenities. Pet-friendly. Your host: Gordon. Tariff: $16-$165.

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We specialise inWe Newspecialise Zealand- in New Zealand -made art, clothing and souvenirs. Purchase that made art, clothing and souvenirs. timelessgift gift Purchase that timeless or or simply browse and enjoy: simply browse and enjoy: Bone & Wood Carvings We are pleased to • Greenstone, Bone & Wood Jewellery invite you to visit • Jewellery T-Shirts & Caps our exclusive zone • T-shirts & caps Cosmetics where everything Art • Manuka HoneyLocal & Cosmetics you see is NZ made and much more... • Local Art – 100% pure Kiwi! • and much more… by the wharf The Best New Zealand shopping in The Bay of Islands New Zealand ownedLocated and operated New Zealand owned and operated

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Open every day | Worldwide postage duty-free | Free gift-wrapping Traditional & Contemporary Art,Building Clothing• Russell, & Accessories Bay of Islands: Paihia, Williams Rd & Maritime Cnr Cass St/Strand Phone: + 64 9 402 7318 | www.thecabbagetree.co.nz

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Paihia TOP 10 Holiday Park

Situated in a private bay, surrounded by native bush, just a couple of minutes’ drive south of the centre of Paihia.

0800 876 014 1290 Paihia Rd Paihia 2019

Cabins | Sites • Situated right on the water front • BBQ Area • Adventure Playground • Boat Ramp • Free WiFi • TV Room • Café • Secure bike storage

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Pioneer Waterfront Apartments Absolute waterfront apartments with all facilities, self-contained, in Paihia, Bay of Islands • 2-bedroom apartments • WiFi • BBQ • SKY • Flatscreen TV • Spa bath • Private balconies

• Swimming & kids paddling pool, hot spa • Off-street parking • 2min walk from town centre and wharf

0800 27 27 86

www.pioneerapartments.co.nz | hosts@pioneerapartments.co.nz | 44 Marsden Rd, Paihia

ABRI APARTMENTS 10-12 Bayview Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands

M: +64 27 928 2072 E: stay@abriapartments.co.nz www.abriapartments.co.nz Two self-contained luxury studio chalets with king-size bed, spa bath, kitchen facilities, stunning sea views, BBQ and subtropical garden. 3min walk to Central Paihia. Tariff: $153-$399 (2 persons) depending on unit/season.

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Maritime Building, Marsden Rd, Paihia P: +64 9 402 8430 E: reservations@tucker.co.nz www.tucker.co.nz Res: 0800 88 25 37 Climb the rigging/take the helm/ride the bowsprit. Day sail includes Devonshire Tea + BBQ lunch/vegetarian option. Late afternoon sail includes antipasto. Pick-up Paihia, ship departs from Russell. Cash bar. Operating daily Nov-April. ABSOLUTE BLISS 24 Joyces Rd, Paihia, Bay of Islands  P: +64 9 402 8212 E: absolutebliss@me.com www.absoluteblisspaihia.nz In central Paihia. 2 smart, modern, spacious, well-equipped apartments. Short walk downtown. Large balconies with sea views, surrounded by bush. King-size bed, ensuite bathroom. Free WiFi. Parking. Lift & air-con. CEGS:T ALFA BOUTIQUE MOTEL 76 Seaview Rd, Paihia P: +64 9 402 7686 E: alfamotel@xtra.co.nz www.alfamotel.co.nz Beach 40m, flat walk to town. Recently refurbished, 32-inch LCD TV, free WiFi. 7 s/c apartments, studios & 1-brm, (all queen-size & single beds). Tariff: studio $100-$170, 1-brm $120-$200 (2 ES:TZ[ persons), $20 extra person. Seasonal rates may apply.

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Kerikeri to Mangōnui via SH 10 through Kaeo 48min, 60.1km Mātauri Bay loop via Mātauri Bay Rd to Mātauri Bay, return to main route via Wainui & Whangaroa rds 1hr 9min, 69.2km

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Mangōnui to Cape Rēinga via SH 10 and then onto SH 1 at Awanui 1hr 48min, 132km To Whatuwhiwhi Peninsula turn off SH 10 before Lake Ohia to the beautiful peninsula 16min, 17.5km Cape Rēinga to Kaitāia via SH 1 through Te Kao, Houhora Heads and Pukenui 1hr 30min, 110km

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KERIKERI Famously fresh produce, history, craft and pretty tropical gardens attract visitors to sunny Kerikeri and once there, they discover a lot more. As one of the first towns to be settled by Europeans, it has plenty of rich stories to tell. The town oozes healthiness, too. Shady shopping streets, lush parks and walking tracks through bush add to the sense of well-being and relaxation. Kerikeri is a veritable healthy food bowl, with a climate ideal for growing citrus, kiwi fruit, avocados, macadamia nuts and tamarillos. As there are also

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artisan cheeses, chocolates, liqueurs and wines made here, this is the place to stock up for your road trip.

DOUBTLESS BAY You’re spoilt for choice of stunning beaches here. Cooper’s Beach is perfect for safe swimming, rock pool exploration and sunrise walks. KAITĀIA is the gateway to the Far North; if you don’t want to drive to Cape Rēinga along the beach, this is where to join a tour to the top. While you’re in town, visit the regional museum to learn about gum digging and Māori history.


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most powerful in New Zealand – and the multidirectional sign. It’s an awesome place to visit, with ocean views stretching forever. Great swim and surf beaches are on tap at

HOUHORA

It’s understandable that CAPE RĒINGA beckons. Thousands of tourists make the pilgrimage each year to take photographs by the solar-powered lighthouse – one of the

on the narrow isthmus leading to Cape Rēinga. Here is the photogenic Pukenui Wharf, HOUHORA HARBOUR with its famously good fishing grounds and an historic

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hotel in which to relax over a refreshing drink overlooking scenes of utmost tranquility.

HARURU FALLS Just out of Paihia, these falls cascade in a rare horseshoe shape. It’s a great place for a picnic and there’s an excellent walking track between the waterfall and the Waitangi Treaty Grounds past mangroves. To enjoy impressive views of a region, grab your camera and head inland to the MT BLEDISLOE LOOKOUT a few kilometres from Paihia.

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Mātauri Bay is a sheltered, clear-water haven for divers and swimmers and is a popular holiday place with plenty of accommodation options, including camping right by the beach. From Kerikeri take SH 10 north west; after a 10-minute drive turn right into Mātauri Bay Rd. Here you’ll find white-sand beaches and clean, clear water. It offers great surfing, diving, swimming and snorkelling and is the final resting place for the Greenpeace ship Rainbow Warrior which has become a living reef, attracting marine life and recreational divers. Hike up to the headland at the northern end of the beach to see the Rainbow Warrior memorial.

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On Karikari Peninsula, at the northern end of • Legendary fishing and easy boat launching are Tokerau Beach is Whatuwhiwhi, a delightful also part of the mix. seaside area with several uncrowded • Base yourself here for easy access to Doubtless beaches nearby. Bay, Mangōnui, Coopers Beach and Taipa. • It’s a family-friendly part of the world, with Whatuwhiwhi is just two hours from Whangārei, safe swimming and shady beaches perfect for an hour from Kerikeri and within organised tour picnicking. distance to Cape Rēinga – yet while you’re here, you could be a million miles away, such is the feeling of peace and isolation. LEFT: Whatuwhiwhi • BELOW: Te Werahi Beach Track BOTH © Getty Images

Coastal hikes, beach walks, native forest treks and family-friendly adventures are all on offer in sunny Northland.

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walks TE WERAHI BEACH TRACK From Cape Rēinga/Te Rerenga Wairua, this track follows the west coast down to Te Werahi Beach. 2km, 45min.

TAPOTUPOTU BAY TO CAPE RĒINGA Starting at Tapotupotu Bay this track offers wide views before

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descending into Sandy Bay and on to the Cape Rēinga lighthouse. It’s popular for families camping at Tapotupotu. 5km, 3hrs.

lake popular with water sports enthusiasts, day visitors and locals. 1hr.

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walk in the Mangōnui area with views, access to a small beach and a pā site to explore. This is a great option for children. 40min.

Located in Lake Ngatu Recreational Reserve, this is an easy walk around Lake Ngatu, a freshwater dune

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Kemp House and Stone Store, Kerikeri © Northland Inc.

Kerikeri’s Kemp House (1821-22) and the Stone Store (1832) are two of New Zealand’s oldest buildings and are both well worth visiting. Nearby Rewa’s Village, a replica Māori fishing village, provides fascinating insight into pre-European life. KERIKERI

THE KAURI WORKSHOP • Plenty of gift ideas for all budgets. • Wide range of handcrafted wood made from New Zealand native timbers including kauri, rimu, totara and pohutukawa. • Overseas shipping available. • Come on in and see our woodturner at work.

www.kerikeri.co/kauri-workshop • P: 09 407 9196 500 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri • E: kauriw@xtra.co.nz

Mmm... the ultimate chocolate experience. Visit our Boutique Chocolate Factory and Chocolate Café.

Hand-made chocolates and other natural temptations

Kerikeri Road, Kerikeri, Bay Of Islands. Freephone 0800 MAKANA or visit www.makana.co.nz

COOPERS BEACH SAN MARINO MOTOR LODGE 3 San Marino Dr, Coopers Beach, Doubtless Bay P: +64 9 406 0345 E: sanmarinomotorlodge@xtra.co.nz www.sanmarino.co.nz Absolute beachfront! Families welcome. 4 family, 4 studio s/c units. Separate upstairs backpackers room. Safe beach. Fish, explore. ES:TX[ Shops 2min. Tariff: $120-$280 (seasonal). M U ST DO’s • NOR THLAND

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Whatuwhiwhi TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 062 17 Whatuwhiwhi Road Kaitaia

Adjacent to the shores of Perehipe Beach, Whatuwhiwhi TOP 10 offers legendary fishing, easy boat launching, safe swimming and plenty of relaxation. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Tour Booking Desk • Playground • BBQ Area • Private Spa • WiFi • TV Room with SKY • Car/boat wash area • 2 minute walk to beach

HOUHORA/HOUHORA HARBOUR/HOUHORA HEADS

Houhora Heads (Wagener) Holiday Park CLASSIC KIWI CAMPING Peaceful location on the picturesque Houhora Harbour Swimming pool • 30min north of Kaitaia en route to Cape Reinga • Boat ramp • Close to 90 Mile Beach • Pizza oven Pet • Ensuite & standard cabins, power & non-power sites Friendly • Swimming pool • Hire kayaks • Popular fishing spot • Safe swimming, BBQ gazebo area, playground, secluded sites • Tariff: cabins from $68-$120, sites from $15pp. Seasonal rates/surcharge may apply

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PUKENUI

New Zealand’s northernmost motel

• Harbourside accommodation, views of Houhora Harbour • Fabulous beaches • 90 Mile Beach 10km • Cape Reinga 70km

• Family and studio units • Swimming pool • Wireless internet • Boat and trailer parking • Fishing, sandboarding, quad bike tours & coastal walks

Tariff: $120-$145 (2 persons) 3 Pukenui Wharf Rd, Pukenui T: +64 9 409 8837 E: stay@pukenuilodge.co.nz

www.pukenuilodge.co.nz

SwellMap Surf SWELLMAP SURF PROVIDES YOU WITH THE LATEST SURF AND MARINE WEATHER PREDICTIONS FOR HUNDREDS OF SPOTS AROUND NEW ZEALAND. FORECASTS ARE UPDATED FOUR TIMES A DAY, USING THE LATEST ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC MODELS. KAITAIA

Asure Way farer Motel 231 Commerce Street, Kaitaia Email: wayfarermotel@xtra.co.nz • Reservations: 0800 118 100

www.wayfarermotel.co.nz

• Central main street location • Short walk to all restaurants & shops • 25 spacious studio, 1 and 2-bedroom units with cooking facilities • Breakfast on request • Swimming pool, spa & playground

Affordable Accommodation for Explorers of the Far North Paradise 235 Commerce St, Kaitaia • Phone: +64 9 408 1275 Email: lodge@beachcomber.net.nz Website: www.beachcomberlodge.com

• Cape Reinga – 90 Mile Beach tours arranged • Corporate, tourist & family accommodation • Sky Guest Select 50+ channels in all rooms • FREE WiFi • Asure Loyalty Programme • Tariff: from $125 (2 persons)

Steak, Seafood, Salad Bar & Gluten free options 222 Commerce St, Kaitaia • Phone: +64 9 408 2010 Email: restaurant@beachcomber.net.nz Website: www.beachcomber.com

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Kaitāia to Ahipara via Kaitāia-Awaroa Rd near Herekino Forest and then on to Ahipara Rd to Ahipara 12min, 13.4km Ahipara to Ōpononi via Ahipara Rd, KaitāiaAwaroa Rd, Awaroa Rd, Broadwood Rd Kohukohu Rd and across Hokianga Harbour on a ferry to Rāwene on SH 12, then on to Ōpononi 1hr 57min,102km

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Ōpononi to Kaihū via SH 12 through Ōmāpere and the Waipōua Forest 58min, 55.7km

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his part of your adventure will change all preconceptions of Northland. This road trip reveals an untamed wilderness in intriguing glimpses of secretive valleys, bush-clad hills, dusty roads and, at Kohukohu, the surprising west coast. Hokianga Harbour is like no other. It’s deep and dangerous, with an infamous bar at its mouth, and great sand dunes on the northern edge creating an otherwordly backdrop. There is a lot of history in this region and it’s worth slowing down for. Then it’s down the coast, south, to Dargaville with a few delights along the way including the magnificent Waipōua Forest, the utterly surprising Kai Iwi lakes and the arrival in Matakohe for a dose of kauri gum story-telling.

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AHIPARA is a rugged little beach town at the southern end of NINETY MILE BEACH. It’s famous for its towering sand dunes, spectacular sunsets and one of the best left-hand surf breaks in the world. Ideally your introduction to the HOKIANGA HARBOUR would be by ferry from Kohukohu or Rāwene so as to get a feel for the strong tide and the marine drama of this wild harbour. Then drive to harbourside ŌPONONI and ŌMĀPERE and historic HŌREKE. RĀWENE must be explored, too. This village, on the southern edge of the harbour and the landing

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for the car ferry from KOHUKOHU, is blessed with charm and intrigue. Visit historic CLENDON HOUSE, wander the streets past heritage gardens, check out the delightful local art gallery and take in the habour views over a quiet lunch. If you’re interested in the incredibly rich kauri history of the region, add KAIHŪ to your itinerary. This town played an important part in Northland’s kauri-logging boom during the 19th and early 20th centuries and today celebrates that with a gallery dedicated to all things kauri. Allow time to spend in

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DARGAVILLE known for growing good kūmara – find out more at The Kumara Box – but there is a lot more to this river town; boat charters, fishing, walking tracks and pride in its history as the centre of kauri felling and gum digging in the 1870s. And the excellent district museum shares stories of the KAIPARA HARBOUR. PAHI Marvel at pods of wild dolphins, migratory orca, seals and blue penguins in the pristine big blue yonder from this sweet settlement. CLOCKWISE from top left: Kohukohu heritage buildings © AATP • Taumarere Bridge © Twin Coast Cycle Trail • Arai Te Uru beach © Getty Images


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KAURI LEGACY There are only a few pockets of kauri left now. Northland was built on the milling of the valuable timber and the digging of the gum for varnish in the 19th century. Magnificent kauri still rule in WAIPŌUA FOREST north of Dargaville and, closer to the town, in TROUNSON KAURI PARK. Having met kauri face to face, head to MATAKOHE KAURI MUSEUM to learn the history of this incredible and impressive tree. LEFT: Waipōua Forest © AATP BELOW: Tane Mahuta © Getty Images

TANE MAHUTA Your journey down the west coast takes you through Waipōua Forest, an impressive swathe of protected native forest that is home to New Zealand’s largest living kauri tree – TANE MAHUTA, ‘LORD OF THE FOREST’. This imposing giant has a 13.77m girth, a trunk height of 17.68m and a total height of 51.5m. Tane Mahuta’s nearest challenger is TE MATUA NGĀHERE, ‘FATHER OF THE FOREST’. Due to the threat of kauri dieback disease, keep to the tracks, stay away from kauri tree roots and clean your gear before and after visiting. To check the track is open beforehand, go to www.doc.govt.nz

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HOKIANGA’S COAST > Rāwene > Waipōua Forest > Sand Dunes > Ōpononi’s historic jetty > Kohukohu

of the best AHIPARA This unspoiled sandy beach is at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach and is best known for surfing, fishing and incredible sunsets. It’s also ideal for invigorating walks, land yachting and shellfish gathering. ŌMĀPERE Together with its neighbour, Ōpononi, this harbour beach

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Breaking up the trip with short walks, visits to historic sites and houses, explorations of towns, picnic and stops will keep everyone on board happy.

BEACHES provides shelter, shade and deep water swimming for confident, careful swimmers.

but it’s brilliant for long walks and picnics in the dunes as the sun goes down.

BAYLYS BEACH This is a classic west coast beach with big surf and wild temperament. Swimming is exciting but dangerous here, with rips and powerful waves that change with the tide and without warning,

PAHI On the Kaipara Harbour, a short drive from Matakohe, this small settlement has a delightful beach perfect for evening summer picnics and high tide swimming.

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Clendon House Masonic Hotel Methodist church Rāwene courthouse Kohukohu ferry

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on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour, 3km from Hōreke, was built in 1838-1839 for the Reverend Nathaniel Turner. The largest signing of the Treaty of Waitangi took place here and that event is remembered each year on February 12 – festivities that all are welcome to – but visitors can tour the house and grounds all year round.

the south head of the Hokianga Harbour with expansive views of the coast and across to the famous sand dunes is this hugely significant historic site. It marks the first landing of

Kupe, Māori settlement of the area and European influence. Remnants of the signal station which guided ships across the harbour entrance, which closed in 1951, can still be seen.

CLENDON HOUSE This charming home in Rāwene was built for Captain James Clendon, the Chairman of New Zealand’s first bank and the first United States Consul in this country. Now owned by Heritage New Zealand and open to visitors, it provides fascinating insight into early colonial history.

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Stopping along the way to enjoy the view or get some fresh air makes the journey better for everyone.

Hokianga Wharf © David Kirkland

KAI IWI LAKES FROM DARGAVILLE 35KM, 30MIN It’s a detour of 11km from SH 12 between Hokianga and Dargaville to see Kai Iwi Lakes and it’s a detour well worth taking.

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SPEND A DAY OR TWO These dune lakes are like nothing else. They’re very deep but rimmed with warm, shallow water making them ideal for swimming. Their whitesand beaches are perfect for sunbathing. The three lakes are within the wide green expanse of the 538ha Taharoa Domain, where you can camp or just visit for the day. It really is an extraordinary spot.

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kayaks, windsurfing boards, boats and water skis, even your fishing and diving gear. As well as rainbow trout,

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there are kōura, crabs and freshwater mussels in the lakes.

ON THE LAND Satisfying activity options include cycling or hiking around the lake perimeters; there is an extensive walking track system within Taharoa Domain. The lakes are just 2.5km from the Tasman Sea and you can walk to the coast on a walkway that accesses an adjoining farm property. Once you have completed your hike or your cycling adventure, it’s back to the lakes for a dip.


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VISION OF THE PAST MATAKOHE Built on the banks of the Matakohe River, this settlement is probably best known for its excellent museum dedicated to the history of kauri. It tells stories of the pioneer settlers of the area through the theme of kauri, with high-quality displays and elements of surprise that create an exceptionally fun experience for visitors of all ages.

DARGAVILLE MUSEUM TOP: Pōuto Lighthouse, Kaipara Harbour © Getty Images ABOVE: Kauri trees, Bushmans reserve, Matakohe © Matakohe Top 10 Holiday Park

Overlooking the township with views across the Northern Wairoa River, the Dargaville Museum Te Whare Taonga o Tunatahi is a genuine treasure

trove of the region’s history. From around 1880 to early 1900, Dargaville was the country’s busiest port so, along with kauri industry history, there is a wealth of marine history at the museum.

KAIPARA HARBOUR This shallow harbour is, surprisingly, one of the largest in the world, with over 400 square kilometres exposed as mudflats and sandflats at low tide. Its heyday was during the kauri boom. These days, it’s home to kayaks, fishing charters, bird watching and cruises between Dargaville and Helensville.

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‘A place to eat with a view hard to beat’ 22 Reef View Rd, Ahipara Ph: +64 9 409 4888 Email: baymotel@ahipara.co.nz www.ahiparabaymotel.co.nz

Ahipara Bay Motel Bayview Restaurant & Bar

To Kaitaia 14km

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• Studios & self-contained 1 & 2-brm units • Spectacular views of 90 Mile Beach & Reef Point • Tour Desk • Only 3km from Kaitaia 90 Mile Links Golf Course Ninety Ahipara Mile Beach • Bayview Restaurant & Bar featuring stonegrill dining Tasman Heights • Pet-friendly by arrangement REEF VIEW RD Ahipara • Tariff: $110-$210 (2 persons), Bay Motel To Shipwreck Bay extra person $20 Reservations: 0800 90 MILE (906 453) Seasonal rates apply.

Highway Reports – 0900 33 222

Calls cost $1.30 per minute (Children, ask your parents first)

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HOLIDAY PARK

Pick-up point for Cape Reinga tours

Gateway to Ninety Mile Beach • FREE WIFI • FREE GAS BBQ • 4 hectares park-like setting • 5min walk to 90 Mile Beach • Cabins, ensuite rooms, park motels, backpackers, tent/ campervan sites

• Quad bike, surf & sand board hire • Horse trekking • Pet-friendly • Winter ‘weekly’ rates • Large vehicle access

Freecall reservations: 0800 888 988 www.ahiparaholidaypark.co.nz

TUATUA RENTALS 90 MILE BEACH 250 Ahipara Rd, Ahipara P: +64 9 409 4875 E: info@tuatuarentals.co.nz www.tuatuarentals.co.nz Self-ride on one of our Yamaha quad bikes on the world-famous 90 Mile Beach. Enjoy the total exhilaration as you open the gas, the salt air in your face the fresh wind in your hair. All bikes are fully automatic very easy to ride with full instruction given. Drivers licence required. Bookings essential. NZTA licensed operator.

AED locations app IF YOU, YOUR TRAVEL MATES AND FELLOW ROAD USERS HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY WHERE THE PATIENT NEEDS RESUSCITATION, KNOWING WHERE THE NEAREST AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) IS COULD SAVE LIVES. THE AED LOCATIONS APP HELPS YOU FIND THE NEAREST AED BASED ON OUR LOCATION. AED LOCATION INFORMATION IS STORED BY THE APPLICATION AND AVAILABLE OFFLINE. 58 |

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The Link Across the Hokianga Harbour on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway... ail the Kohu Ra Tuarua from picturesque Rawene across the scenic Hokianga Harbour and onto Kaitaia, Ninety Mile Beach and fabulous Cape Reinga. Or travel south to Kohukohu, board the Kohu Ra Tuarua to Rawene, the beaches of Opononi and Omapere and giant Kauri of the Waipoua Forest. The Kohu Ra Tuarua accommodates 24 vehicles and their passengers on the 15 minute crossing.

EXTENDED TIMETABLE South Terminal North Terminal

RAWENE 7.30am 8.15 8.45 9.30 10.30 11.30 12.30pm 1.30 2.30 3.30 4.30 5.30 6.30 7.30

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4km South of Kohukohu 7.45am 8.30 9.00 10.00 11.00 12.00 1.00pm 2.00 3.00 4.00 5.00 6.00 7.00 8.00

For more information: P: +64 9 405 2602 • E: ferry@broadspectrum.com RAWENE

HOKIANGA HARBOUR NEW ZEALAND

HOLIDAY PARK 1 Marmon St West, Rawene Ph: +64 9 405 7720

Situated on a hilltop, sheltered by native trees with stunning harbour views. Family owned and operated, wide range of accommodation, pet-friendly by arrangement.

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Kauri Arts & Crafts Gallery • • • • • • •

Must-see attraction Wide range of ancent kauri furniture Wood art & crafts Pottery & glass NZ greenstone & paua jewellery Kauri slabs/timber available Shipping available worldwide

2888 State Highway 12, Kaihu, RD9 DARGAVILLE • P: 09 439 7227 • F: 09 439 7337 • M: 0274 930 504 • E: kauri.furniture@xtra.co.nz

www.nelsonskaihukauri.co.nz

Open 9-5 Mon-Sat in summer, 9-5 Mon-Fri in winter

METSERVICE METSERVICE – WITH NEW ZEALAND’S NOTORIOUSLY UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER, A WEATHER APP COMES IN HANDY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE ABOUT TO SET OUT ON A HIKING TRIP OR BOOK A FERRY CROSSING. THE METSERVICE NEW ZEALAND WEATHER APP THIS APP IS A LOCATION-SERVICE ENABLED TO PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO FORECASTS AND OBSERVATIONS MOST RELEVANT TO WHERE YOU ARE. IT PROVIDES A QUICK OVERVIEW WITH MORNING, AFTERNOON, EVENING AND OVERNIGHT ICONS FOR 47 FORECAST AREAS; AN INTERACTIVE NATIONAL TEMPERATURE MAP AND 48-HOUR FORECAST GRAPHS THE APP ALSO INCLUDES A REAL-TIME RAIN RADAR FOR YOUR AREA, ZOOM-ABLE 3 DAY RAIN FORECAST MAPS AS WELL AS SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES FOR YOUR LOCATION. IT EVEN ALLOWS YOU TO CUSTOMISE YOUR WEATHER DASHBOARD AND VIEW LIVE TRAFFIC CAMERAS FOR URBAN LOCATIONS. 60 |

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Kai Iwi Lakes one of NZ’s best holiday spots! Northland’s shining jewel 35km from Dargaville. 538 hectares of premier recreation reserve with white sand, freshwater dune lakes and 2 campgrounds.

Kai Iwi Lakes Camp • Only 3 hrs from Auckland, 35km from Dargaville • Tent & Campervan sites • Walking and cycling tracks

• Water lovers’ paradise • Powered sites available • Mobile shop open: 26th Dec - 6th February

Perfect for camping, swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, exploring walking and cycling tracks, wildlife & close to surf beach.

Taharoa Domain, Kai Iwi Lakes & Domain Road, Omamari, Dargaville, Northland Phone: +64 9 439 0986 • Email: lakes@kaipara.govt.nz ON-LINE BOOKINGS: www.kaiiwicamp.nz

ROADSIDE STORIES Roadside Stories - are audio guides that keep you entertained on your road trip around New Zealand. The app contains 13 major road trips across the country with 140 stops. Each stop has a four-minute audio file and images of the location. You’re not just travelling from A to B but you learn about the people, the history, and the cultural and natural significance of the area you’re passing through. Given the size of the audio guide files, we recommend to download (only) those tours relevant to you (prior to your trip), ideally somewhere where you don’t have to pay for data. Each tour includes a map showing the location of the stops.

• 5 separate self-contained holiday homes ranging from 1-bedroom houses to 4-bedroom houses • 3 glamping tents with a fully equipped communal house • Backpackers room • A quick drive to Kai Iwi Lakes and Ripiro Beach • Tropical grounds • Children’s playground • Farm animals • Free WiFi • BBQs • Pets by arrangement • Kayak hire

Kai Iwi Lakes Resort

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Kauri Coast TOP 10 Holiday Park

Set on two idyllic hectares of peaceful parkland, surrounded by native bush with river boundaries on three sides.

0800 521 080 7 Opouteke Rd, off Trounson Park Rd, Kaihu, Dargaville

30km north of Dargaville off SH12 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Peaceful native setting • BBQs • Playgrounds & Sports Facilities • WiFi • On-site Shop • Swimming Holes • Guided Kiwi Walks

BAYLYS BEACH HOLIDAY PARK Experience the west coast

13km west of Dargaville

Taste Kumara where it’s grown • Enjoy surfing or fishing • Explore the Kauri Forest and say hello to Tane Mahuta • Visit the pristine Kai Iwi Lakes • Learn about the area’s rich heritage in the local museums - or just relax and let the pressures of life disappear

• Self-contained units - 3-bedroom cottages - Baches - Tourist flat • Ensuite cabins • Cabins (4 to 6 people) • Linen hire • Pet-friendly • Tents & power sites • Free WiFi

• Kitchen, toilet, shower, laundry, BBQ and outdoor setting • Children’s playground • Campervan sites Tariff from : $36-$150

24 Seaview Rd, Baylys Beach, Dargaville P: +64 9 439 6349 • E: motorcamp@baylysbeach.co.nz

0800 229 597 (0800 BAYLYS) www.baylysbeach.co.nz

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HOBSON’S CHOICE MOTEL

212 Victoria Street, Dargaville Email: hobsonschoice@xtra.co.nz Ph: +64 9 439 8551

• Dargaville’s newest motel • 21 studio, 1 & 2-bedroom units, some with spa bath • Centralised swimming pool with tropical surroundings • Close to cafés, restaurants and town centre • Gateway to Kauri forest • Short drive to Baylys Beach, golf course & Kauri Museum FREE WiFi + HIGH DEFINITION SKY TV 50+ CHANNELS

FREE WIFI

RESERVATIONS: 0800 158 786 www.hobsonschoicemotel.co.nz

There’s so much to do in your own backyard, down the street, or just a few hours away… Plan your next Kiwi holiday online 101MustDos.co.nz MATAKOHE The award-winning Kauri Museum – Guardians of the kauri story, past, present and future • Focussing on the importance of the kauri tree to highlight New Zealand’s past and present, and inspire a sustainable future. • Impressive displays, stories and interactive exhibits form the country’s largest undercover museum. • A must-see destination to start your Kauri Coast adventure! • Gift store with great Kauri products Open daily: 9am-5pm (Closed Christmas day) • Contact details: Ph +64 9 431 7417 5 Church Road, RD 1, Matakohe 0593, Northland • Email: admin@kaurimuseum.com

www.kaurimuseum.com

HARBOUR VIEW COTTAGES 986 Tinopai Rd, RD 1, Matakohe P: +64 9 431 6448 E: info@harbourviewcottages.co.nz www.harbourviewcottages.co.nz 2 fully self-contained 2-brm cottages with stunning panoramic rural & Kaipara Harbour views. Peaceful country setting. 10min drive from Kauri Museum & Tinopai beach. Tariff: $100 (double), $20 each extra person.

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PALM HOUSE B&B & COTTAGE 669 Pahi Rd, RD 1, Paparoa

P: +64 9 431 6689 M: +64 27 688 8296 E: palmhousepahi@xtra.co.nz www.palmhousepahi.co.nz Palm House is  situated on the shores of tranquil Pahi, 12km from the Kauri Museum, a convenient stopover on your West Coast adventure. Enjoy excellent hospitality and well-appointed  accommodation together with delicious meals. Tariff: couple $120, single GS:Z\6 $75. M U ST DO’s • NOR THLAND

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uckland is an excellent base for road tripping adventures but is, of course, a destination in itself. It’s a place where big-city style and stunning beauty go hand in hand, with breathtaking scenery, world-class food and wine, sparkling harbours, island retreats, great shopping and spectacular arts and events. Experience fine dining, explore colourful markets, take a sip from our abundant wine, beer and coffee culture and delight in this thriving foodie paradise. Explore Auckland’s many distinguished retail hubs,

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from contemporary shopping precincts to character-filled high streets. Learn about Auckland’s eclectic culture and rich history from local guardians and conservators in the many museums and galleries; explore Auckland’s vibrant art scene. Discover pretty seaside villages, wild coastlines and vast harbours and embrace the great outdoors on some of the world’s most beautiful nature trails. From world-class festivals and concerts to thriving theatre, hip bars and a sophisticated nightlife, there’s entertainment in Auckland for everyone.

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ometimes a straight line isn’t the best way to a destination – especially when that destination is Waitākere, the area named for the ranges that run along the western edge of Auckland. Head along the northwestern motorway and watch for signposted turn-offs to Titirangi, to begin exploring. Auckland to Hauraki Gulf Islands Downtown Auckland to Rangitoto Island, 25min ferry ride Downtown Auckland to Waiheke Island, 35min ferry ride Downtown Auckland to Great Barrier Island, 4.5hr ferry ride (or 35min flight from Auckland Airport)

ABOVE: Muriwai Gannet Colony © AATP

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There’s much to discover, from Māori settlement and inter-tribal conflict, to how Croatian immigrants created the thriving Auckland wine industry. Dig your feet into iron-rich sand and hear the surf boom, then walk through lush native bush in the Waitākere Ranges. Formed approximately 15 million years ago by volcanic activity, the ranges enjoy a higher annual rainfall (2000mm) than central Auckland (1268mm) – so pack a raincoat if skies look grey. Snugly wrapped in a coat of green, bush-clad Titirangi village feels light years away from other Auckland suburbs. It’s the jumping-off point from which to visit many of the west coast beaches, yet Titirangi is also a destination in its own right.


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HIGHLIGHTS RIVERHEAD TAVERN Pub eats on outdoor terraces with water views. THE TASTING SHED, KUMEŪ Rustic, tasty and regular award winners. LITTLE CREATURES, Hobsonville Point: Brew pub inside a former seaplane hangar. It’s impossible to say which is the best of the west’s BLACK-SAND BEACHES. Just make sure you visit at least one of these jewels: Whatipu, Karekare, Piha, Anawhata, Te Henga/Bethells Beach or Muriwai. VISIT A VINEYARD Some of New Zealand’s oldest wine dynasties were established after Croatian immigrants put down roots in the early 1900s, and they produce some fine drops. LOPDELL PRECINCT Enjoy the many surprises of Te Uru gallery; the community art at Lopdell House; and the Turkish-inspired menu of Deco Eatery. WHOA! STUDIOS Fantastical and fun for kids of all ages, with shows, a film studio and a play park. Bonus: kid-friendly fine dining at The Grounds.

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COLIN MCCAHON HOUSE The famous New Zealand artist’s former home nestles among kauri trees and bush; it’s now a centre offering insights into McCahon’s life and work. TITIRANGI VILLAGE MARKET Arts, crafts, clothing and more made by ultratalented locals, held on the last Sunday of each month. MURIWAI’S GANNETS A major drawcard of Muriwai is the gannet colony at Otakamiro Point. It’s an easy walk from the beach along a well-formed path to vantage points to see the colony.

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HALLERTAU BREWERY, RIVERHEAD Live music, craft beer and hearty food. KUMEU WINERIES Knock on the cellar doors for tastings at Soljans Estate, Coopers Creek and Westbrook Winery – and stay for lunch.

ABOVE, LEFT: Beer garden © Hallertau Brewery ABOVE: Whoa! Studios © Philip Simpson


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CENTRAL AUCKLAND

> Sky Tower > Auckland Zoo > Kelly Tarlton’s > Butterfly Creek > MOTAT > Mission Bay

ABOVE: Auckland at night © Matt Crawford / Tourism NZ

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efore you leave the city, there is a lot of exploring to do. On the waterfront in central Auckland, VIADUCT HARBOUR and WYNYARD QUARTER are home to many bars and restaurants with sparkling harbour views. PONSONBY RD is also on-trend for food and while you’re there, check out the designer boutiques. Shop for labels on QUEEN ST and on nearby KARANGAHAPE RD for vintage, retro and quirky. On your way to PARNELL, for elegant boutiques, galleries and cafés, spend time at the AUCKLAND DOMAIN and

the WINTER GARDENS. While you’re there, visit the AUCKLAND MUSEUM. Just up the road is shopping mecca NEWMARKET where you’ll find all the big clothing brands, craft galleries and vintage boutiques. And in MT EDEN discover a street full of genuine Kiwi life, with bookshops, green grocers, clothing boutiques and cafés. The city centre is not all hustle and bustle. CORNWALL PARK is an urban oasis. Within the 172ha gem is a working farm, cafés, avenues of elegant trees, walking trails, an observatory, and the volcanic summit of One Tree Hill. It’s very peaceful and pretty.

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A DOSE OF ART

Te Uru Waitākere Contemporary Gallery © Sam Hartnett

TE URU WAITĀKERE CONTEMPORARY GALLERY in Titirangi is something special. Soft light and curved spaces dominate the interior of this architecturally lauded building, which houses world-class exhibitions and offers glorious views. Local artists and craftspeople are well represented in Te Uru’s excellent gift shop.

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BORIC FOOD MARKET This family-owned Kumeu establishment offers a specialty food market, deli and farm-style playground. Produce is grown next door. ORATIA FARMERS’ MARKET Rock up to Hoani Waititi Marae on a Saturday morning for fresh produce and food products, coffee, breakfast and live music.

AVONDALE MARKET Every Sunday, an estimated 15,000-20,000 people converge on Avondale Racecourse. There are strong Polynesian and Asian influences in the produce, food, crafts and clothes on sale. GREEN BAY STREET FOOD Run by volunteers, zero waste and full of food trucks – this is a market with heart. Check their Facebook page for locations.


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ACTIVE OUT WEST TOP LEFT: Arataki Visitor Centre © AATP BOTTOM LEFT: Surfing West Coast © Todd Eyre RIGHT: Mountain bikers © Woodhill Forest/ ATEED

Blow away the cobwebs with activities ranging from gentle to pulse-pounding. WAITĀKERE RANGES REGIONAL PARK. This truly spectacular bushclad range is well worth exploring. Visit the Arataki Visitor Centre on Scenic Drive to learn about the area and for information on tracks closed due to kauri dieback. LEARN TO SURF Take on the challenge of the west coast’s waves the smart way – under the guidance of professionals from a surf school in Piha or Muriwai.

WOODHILL FOREST In this working forest, there are plenty of areas set aside for play. Get into mountain biking, four-wheel driving, horse riding, treetop adventure courses, motorcycling and more. KAYAK THE MOTU MĀNAWAPOLLEN ISLAND MARINE RESERVE Launch a kayak at the end of Pt Chevalier’s Walker Rd to explore tidal channels and mangroves. It’s a rich feeding ground for birds, from whitefaced herons and godwits to the endangered banded rail.

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Home to New Zealand’s largest marine reserve, the HAURAKI GULF stretches from Auckland’s shores all the way to Coromandel Peninsula. Many islands are accessible by ferry from downtown Auckland. Each is special and worth visiting, for day trips or for longer stays.

WAIHEKE ISLAND Waiheke Island is top of the visitor list for those seeking top-quality wineries and restaurants, classy cafés, boutique shopping and art galleries. As well as its sophisticated side, Waiheke has many great beaches, walking trails and historic sites to explore. ust 40 minutes away by ferry, Waiheke Island feels like a world away. It’s a suburb of Auckland, with many residents commuting to the city each day, so has more infrastructure than other islands in the gulf. Several ferries run between the island and the mainland every day.

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There is plenty of accommodation here and getting around is easy too, with buses, taxies and rental cars, bikes and scooters available.


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GREAT BARRIER ISLAND

uggedly beautiful, isolated Great Barrier Island is on the edge of the Hauraki Gulf, a short flight or a 4.5-hour ferry trip away. Stay at least a few days to explore its coastline, walking trails, history and culture and to experience the incredible night sky. Another of Great Barrier’s many divine experiences involves a one-hour walk through native forest to a natural hot spring.

Great Barrier was the first island in the world to become a DARK SKY SANCTUARY. It’s claimed that 5000 stars are visible on a clear night there

– about 10 times as many as across the rest of Auckland. A drive along the east coast reveals WHITE-SAND BEACHES, in contrast to the western side where the beaches are rocky and sheltered.

sures along the way including:

PAROA BAY WINERY – in a lovely setting, this vineyard uses traditional wine making methods.

The AOTEA TRACK makes for an engrossing multi-day walk.

CHARTER A FISHING BOAT or join a HELIFISHING tour to find the best fishing spots around the island. Discover the island’s NATIVE WILDLIFE, with great birdwatching, snorkelling and diving spots.

DAY TRIP TO AN ISLAND IN THE GULF A visit to Auckland is not complete without a visit to RANGITOTO ISLAND. Ferry services deliver day trippers to the island, timed to allow for a walk to its summit and back. It’s a fascinating walk through a volcanic landscape, shaded much the way by native trees and the view from the peak is sensational.

Rangitoto Island ABOVE, RIGHT: Great Barrier Island © ATEED

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AUCKLAND’S PREMIER SHOPPING DESTINATION

A Defining Auckland Place Sylvia Park is the largest shopping centre in New Zealand, with over 200 stores, more than 70 Fashion options, over 30 Dining choices, New Zealand’s preeminent entertainment and leisure precinct, state of the art Cinema Complex and a full bus and rail service. Designed to offer a relaxed environment for shopping, Sylvia Park has attracted a large range of quality retailers who have created an experience that is vibrant and excitingTakapuna where people can meet to shop, work and play. Albany

Westgate

Auckland CBD Newmarket Henderson

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Lunn Ave Royal Oak

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Sylvia Park is situated approximately 12 kilometres south west of the Auckland CBD and approximately 10 kilometres north of Auckland’s International Airport. With a full bus and rail service, shopping at Sylvia Park, New Zealand’s largest retail and leisure Centre, can be easily accessed by these modes of transport from anywhere in the region. Visit www.sylviapark.org for more details. Papakura

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Auckland’s Leading Fashion Destination Sylvia Park has the largest range of fashion and fashionable retail stores of any Shopping Centre in New Zealand, including H&M and Zara.

The Grove Dining District An alfresco dining experience in relaxing surroundings. With a focus on unique, quality food, great atmosphere and top quality restaurants; The Grove Dining District sets the scene for a great day or evening out. Offerings from top chefs, including Josh Emett are all part of this exciting dining district that promises to make your experience a memorable one.

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Mt Eden Motel

Auckland’s quiet centrally located motel • 25 fully self-contained units • Swimming pool, spa • Plenty of FREE on-site parking • FREE Continental Breakfast included • FREE Wireless internet • Sky TV • Close to Eden Park • Centrally located on city bus routes • Minutes to hospitals, shopping, Expo Centre, museums, zoo, Mt Smart Stadium & Vector Arena • Use your AA Card and receive fuel discount • All major credit cards accepted • Tariff: $120-$160 (2 persons), extra $20

For reservations only 0800 RES NOW (737 669) Email: edenres@xtra.co.nz www.mtedenmotel.co.nz 47 Balmoral Road, Mt Eden, PO Box 96188 Balmoral Auckland 1342 • Phone: +64 9 638 7187 • Fax: +64 9 630 9563

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Auckland Phoenix Palm

QUOTE AA2020 WHEN BOOKING TO RECEIVE A SPECIAL OFFER

• Affordable, spacious, self-contained studio & family units. • All ground-floor units, quiet street with easy motorway access, wireless internet. • Close to Ascot Hospital, Ellerslie Racecourse & Convention Centre, close to Newmarket & city.

Tariff: 1-bedroom from $159 (1 night), studio from $139 (1 night), kids under 12 year $15, extra person $20.

79 St Vincent Ave, Remuera, Auckland • Ph: +64 9 523 3388

RESERVATIONS ONLY: 0800 121 333

Email: phoenixpalm@xtra.co.nz • www.aucklandphoenixpalmmotel.co.nz

METSERVICE – WITH NEW ZEALAND’S NOTORIOUSLY UNPREDICTABLE WEATHER, A WEATHER APP COMES IN HANDY, ESPECIALLY WHEN YOU’RE ABOUT TO SET OUT ON A HIKING TRIP OR BOOK A FERRY CROSSING. THE METSERVICE NEW ZEALAND WEATHER APP THIS APP IS A LOCATION-SERVICE ENABLED TO PROVIDE EASY ACCESS TO FORECASTS AND OBSERVATIONS MOST RELEVANT TO WHERE YOU ARE. IT PROVIDES A QUICK OVERVIEW WITH MORNING, AFTERNOON, EVENING AND OVERNIGHT ICONS FOR 47 FORECAST AREAS; AN INTERACTIVE NATIONAL TEMPERATURE MAP AND 48-HOUR FORECAST GRAPHS THE APP ALSO INCLUDES A REAL-TIME RAIN RADAR FOR YOUR AREA, ZOOM-ABLE 3 DAY RAIN FORECAST MAPS AS WELL AS SEVERE WEATHER WARNINGS AND WATCHES FOR YOUR LOCATION. IT EVEN ALLOWS YOU TO CUSTOMISE YOUR WEATHER DASHBOARD AND VIEW LIVE TRAFFIC CAMERAS FOR URBAN LOCATIONS.

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Adjacent Lynn Mall shopping centre, walk to Avondale Sunday Markets. Near MOTAT, Zoo, Western Springs, UNITEC, St Lukes, golf, Eden Park, West City, Westgate. No Pets.

• Sky TV. Swimming pool. • Studio, 1 & 2-brm units • Deluxe studios not suitable for children over 1 year • All 1 & 2-brm units have hot plates • Double/single beds • Tariff: $125-$220 (2-6 persons)

85 Ash St, Avondale, Auckland Ph: +64 9 828 7593 Email: manager@avondalemotorinn.co.nz

www.avondalemotorinn.co.nz Reservations: 0800 828 759

Quality Hotel Parnell

10-20 Gladstone Road, Parnell, Auckland Quality Hotel Parnell has 105 air-conditioned rooms and apartments with 8 conference rooms, situated on 3.5 acres in the inner-city suburb of beautiful Parnell. Most hotel rooms and apartments have expansive views of the city and harbour with apartments featuring kitchens. On-site facilities include house bar, Gladstones Café Restaurant, free parking, room service, 24-hour reception and free WiFi. +64 9 303 3789 reservations@theparnell.co.nz

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REMUERA MOTOR LODGE

& INNER CITY CAMPING GROUND

Tariff: (per night) 1-brm unit/studio

from $130.00

2-brm unit Extra adult Extra child

from $140.00 $20.00 $15.00

Standard cabin

from $65.00

Cabin with kitchen Extra adult Extra child

from $90.00 $20.00 $10.00

Power sites 1 person/limited sites Extra adult Extra child

from $50.00 from $38.00 $20.00 $10.00

Non-powered sites 1 adult 2 adults Extra adult Extra child Tent sites

$25.00 $45.00 $20.00 $10.00 from $20.00

Car & campervan storage $10.00 per day

Central Auckland motor lodge and camping ground 10 minutes to city centre (5km), 20 minutes to Eden Park (8km), 10 minutes to Mount Smart Stadium (5km), 15 minutes to Spark Arena (7km) Quiet park-like setting, 1.4ha 15 fully self-contained studio, 1 and 2-bedroom motel units, 2 standard cabins, 4 cabins with kitchens, 50 caravan and campervan power and non-power sites, 20 tent sites Camp amenities include communal kitchen, toilet/shower (no charge), TV room, laundry, large swimming pool, BBQ area, off-street parking, WiFi access Close to shops, restaurants and main bus routes (within 200m)

Phone: +64 9 524 5126 Reservations: 0508 244 244 Email: remlodge@outlook.com www.remueramotorlodge.co.nz M U ST D O’s • AU CKLAND

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Main entrance Greenlane West, Auckland www.cornwallpark.co.nz Ph:09 630 8485

Cornwall Park is a breath of the countryside in the heart of Auckland, and is your park to explore and discover today. Come enjoy its nature, and walk or run its many paths, open lawns and paddocks before relaxing under your favourite tree. It’s been part of Auckland’s landscape since 1903 after it was gifted to New Zealanders by Sir John Logan Campbell and put into a trust that looks after it for you – and the generations to come.

Best Western Ellerslie International Hotel and Conference Centre

Reservations Freephone 0800 355 377 – Quote promo code EIH20 for special AA rate 2 Wilkinson Rd, Ellerslie, Auckland E: accom@eimi.co.nz | P: +64 9 525 1909

• • • •

CJ:Z`4

24 spacious guest rooms and suites. Free WiFi, Sky with 55 channels. Coffee machine. Air-conditioning & kitchenettes in all rooms. Free on-site parking available • Restaurant on site.

+64 9 529 4106 • reservations@greenlanesuites.com

www.cpghotels.com

• Located in the absolute centre of Auckland City, 50m from Queen St - Auckland’s main shopping street, 100m from the Sky Tower and Sky City

• A range of modern and quiet guest rooms and suites • Complimentary gym, licensed restaurant on site, conference facilities with latest technology

+64 9 303 1333 • res@presidenthotel.co.nz

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EXPERIENCE MOTAT, AUCKLAND’S ICONIC MUSEUM OF TRANSPORT AND TECHNOLOGY PUBLIC TRANSPORT FROM AUCKLAND CBD OR VIA THE AUCKLAND EXPLORER BUS

Great North Road and Meola Road | Western Springs | Auckland 0800 MOTATNZ (0800 668 286) | motat.org.nz

EPSOM KNIGHTS INN 234 Green Lane West, Epsom, Auckland

P: +64 9 623 9157 E: reservations@knightsinn.co.nz www.knightsinn.co.nz Res: 0800 456 4448 A place of luxury and comfort. Superb central location of Greenlane/Epsom – located directly opposite Alexandra Raceway, ASB Showground/EXPO centre & are just a few minutes away from the central city & other key commercial hubs. 26 spacious rooms plus a 2-brm apt refurbished in 2018. G:CSZX

SAI MOTELS – GREENLANE AUCKLAND 385 Great South Rd, Greenlane/Ellerslie, Auckland P: +64 9 579 6063 E: saimotels@gmail.com www.saimotels.com Res: 0800 927 678 Cosy city central budget motel with traditional hospitality & round-the clock service. Located close to the Central Park Business District, Ellerslie Racecourse & Convention Centre, Mt Smart Stadium, ASB Showgrounds & Greenlane Hospital. Tariff: RTXZ6 $89-$199, long-stay/seasonal rates. SYLVIA PARK MOTEL 153 Mt Wellington Hwy, Mt Wellington, Auckland P: +64 9 527 7404 E: booking@sylviaparkmotel.co.nz www.sylviaparkmotel.co.nz 13 self-contained units: 7 studio (sleep up to 3), 6 family units (sleep up to 5). All units fully equipped, all have heat pumps. 5min to Sylvia Park/Waipuna Conference Centre. 15min city. Near Mt Smart Stadium. Tariff: $150-$235.

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GREAT BARRIER ISLAND TIPI & BOB’S WATERFRONT LODGE 38 Puriri Bay Rd, Tryphena, Great Barrier Island P: +64 9 429 0550 E: margery@waterfrontlodge.co.nz www.waterfrontlodge.co.nz Modern, spacious and clean waterfront accommodation. 5 self-contained units including lounge, kitchette, bedrooms, ensuite & TV. S:X`6 Waterfront cottage available (sleeps 7). Licensed restaurant/bar and fantastic seaviews.

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Auckland to Helensville via SH 16 near Woodhill Forest 41min, 47.9km

Kumeū vineyard © Getty Images RIGHT: Coopers Creek vineyard © AATP Helensville town centre © Helensville News

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ind your way out west on SH 16 through northern Waitākere to discover the country charm of Kumeū, the many adventures to be had in Woodhill and Riverhead Forest and the pleasant stretch of highway that runs alongside the Kaipara Harbour.

In Māori, Helensville is known as Te Awaroa, or ‘the valley of the long river’ in reference to its location on the banks of the Kaipara River, at the southern edge of the vast Kaipara Harbour. Stay and explore the harbour itself. Your journey finishes in the pleasant country town of Wellsford, gateway to Northland at the junction of SH 1 and SH 16.

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Ease into the open countryside just outside Auckland city where you’ll find exceptional local produce in the small hubs of Kumeū and Waimauku.

Helensville to Wellsford via SH 16 49min, 57.3km

Wellsford to Kaipara Harbour via Port Albert Rd, Wharehine Rd & Run Rd 21min, 22.2km


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Kumeū is best known for its excellent wineries. Here, you can explore cellar doors or linger for a leisurely lunch while sampling the wares of local winemakers and craft beer brewers. Kumeū also has bountiful fresh produce from neighbouring orchards and roadside fruit and vege stalls and a lively village featuring boutique shopping, crafts and galleries.

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On the southern edge of the Kaipara Harbour, Helensville is a laidback hub of heritage and friendly hospitality. Founded on the kauri timber industry that dominated the region in the 1800s, Helensville has excellent museums that recount the tales of the town’s history. ake a stroll along the banks of the Kaipara River on the scenic Riverside Walkway, grab a bite at one of the local cafés or for some artistic edification, head a short way out of town to the Kaipara Coast Sculpture Gardens where you can wander amongst impressive artworks set amongst beautiful gardens.

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Nearby Parakai Springs has natural hot springs with hydroslides, private spas and family-friendly indoor and outdoor pools for a leisurely soak.


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WELLSFORD Right in the heart of things, Wellsford is the gateway to the east and west coasts and is halfway between Auckland and Whangarei.

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ESTUARIES & WHARVES With more than 800km of convoluted, curving coastline, the Kaipara is New Zealand’s largest harbour. The entrance from the wild Tasman Sea is protected by the symmetrical peninsulas of South Head and Pōuto in the north. Lazy hamlets, tidal estuaries rich in mangroves and marine life and pretty sandy bays abound here. Soak up the tranquility at one of the many campgrounds or reserves where relaxation goes hand-in-hand with picturesque harbour views. Retrace the routes of the historic steamers that used to operate in the harbour on a leisurely cruise to explore the Kaipara from the water, or follow your nose down one of the small side roads to find likely deserted bays and safe swimming spots in the warm sea. Try your hand at catching dinner on a fishing charter, or from one of the quiet wharves.

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• 11 quality, modern, ground-level s/c units • Complimentary wireless internet • Central to town & golf club • Tourist info & maps available • Private hot spa pool and sauna • Tariff: Single $105; Double $115-$155

www.castlecourtmotel.co.nz

FREEPHONE: 0800 004 718

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a journey through

Ōrewa

Auckland to Ōrewa Via North Shore, SH 1, Silverdale to Orewa. 31min, 36.9km Wenderholm Regional Park © Getty Images LEFT: Orewa Beach © ATEED

Orewa to Matakana via Hibiscus Coast Highway. 35min, 35.5km Matakana to Leigh via Leigh Rd. 13min, 13km Matakana to Wellsford via Leigh Rd 53min, 46.4km

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here is a lot to take in on this trip. Begin by crossing the iconic Auckland Harbour Bridge. Head north and take an easy detour via the Hibiscus Coast Highway to the pretty seaside settlement of Ōrewa for cruisy cafés and lovely beach walks. Explore Wenderholm Regional Park on the peninsula between the Waiwera and Pūhoi rivers, and pop in to Pūhoi for lunch or to sample some of the famous Bohemian cheese. On the main route, Warkworth is a bustling riverside village with interesting history, while the eastern coastline is home to several peninsulas boasting some of the region’s most stunning beaches. Detour to Matakana, famous for vineyards and its weekend market, and visit Goat Island, New Zealand’s oldest marine reserve.


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HIGHLIGHTS

ABOVE: Wenderholm Regional Park RIGHT: Puhoi Library OPPOSITE, TOP: Tawharanui Beach ALL © Getty Images OPPOSITE, BELOW: Paikiri Beach horse riding © ATEED

NORTH SHORE Over the bridge, explore The Shore. Devonport is a pretty village with lovely beaches, great walks and a quiet vibe. Climb Mt Victoria before driving up to Takapuna for a wander around this stylish suburb with fantastic shopping and funky bars and restaurants. WENDERHOLM Tucked in between the mouths of the Waiwera and Pūhoi rivers, Wenderholm Regional Park is an ideal spot for a picnic.

PŪHOI Explore the Bohemian heritage in the local museum, visit the famous Pūhoi pub or grab a bite at the equally renowned Pūhoi Valley Café

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and Cheese Store. WARKWORTH Warkworth has several great parks and playgrounds, a heritage trail that takes you on a gentle stroll through the town’s history and the Warkworth District Museum is a real asset to the town. SNELLS BEACH Just north of Warkworth, detour to this settlement on the eastern coast of Mahurangi harbour. WELLSFORD Right on the intersection of SH 1 and SH 16, this friendly rural town is the gateway to Kaipara to the west and to Mangawhai and Pakiri beaches to the east.


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TĀWHARANUI TREASURES Tāwharanui Regional Park is located on the eastern end of Takatu Peninsula. The park sprawls over 588ha, with walking tracks, a pest-free sanctuary and offshore marine reserve. It is also home to Anchor Bay, one of the region’s most beautiful white-sand beaches. There are camp sites and rentable baches operated by the Department of Conservation (DOC) in the park.

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of the best TAKAPUNA This long white sand beach on the North Shore is great for swimming, watersports and sunbathing and is bustling with nearby cafés and bars.

SCANDRETT At the northern tip of the Mahurangi Peninsula is Scandrett Regional Park which has many attractions including a great swimming beach.

PAKIRI BEACH Possibly the best way to experience the 14km of sugar-white sand at Pakiri Beach is on horseback – the guided treks here are famous. It’s also a good spot to stretch your legs or take a dip in summer.

ŌMAHA This stretch of spectacular coastline has white sand, excellent surf, safe swimming and uninterrupted views out to Little and Great Barrier islands.

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ŌREWA Picture a long curve of white-sand beach, shaded parks, an estuary with walking and cycling paths, a laid-back town with cafés and boutiques.

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nce a busy thoroughfare for traffic on the main road north, Ōrewa has morphed into a peaceful holiday hub now that the Northern Gateway Toll Road has diverted the bulk of vehicles away. The magnificent beach is the big attraction here. On a summer’s day it is busy with swimmers, surfers, families walking, children

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playing and often people trying out a range of water sports from paddling a kayak to balancing on a stand-up paddle board. The beach is also a popular spot for kite or wind surfing, whether you’re an adventurous participant or a coffee-sipping spectator. Ashore, the vibrant town is home to an abundance of dining options covering cuisine from around the globe, as well as all the shops and amenities you’d need. On Sunday mornings, the Ōrewa Beach Farmers’ Market is a must-visit for locally grown produce, plants, handcrafts and live music. Take a stroll along the Ōrewa Millennium Walkway, a two-hour trail that takes in both coastal estuaries and native bush. This lovely peaceful track can also be cycled. Ōrewa sits near the head of the Whangaparāoa


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Peninsula, which, for golfers, has the renowned Gulf Harbour course. Set atop the peninsula with ocean views and a links-style feel, the par 72 course is rated as one of the top ten in New Zealand. At the tip of the peninsula you’ll find Shakespear Regional Park. With sheltered, family-friendly beaches offering safe swimming, the park is also a pest-free open sanctuary with excellent walking trails, campsites and picturesque picnic spots. TOP: Ōrewa Beach © Getty Images Centre: 16th green © Gulf Harbour Golf Course

The small town of Matakana is synonymous with the MATAKANA VILLAGE FARMERS’ MARKET held every Saturday morning, which draws visitors to the pretty village from far and wide. Specialising in fresh organic and artisanal produce, the market is a definite must-do for foodies. But there is more to do in Matakana than just eat. MATAKANA COAST is the heart of the region’s wine country, with several stellar vineyards to choose from, plus many excellent ART GALLERIES showcasing local talents working with everything from canvas to clay and a main centre bristling with stylish boutiques. From the ARTHOUSE CINEMA to the excellent EATERIES, visit Matakana to get a taste of the finer things in life.

RIGHT: ‘Phantom Fleet Vessel 1’ by Virginia King © Brick Bay Sculpture Trail, Matakana

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walks TE ARA TĀHUNA The 7.6km Te Ara Tāhuna shared path runs in a loop around the estuary behind the Ōrewa town centre, providing an accessible, scenic route for both walkers and cyclists. Experience tranquil views of the river and its birdlife, bush trails and quiet residential reserves.

MAUNGATAUHORO TE HIKOI TRACK Beginning near the historic Couldrey House in Wenderholm Regional Park, the 3km Maungatauhoro Te Hikoi Track climbs the headland cliffs to provide amazing views over the Te Akeake Sandspit, the

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TĀWHARANUI ECOLOGY TRAIL Pick up a pamphlet to explore the popular self-guided ecology trail at Tāwharanui Open Sanctuary. Taking 40 minutes to an hour, the trail takes in native wildlife, broadleaf forest and open pasture with views across the marine reserve where you can often spot bottle nose dolphins and sometimes visiting orca.

PUHOI TRACK The 5km (one way) Pūhoi Track, beginning at the Pūhoi Domain, is part of New

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Zealand’s Te Araroa Trail, which runs the length of the country. The track winds through mature native bush with pūriri, tōtara and rimu trees, open farmland and includes a thrilling swing bridge crossing the Pūhoi River.

MT TAMAHUNGA A 2.5km, 1hr 30min climb to the summit of Mt Tamahunga near Wellsford takes you through pastoral landscapes and regenerating native forest. While the views are largely restricted by growing trees, you can catch glimpses out to the coast and beyond.


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Goat Island © Getty Images BELOW: Leigh © AATP

SNORKEL IN GOAT ISLAND MARINE RESERVE: Goat Island, off the coast of Leigh, is a very popular spot for aquatic adventures. The marine reserve offers exceptional snorkelling, where you can come face to face with friendly fish, including giant snapper, blue maomao, pōrae and leatherjackets.

VISIT LEIGH The small coastal community of Leigh is centred around the harbour. Explore the coast by kayak, or watch local fishing boats deliver the catch of the day to the famous fish shop. Families will love the Goat Island Marine Discovery Centre, or the Ti Point Reptile Park, New Zealand’s only reptile park, home to turtles, tuatara and alligators. At the end of the day if you have a hankering for good pizza, head for Leigh Sawmill Café, a well-established restaurant, bar and live music venue.

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Try the most relaxing kind of busy in the world.

There are so many great things to do in Auckland’s Holiday Parks. Including doing not that much. Come and join in the fun. Book with us today Martins Bay Holiday Park 287 Martins Bay Road, Martins Bay Ph 0800 624 7275 Orewa Beach Holiday Park 265 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Orewa Ph 0800 673 921 Whangateau Holiday Park 559 Leigh Road, Whangateau Ph 0800 947 275

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Auckland’s best city & beach location

A small park in a superb location on Takapuna Beach. Excellent swimming, fishing and yachting. Boat ramp. Wireless internet. Central to shopping, restaurants, theatre, sports stadiums & Auckland city.

ALBANY EXECUTIVE MOTOR INN 15 Corinthian Dr, Albany

P: +64 9 414 1156 Res: 0800 908 987 E: info@executivemotorinn.co.nz www.executivemotorinn.co.nz 40 studios with kitchen, access facilities, spa studios, king studios with lounge. Breakfast café opens 6.30am. Conference Room. 14 restaurants within 100m for evening meals. Fibre Optic FREE WiFi. Close to Massey University, Westfield Albany, North GSRXZ6 Harbour Stadium. Tariff: from $130.

CITY OF SAILS MOTEL 219 Shakespeare Rd, Cnr Shakespeare & Wairau  Rds, Takapuna, Auckland P: +64 9 486 9170 or 0800 782 943  www.cityofsailsmotel.co.nz 16 luxury studio & 1-brm apartments. Spa bath units available. Cooking facilities. Near beach & events centre. Opposite hospital. Sky Guest Select. Discount with Super Gold Card. Tariff: $150-$200 (double), extra person $20.

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ROADSIDE STORIES Roadside Stories - are audio guides that keep you entertained on your road trip around New Zealand. The app contains 13 major road trips across the country with 140 stops. Each stop has a four-minute audio file and images of the location. You’re not just travelling from A to B but you learn about the people, the history, and the cultural and natural significance of the area you’re passing through. Given the size of the audio guide files, we recommend to download (only) those tours relevant to you (prior to your trip), ideally somewhere where you don’t have to pay for data. Each tour includes a map showing the location of the stops.

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Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 867 006 23 Marie Avenue Red Beach

Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park is located 25 minutes north of the Auckland Harbour Bridge, on the beautiful Hibiscus Coast, fringing Red Beach. Units | Cabins | Sites • TV Lounge • Private Beach • BBQ Area • Laundry • Playground

Ōrewa Beach Holiday Park • Wake up next to the beach • Waterfront and regular powered sites, cabins plus glamping • Playground, Wi-Fi, BBQs orewabeachholidaypark.co.nz 265 Hibiscus Coast Highway, Ōrewa Phone 0800 673 921 or 09 426 5832

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Beachside accommodation in the heart of Orewa • 10 ground-floor studio, 1 and 2-brm units (sleep 1-5) • Queen/king-size beds, fully serviced, guest laundry • WiFi internet • Close to shops, restaurants, thermal pools and golf courses. Opposite beach • 25min from Auckland, 1 hour from Auckland International Airport • Tariff: from $150-$250 (2 persons), extra person $20 • Extended stay, corporate and seasonal rates

290 Hibiscus Coast Hwy, Orewa P: +64 9 426 4027 F: +64 9 426 4933 E: info@orewamotorlodge.co.nz

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TRIP 3 AUCKLAND RAMADA SUITES BY WYNDHAM NAUTILUS OREWA 11 Tamariki Ave, Orewa Beach P: +64 9 427 0131 or 0800 843 628 www.ramadaorewa.co.nz Comfortable fully equipped apartments with ocean views, lift access, free WiFi, 50+ SKY TV, indoor parking. Heated lap pool, spa, gym, easy walk to shops, cafés and ES:XZ4 restaurants. Beach 2min. Stay & relax with us!

WARKWORTH

1334 Sandspit Rd, RD 2, Warkworth Ph: +64 9 425 8610 E:  bookings@sandspitholidaypark.co.nz www.sandspitholidaypark.co.nz Hosts: Jared & Zena

Best New Upgrade Award 2015. Family beachfront camp with safe swimming and new facility block. Next to Kawau Island ferry landing. Free kayaks. Bush/beach walks, giant art trail, surfcasting, boat fishing. Handy to Goat Island, Matakana, surf beaches.

Tariff: Van/tent sites $23-$24pp, std cabins $80-$90, kitchen cabins $90-$100 (double/twin). Self‑contained units $120-$130 (double/twin).

BRIDGE HOUSE LODGE 16 Elizabeth St, Warkworth P: +64 9 425 8351 E: bridgehouse@bridgehouse.co.nz www.bridgehouse.co.nz Stylish Warkworth riverside accom. 14 newly refurbished rooms, restaurant/bar, conf/ wedding venue. Outdoor dining area overlooking the river, open fire in winter. FREE WiFi in restaurant serving great NZ food. Open 11am till late. Sports bar, big-screen TV/gaming room. Tariff: $125$155 (2p), extra $25. Off-season rates neg J:Z`6

Guides online Check out AA Traveller’s most recent travel guides – now live on Issuu.com.

SNELLS BEACH

SNELLS BEACH MOTEL 289 Mahurangi East Rd, Snells Beach (8km  from Warkworth) P: +64 9 425 5021 www.snellsbeachmotel.co.nz Matakana Coast location, near beautiful Kawau Island. Across from cafés, shops, beach and restaurants. 12 fully self-contained, immaculate, spacious apartments: 1 & 2-brm & spa units. Swimming pool. Tariff: $145-$255, extras $25pp.

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Martins Bay Holiday Park • Escape for a relaxing beach break close to Matakana • Absolute beachfront, glamping or family sites and cabins • Playgrounds, BBQs, games/TV room martinsbayholidaypark.co.nz 287 Martins Bay Road, Martins Bay Ph 0800 624 7275 or 09 353 9685

Whangateau Holiday Park • Come and relax! Close to Goat Island and the bustle of Matakana • Waterfront and regular powered sites, cabins and onsite caravans • Wi-Fi, kitchens, BBQs, games/TV room whangateauholidaypark.co.nz 559 Leigh Road, Whangateau Phone 0800 947 275 or 09 427 3305

THE SHUCKLE FERRY Scotts Landing, Mahurangi East M: +64 210 469 426 www.oysterfarmtours.co.nz New Zealand’s only oyster farm tour. Join the ‘Shuckleferry’ for a unique foodie experience. See how we catch, grow and nurture the popular Pacific oyster before harvesting fresh from the ocean. A shucking lesson followed by dozens of natural and BBQ oysters will be an unforgettable day out.

Looking for NZ holiday ideas? Check out the Must-Do’s for Kiwis aatraveller.co.nz

WELLSFORD

• 11 quality, modern, ground-level s/c units • Complimentary wireless internet • Central to town & golf club • Tourist info & maps available • Private hot spa pool and sauna • Tariff: Single $105; Double $115-$155

www.castlecourtmotel.co.nz

FREEPHONE: 0800 004 718

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Auckland to Awhitu Peninsula via SH 1 from Central Auckland via South Auckland 1hr 27min, 94.5km

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On arriving in South Auckland, you’re spoilt for choice. Manukau, Māngere, Ōtara and the area around Auckland Airport are packed with ways to experience Māori and Pacific Island culture, enjoy harbour views, and have quality family time. From Manukau, head east along Redoubt Rd and then Mill Rd, and you’re on the way to the Hūnua Ranges Regional Park, a rugged area of native forest and wildlife.

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Manukau to Hūnua Ranges Regional Park via SH 1 and Clevedon 50min, 53km Pukekohe to Tūākau via Tūākau Rd & Buckland Rd 12min, 10km

Manukau to Clarks Beach via Linwood Rd 35min, 36.7km


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HIGHLIGHTS

LEFT: Manukau Heads Lighthouse © Getty Images TOP RIGHT: ‘Power Surge’ ride © Rainbow’s End RIGHT: Clevedon Vineyard © ATEED FAR RIGHT: Winter in Auckland Botanical Gardens © Getty Images

MĀNGERE MOUNTAIN One of Auckland’s largest volcanic cones with 360-degree views from the top. Guided walks are available, though you’re also free to wander around the dome and into the crater by yourself. Visit the education centre to learn about how the mountain was formed, and the lives of its Māori inhabitants from centuries past.

RAINBOW’S END If you have kids on board, add this to your itinerary. Many wild rides are on offer at New Zealand’s

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premier theme park, including Stratosfear, Corkscrew Coaster, Fear Fall, Power Surge and The Invader. Dodgem cars, bumper boats, mini-golf and an indoor games area add to the excitement.

BUTTERFLY CREEK Close to Auckland International Airport, this family-friendly attraction features a Kiwi Forest, huge life-like dinosaurs, a train ride, friendly farm animals and more than 700 free-flying exotic butterflies.


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MANUKAU HEADS LIGHTHOUSE This jewel in Āwhitu Peninsula’s crown shines brightest on a sunny day, when you can take in the glorious view from the wraparound balcony. The wooden lighthouse, a replica of the 1874 original that once stood nearby, overlooks the Manukau Bar, site of New Zealand’s worst maritime disaster (the 1863 grounding of the HMS Orpheus).

MĀNGERE ARTS CENTRE: Just 15 minutes from Manukau, the Māngere Arts Centre is a hub for Māori and Pacific visual and performing arts. Check out exhibitions in the two art-gallery spaces, or catch a show in the

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theatre. The work here reflects the unique cultural character of this area.

GLENBROOK VINTAGE RAILWAY This volunteerrun railway offers the chance to chug through gently rolling farmland on a steam locomotive. The ex-New Zealand Railways trains are from the late 19th and early 20th centuries, complete with refurbished livery and outdoor viewing balconies.

ŌTARA MARKET Māori and Pacifika arts, crafts and food are on offer at this iconic market behind the Ōtara town centre on Saturdays (6am to midday, except public holidays) – as it has been for 43 years.

AUCKLAND BOTANIC GARDENS So much serenity, so close to SH 1. With 64h of gardens and native forest and more than 10,000 plants from around the world, there is much to discover here. Workshops, exhibitions, guided walks and a café also feature. M U ST D O’s • AU CKLAND | 103


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HŪNUA RANGES

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he densely forested Hūnua Ranges offers walking and mountain-biking tracks, campgrounds, and plenty of opportunities to spot native wildlife. Pairs of kōkako have been released into the ranges, as well as North Island brown kiwi. The steep valleys are a great place for reservoirs that provide Auckland with much of its water, and there’s great trout fishing to be had in the rivers too. The terrain can be steep in places, so for an easy

introduction, head for the Hūnua Falls Path, a 15-minute walk through native forest to a lookout platform, where you can see the water tumble down into a placid pool: swimming not recommended. Packing a picnic (perhaps sourced from the nearby Clevedon Farmers’ Market) is obligatory – and besides, why would you want to rush away from such natural beauty? Stretch your legs further on the 75-minute Hūnua Suspension Bridge Path.

HISTORY & CULTURE

A quick detour into east Auckland takes you to HOWICK HISTORICAL VILLAGE, an open-air historical village which recreates a colonial New Zealand suburb with original houses and cottages saved from Howick. If history is your thing, head to JELLICOE PARK in Ōnehunga to sneak a peek at the replica 1850s Fencible Cottage (the Fencibles were retired soldiers tasked with defending Auckland from potential Māori war parties). Also in the park is the Onehunga Blockhouse which housed Auckland militia before the Waikato War in 1863-64.

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MANUKAU Cultures collide in a congenial way in Manukau. In South Auckland, just 20 minutes from the CBD, Māori, Pacific, Asian, Indian and European residents rub shoulders as they go about their lives. ABOVE: Dining in the café © Villa Maria Winery RIGHT: Ōtara Market © ATEED LEFT: Howick Historical Village, East Auckland © Howick Historical Village TOP LEFT: Hunua Ranges © Getty Images

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> Ōtara Market > Rainbows End > Arts & Crafts > Butterfly Creek > Villa Maria Winery > Ambury Farm Park ne translation of the name Manukau is ‘wading birds’: many of the feathered residents Māori saw centuries ago still mooch around the tidal flats of the Manukau Harbour, including pied stilts, oystercatchers, wrybills and godwits. Keep your eyes peeled for fur seals, dolphins and stingrays when the tides in. Cycle paths wind around the harbour’s edge and climbing Māngere Mountain is a popular thing to do.

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PUKEKOHE Otherwise known as market garden central, this is the place for fresh produce. Franklin Market in Pukekohe has been running on Saturday mornings for 18 years. ABOVE: Pukekohe town © AATP BELOW: Āwhitu Peninsula Beach © Getty Images

WAIUKU on the Waiuku River, which flows into Manukau Harbour, is a gem of a town. Attractions include Tamakae Reserve, Glenbrook Vintage Railway and the Kentish Hotel which proudly proclaims itself as New Zealand’s oldest licensed pub (licence continuously held since 1853).

WONDERFUL WINERIES Bring a picnic to Āwhitu Wines and try their creations while enjoying panoramic

CLARKS BEACH Head up the ĀWHITU PENINSULA to enjoy wildly diverse coasts: the rugged west coast being buffeted by the Tasman Sea, and the gentle, sandy shores of the Manukau Harbour. Linger at Āwhitu Regional Park, or take a side trip to laidback CLARKS BEACH. You’ll get there by turning off the road between DRURY and GLENBROOK, and passing through WAIAU PA. The sheltered tidal waters and mangroves at Clarks Beach mean it’s popular with birdlife. Look for the bright orangered beaks of pied oystercatchers, speedy kingfishers, and elegant white-faced herons. Locals wander down here to gather scallops or nab a flounder for dinner. Fishing and kayaking are also popular pursuits.

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views of the Manukau Harbour. Vin Alto, Clevedon produces Italian-style wines, and boasts a collection of antique glassware and winemaking equipment. At the foot of the Hūnua Ranges, John Hill Estate offers archery among the vines.

BRACU At the Simunovich Olive Estate is contemporary fine-dining restaurant Bracu. Diners can eat inside the villa, or out overlooking the extensive olive grove.

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TŪĀKAU

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ŪĀKAU, built close

to the banks of the Waikato River, is 10km south of Pukekohe and just 9km west of Pōkeno. It’s a small town but it’s growing – and it’s easy to see why.

The MANUKAU HARBOUR is nearby and so is the west coast beach of PORT WAIKATO. And Tūākau is a short drive away from

the Waikato Expressway, so access to Auckland, Hamilton and Tauranga is easy from there. And it’s a sweet, quiet town with rural views and access to the great outdoors, along with any mod cons needed for an easy lifestyle or a peaceful holiday. Attractions include the beautiful and highly photogenic TŪĀKAU

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SIDE TRIP BRIDGE, built in 1933 across the Waikato River. Tūākau has several lovely bush-track walks on offer, including a short, easy one to VIVIAN FALLS. Drive to HARKER RESERVE Reserve, at Onewhero near Tūākau Bridge, and wander the bush-lined trail with views of the river. There are other, longer walks in this reserve, too.

EAST AUCKLAND 195 Botany Rd, Howick, Auckland Ph: +64 9 535 2447 Fax: +64 9 535 2448

Email: GOLFLANDS@xtra.co.nz

www.golflandsmotel.co.nz

• 1km to Botany Shopping Complex • 25min to city centre/ airport • Next to golf club, wedding/conference venue • Wireless broadband internet

• Fully equipped kitchens • Easy entrance • Lots of free parking available • Excellent view of the golf course

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Airport Manor Inn

250 Kirkbride Rd, Mangere, Auckland Ph: +64 9 275 0164 Email: airportmanorinn@xtra.co.nz

www.airportmanorinn.co.nz

Reservations: 0508 54 56 58

4km to Auckland Airport • Free 24hr airport transfers (conditions apply)

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Great South Rd

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George Bolt Memorial Drive Motorway

✓ Comfortable room and bed, clean and neat outside ✓ FREE car storage up to 10 days plus public car parking available (conditions apply) ✓ 6 spacious ground-floor premier family units ✓ 14 ground-floor studio units ✓ Spa bath units, self-contained kitchen units, access unit ✓ Close to restaurants & bars ✓ FREE wireless internet ✓ Breakfast available


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Orere Point TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 088 2 Orere Point Road Orere Point

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Just 1 hour from Auckland Airport and gateway to the Coromandel, we are the perfect stopover. Self-Contained Units | Cabins | Sites • Playgrounds • WiFi • BBQ Areas • Spa/Sauna • Sky/TV Room • Beach & River Activities

RAMARAMA COUNTRY CARAVAN PARK 30min to airport & CBD Powered site

$30 (1 adult) $45 (2 adults) $20 (extra adult) $10 (child)

Cabin

$40 (1 adult) $55 (2 adults) $20 (extra adult) $15 (child)

> Conveniently located close to Auckland Airport with easy access to Hamilton, Taupo and Rotorua > 500m west of State Highway 1 (Ramarama off-ramp, Exit 466) > Swimming Pool, BBQ Area and Children’s Playground > Free Showers and WiFi > No Dogs allowed

ARAR 25 Ararimu Road, Ramarama, Drury Ph: +64 9 294 8903 IMU ROAD Email: ramarama.park@gmail.com • Hosts: Jocelyn & Graeme Eastwood

STATE HIGHWAY 1

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$25 (1 adult) $35 (2 adults) $15 (extra adult) $10 (child)

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www.clarksbeachholidaypark.co.nz A hidden gem only 40min from Auckland CBD and airport (depending on traffic). A beautiful spacious family camp on the shores of the Manukau Harbour with panoramic views of the adjacent golf course and beach. Ideally suited for leisurely holidaying and is a popular base for large groups.

CLARKS BEACH

holiday park

www.clarksbeachholidaypark.co.nz

Clarks Beach Holiday Park has plenty of things to do with a covered swimming pool, WIFI available, mini-golf and TV/games room. There are also pedal carts and kayaks for hire. Clarks Beach also happens to be a great fishing and scallop gathering spot.

226 Torkar Rd, Clarks Beach Phone: +64 9 232 1685 info@clarksbeachholidaypark.co.nz

GRANGE MOTEL 795 Great South Rd, Papatoetoe, Auckland P: +64 9 277 8280 E: booking@grangemotel.co.nz www.grangemotel.co.nz Quality, comfortable, self-contained, ground-floor studio & family units (sleep 1-5) with kitchen. Private patios in bedroom units. Free WiFi. 20min to Auckland Airport & Auckland Central. Qualmark rated Silver 4-star.

C:Z JET PARK HOTEL 63 Westney Rd, Mangere, Auckland P: +64 9 275 4100 E: reservations@jetpark.co.nz www.jetpark.co.nz Res: 0800 538 466 Kia ora – stay at our award-winning 221-room hotel, 5min from Auckland Airport. Superb service, facilities & modern rooms. Complimentary 24hr shuttles, 10-day car CJ:Z`4 storage*, overnight parking &WiFi. *T&Cs apply.

PUKEKOHE Experience modern luxury, style and comfort at Pukekohe’s newest motor lodge, offering guests a range of accommodation from studios to 1 & 2-bedroom spa apartments. Ideal for business or holiday travellers.

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PUKEKOHE MOTEL WWW.PUKEKOHEMOTEL.CO.NZ

FREE WIFI

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11 units including 2 access units, 1 spa & 1 double unit

BRAND-NEW UNITS & FULLY REFURNISHED UNITS • All units are non-smoking, serviced daily and have self-contained kitchens, modern bathrooms, off-street parking and air-conditioning (guest controlled) • SKY TV with 50+ channels • Filtered water • On-site laundry • Free BBQ facilities • Hairdryer • Port-a-cot and highchair available • Continental breakfast $15 • Dairy next door, open from 6.30am to 8pm daily • Bus stop by motel entrance, opposite supermarket

Comfortable and friendly accommodation at an extremely affordable price with friendly and helpful staff who are dedicated to providing the best possible service and are willing to go the extra mile to ensure the guests have an enjoyable stay.

12 Paerata Rd, Pukekohe Ph: +64 9 238 9211 E: bookings@pukekohemotel.co.nz

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PARKVIEW MOTOR INN 75 Queen St, Pukekohe P: +64 9 238 4068

E: enquiries@parkviewmotorinn.co.nz www.parkviewmotorinn.co.nz Most centrally located motel in Pukekohe, 10 units with air-conditioning, heat pumps, fridge, stove, toaster and microwave. Free WiFi, SKY TV. Tariff: from $105 (single).

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THE KENTISH HOTEL 5 Queen Street, Waiuku P: 0800 536 8474 E: info@thekentishhotel.co.nz www.thekentishhotel.co.nz Res: 0800 536 8474 Built in 1851, we are an historic hotel with accommodation consisting of 3 queen rooms, 6 twin rooms and 2 single rooms. Each room has tea & coffee-making facilities, hand basin, TV, radio, free fast WiFi. Showers and toilets are shared. Conference facilities available. Tariff: single J:`6 $85, queen $125 & twin $125. M U ST D O’s • AU CKLAND | 111


COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY & EASTLAND

Coromandel, Bay of Plenty & Eastland Must Do’s

Sunrise, Hot Water Beach © Destination Coromandel RIGHT: Kids looking at Māori carvings, Eastland © Eastland Tourism

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rom the Miranda Shorebird Centre in Coromandel to the gloriously unspoiled East Cape, a landmass that thrusts into the Pacific Ocean, all the way down to the bountiful Hawke’s Bay, this magnificent part of Aotearoa is said to be the first part of the fish Maui pulled up from the sea. Hundreds of kilometres of spectacular coastline border the Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Eastland regions, while rugged mountain ranges run through the centre of the land making it one of the most scenic parts of New Zealand. Road trippers can expect to see scenery that includes pōhutukawafringed bays to flourishing forest parks, with much of it guaranteed to take your breath away.

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Kaiaua to Ngatea to Thames to Coromandel town to Whitianga 2hr 32min, 140km via East Coast Rd (side trips to Coromandel Peninsula & New Chums Beach)

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Whitianga to Tauranga via Waihi & Mt Maunganui via SH 25 2hr 47 min,175km (side trip to Te Aroha via Paeroa)

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Tauranga to Whakatane to Ōpotiki via SH 2, route has tolls 1hr 48min, 133km (side trip to White Island)

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Ōpotiki to Wairoa via SH 35 & SH 2, 6hr 15min,429km (side trips to Rere Falls, Lake Waikaremoana & Mahia Peninsula)

Walkways, cycleways, bird sanctuaries and art studios – this is a part of New Zealand to take your time exploring.

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Coromandel Kaiaua to Ngātea to Thames via coastal & inland roads through Miranda & Kopu 45min, 54.2km Thames to Coromandel township via SH 25 1hr, 54km

Firth of Thames, between Te Mata & Kereta Right: Thames coastal road

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he Firth of Thames is famous for its Shorebird Centre, just 75km from Auckland, so begin your adventure with a spot of bird watching, before relaxing in the steaming hot pools at Miranda. Enjoy a serving of fish and chips at Kaiaua Fisheries before heading for Thames, the perfect spot for stocking up on supplies. Consider taking a 12km detour up the Kauaeranga Valley to indulge in some hiking. Returning to the route, you’ll be hugging the coast most of the way from here on in. Windy narrow roads with pōhutukawa trees border one side of the road while beautiful blue sea dominates the other. Continue through to Coromandel Town with its cafés and craft emporiums, until you reach the glorious beaches and historical landmarks of Whitianga.

Coromandel to Port Jackson Take the coastal road 1hr 22min, 55km

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Te Rerenga to New Chums Beach via a short trip off SH 25 12min, 8km

Coromandel to Whitianga via SH 25 through Kuaotunu 45min, 42.6km

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Climb the Pinnacles and see the sunset RIGHT: Hauraki Rail Trail BOTH © Destination Coromandel

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f history is of interest, visit the THAMES HISTORICAL MUSEUM which has exhibits looking at the first Māori to live here, through to the pioneer days and beyond. Learn about the gold rush days and even try gold panning at the SCHOOL OF MINES AND MINERALOGICAL MUSEUM or trawl through family history archives at THE TREASURY. Thames is also one of the entry points for the popular 173km HAURAKI RAIL TRAIL cycle

path, an easy ride for most capable cyclists. If two legs rather than wheels is more your style, perhaps the KAUAERANGA VALLEY (12km from Thames) is more your speed. Here hikers can trek to the famous PINNACLES HUT. There are numerous gentle bush walks to choose from in the area, too. Home to many excellent cafés, restaurants and produce stores, Thames

is also a great spot to refuel and purchase provisions for the drive ahead.

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MIRANDA SHOREBIRD CENTRE Birdwatchers from around the world flock to Miranda to fuel their passion for ornithology. The visitor centre is full of taxidermied birds, books and souvenirs, while out on the coast sharp-eyed twitchers might spy red knots, dotterels, wrybills, spoonbills, godwits, even sanderlings. Keep your binoculars and thermos handy.

KAIAUA This seaside town has a safe swimming beach and famously generous ice creams for sale at The Pink Shop. NGĀTEA On the Hauraki Plains, this rural service town is a good place to stop for a break. The Ngātea Water Gardens are wonderful and the gem store is well worth visiting, too.

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DRIVING CREEK RAILWAY Established by potter Barry Brickell, this narrow-gauge railway takes passengers though imaginative bush-clad landscapes, over bridges and through tunnels before stopping at The Eyeful Tower, 163m above sea level. An enchanting journey, it takes about an hour. TAKE THE 309 ROAD between Whitianga and Coromandel Town. Stop at The Waterworks, a quirky theme park filled with water-powered attractions including a wooden water clock, and water cannons.

KUAOTUNU This north facing stretch of white-sand loveliness has surf, shade, great food and coffee available and is understandably popular.

Thames Coast © Destination Coromandel

When Thames was first established in the 1870s, it quickly became a bustling hive of activity, and when gold mining was at its peak, the town was home to an estimated 113 pubs. Today, with a population of 7,350, Thames is the largest town in the region, located just 90 minutes from Auckland. There are numerous reasons to stop in this pretty settlement with its fetching historic buildings and three wellappointed museums.

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INTO THE WILD In spite of all the milling and mining, the natural attractions in this neck of the woods have endured and there are many beautiful places to immerse yourself in nature.

Canyonz, Thames © Destination Coromandel

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FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD

f not having to cook is one of the things you relish when you’re on holiday, you’ve come to the right place. PEPPER TREE RESTAURANT & BAR, COROMANDEL This restaurant serves up contemporary New Zealand cuisine in a historic homestead. In winter, sit beside the roaring open fire and over summer, the sunsoaked courtyard and shady veranda is the place to be.

KORU, RAPAURA WATERGARDENS, THAMES Feast on Coromandel mussels, fresh Hauraki flounder and home baking in a lovely setting surrounded by native bush, birdlife and pretty water gardens. COROMANDEL OYSTER COMPANY, COROMANDEL Sample freshly harvested local oysters, scallops, mussel chowder and fish and chips at this oyster shack on the south side of Coromandel Town.

CAFÉ MELBOURNE, GRAHAMSTOWN A quirky café with a retro feel. THE CHEESE BARN, MATATOKE A cheese shop with its own country café serving delicious cheeseboards, pizza, pies and quiches. GASTRONOMICS RESTAURANT & BAR, THAMES A modern European restaurant that fuses Mediterranean and Kiwi cuisine.

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COROMANDEL TOWN This cool little town started life as a tough gold-rush settlement and the place has clung to its roots. It has beautifully restored Victorian buildings and an entreprenurial and creative spirit evident in its art and craft studios and galleries. s well as original paintings, ceramics and jewellery, you’ll be tempted by the local food. Some of New Zealand’s best mussels and oysters come from the water here; make sure to indulge.

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ABOVE: Sunset towards Motukakanikitahi Island RIGHT: Coromandel Town BOTH © Destination Coromandel

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walks COROMANDEL COASTAL WALKWAY Walk from Stony Bay to Fletcher Bay to enjoy untouched forest and bush, excellent birdlife and divine ocean views all the way out to Great Barrier Island. Then either go back the way you came, or hire a shuttle.7km one way. LONG BAY WALK Start at the Long Bay Motor Camp, and follow the track to Tucks Bay before following the coast back to the motorcamp. This walk takes about 50 minutes and includes some beautiful kauri trees. KAURI BLOCK WALK An excellent short walk that begins at 348 Wharf Rd. A circular route, it leads to a kauri grove, along a beach and beneath towering cliffs with a

few hills along the way. Allow about 45 minutes. SUCCESS MINE TRACK Start this route behind the hospital on the old Colville Rd and wind up into the hills behind Coromandel Town. Plan for about 2.5 hours. KAUAERANGA KAURI TRAIL (PINNACLES WALK) This isn’t an easy walk as it has a lot of climbing, but the views from the top of those craggy rocks makes it worth the slog. Takes about 8 hours return and can be done as a day loop or with a night in the hut. NEW CHUMS WALKWAY Set off from Whangapoua Beach and walk the 30 minutes to Wainuiototo, also known as New Chums Beach. A pretty track to an even prettier beach.

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Coromandel Zipline Tours Butterfly Forest, Thames Waterworks, Waiau Queen St Playground, Thames • Fishing from the rocks • Gold panning with Thames Goldmine Experience • Driving Creek Railway, Coromandel

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he further north you head, the more rustic and unspoiled the landscape becomes. So pack the thermos, some fishing gear and your sense of adventure as you meander up to one of the northernmost parts of the Coromandel, Port Jackson. Its campground, run by the Department of Conservation, is a delightful spot and offers gas barbecues, basic amenities and a cluster of picnic tables painted with board games, including backgammon and checkers.

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ARTS & CRAFTS The stretch of road is bursting with art studios where talented craftspeople ply their trades. • • • • • • •

Weta Design, Coromandel Town Bounty Store, Thames The Source, Coromandel Town Grahamstown Thames Market (Saturday mornings) Hauraki House Gallery, Coromandel Town Driving Creek, Coromandel The Backroom Gallery, Colville

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WHITIANGA A delightful seaside town with great beaches and a deep harbour, Whitianga is popular with retired people, families and holidaymakers. LEFT: Whitianga RIGHT: Scallop Festival BOTH © Destination Coromandel

ORIGINALLY KNOWN AS WHITIANGI-O-KUPE or Kupe’s Crossing Place after the intrepid explorer Kupe who first passed through these parts in about 950AD. When several of Kupe’s travelling companions chose to settle in the area, Whitianga became one of the longest permanently occupied regions of New Zealand. Many years later, in 1769, another famous explorer sailed to the region. Captain James Cook was searching for a spot to observe the Transit of Mercury and he was

not disappointed; Cooks Beach and Mercury Bay are both named for that astronomical occasion. Fast-forward to the present day and Whitianga is home to a permanent population of just over 5000 people, a figure that rises sharply in the summer months. The second largest town in the Coromandel, Whitianga is renowned for its annual SCALLOP FESTIVAL, its beautiful beaches and fishing and boating thanks to the pristine deepwater harbour.

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Park your car at Whangapoua Beach and walk 30 minutes on a delightful track to Wainuiototo or New Chums Beach. This unspoilt paradise with its backdrop of native forest is permanently protected from development.

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KAIAUA

THE PINK SHOP – KAIAUA 999 East Coast Rd, Kaiaua

P: +64 9 232 2824 A place to stop and have a break while travelling along the peaceful Seabird Coast. Enjoy the view & have the best coffee on the coast. Ice creams, coffee/ tea, cold drinks, lunch snacks. Catch up on reading material. PostShop. Opposite Pirate ship Playground. WiFi available.

KAIAUA FISHERIES RESTAURANT & TAKEAWAYS 941 East Coast Road, Kaiaua P: +64 9 232 2776 E: kaiauafisheries@gmail.com Kaiaua’s famous fish n chips. Licensed restaurant or takeaway food. Dine in our licensed restaurant or enjoy wrapped food on covered deck or at our picnic tables. Only 1hr from Auckland & 30min from Thames. Open 7 days - summer 9am-9pm, winter 9am-8pm. Group bookings welcome.

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MIRANDA HOLIDAY PARK TARIFF: $57-$199 (2 PERSONS)

• Located on Pacific Coast Hwy and the new Hauraki Cycle Trail • Motels with spa baths, self-contained units, backpacker units, family units and sites to suit most budgets • Communal kitchen, internet kiosk & WiFi, Sky TV & lounge, hot mineral pool, dump stations, large range of entertainment activities on site • Centrally located to Auckland, Coromandel and Waikato regions, great base for day trips. • Enquire about our off-season specials familyparks.co.nz

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TRIP 1 COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY & EASTLAND • Relax in our thermally heated mineral water. • Centrally located just off SH 2, 45min from Auckland, 60min from Hamilton and 20min to the Coromandel Peninsula. • Pools to suit everyone, from 36°C to 41°C including private spas. 0.8ha of picturesque picnic grounds with BBQs. • The largest pool has accessible entry.

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Front Miranda Rd, RD 6, Thames Phone: +64 7 867 3055

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NGATEA THAMES VALLEY MOTEL Cnr SH 2 & Paul Dr, Ngatea P/F: +64 7 867 7189 E: tvmotel@xtra.co.nz www.thamesvalleymotel.co.nz Hosts: Mala & Virendra First town out of Auckland on SH 2. 15min to Thames. 5 ground-floor units (sleep 4), queen-size beds. Shops/cafés 100m. Tour Coromandel. GSTXZ6 Tariff: $100-$140 (2 persons), extra $20.

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105 Rolleston St (PO Box 228) Thames • Ph: +647 868 8091 • Fax: +647 868 8783 Email: rollestonmotel@gmail.com

Do you want a quiet peaceful location to stay? In a very quiet cul-de-sac close to Central Thames and the Hauraki Cycle Trail. 17 quality self-contained ground-floor units. Studio & 1-brm units ideal for corporates and families staying in the gateway to the Coromandel. Recently refurbished and always cleaned to a high standard. Swimming & spa pool available. All major credit cards. Tariff: $130-$162 (2 persons) extra $20. 2-brm from $230 (sleeps up to 6 persons). Corporate & seasonal rates apply.

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SEASPRAY MOTEL 613 Thames Coast Rd, RD 5, Waiomu Bay, Thames Coast Unique 60s vintage motel right on the water. Seaviews from every unit. An affordable place to relax and enjoy the sunsets after spending your days exploring the Coromandel Peninsula. BBQ in the garden. Fish from the lawn. Listen to the sound of the sea. Boat parking available. Full kitchens. Pets by arrangement. Tariff: $90-$150 (2 persons), extra person $15 each. Seasonal rates.

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473 Thames Coast Rd, Te Puru, Thames • Ph: +64 7 868 2879 www.tepuruholidaypark.co.nz • Email: info@tepuruholidaypark.co.nz

• Family park, safe & productive fishing, bush walks. FREE WIFI. • Shop, takeaways at entrance. • Communal kitchen, playground. • Cabins & caravans. power & tent sites. EFTPOS. • Tariff: $34-$165 (2 persons).

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Tuscany on Thames

Studio, 1 & 2-brm units. All units have hush glass, heat pumps/air-con, cooking facilities, dbl spa baths (except 2 access units), free high-speed fibre WiFi, 50+ SKY. Pool, free parking, guest laundry and bike storage. Being environmentally friendly is very important to us.

Tariff: $162-$222 (2 persons)

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BROOKBY MOTEL 102 Redwood Lane, Thames P: +64 7 868 6663 E: brookbymotel@xtra.co.nz www.brookbymotel.co.nz Peaceful location, off main road. Short walk to central Thames. 4 x 1-brm units with full kitchen. 1 studio with microwave & tea/coffee-making facilities. King, queen & single beds. Closest motel to Thames Hospital. WiFi available from all units. 24-hour security cameras. Smokefree. S:TXZ6 Tariff: $100-$150 (2 persons). M U S T D O’ S • COROMA N DE L, B A Y OF PLE NTY & EASTLAND | 125


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Coromandel TOP 10 Holiday Park

Set in the heart of Coromandel town with bush, beach and cafes at your door step.

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Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • 5 min to beaches, bush walks & cafes • Two Bedroom Apartments • 1km to the famous Driving Creek Railway • Heated Pool • Free WiFi

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Shelly Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 066 243 Colville Road Coromandel 2019

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Beachfront camping only 5 minutes from Coromandel township. Great facilities with safe swimming, amazing sunsets and superb stargazing. Units | Cabins | Sites • Beachfront Location • Safe swimming in bay • Family friendly, with playground and jumping Pillow • WiFi • TV Room • Free BBQ Area • 5 min to Coromandel Township with shops, cafes and restaurants • Great fishing • Bush and Beach Walks directly from beach

Harbour View Motel Coromandel

• Peaceful and quiet • Private deck • Spa pool • Free WiFi • 6 spacious self-contained units • Single level • Kitchen with cooking facilities • Continental breakfast available • All units have SKY Guest Select and air-conditioning/heat pumps. • Overlooking harbour • Kayaks and bike use • Tariff: $100-$260 (1-2 persons), seasonal.

Harbour views from every unit 25 Harbour View Rd, Coromandel • Ph/Fax: +64 7 866 8690 E: harbourviewmotelltd@xtra.co.nz • www.harbourviewmotelltd.co.nz

OTAUTU BAY FARM CAMP

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• A family friendly camp at beautiful Otautu Bay bordered by a working farm on the northern picturesque Coromandel Peninsula.

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• Power & tent sites • Unit & lodge • Laundry, hot showers, toilets, freezer, bait & ice

OTAUTU BAY FARM CAMP 257 Port Jackson Rd, Colville

Ph/Fax: +64 7 866 6801

• Tariff: camping $16 per adult per night, children (5-14 yrs incl) $8 per night per child. $8 per night extra for power. Units & lodge seasonal rates apply. Prices subject to change.

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TRIP 1 COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY & EASTLAND Tariff: from $30-$250 a night. Seasonal rates apply. 7 fully s/c Te Kouma Harbour Cottages cottages $110-$150. Bunkroom for larger groups sleeps 23, POA. Backpacker Cabins from $30pp. Camp sites from $15. 2-brm log house with private swimming pool $250 (2p).

no noise, no stress, no worries • Spectacular views & harbour-front location • Great venue for weddings & conferences • Surrounded by a farm • Cabins avail, ideal for fishing groups or backpackers • Free kayaks, swimming pool, BBQ, games room, nature walks etc

SH 25, Coromandel Ph/Fax: +64 7 866 8747 Email: tekouma@xtra.co.nz www.tekoumacottages.co.nz Reservations: 0800 777 027 Hosts: John & Rose Deane

Accom & fishing package specialists • Bring your own boat or charter/accom packages avail. Motel units, hostel & tent sites. Boat ramp 10min. Free unltd WiFi. • Fish cleaning & boat washing on site. • Tariff: from $32. Seasonal rates apply.

270 Tiki Rd, Coromandel • Phone: + 6 4 7 8 6 6 8 8 8 8 Email: tidewatercoromandel@gmail.com • www.tidewater.co.nz COLVILLE BAY MOTEL & MOTORCAMP Wharf Rd, Colville, Coromandel P/F: +64 7 866 6814 E: colvillemotel@colville.org.nz www.colvillebaymotel.co.nz 26km north of Coromandel Town, on inlet of Colville Bay. Beaches within 6km. 5 self-contained units, serviced daily. Fish cleaning and freezer. Tariff: $95-$130 (2 persons), extra person $15.

ETXZ6 COROMANDEL TUI LODGE 60B Whangapoua Rd, Coromandel Town P: +64 7 866 8237 E: coromandeltuilodge@gmail.com   Owner/Operator: Dianne Riddle www.coromandeltuilodge.co.nz Relaxed tranquil setting, established trees & gardens. Approximately 1km stroll to Coromandel Township. Bikes. Free WiFi. Tariff: $20 (tent site) to $90 (ensuite 2 persons).

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KUAOTUNU CAMPGROUND 33 Bluff Rd, RD 2, Whitianga

P: +64 7 866 5628 E: office@kuaotunucamp.co.nz www.kuaotunucamp.co.nz 4 acres of park-like setting with a safe swimming ocean beach across the road. Powered & non-powered campsites, caravans, cabins & self-contained units. Boat wash with fish filleting station. Camp shop & takeaways. Tariff: dependent on season; adult $16-$25 (14yrs plus), child $8-$10 (4-13yrs inclusive), 0-3yrs free. SRTZ\6

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• 14 ground-floor units: 4 x 1-bedroom, 2 x-2 bedroom, 3 x deluxe with spa baths, 5 x new studio units (no spa bath) – 2 with wheelchair access. • Boat parking. • Can assist in booking any activity you would like to go on. • Close to activity departures. • 2min walk to town, restaurants & cafés. • Kiwi owned and operated – for a real Kiwi experience. • Tariff: (2p) $125-$175.

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• Family park with mature trees opposite estuary beach • Walk to shops, cafés and restaurants • Swimming pool, kayak hire, playground, WiFi, BBQs, indoor dining, kitchen, laundry, TV room, and dump station • Large sites ideal for caravans & tents, campervans, and cabins & self-contained units

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BEACHSIDE RESORT 20 Eyre St, Mercury Bay, Whitianga P: +64 7 867 1356  Res: 0800 267 662 E: stay@beachsideresort.co.nz www.beachsideresort.co.nz Modern 1 & 2-brm apartment-style units with ensuites & kitchenettes, Sky TV, WiFi, upstairs units have ocean views. Heated pool, tennis court & playground. Walkway to The Lost Spring & only minutes to town, dining & shopping. Tariff: $99$250 (2 persons), $20 extra person. S:T\46 OCEANS RESORT WHITIANGA 18 Eyre St,

Whitianga (reception 50m down drive) P: +64 7 869 5222 E: stay@oceansresort.co.nz www.oceansresort.co.nz 1 & 2-brm self-contained apartments, sleep 1-6 people. Across from Buffalo Beach, town centre 2min stroll. Heated pool, tennis court, boat-wash bay. FREE WiFi. Lost Spring thermal pools next door. S:XZ6 Kitchen and laundry facilities.

MAKONA MOTEL 24-26 Jackman Ave, Whitianga P: +64 7 866 4779

F: +64 7 866 4497 E: makonamotel@gmail.com www.makonamotel.co.nz 300m to beach. 3 cottage-style units & 1 extra large unit. All units are selfcontained with full kitchens & laundry. Pool & BBQ. Free WiFi, 15 TV channels, car & boat parking at your door. Kiwi owned and operated. Tariff: $110-$310. Seasonal rates apply.

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MANA-NUI MOTEL 20 Albert St, PO Box 35, Whitianga, 3542

P/F: +64 7 866 5599 E: mananui@xtra.co.nz www.mananui.co.nz Comfy, ground-floor, smokefree units. Open, sunny site with ample parking. Swimming pool & spa pool. 5 SKY Channels, large LED flatscreen TVs. WiFi 5GB Free. Central to shops/restaurants/cafés/beach/wharf, marina/museum/bowling green. Tariff: Seasonal $125-$300 (1-2p), extra pp $25. G:\46 Ph/email direct for best rates! EFTPOS.

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Whitianga to Waihi via SH 25 1hr 42min, 106km Waihi to Te Aroha Drive inland via Paeroa 35min, 41.5km Waihi Beach to Mt Maunganui via SH 2 and Tauranga 55min, 62km

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Cathedral Cove © Destination Coromandel

HOT WATER BEACH Located just 30 minutes from Whitianga, this stretch of golden sand is fed by mineral springs and at low tide visitors can dig their own private spa pool. Take a shovel or hire one and dig a warm well in which to while away the hours. WAIHI BEACH Fantastic for swimming, fishing and picnics, this beach is also a great one for walkers. A coastal walkway from Waihi Beach to Orokawa Bay skirts the headlands at low tide and sweeps under shady pōhutukawa trees. Another delightful track circles Lake Gilmour and another runs alongside Ohinemuri River. WHANGAMATA Some of the best surfing and swimming can

be had at Whangamata’s very beautiful ocean beach. Learn to surf here, or hire a stand-up paddleboard, join a kayak tour or trek in the nearby Coromandel Forest Park. CLIMB MT MAUNGANUI No trip to Mt Maunganui is complete without a walk to the summit of the sacred maunga. The walk can be challenging, but the views across the entire western Bay of Plenty, down to the whitesand beaches of Papamoa and north to Waihi make the effort worthwhile. Popular any time of day, with sunrise and sunset especially magical. There is also an easy track around the base, past shady little bays.

GOLD DISCOVERY CENTRE, WAIHI An interactive journey of discovery through Waihi’s rich gold-mining history through to modern times. You’ll even have the chance to go ‘inside the fence’ and view the stilloperating gold mine up close. MCLAREN FALLS PARK, ŌMANAWA, TAURANGA Experience the great outdoors at this family-friendly fun spot located 20 minutes from Tauranga in the Kaimāīs. McLaren Falls Park boasts beautiful waterfalls, stunning lakes, tall trees and plenty of wildlife. If it’s dark enough, keep an eye out for glowworms on the waterfall track.

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This particular corner of the world is crammed with beautiful beaches. Think golden sands, turquoise waters and abundant marine life.

BEACHES

• Hot Water Beach • Tairua • Buffalo Beach • Cooks Beach • Hahei • Pāuanui • Ōpoutere • Whangamata • Waihi Beach • Mt Maunganui

Waihi Beach © Destination Coromandel ABOVE: Mercury Bay © Glass Bottom Boat

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TRIP 2 COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY & EASTLAND SHAKESPEARE CLIFF Reached via Maramaratotara Track. The walk starts by heading up to Whitianga Rock where you’ll pass an ancient pā site. Keep following the path until you get to the lookout, where the views are breathtaking.

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CATHEDRAL COVE This is one the country’s best-loved natural attractions with a majestic rock archway and beautiful beach. DOLPHIN WATCHING AT MT MAUNGANUI Get up close to these wonders of the sea in their natural habitat with a tour out of either Mt Maunganui or nearby Tauranga. Keep your eyes peeled for acrobatic dolphins of the common or bottlenose varieties; jump into the water in small groups with an experienced marine biologist/ naturalist and swim with them if the dolphins are up for it. KAIATE FALLS, PAPAMOA 30 minutes drive from Tauranga takes you to Kaiate

or Te Rerekawau Falls and at the bottom you’ll discover a glorious waterhole. This might be just the ticket for

cooling off after walking the sometimes steep track through native bush to get to the top of the falls.

TE AROHA VIA PAEROA These two treasure troves of townships are on a section of the Hauraki Rail Trail. It will take you 15 minutes to travel this way by car or two to three hours if you go by bicycle. It doesn’t matter which you choose though, because either way, you’ll

pass through lush Waikato countryside and enjoy views of the Hauraki Plains, the Kamai-Mamaku Ranges and Mt Te Aroha along the way. If you’re on a bike, your main problem is the collateral you’ll inevitably collect at either end – both of

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these towns are known for their amazing second-hand shops – but on the plus side, if you’re heading south you can rest your weary legs in Te Aroha’s famous mineral hot pools nestled at the base of its namesake once you arrive.

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HUNGRY? VELOCITY A Whitianga favourite with excellent coffee, breakfast and lunch. THE GENERAL, MT MAUNGANUI This stylish café is a brunch favourite with locals and visitors alike. LUKE’S KITCHEN, KUAOTUNU Live music, pizza and all round seaside grooviness at Kuaotunu. THE FALLS RETREAT, KARANGAHAKE Accommodation with an excellent on-site bistro handily located along the Hauraki Rail Trail. DOMAIN COTTAGE CAFÉ Dive into this cute cottage in the Te Aroha Domain between trekking to the Mt Te Aroha summit and soaking in the legendary Edwardian hot pools next door. BOBBY’S FRESH FISH MARKET in Tauranga, located dockside. Fish and chips rarely get fresher than this. Kaiate Falls • Sunrise, Hahei Beach • Dolphins, Mercury Bay ALL © Destination Coromandel

ARTS, CULTURE & HERITAGE KATIKATI Mural town

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Katikati has around 60 pieces of art depicting people and events that have shaped the area. Guided mural tours are available on weekends, or wander around town independently, any time. Also see the Haiku Pathway along Uretara Stream with more than 40 poems carved into river boulders.

Ferry Landing to learn more about one of New Zealand’s oldest pā sites, as well as the oldest stone wharf in Australasia, built in 1837.

Māori artefacts, pioneer history, maritime marvels, a quirky and well-loved seaside museum.

MOSAIC Part art gallery, part shop, be tempted by Whitianga artists’ works.

BREAD AND BUTTER Fine arts and gorgeous gifts made by Whitianga artists.

MOKO ARTSPACE This Hot Water Beach emporium is home to works by some of New Zealand’s finest contemporary artists with ceramics, prints, painting and glass all on show.

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Trinity Wharf © Bay of Plenty LEFT: Tauranga Farmers Market © Katie Cox

TAURANGA Tauranga is a modern, thriving commercial hub with a passion for food, wine, art and culture. Blessed with a sparkling harbour, sunny climate and close proximity to several top beaches makes it a great place to visit and the ideal base for a road trip.

> Tauranga Farmers’ Market > Papamoa Beach > Tauranga Art Gallery > Mt Maunganui Hot Pools > Harbour cruise > National Jazz Festival

hile you’re there, get out on the water. Diving trips, fishing charters, kayak and yacht hire are all on the menu. Spend time exploring the islands, observing marine life.

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Tauranga has an eclectic mix of restuarants and cafés as well as museums, art galleries, heritage sites and outstanding parks and gardens. Take advantage of the city’s playful qualities, too; try blokarting, a guided kakaying tours at night, surf lessons or swimming with dolphins

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WHITIANGA TOWN WALK Walk around the town and stop at historic points of interest. Start at Whitianga Wharf and follow the signs along The Esplanade, along Buffalo Beach, past some excellent historic buildings till you return back to where you started. SHAKESPEARE CLIFF Take the ferry from Whitianga to Ferry Landing and walk the historic cemetery, past Front Beach and Flaxmill Bay before reaching Shakespeare Cliff where the views are

MT PAUANUI HIKE Start at the south end of Pauanui Beach, but be warned this hike is hearty with rough paths and roots to navigate, but you’ll love the views when you reach the summit. Allow about 90 minutes, unless you head home via Cave Bay, which takes a bit longer. NATURE WALK HOFFMAN’S POOL Just 30 minutes return. Information panels will introduce you to the native flora while the pool is perfect for a summer swim. Be sure to make time for the 900m Kahikatea Walk to view the replica kauri dam.

WALK UP MT TE AROHA It’s worth diverting to this township southwest of Waihi for its natural hot springs alone, which are housed in an Edwardian complex dating from the gold rush days of the 1880s. They’re best enjoyed at the end of a rewarding 1km hike up the mountain the town is named for. The Mt Te Aroha Summit Track, which begins at the Mokena Geyser, does get very steep at the top, but the slog is worth it for the stunning views across the Bay of Plenty and Waikato regions. You might even see a central North Island mountain on a clear day. Allow four hours return for your adventure.

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Soaking in the tub © Te Aroha Hot Pools RIGHT: Hauraki Rail Trail © Destination Coromandel RIGHT, INSET: Orokawa Bay © Deane Tetley

WHITIANGA BIKE PARK There are plenty of wellcrafted tracks to ride on Moewai Rd, including a pump and skills tracks, as well as more advanced riding. KUAOTUNU KIWI SANCTUARY Found on Waitaia Rd, the Kuaotunu Kiwi Sanctuary is doing exciting things for our native creatives and the Waitaia Track, a 2km loop, is an excellent way to experience the flourishing birdlife. THE KUAOTUNU KILLER This ice cream lays down the gauntlet. Sold at the Kuaotunu General Store, five scoops will set you back $9. Top tip, this treat is best shared. WHITIANGA PLAYGROUND Right beside the Whitianga

FAMILY FUN Wharf you’ll find a perfect playground with swings, slides, monkey bars, and a big yellow ship known as The Jolly Roger. MILL CREEK BIRD AND ANIMAL ENCOUNTERS Home to over 400 birds, as well as mini-horses, donkeys and reptiles. Play in the playground, enjoy the café and have your picture taken with a real macaw. HORSE TREKKING, RANGIHAU RANCH Trot to Coroglen and enjoy the stunning coastal and mountain scenery from the perspective of a saddle.

stands for Lemon & Paeroa, and is a uniquely Kiwi soft drink, a sort of lemonade, and this big brown statue of the iconic bottle must be one of the most photographed icons in New Zealand so why not post your snap and add to the millions. HOT POOLS IN TE AROHA After all that driving you’ll need to relax those tense shoulders. Head to Te Aroha Mineral Spas at the foot of Mt Te Aroha. There for the past 140 years, they famously soothe aches and pains with their natural healing properties.

GIANT L&P BOTTLE L&P

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the peninsula in Thames but you can join it at several points along the way. The Waihi to Paeroa leg is 24km and allows cyclists to experience the magnificent Karangahake Gorge.

HIKE TO OROKAWA BAY FROM WAIHI BEACH Pack a picnic lunch and put on a pair of walking shoes because the 45-minute trek over the hill at the northern end of Waihi Beach to Orokawa Bay is worth making an effort for. The track is well-signposted and popular in the summer and is pleasantly shaded by pōhutukawa trees. Take care if you’re not a confident swimmer though, as the water gets deep quickly.

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217 Stanley Rd, Te Aroha P: +64 7 884 9567 E: tearohacamp@gmail.com www.tearohaholidaypark.co.nz Adventure playground. Self-contained cottages, flats, backpacker cabins. Camping and power sites. Free WiFi, all sites. On-site hot pool. Tariff: $14.50-$55 per person.

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TRIP 2 COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY & EASTLAND WAIHI EXPERIENCE WAIHI GOLD DISCOVERY • Newly refurbished CENTRE & VISIT KARANGAHAKE GORGE • Comfortable, quiet,

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PALM MOTEL WAIHI 123 Parry Palm Ave, Waihi P: +64 7 863 8461 E: info@palmmotelwaihi.co.nz www.palmmotelwaihi.co.nz Garden setting with comfy, all ground-floor rooms. Studios, kitchenette studios and 2 x 1-brm units all with allocated parking. Bike storage, pool, BBQ area, Free WIFI. Near Hauraki Rail Trail, Karangahake Gorge, walks, historic railway, museum, wineries & restaurants. Tariff: from $120 (dbl), extra adult $20, child under 12 – $10. GS:Z\4

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0800 867 022 21 Leo Street Waihi Beach 2019

Motels | Cabins | Sites • Backpackers • Lodges • 150m from the beach • BBQ area • Children’s playground • Pet friendly • Woodfired pizza oven • Free WiFi

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Set amongst mature native trees alongside the Waihi Beach stream, the Park also fronts the safe Waihi Beach. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Swimming Pool & Spa • Gym • WiFi • Sauna • Close to the cycle way • BBQ area • TV room with SKY • Playground

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TRIP 2 COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY & EASTLAND ATHENREE HOT SPRINGS & HOLIDAY PARK 1 Athenree Rd,

Athenree P: +64 7 863 5600 E: hotsprings@xtra.co.nz www.athenreehotsprings.co.nz Fabulous, relaxing, hot, natural mineral pools, FREE to guests. Walks, native birds, kayaking, fishing, boating, swimming. Self-contained motels/chalets. Cabins & plenty of spacious sites. Tariff: from $44$215 (2 persons).

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Pop in for your local produce • real fruit ice creams • cut flowers • honey • smoked fish • milk • avocado trees & palms • LPG refills - all size bottles! Loads of parking, wheelchair access & friendly staff! 109 Main Rd Katikati - Ph 07 549 4259

Sapphire Springs Holiday Park & Thermal Pools 274 Hot Springs Rd, RD 2, Katikati Ph: +64 7 549 0768 Email: info@sapphiresprings.nz Family-owned holiday park. 32ha native bush haven with stream. Choice of motel units, camp sites, bungalow, lodge and cabins. Motorhomes welcome. Features: Warm thermal pools and hot tubs, playground, BBQs, camp store and more. 5km from Katikati at foot of Kaimai Ranges. Come for the day and play, or stay for a relaxing holiday. Tariff: Camping from $20. Lodge/cabins from $60. Motels from $130 (2 persons). Bungalow from $360 (12 persons). Check website for day rates.

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• 23 ground-floor units. Spa pool, swimming pool, conference rooms, tennis court • 5min to city; walk to Bethlehem shopping complex, cafés;10min to Tauranga Crossing shopping centre; 5min to Waimarino • All units air-conditioned • Sky Guest Select

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TRIP 2 COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY & EASTLAND BENNETTS TAURANGA MOTOR INN 2 Fifteenth Ave, Tauranga P: +64 7 578 5041 E: stay@btmi.co.nz www.bennettsmotorinn.co.nz Res: 0800 651 777 22 self-contained units: 6 large family units with spa bath, 14 ground-floor units & 2 thermal family units with private mineral pools. 30-person conference room. Sports groups and families welcome. Tariff: from $145. SuperGold card discounts.

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Contemporary-styled, self-contained, fully equipped apartments. Spacious 1, 2 and 3-bedroom with wheelchair access and elevator. Free WiFi • free parking • SKY 50+ channels • smokefree complex Only 300m from beaches, harbour, Mt Drury, playground, shops, restaurants, cafés, Mt Maunganui & thermally heated pools. Tariff: $140-$450. Seasonal rates apply. Corporate and long-term rates available.

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WESTHAVEN MOTEL 27a The Mall, Pilot Bay, Mount Maunganui

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• Across from safe-swimming harbour beach • Walking distance to hot pools, main surf beach, shops, cafés etc • Comfortable spacious units with parking • 7 ground-floor units, 2 upstairs with harbour views. Full kitchen, sep toilet & bathroom. TV, DVD, WiFi. Pets by arrangement • Tariff: $130-$210 (2 persons). Seasonal rates

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E: info@baypalmmotel.co.nz www.baypalmmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 666 543 Walk to Bayfair shops & beach. 16 quality spacious studios, 1 & 2-brm family units. Heated pool (seasonal) & spa baths. Conference facilities. Courtesy shuttle. Free ultra-fast wireless broadband. Tariff: $145-$295. Corporate & seasonal rates.

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CALAIS MOUNT RESORT 6 Adams Ave, Mt Maunganui P: +64 7 575 3805 E: calais@xtra.co.nz www.calais.co.nz Res: 0800 422 524 Perfectly located at the foot of Mt Maunganui. 25 self-contained & serviced apartments. In-house restaurant & bar – Mount Bistro. Close to cafés, shops & beach. Sky TV, DVD. Secure underground parking. Check out our monthly website specials. Tariff: from $120. Seasonal rates may SJRTXZ apply. PACIFIC COAST LODGE/BACKPACKERS 432 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui P: +64 7 574 9601 E: info@pacificcoastlodge.co.nz www.pacificcoastlodge.co.nz Res: 0800 66 66 22 Award-winning Qualmark rated Silver 4-star hostel. Great vibe and culture. Close to the beach and town. Free surfboards. On-site ES:TZ parking. Free WiFi. Assistance with job placements year round.

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Whakatāne to White Island via the ferry across to the island 1.5hr each way Whakatāne to Ōpotiki via Wainui Rd & SH 2 39min, 44.3km

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PAPAMOA BEACH Even though it’s just 15 minutes drive from Mt Maunganui, Papamoa Beach has a very different feel. There are no crowds or traffic; it’s a quiet, laidback place where the loudest noise is surf crashing onto the golden beach.

TE PUKE This little town has a lot going for it. Known as the kiwifruit capital of the world, you can join tours of orchards growing green and gold varieties. For more revelations about where your food comes, head to Comvita and discover the secrets of honey production. Another drawcard of Te Puke is an all-terrain park for

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runners, walkers, mountain bikers, horse trekkers and novice motorcross riders.

ŌHOPE BEACH Eastern Bay of Plenty’s wonderful Ōhope Beach is 11km of unspoilt beauty perfect for swimming and surfing. While there, explore Ōhiwa Harbour, separated from Ōhope by a giant sandspit, and watch for godwits. From Ōhope, climb over to the secluded Otarawairere Bay, a beautiful beach accessible by 15-minute walk or kayak. Trek to Puketapu Lookout for views of the coast. ŌHIWA NATURE TRAIL, ŌHIWA BEACH Just west

beachside settlement of Ōhiwa which lays claim to its own nature trail through coastal native forest with its own glowworm grotto and waterfall. The trail is paradise for ornithologists, with tūī, fantails, silvereyes, kererū, weka and more, and the glowworms are just 20-minutes walk from the local holiday park.

HUKUTAIA DOMAIN ŌPOTIKI This is home to one of the country’s best collections of native trees and shrubs, including a 2500-year-old pūriri tree. There are several gentle walks through the park.

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COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY & EASTLAND KIWI NIGHT WALK, WHAKATĀNE Whakatāne is known as the Kiwi Capital of New Zealand which means you’re highly likely to hear them call at night. At certain times of the year you can join the Whakatāne Kiwi Trust volunteers and visit these nocturnal birds in their natural habitat, while learning about the conservation work that’s done to ensure their survival. To appreciate them during daylight hours, pick up a Kiwi Wandering Trail map and track down the 10 bronze kiwi statues dotted around the town. KAYAKING Take your pick of places to take to the waters of the Eastern Bay of Plenty. Highlights include the awesome scenery to be found along the Waioeka River as it twists down a native bush-clad valley just out of Ōpōtiki, the serenely pretty Ōhiwa Harbour and the hydroelectric damcreated by Lake Matahina 30 minutes out of Whakatāne, and surrounded by rolling hills covered in native bush. WHALE ISLAND (MOUTOHORA), WHAKATĀNE A little known treasure, this tiny island off the coast of Whakatāne is an island sanctuary, providing a home to kiwi, kākāriki, saddlebacks, tuatara and rare native geckos.

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IRAKEWA ROCK (TE TOKA O IRAKEWA), Whakatāne This landmark on the foreshore of the Whakatāne River is one of the landmarks that Toroa, captain of the Mataatua waka, was told to look out for by his father Irakewa when he came to settle the area from Hawaiki 600 years ago. Irakewa, who had noticed the rock when he visited the area previously, told his son ‘the rock standing in the river is myself’ which, along with a couple of other landmarks, was enough for Toroa to recognise the area. The rock was destroyed in 1925 to make way for a Harbour Board wall, but a section remains near the riverbank.

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MATAATUA WHARENUI, WHAKATĀNE Make time to visit this restored Māori meeting house which travelled the world for 130 years before being returned home to Whakatāne and the Ngāti Awa people in 2011.

WHAKATĀNE This picturesque riverside town in the Eastern Bay of Plenty is famous for the plumes of volcanic smoke you can often spy on the horizon, courtesy White Island/ Whakaari, but Whakatāne is also famous for fishing and for dolphin and seal tours. f you’re a diver, or perhaps you’ve been looking for a reason to start, there’s an excellent dive site near Whale Island/ Moutohorā where the ship Seafire was sunk to create an artificial reef. You can also learn to surf 10 minutes down the road at Ōhope Beach, jet boat down the Rangitāiki River or kayak in Ōhiwa Harbour.

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That’s thanks to its bubbling mud pools and dramatic steaming geothermal vents. The clear waters surrounding the island are also an enticing drawcard for divers and those keen on game fishing. Located 50km off the coast of Whakatāne, you can land on the island by chopper or boat or stick to seeing all of its glory from a scenic flight on high; if you

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do go ashore be prepared to wear sturdy footwear, and to get kitted up in a hard hat and gas mask. A guided tour will ensure you explore the crater safely as you inspect what’s left of the sulphur mining factory that was destroyed by a lahar in 1914, taking the lives of 10 miners. TOP: Crater Lake, White Island LEFT: Tour group at fumarole RIGHT: Tour group on White Island ALL © White Island Tours

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NGĀ TAPUWAE O TOI/ KOHI PT WALKWAY, WHAKATĀNE This walk is a must-do if you’re a fan of sweeping coastal views and lush native bush, stretching for 8km between Whakatāne and Ōhope Beach. Māori for ‘in the footsteps of Toi’, the walkway encompasses the lands once reigned over by the famous Māori chief Toi-te-huatahi who settled in Whakatāne centuries ago. A highlight of the walk is Kapute-Rangi (the ‘pā of gentle breezes’), one of the oldest pā sites in New Zealand and Toi’s former stronghold. Either do a loop or walk one

way then catch the bus back to where you started. WHAKATĀNE RIVER WALK Following the river to Whakatāne Heads, this walk has great scenery and historic features. WHAKATĀNE HERITAGE TRAIL This will lead you past many historical sites, with information panels providing explanations and is a fabulous walk to gain insight into Whakatāne’s history. LATHAM HILL TRACK, WHAKATĀNE For amazing views, take either the Latham Hill Track, which gives you impressive views

of the Rangitāiki Plains, or the Puketapu Lookout and Papaka Redoubt track for fine views of the town and the remains of a Māori fortification. KAIMAI MAMAKU FOREST PARK, TAURANGA You can access tracks within this 300ha park from several points throughout the Bay of Plenty, including via an access road 30 minutes southwest of Tauranga. Historically significant, the Kaimai Mamaku Range served as a hunting ground, pantry and medicine cabinet for Māori settlers.

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here are many ways to make the most of this delightful place but it ought to include time on the water. Jet boating, rafting, kayaking, surfing and swimming abound here – and fishing is an option, with local rivers well stocked with fish and charter boats operating for deep-sea fishing, too.

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With its access to Te Urewera, bush walking in the region is extra attractive. For an easier, more accessible walk, explore Hukutaia Domain which boasts one of New Zealand’s best collections of native flora. Cycling also features here – along beach, through forest, or on one of the Motu Trails.

PAPAMOA / PAPAMOA BEACH • Contemporary, Architecturally designed • 18 spacious units • 150 metres to beach • Swimming / spa • Games room • Free WiFi • Fully equipped kitchens • Sky 50+ channels • ASB Stadium Arena/Speedway 5min drive

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• Short drive to Mount Maunganui • Ideal for family holidays/reunions, retreats, church or particular-needs groups • Motels • Cabins • Lodges • Camp sites • Motorhome sites • Mini golf, hot pool & dump station • WIFI • Tariff: power sites (2p) $34-$40, cabins $69-$109, 2-brm motel $119-142, 3-brm motel (5p) $194-$229, 4-brm villa (6p) $234-$267 1110 Papamoa Beach Rd, Papamoa • E: office@pacificpark.co.nz • www.pacificpark.co.nz

Absolute beachfront location. Range of beachfront & garden villas, units, cabins and camping sites. Tariff: from $42 for 2 persons. Book online: www.papamoabeach.co.nz 535 Papamoa Beach Road, Papamoa Beach Email: resort@papamoabeach.co.nz Freephone: 0800 232 243

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JUNCTION MOTEL

Ideal central stop over between Auckland & Gisborne

10min south of Te Puke (Kiwifruit Capital) on Tauranga-Rotorua highway. • Comfortable studio & family units (sleep 4). • Handy to Te Puke Golf Club & Comvita. • Adjacent Paengaroa Domain. • Ideal central location for touring. • FREE WiFi. Fully air-conditioned • Tariff: from $150-$180

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Awakeri

HOT SPRINGS The perfect place to explore the Bay of Plenty • Spacious play area & bushwalks • Set in established bush setting • Park Motel, tourist flats, cabins, power & tent sites • 16km to Whakatane • Hot Thermal Pools – Free for Guests Tariff: (2 persons) $40-$120 seasonal rates apply

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ALTON LODGE MOTEL

11 unit cosy motel,walking distance to town centre. Two studio units have access facilities. Air-cons/heaters, full kitchens, hairdryers, irons/ironing boards, SKY TV, free WiFi & parking in all units. Guest laundry, barbecue, indoor heated pool (pool open Sep-May). Cooked/continental breakfast. 2 x standard studios; 4 x deluxe studios (2 with access facilities); 4 x 1-brm apartments (with stairs); 1 x 2-brm apartment Tariff $120-$170

76 Domain Rd, Whakatane P: +64 7 307 1003 www.altonlodge.co.nz Res: 0800 4 ALTON (425 866)

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Amber Court Motel Whakatane Kiwi owned and operated

• Outdoor BBQ sitting areas provided for guests who enjoy • 9 ground-floor units with fully having a BBQ and relaxing. equipped kitchenette. All units have air-conditioning/heat pumps. • Tariff: From $120 double, extra person $20. Seasonal and unit • Secure off-street parking available. rates may apply. • Just 10min walk from the city centre and 10min drive from Ohope Beach.

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FREE Fast WiFi, FREE parking Modern, clean, spacious all ground-floor units Air-conditioned units Comfortable beds, feather and down throws Great variety of breakfasts, teas and coffees Close to all amenities Small conference facilities All units have cooking facilities Spa baths in some units Tariff: $135-$150, seasonal rates may apply

34 Landing Rd, Whakatane • E: stay@barringtonsmotorlodge.co.nz • www.barringtonsmotorlodge.co.nz

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11 spacious modern apartments with all the comforts of home designed for the traveller or permanent resident. Unique location in the centre of the CBD. Recreational area with gym and rooftop pool. Stay one night, one week, one month or one year. This is the place to stay. Corporate rates available.

11 George St, Whakatane • P: +64 7 306 0466

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www.quaysideapartments.co.nz • Tourist Flats & Motel Units • Cabins • Powered Tent • Caravan Sites • Tariff: $18-$200, seasonal rates

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163 Thornton Beach Rd, RD4 Whakatane • Ph: +64 7 304 8296

for our best rates visit: www.thorntonbeach.co.nz

Family Fun, fishing haven, boat ramp, White/Whale Island/walks

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50 Landing Rd, Whakatane Res: 0800 308 709 • P: +64 7 308 7099 • 9 spacious units. Studios sleep 1-3, 1-brm sleeps 2-4, 2-brm sleeps 7 • Rooms include LCD TVs, DVD player, hairdryer, fan, heater and electric blankets (also available: cot & highchair) • Parking, spa pool, BBQ on site • SKY Guest Select • FREE WiFi • Tariff: from $115 (2 persons), seasonal/corporate rates

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LIVINGSTON MOTEL 42 Landing Rd, Whakatane P: +64 7 308 6400 E: stay@livingston.co.nz  www.livingston.co.nz Res: 0800 770 777 15 spacious, clean ground-floor units. Private, in-room genuine spa pools. Genuine 2-brm unit. Ample free parking on-site for cars, trucks and buses. Excellent showers. New heat pumps. Sky Guest Select, 50+ channels. FREE WIFI and DVD players all units.

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Ohope Beach TOP 10 is a fantastic holiday destination in the scenic Bay of Plenty. Located along Ohope Beach, with 11 kilometres of unbroken golden sand beach and spectacular views.

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Promo AA2020 for special offer units (sleeps 2), 2 units sleeps 3, OCEAN VIEW MOTEL • Studio penthouse sleeps 6 • All units have air-con

A QUALITY PLACE TO STAY Wedged between pohutukawa-clad cliffs, on the Pacific beachfront Hosts: Glynis & Pat Carrington

• Free unlimited WiFi • 50+ SKY TV channels Tariff: $110-$250 (2 persons). Prices subject to change. Seasonal rates may apply.

18/2 West End, Ohope Beach P/F: +64 7 312 5665 E: ocean.view@xtra.co.nz www.oceanviewmotel.co.nz

ROAD TRIP GAMES TWENTY QUESTIONS One person states they are a person, place or thing (or declares animal, vegetable or mineral). Everybody else gets to interrogate the player with 20 questions, which must be answered “yes” or “no.” TWO TRUTHS AND ONE LIE The player tells the group three statements about himself or herself. Two are true and one is a lie. Everyone tries to guess which one is the lie.

LICENCE PLATE LINGO Make up a phrase using the letters on another car’s plate. Spot a licence plate and call out the letters on it. Then everyone tries to come up with a different phrase using the letters in the order they appear on the licence plate as the first letter of each word. For instance KEW could be “kittens eating watermelon” or “kiss every warthog.” When you can’t think of any more look for another licence plate.

AQUARIUS MOTEL 103 Harbour Rd, Ohope Beach P: +64 7 312 4550

E: bookings@aquariusmotorlodge.co.nz aquariusmotel.co.nz Spacious family & studio units, kitchen facilities. Quiet location, 2min walk to beach, safe swimming/surfing. Close to golf/bowling club. Free unlimited WiFi, SKY 50+ plus sports. Sea/harbour views. Pet-friendly. Tariff: $99-$200 (2 persons), extra person $25. Winter Specials available.

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OHOPE BEACH RESORT 307 Harbour Rd, Ohope P: +64 7 312 4120 E: info@ohopebeachresort.co.nz www.ohopebeachresort.co.nz Res: 0800 464 673 Relax in comfort. Penthouse & 2-bedroom self-serviced luxury apartments with stunning ocean and harbour views. 3 pools, spa pools, gymnasium, sauna, games room and tennis court. Underground car parking, internet access. Sky. Tariff: $225-$445 (2 persons), extra person $25. 164 | M U S T D O ’ S • CO R OMA N DE L, B A Y OF PLE N TY & E A STLAND


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Eastland Pacific Motor Lodge OPOTIKI • NEW ZEALAND WELCOME • Large units suitable for meetings or training sessions – up to 14 people • 10 units with spa baths, 4 x 2-brm units, 6 x 1-brm units & 8 studio units • Wheelchair access units • Sky TV Guest Select • Guest laundry • Continental and cooked breakfasts • Wireless internet access • Warm welcome & friendly service • Tariff: Studio $135, 1-brm $155, 2-brm 175 Cnr Bridge & St John Sts, Opotiki Ph: +64 7 315 5524 Fax: +64 7 315 5504

Email: eastlandopotiki@xtra.co.nz www.eastlandpacific.co.nz Reservations: 0800 103 003 Resident Hosts: Lyn & Gary Savage

Tirohanga Beach Motor Camp SH 35, Tirohanga Beach, Opotiki Ph/Fax: +64 7 315 7942

• Awesome location right next to long sandy beach. • Ideal for relaxing, no-fuss holiday. • Next to Motu Dunes Trail – one of the trail’s official partners. • Direct access to safe beach for swimming, fishing anddiving. • Shady powered and non-powered sites. • Tariff: from $18-$100. Seasonal rates apply.

Email: tmcamp@xtra.co.nz • www.tirohangabeachmotorcamp.co.nz

MAGNOLIA COURT MOTEL Cnr Bridge & Nelson Sts, Opotiki

P: +64 7 315 8490  Res: 0800 55 62 46 E: magnolia.crt.motel@xtra.co.nz www.magnoliacourtmotel.co.nz 13 spacious ground-floor studio, 1 & 2-brm units with queen-size beds. Serviced daily. Continental breakfast. Near shops/ restaurants, opposite garden and park. Ample off-street parking for boats, trailers, buses. WiFi access. Perfect for cyclists – room for safe cycle storage. Tariff: $125-$170 (2 persons), extra person $20.

OPOTIKI HOLIDAY PARK 39 Potts Ave, Opotiki P: +64 7 315 6050

E: opotiki.holidays@xtra.co.nz www.opotikiholidaypark.co.nz Small, quiet park. 100m to boat ramp and Motu Cycle Trail. 5min drive to beaches. Playground and swimming pool. Park motel, self-contained units, kitchen cabins, power & non-power sites. Wireless internet. Tariff: $50-$120 (2 persons), sites from $20pp. ES:T46 Seasonal rates apply.

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Ruatōria to Gisborne via SH 35 2hr 3min, 139km

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ABOVE LEFT: East Cape Lighthouse ABOVE RIGHT: Tikitiki Church BOTH © Tourism Eastland

MT HIKURANGI This sacred mountain is the first place in the world to see the sunrise. Take a tour to view the nine impressive carvings at the summit that tell the legends of Maui. TE KAHA This pretty place has glorious bays and beaches perfect for swimming. There is very good fishing to be had here, too. EAST CAPE LIGHTHOUSE, TE ARAROA An elegant lighthouse at the easternmost point of New Zealand, at the end of a 22km-long unsealed road. The lighthouse sits 154m above sea level; to reach it, climb 700 steps. The views are sensational. Not to be missed.

ST MARY’S CHURCH, TIKITIKI This beautiful Māori church is home to some of New Zealand’s finest examples of woven tukutuku panels and wooden carvings. Built in the 1920s, and initiated by Ngāti Porou leader Sir Āpirana Ngata, it is a tribute to the tribe’s soldiers who died during World War I. Entry by gold coin donation. HICKS BAY Originally called Wharekahika, this remote bay was later named for Zachary Hickes, part of Captain James Cook’s .1769 expedition. The beach is steeped in Māori history and there are remains of several pā. Visit the old wharf at nearby Onepoto Bay.

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100% NATURAL VISIT THE STINGRAYS AT DIVE TATAPOURI Snorkel and swim with stingrays, available at Dive Tatapouri between mid-January until the end of March. Basic snorkelling ability is required for ages 13-plus. Wetsuits, snorkels and masks are provided. Or do the walking/wading tour to the reef where you can hand feed these ocean giants. MOTU FALLS WALK At Whinray Scenic Reserve, 80 minutes northwest of Gisborne at Motu, is a 6.3km walk each way through native forest, over a swing bridge and along an old coach road to Motu Falls. Alternatively, view them from the car park and picnic area. GISBORNE RAILBIKE ADVENTURE A side-byside tandem cycle experience that takes place on an unused section of the Gisborne-to-Napier railway line, with bridges and birds, and some excellent pastoral scenery. There are also e-bikes available for those who prefer to take it easy when they’re on holiday.

Surf lesson, Eastland Beach © Kelly Adams / Tourism Eastland

TOLAGA BAY

Tolaga Bay Wharf © Tourism Eastland

Walk to Cook’s Cove and see for yourself where Captain Cook stopped when he circumnavigated New Zealand. The 5.8km return journey across farmland starts at a small paddock at the southern end of TOLAGA BAY and take about 2.5 hours through native bush and open grassland. With information panels, viewing platforms, a hole-in-the-wall perfect for photos and a memorial to Cook, the cove doubles as a lovely swimming spot to cool off after your walk. Note the track closes for lambing between July and October.

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TAIRĀWHITI MUSEUM: Māori arts and culture are a special focus of the excellent Tairāwhiti Museum which has nine galleries featuring a regularly changing programme of art, history, and decorative arts exhibitions.

GISBORNE New Zealand’s most easterly city, the town’s slogan is ‘First to see the light’ a nod to seeing the sun rise ahead of everyone else in the world. Māori culture and heritage are the anchors of this attractive and vibrant city, which is also known as Tairāwhiti – ‘the coast upon which the sun shines across the water’. walk up Titirangi (Kaitī) Hill is perfect for getting your bearings. This highpoint is famous for being where the first Māori explorers settled while down at the base, at Kaitī Beach, this is where Captain James Cook came ashore when he first made landfall in 1769. With spectacular views from the

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top of the hill, admire the region from four lookouts. The city is known for its excellent wine, notably chardonnay and there are numerous boutique wineries to explore. Excellent cider and beer is also crafted here. Gisborne is also the ideal base for surfing, fishing, cycling, waka ama, stargazing, even shark cage diving.

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Northwest of Gisborne on Wharekōpae Rd, you’ll find the Rere Falls with a picnic area and swimming hole on the Wharekōpae River. The falls themselves are just a minute from the car park. Proceed a little further up the road and you’ll reach the turn off for Rere Rock Slide, a 60m natural waterslide. Wear a wetsuit or use a boogie board or inner tube to skid down its slippery length. And watch the locals first to ensure you find the safest way to slide. A side trip to Eastwoodhill Arboretum is highly recommended when driving this route.

Rere Rockslide © Eastland Tourism

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loop through reserve land. Stop at the lookout for stunning views of Wainui Beach and surrounding countryside. You’ll see a wide variety of native trees and plants and bird species including kererū, tūī, bellbirds, fantails and grey warblers.

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Anaura Bay © Daan Dehn

ANAURA BAY WALKWAY On this relatively easy 4.5km loop track you’ll encounter native bush, grassy paddocks, coastal forest and valleys of pine. Start at the entrance at the northern end of the recreation reserve; you’ll soon reach a ridge with

panoramic views of the coast to the south, Anaura Bay and Motuoroi Island. OKITU BUSH SCENIC RESERVE WALK, GISBORNE Pack a picnic and head to this scenic reserve on the outskirts of Gisborne for a half-hour

GRAY’S BUSH SCENIC RESERVE, GISBORNE Visit a small but significant example of tall kahikatea aged between 400-500 years old. You’ll also see pukatea, tawa, kohekohe and mataī as well as kawakawa and nīkau. Watch for bellbirds, tūī, kererū, kaka, shining cuckoos and skylarks. There are two tracks to choose from: 15-20 minutes and 40-60 minutes.

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visit to this part of Te Urewera National Forest will linger long in your memory – you can’t help but get swept up in its spiritual power, and feel as though you’ve been transported back in time to a New Zealand of another era. This area is incredibly important to Ngāi Tūhoe people who have occupied Te Urewera for hundreds of years and you’ll feel their connection with every waterway, mountain and forest. The lake’s Great Walk, best done over four days, starts near Wairoa and passes through prehistoric rainforest and wetlands, via waterfalls and rivers and through valleys of mist. Along the way are several campsites and five Department of Conservation huts, all of which must be booked in advance. At journey’s end, arrange transport back to Wairoa, either by shuttle bus or water taxi.

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Mahia © Hawke’s Bay Tourism

Swing bridge, Lake Waikaremoana © Hawke’s Bay Tourism

MAHIA PENINSULA A detour east off SH 2 at Nūhaka will see you wind your way to the Mahia Peninsula, in the news these days for being home to pioneering space enthusiasts Rocket Lab, found at the most southern tip. This laidback part of New Zealand has long been known as a haven for holidaymakers.

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TE KAHA

Holiday Park, Motels & Cafe • A paradise for anglers & families • Park motels, cabins, backpackers, 60 power sites, 100 tent sites • Kayak/bike hire • On-site café, takeaways, general store. Off-licence, postal agency • Close to beach, permitted boat launching, great fishing & smokehouse • Tariff: $20-$130 (2 persons)

ET\[6 State Highway 35, (RD 3, Opotiki), Te Kaha • Phone: +64 7 325 2894 Email: tekahahp@xtra.co.nz • www.tekahaholidaypark.co.nz

FLAT BATTERY? 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile HICKS BAY HICKS BAY MOTEL LODGE 5198 Te Araroa Rd, Hicks Bay P: +64 6 864 4880 E: stay@hicksbaymotel.co.nz www.hicksbaymotel.co.nz Mobile-friendly website. Restaurant, on and off-licence, essentials shop, internet, playground, pool table. Panoramic ocean views. Tariff: (2 persons) motels from $149, SJRT`4 hotels from $120.

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• Games room • Onsite Shop and more

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GISBORNE’S ONLY BEACHFRONT MOTEL WHISPERING SANDS

• 14 spacious units right on Waikanae Beach • Designated smokefree • Unsurpassed panoramic views of Poverty Bay • 3min to city centre, restaurants • Handy to golf course & Olympic pool

• Our amenities ensure total relaxation and comfort • NETFLIX in all units • Liquor on-licence • For best price MUST book Direct! • Corporate rates available • FREE WiFi

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Road trip games Group Story Telling

Odds, Evens

Someone starts a story and, after a couple of sentences, points to someone else to continue the story.

Two players pick either “odds” or “evens”, say, “One, two, three...shoot,” and stick out one or two fingers.

I Spy

Rock, Paper, Scissors

Or “I spy with my little eye”. Use colour or first letter as a hint. Whoever guesses correctly goes next.

Two can play. Both players make rock paper or scissors shapes behind their backs, say “One, two, three,” and show their hands.

• First on the left on SH 2 • 14 modern units consisting of studios,1 & 2-brm units, king spa bath units & 2 access units • Solar-heated pool • Children’s play area • Opposite golf course • Airport/city 3min drive 811 Gladstone Rd, Gisborne P: 06 863 1515

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0800 702 000 • www.champers.co.nz

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COROMANDEL, BAY OF PLENTY & EASTLAND Ph/Fax: +64 6 868 4059 • www.highwaymotel.co.nz

HIGHWAY MOTEL • Gisborne

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Tairāwhiti Museum & Art Gallery 10 Stout Street, Gisborne • 06 867 3832 • Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm • Sun & Public Holidays 1.30pm – 4pm Entry $5, 12 & under FREE • 5 min walk from CBD, FREE parking, step-free access, FREE WiFi, café

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P: 06 868 6075 E: endeavourlodge@callplus.net.nz www.endeavourlodgemotel.co.nz Res: 06 868 6075 6 spacious family units & 3 studio units. WiFi & LCD TVs. Near town/beaches. In-ground salt-water pool. Tariff: studio from $100, family units from $120 (2 persons), extra person $20. Seasonal rates apply.

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ASURE ALFRESCO MOTOR LODGE 784 Gladstone Rd, Gisborne P: +64 6 863 2464 E: info@alfrescolodge.co.nz www.alfrescolodge.co.nz Res: 0800 222 550 14 well-appointed units. 32” LCD TVs. 3min to beach, airport and city. FREE Fast WiFi. Spa bath suites. Laundry. Breakfast available. No pets. Tariff: $125-$205, G:TX6 extra $20. $10 for children under 12. Corporate rates. PACIFIC HARBOUR MOTOR INN 24 Reads Quay (Cnr Pitt St), Gisborne P: +64 6 867 8847 E: info@pacific-harbour.co.nz www.pacific-harbour.co.nz 28 well-appointed units inc corporate studio, 1 & 2-brm units & 2 suites with river & harbour views. Air-con/heat pumps. Free WiFi. Tariff: CG:TZ6 $145-$240. Seasonal/corp/weekend rates. TRAVELLERS INN MOTEL 721 Gladstone Rd, Gisborne P: +64 6 867 3322 E: info@travellersinn.co.nz www.travellersinn.co.nz Res: 0800 115 405 Ground-floor self-contained units in garden setting. Close to airport, hospital, showgrounds, event centre, wineries, beaches, golf courses and city CGS:T4 centre. Spa, swimming pool and playground. Tariff: from $140 for two persons. M U S T D O’ S • COROMA N DE L, B A Y OF PLE NTY & EASTLAND | 175


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Central North Island Must Do’s

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rom wild, west coast beaches and regenerating native bush to sparkling caves and undulating mountain slopes, this part of the country is extremely diverse and with the great range of natural beauty comes an abundance of adventure and experience. From tripping through Waikato’s green landscape to enjoying Hamilton’s attractions, soaking in Rotorua’s hot pools and cycling around Lake Taupō, every corner turned reveals new and surprising delights. Venture further south for an entirely different mood of New Zealand. Tongariro National Park is centred upon three volcanoes – Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu – and is an adventure playground within some of the country’s most dramatic landscape.

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Hamilton to Raglan via SH 23 42min, 45.6km (side trip to Te Kauwhata)

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Waitomo Caves to Ōtorohanga to Te Awamutu to Cambridge via SH 37 & SH 3 1hr, 68.3km (side trip to Te Kuiti)

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Cambridge to Tīrau to Rotorua via Thermal Explorer Hwy 1hr 6min, 84.2km (side trips to Sanctuary Mountain & Matamata)

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Rotorua to Taupō via SH 5 1hr 4min, 81.8km (side trips to Ōrakei Kōrako, Ātiamuri/Waikato River Trails & Murupara/Te Urewera National Park)

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Waiouru to Ōhakune to National Park Village to Taumarunui via SH 49, Raetihi & SH 4 1hr 23min, 115km

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n hour and a half drive south of Auckland is Hamilton, set on the banks of the Waikato River. There is a lot to include on your itinerary here, from an exploration of the city centre, a visit to the Waikato Art Gallery and Museum or the wonderful Hamilton Gardens to wander or to cycle along the Waikato River Trails. Another bonus for Hamilton is its close proximity to beachside Raglan. Head west for 45 minutes and you’ll soon be sitting at one of the cafés on the palm-tree lined main strip of this rustic, charming settlement. A popular summer destination, Raglan keeps its visitors busy and entertained with its artisan food scene, good coffee, boutique clothing stores, galleries, native bush walks and those famous west coast beaches boasting some of the country’s best surf breaks.

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WAINUI RESERVE BUSH PARK is home to a network of trails weaving through native bush, across farmland and down onto Ngarunui Beach. Developed by the Friends of Wainui Reserve community group, it’s dog-friendly and has a dedicated car park at the entrance. NGARUNUI TRACK The original public track leading down to Raglan’s main beach, the track passes through groves of nīkau palms, kawakawa and kōwhai trees. It’s about 800m one way. KARIOI SUMMIT TRACK For the serious walker, this trail traces the peaks of Raglan’s iconic mountain and ancient volcano, Karioi, which translates to ‘sleeping lady.’ Look closely, the outline resembles just that – a woman lying on her back, as Māori legend describes. Terrain is challenging, with abseiling ropes assisting over rocky embankments in some parts. But the views revealed are well worth the effort; on a clear day you can see as far as Mt Taranaki. Be sure to arrange transport at the other end if you’re completing the track in full. Alternatively you can walk up and down the same side, parking at the Te Toto Gorge car park. Set aside about six hours. TE TOTO GORGE If climbing Karioi isn’t on your agenda,

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walks head to the same car park (13km from Raglan partly along unsealed roads) and Te Toto Gorge Track provides equally stunning views without breaking as much of a sweat. The historically significant site weaves through remnants of traditional Māori garden plots and stonewalls dating

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back as far as 1700. From the car park, a short track leads to a stomach-dropping amphitheatre, the site of oncethriving Māori gardens. Beyond is an unmarked track peeling away to views of the coastline. LEFT: Bridal Veil Falls © HamiltonWaikato.com RIGHT: Native forest in Waikato © HamiltonWaikato.com


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HIGHLIGHTS THE VILLAGE, WHATAWHATA On the corner of Horotiu and Whatawhata Rds en route from Hamilton to Raglan is a cluster of pop-up shops and a café known to locals as The Village. The precinct was opened in 2016 by volunteers who turned an old shed into a destination for visitors and a hub for the growing rural community. It’s a space for friends and families to meet and enjoy a coffee and bite to eat while the on-site petting farm and playground entertains the children. It’s a good spot to refresh and refuel before making the remainder of the journey to Raglan. The Village is also home to a selection of

studios, housing an everchanging array of wares to browse, including shoes and flowers. WAIRĒINGA/BRIDAL VEIL FALLS Veer left at Te Mata Road off the Hamilton/ Raglan SH 23 and follow the signposts to Bridal Veil Falls. The spectacular waterfall is revealed after a short, gentle walk through native bush; the only giveaway of what’s in store at the end of the track is the sound of water getting louder the closer you get. Suddenly, all is revealed! Two platforms provide vantage points for jaw-dropping views down to the falls. There’s the option to gaze up at the waterfall, as the track descends to a platform at the base of the falls. Here, you can appreciate the mossy, ferncovered embankments framing the falls, feel the mist on your face and breathe in the extra cool, fresh air.

TE KAUWHATA If you’re venturing south to Hamilton from Auckland, consider a stop to stretch the legs in Te Kauwhata. Tucked away off SH 1, the village is an hour from both Auckland and Hamilton and exudes country charm.

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There’s a farmers’ market here on Thursdays and Saturdays, bursting with fresh, local produce. The small, picturesque town also features cafés, gift stores and other shops.

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HAMILTON ZOO Get up close and personal to creatures including lemurs and rhino on a Face2Face Animal Encounter and learn about their lives and the state of their species in the wild. Watch giraffes graze leaves from towering trees, chimp families swing and play and tigers prowl. THE HAMILTON GARDENS Tucked just off a busy thoroughfare of the city and set by the Waikato River are several themed gardens; the Japanese Garden of Contemplation, the Indian Char Bagh Garden and the Italian Renaissance Garden among others. The on-site Hamilton Gardens Café sells

FAMILY FUN fresh baking, sandwiches and salads. Purchase a selection of produce and enjoy a lakefront picnic. HAMILTON LAKE DOMAIN Take a stroll around the inner-city lake and watch swans and ducks paddling happily on the calm waters. Enjoy a coffee and a bite to eat on the on-site Verandah Café; the nearby popular playground provides hours of fun for children.

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HAMILTON Hamilton, The Tron, The City of the Future. It’s been given plenty of monikers over the years but one thing’s for certain: more so than ever before, this town is worth stopping to explore.

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pend time among the interesting, varied inner city shops before calling into the Waikato Art Gallery and Museum.

Hire a bike or walk along the cobbled path tracing the edge of the river. The network of tracks is part of the Waikato River Trails and is very popular. The city’s dining precinct comes alive at night with a good selection of restaurants. Hospitality is high on the agenda, with several intimate establishments pouring bespoke cocktails, wine, beer and other tipples.

> SHOW OFF An intimate gallery filled with beautifully unique stirling silver and ponamu (New Zealand greenstone) jewellery and local artwork > ATAMIRA Carefully selected boutique designer clothing and homewares

LEFT: Hamilton River © VisitHamilton.com

RAGLAN’S iron-rich, blacksand beaches are arguably its most famous feature. There’s a beach to suit everyone, from serious territory best suited to experienced surfers, to wide calm stretches perfect for families.

RAGLAN locals are a talented lot; from potters and painters to cobblers and jewellers. The town’s main strip, Bow St, and The Wharf are where you’ll find most shops and galleries, with an array of handmade bags, belts, shoes, ceramics, paintings and photographs.

> JET COLLECTIVE Fun and quirky gallery-shop stocking 100% Raglan artists > RAGLAN SURF CO Not just a surf shop although it stocks wetsuits and an impressive line-up of surf boards lovingly constructed by the owners, a local family who’ve been in the shaping business for years.

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• Affordable accommodation in Te Rapa • 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units • Walking distance to Te Rapa Race Course & Waterworld • St Andrew’s Golf Course close by and only a short drive to Central Hamilton • EFTPOS available • Tariff: $94-$115 (2 persons)

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ASCOT LODGE MOTEL

Closest motel to Waterworld

GS:TZ4 320 Te Rapa Rd, Hamilton • Freephone 0800 TO ASCOT (86 27 26) • Phone: +64 7 849 2337 Email: motel_ascot@xtra.co.nz • www.ascotlodgemotel.co.nz

• Quiet, spacious, ground-floor units • Off-street parking • Spa & pool • Cooking facilities • Free WiFi • Tariff: from $99 – unit rate and minimum stay may apply

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TRIP 1 CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND • Self-contained units, cabins and sites • 1km to Waikato University, Ruakura and 2km to city centre • 2.5km to rugby and cricket stadiums • Close to Claudelands events centre & Hamilton Gardens • 15min to airport/Mystery Creek • Amenity block with well‑equipped facilities • Tariff: (2 persons) $40-$180, seasonal rates 14 Ruakura Rd, Hamilton Ph: +64 7 855 8255 Email: hchp@xtra.co.nz

www.hamiltoncityholidaypark.co.nz

NARROWS PARK 442 Airport Rd, Hamilton  Office: 07 843 6862 or  022 425 3526 E: lovetostay@narrowspark.co.nz www.narrowspark.co.nz Cabin beds from $28, powered sites $20pp & non-powered sites $17pp. Family rates available. Kids under 5 are free. Hamilton 10min, Hobbiton 30min. A rural setting with basic amenities. Facilities for campers include a shared kitchen, covered deck, washrooms, hot showers, pool, coin ESJRT4 laundry and wood-fired bbqs. Book in advance. JET PARK HOTEL HAMILTON AIRPORT 201 Airport Rd, Hamilton P: +64 7 843 8412 E: reservations@jetpark.co.nz www.jetparkhamilton.co.nz Res: 0800 538 466 62 studio, 1 & 2-brm executive & apartment units. At Hamilton Airport. Licensed restaurant & bar. Conference facilities. Free overnight GJ:T`4 parking. Ideal for visiting Waikato/Waitomo.

Keeping your stuff safe Always lock your accommodation or vehicle and keep windows secure.

items, eg camera. You can do it online at www.snap.org.nz

Don’t leave valuables, maps, luggage, GPS devices or visitor brochures visible in parked campervans at any time, especially at scenic spots or trail heads.

Don’t leave bags, backpacks, wallets or cameras unattended in public places, especially at airports, railway stations or ferry terminals.

If there is a safety box in your campervan, use it to protect your valuables. Keep a record of the description and serial numbers of your valuable

Park your campervan overnight in a holiday park, Department of Conservation camping ground or other specially designated area. If in doubt, ask at the nearest i-SITE (official visitor information office).

TE KAUWHATA

POUNAMU TAONGA – GREENSTONE SHOP & MUSEUM 140 Wayside Rd, Te Kauwhata P: +64 7 826 3156 E: peter-simpson@xtra.co.nz • View our greenstone carvers at work • Affordable prices • 2min from State Highway 1

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RAGLAN

You won’t want to leave our little piece of paradise

A private hideaway, just 2 minutes walk to the beach, and 5 minutes to town • Tents • Campervans/caravans • Bunkrooms • Tourist Flats • Studio Units • Park Motels • Conference Rooms • Group Lodge facilities • We have something for every budget!

Address: 61 Marine Parade, Raglan Phone: (07) 825 8283 Email: stay@raglanholidaypark.co.nz

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Glowworms in Waitomo Caves © www.hamiltonwaikato.com BELOW: Waitomo Glow Worms Tour © Discover Waitomo

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Raglan to Kāwhia via Te Papatapu & KauroaKāwhia Rd 1hr 8min, 52km

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ourney from one coastal township to another. Head southwest from Raglan along SH 23 and turn right at Te Mata Rd. Continue through Makomako before reaching the sleepy but utterly charming seaside town of Kāwhia. Make sure you pack swimwear, even in winter, as Kāwhia’s Ocean Beach boasts a natural hot spring. Take a spade, dig a hollow in the sand and voila! Warm water to soak in. Feeling soothed and relaxed, head back to the car to continue the journey along the coast and then inland, on to SH 39 through to Ōtorohanga – for a stop and a wander and a cup of tea – and then on to Waitomo.

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Black sand beaches in Waikato © Tourism Waikato TOP RIGHT: Abseiling in Waitomo Caves © Discover Waitomo

KĀWHIA’S HOT WATER BEACH On the other side of the sand dunes at Kāwhia’s Ocean Beach is a hidden gem. Best experienced at low tide, you find your spot and dig until, magically, hot water bubbles up from below. You let the hot water mix with the tide and you have a free, natural spa. Lie back and gaze across a stretch of black-sand beach to crashing waves. KAWHIA REGIONAL MUSEUM GALLERY For a deeper insight into the area’s history, a visit to

the museum and gallery reveals old photographs and publications, traditional Tainui carvings and ancient fossils. A kauri racing whaleboat from the early 1880s is also on display. ŌTOROHANGA Stop here to stretch your legs and be rewarded with a delightful display of all things Kiwi. From Buzzy Bees to jandals and pav, there’s a cute reference at every opportunity, all over town. Another highlight here is the Kiwi House and Native Bird Park.

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ENCHANTING CAVES Quite literally extend your gaze beyond the surface of Waikato’s rolling green countryside and discover the beauty that lies beneath.


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he Māori word for water is ‘wai’; ‘tomo’ translates to ‘hole into the ground’. That’s a hint as to what can be enjoyed in this part of the country. There are about 300 known caves in the region but the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves are the most famous. Subterranean limestone grottoes formed more than 30-million-years ago provide a truly amazing experience here, whether you’re looking for adventure or merely to be quietly impressed by nature. Thrillseekers might want to opt for black-water rafting, abseiling or zip lining excursions to get the heart racing. Others will be more than content just to see the many millions of glowworms twinkling on the cave ceiling like constellations of stars. They will be guided through intricate cave systems, complete with stalactites and stalagmites, via underground passageways and across deep, dark waterways in a small but sturdy boat.

TOP RIGHT: Sunbeams, Waitomo Caves © Waitomo Adventures ABOVE: Ruakuri Cave © HamiltonWaikato.com

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walks RUAKURI WALK This track reveals beautiful sights by day and by night. After dark, you’ll be treated to a swathe of glowworms along a pathway showcasing forested gorges, a stream and low-slung limestone arches leading to the Ruakiwi Bridge platform. Entering a tunnel near the platform, you’ll see stalactites and stalagmites and gushing waterways

below. This walk takes about 45 minutes to complete. MAROKOPA FALLS A little outside of Waitomo is Marokopa Falls. A track lined with native tawa and nīkau forests leads to the viewing platform from where you’ll be rewarded with views of the 30m waterfall. Allow around 20 minutes to complete this walk.

OPAPAKA PĀ WALK Walking this track is an evocative experience as it alludes to part of New Zealand history with remnants of trenches and defensive structures used in battle by the Ngati Hia tribe in the 1700s. And, through clearings in the beautiful native forest, a former Māori pā is visible on the skyline.

KĀWHIA

KAWHIA CAMPING GROUND 73 Moke St, Kawhia • Ph: +64 7 871 0863 Email: kawhiacampingground@xtra.co.nz

• Kawhia’s friendly campground with shade trees on all sites, communal kitchen, toilet/showers (accessible facilities) • Cabins, tent/power sites. Campervans welcome. • Boat ramp 200m. Township 10min walk • Te Puia Hot Springs & Ocean Beach 5min away. • Tariff: $20-$70 (2 persons). Winter rates apply.

www.kawhiacampingground.co.nz

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WAITOMO CAVES

Spa & Swimming Pool

OTOROHANGA & WAITOMO

• Near Waitomo Caves and Otorohanga Kiwi House • All units 32” LCD TVs with Freeview and heat pumps • Quiet units available • Tariff: Economy Studio $125, Standard Studio $135, 1-brm unit/2-brm $145, family unit $149, additional occupants $20, child (2-14) $15.

NEW UNITS JUST OPENED 59 Main North Rd (SH 3), Otorohanga Ph/Fax: +64 7 873 8289 Reservations Freephone: 0800 82 82 89 Email: stay@otorohangamotels.co.nz

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• Relax in one of our comfortable rooms with a view. • Ground-floor studio units (sleep 2-4), some with king-size beds. 2-brm self-catering family units, sleep up to 5. • Wireless internet available in some rooms. • Waitomo Caves only 10min drive. • Conference facilities, off-road parking. • Sky TV – 3 channels.

Drive no further – dine in our EXCELLENT LICENSED RESTAURANT & BAR

Tariff: $115–$145 (1-2 persons), $145–$220 (3-6 persons /family rooms).

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728 SH 3, Hangatiki Junction, Waitomo Ph/Fax: +64 7 873 8109 Email: glow.worm@xtra.co.nz www.cavesmotorinn.co.nz

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Waitomo Museum of Caves Your visit to Waitomo starts here • Watch caving and glowworm films • See skeletons of moa and other fossils from local caves • Learn about the history and geology of the Waitomo Caves

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Waitomo i-SITE & Visitor Information Centre Independent advice to help you choose between caving options • Fee-free bookings and information • Expert local knowledge • We can book all tours, transport and accommodation in Waitomo and throughout New Zealand for you

New Zealand’s official visitor information network

Call us on 07 878 7640 Email us at info@waitomodiscovery.org www.waitomodiscovery.org

Waitomo Lodge 62 Te Kumi Road, Te Kuiti Ph: +64 7 878 0003 Fax: +64 7 878 8469 Email: info@waitomo-lodge.co.nz www.waitomo-lodge.co.nz Waitomo District’s highest Qualmark-rated motel. Opened March 2008. 14 studio units, 6 x 1-bedroom units. Super king-size beds in all units. Air-conditioned units available. Spa bath units available. 15min drive to Waitomo Caves attractions. Walk across the road to award-winning Bosco Café for great food.

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WAITOMO

Voted as one of the TOP 10 Most Unique Accommodation in the World

WOODLYN PARK

• First Hobbit Motel in the world • World War II antisubmarine patrol boat • 1918 steam train • Bristol Freighter Plane • Free WiFi in units • Conference & Wedding venue for hire

Stay in our Hobbit Motels, Boat, Train or Plane at Woodlyn Park. Unique Accommodation just 2 minutes from the Waitomo Caves 1177 Waitomo Valley Rd, Waitomo Caves. Phone: +64 7 878 6666. www.woodlynpark.co.nz

Waitomo TOP 10 Holiday Park

Located right in the heart of Waitomo Caves Village so you can walk to everything Waitomo has to offer

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CARMEL FARMSTAYS &

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FREEPHONE RESERVATION 0800 877 8131

• LUXURY rural accommodation on large sheep and cattle station • Short distance to WAITOMO activities TOURS • 18-hole golf course and tennis courts adjacent to property e h t • Enjoy the unique lifestyle of a large tch Wa being s rural dairy farm and view milkings in cow ilked our modern rotary shed m • Hosts: Leo & Barbara Anselmi • Tariff: $100-$1 $100-$150 (includes continental breakfast)

• Delicious evening meal $40 (popular with our guests) • After a short distance to WAITOMO activities: On Main Highway (State High 3) CLOSE TO TIMBER TRAIL WAITOMO CAVES

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Waitomo District, SH 3, South of Te Kuiti • P/F: +64 7 877 8130 • E: carmelfarms@xtra • www.carmelfarms.co.nz

www.glowwormmotel.co.nz • 9 units: 6 studio (sleep 2-3), 2 family (sleep 5-6), • 1 x 3-brm cottage (sleeps 7). • Close to Waitomo Caves/restaurants/golf & squash. Tariff: studios $110-$120, family units $130, cottage $150 (dbl), extra $20

3 Waitomo Caves Rd, RD 7, Hangatiki, Otorohanga P: +64 7 873 8882 • E: info@glowwormmotel.co.nz

Palm Court Motel Otorohanga • Modern ,comfortable studio, 1 & 2-brm units close to town, restaurants supermarket etc. • 2min drive to Otorohanga Kiwi House, 12min drive to Waitomo Caves • 40min drive to Hobbiton • 2hr drive to Auckland • 1.5hr drive to Taupo & Rotorua • All units have air-con. Some units with wheelchair access, some with cooking facilities and some with microwave, fridge, tea/coffee facilities • FREE WIFI & FREE PARKING

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WAITOMO BIG BIRD B&B & PETTING FARM 17 Waitomo Caves Rd, SH 37, Otorohanga P: +64 7 873 7459 E: bigbird.bb@xtra.co.nz www.waitomobigbird.co.nz Hosts: Ann & Ross Barnes Self-contained cottages & farmstay rooms. FREE bfst, FREE ostrich/emu & miniature rare-breed animal tour.  Petting farm open 2-5pm ($6pp, min $25). Come as guests, leave as friends! Tariff: $85-$130 double, groups $55 adult, $25 EGS:TZ child. FREEPHONE NOW: 0800 733 244 YHA WAITOMO JUNO HALL 600 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo

P/F: +64 7 878 7649 E: junowaitomo@xtra.co.nz www.junowaitomo.co.nz Superb farmland views. Swimming pool, lawn. Tent sites, campervan/power points, 4 double/twin rooms. Hunting trips. Tennis court. Large kitchen. Heating. Free WiFi. Tariff: ensuite double/twin $90, standard double/twin $80, dorm $33pp, power site $19pp, tents $17pp.

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ourney along SH 37 and turn north onto SH 3 toward Ōtorohanga – New Zealand’s official Kiwiana town. It’s worthwhile stopping there, whether to simply enjoy the kiwiana display along the main street or to spot the country’s iconic flightless bird at the Kiwi House and Native Bird Park. Continue on to Te Awamutu where, depending on the time of year you visit, you can literally stop and smell the roses. The town has the ideal climate for growing the sweetly scented blooms. Take a stroll through the Te Awamutu Rose Gardens before heading for Cambridge, a lovely town complete with boutique clothing and homeware stores, cafés, restaurants and picturesque rural outlooks.

LEFT: Ōmaru Falls, Ōtorohanga © Getty Images

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Hangatiki to Te Kuiti via SH 3 9min, 11km

Ōtorohanga to Te Awamutu via SH 3 26min, 30km Te Awamutu to Cambridge via Cambridge Rd/Te Awamutu Cambridge Rd 24min, 26km

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OTOROHONGA KIWI HOUSE AND NATIVE BIRD PARK Seeing a kiwi bird in real life is a special experience. The Ōtorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park provides up close and personal encounters with New Zealand’s icon in specialised nocturnal enclosures. Walk through the country’s largest dome aviary, learning about our rare and native birds. Meet a tuatara, the native reptile which predated the dinosaurs. The total

entry cost goes toward the park’s conservation work. OTOROHONGA KIWIANA TOWN Bell tea, Sunlight Soap, Kiwi Boot Polish, Edmonds Baking Soda, the buzzy bee; most Kiwis will remember these classic household items. Take a walk down memory lane, or learn what New Zealanders hold dear in the Kiwiana exhibition down Ōtorohanga’s main street. Along this self-guided art trail are several display boxes and artwork dotted

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around the town and down the Sir Edmond Hillary walkway, a memorial to the mountaineer who conquered Mt Everest. The displays detail iconic New Zealand past times and quirks from pioneering the bungy jump and inventing the pavlova (sorry, Australia) to being the first country to allow women the right to vote and explaining the haka, the Māori war dance. TE AWAMUTU ROSE GARDENS From November


CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND The Lost World and St Benedict Caverns tours through the Waitomo Caves get the heart rate pumping with abseiling adventures down into great underground depths before crawling through underground passageways. The Black Abyss tour will get you wet and muddy while abseiling and tubing down the rapids in spine tingling darkness.

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through to May, the Te Awamutu Rose Gardens are filled with bright colour and sweet scents. Established in 1969, the grounds were once a military site. With more than two thousand rose bushes and 50 different varieties, it’s the perfect place to stretch the legs, stay for a picnic or to simply stop and smell the roses. ABOVE: Ōtorohanga, Kiwiana Town • Ōtorohanga Kiwi statue BOTH © AATP

100 metre abseil into ‘Lost World’ underground cave system © www.hamiltonwaikato.com ABOVE, LEFT: © Waitomo Adventures

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FAMILY FUN TE AWAMUTU MUSEUM With an impressive collection reflecting the history of the Waipa District, significant taonga Māori and Pacifika artefacts, and a kids’ activity progamme encouraging hands-on experiences, this is a must-do for travelling families. ALPHRA LAVENDER FARM, TE AWAMUTU A cloud of purple envelops the farm during the flowering season from December through to January. Free tours are held during the high season when the lavender is in full bloom.

Inhale the sweet perfume and learn the history of the flower and its natural healing powers. KAKEPUKU, TE AWAMUTU Stretch the legs on a walk to the summit of the volcano adorned with original forest in the ancient crater. Share the track with mountain bikers for part of the journey before reaching the top. LAKE NGĀROTO, TE AWAMUTU Enjoy a picnic overlooking calm waters or stroll along the boardwalk that circles the lake.

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TATSUNO JAPANESE GARDEN, TE KUITI This pocket of tranquillity complete with plants native to both New Zealand and Japan was established to honour the relationship between the Waitomo District Community and the Tatsuno Town Council in Japan. JUBILEE GARDENS, CAMBRIDGE Pretty, wellestablished public gardens with a great playground make this a good picnic option while on the road with children.


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TE KUITI

ABOVE: Sheep shearing © Tourism Waikato BELOW: Te Kuiti farmland © Getty Images

This township 15-minutes drive south of Waitomo celebrates the sheep shearing industry. Drive down the main street to see a six-metre-tall statue of a shearer which pays homage to local man, David Fagan, who won multiple shearing titles and became a world champion in the

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sport five times over. The town is also home to many others making a living out of shearing. But that’s not all there is to Te Kuiti. The nearby Timber Trail brings many budding cyclists to the town. Other drawcards are the Te Kuiti lookout, the idyllic Tatsuno Japanese Garden complete with traditional pagodas, tranquil lakes and greenery, and the Mangaokewa Scenic Reserve. If you’re visiting during The Great New Zealand Muster, an annual event held the weekend after Easter, you’ll get a true feel for the town’s love of sheep by watching or even participating in shearing contests and sheep races. You’ll also enjoy performances from Māori cultural groups and taste a range of delicious kai served in street stalls.

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Cambridge Town Hall © Waikato Tourism BELOW: Cambridge Waterfall © Getty Images

CAMBRIDGE The leafy main streets of quaint Cambridge in rural Waikato are comprised of heritage buildings, antique stores, art galleries and more. he town has a long history of producing talented sportspeople, particularly in the equestrian, rowing and cycling fields. It’s no surprise because Cambridge is home to beautiful countryside, a network of cycle trails including the renowned Te Awa Cycleway, and nearby, Lake Karāpiro. If adventure is on your agenda, hire a bicycle and take to one of

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several tracks in the area weaving through native bush and alongside the rushing Waikato River. Lake Karāpiro offers kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding, fishing and the thrill of jet boating further downstream. Enjoy the town at a slower pace by popping into the Cambridge Museum, the town’s former courthouse. You’ll see pioneer relics, a military history room and other historic displays.

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Pick up fresh, artisan goodies from the weekly farmers’ market held in Victoria Square or from the selection of delicatessens in the town centre and enjoy a picnic in Jubilee Gardens. Sit in one of the many cafés dishing up delicious food and coffee, or inside the converted church which is now Good Union – where Hamilton’s Good George Brewing empire has expanded to.


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CAFÉS The Long Black Café The renovated and reinvented Otorohonga Railway Station now serves as a coffee bar and boutique roaster. Origin Coffee Company, ethically sourced in Malawi, Africa. Freshly roasted and served in Ōtorohanga, New Zealand. Bosco, Te Kuiti on the outskirts of town, with plenty of space, this a favourite with locals and travellers.

Statue of shearer, Te Kuiti © Tourism Waikato

TE KUITI

Cnr Carroll & King Sts, SH 3, Te Kuiti Phone: +64 7 878 3448 Email:  info@moteltekuiti.co.nz

• A short walk from the town centre and a short drive from the worldfamous Waitomo Caves.

• 12 modern spacious studio & 1-brm units. • 8 with kitchens, 4 with tea/coffee-making facilities.

• FREE WIFI. Sky Guest Select 50+ channels. • Tariff: $105-$155, extra $20pp.

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PANORAMA MOTOR INN PROMO CODE: AA2020 (FORExpires BEST RATES) September 2020 Go no further, relax in one of our comfortable rooms with a view. Studio units with king-size beds, 1-brm units with self-catering facilities, some premium rooms with spa baths/ air-conditioning, 3-brm holiday home, full amenities. Dine in our excellent restaurant, breakfast available. Waitomo 15min drive. Swimming pool (summer only), conference facilities. Sky TV – 3 channels. Tariff: $115-$155 (1-2 persons) $135-$240 (3-6 persons/family rooms) 59 Awakino Rd, Te Kuiti 3910 Ph: +64 7 878 8051 Fax: +64 7 878 6782 • Email: panorama.motor@xtra.co.nz or office@panoramamotorinn.co.nz

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Waitomo Lodge 62 Te Kumi Road, Te Kuiti Ph: +64 7 878 0003 Fax: +64 7 878 8469 Email: info@waitomo-lodge.co.nz www.waitomo-lodge.co.nz Waitomo District’s highest Qualmark-rated motel. Opened March 2008. 14 studio units, 6 x 1-bedroom units. Super king-size beds in all units. Air-conditioned units available. Spa bath units available. 15min drive to Waitomo Caves attractions. Walk across the road to award-winning Bosco Café for great food.

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OTOROHANGA & WAITOMO • Near Waitomo Caves and Otorohanga Kiwi House • All units 32” LCD TVs with Freeview and heat pumps • Quiet units available • Tariff: Economy Studio $125, Standard Studio $135, 1-brm unit/2-brm $145, family unit $149, additional occupants $20, child (2-14) $15.

NEW UNITS JUST OPENED 59 Main North Rd (SH 3), Otorohanga Ph/Fax: +64 7 873 8289 Reservations Freephone: 0800 82 82 89 Email: stay@otorohangamotels.co.nz

www.waitomomotels.co.nz PALM COURT MOTEL Cnr Clarke & Maniapoto Sts, SH 3, Otorohanga P: +64 7 873 7122 www.palm-court.co.nz Res: 0800 686 764 Otorohanga’s newest motel (air-con, some units with courtyards). Some units cooking facilities, microwave, fridge, tea/coffee. Flatscreen TVs. 200m to cafés/shops/train. Studio, 1 & 2-brm units, svcd daily. Spa units. Free WiFi & parking. Tariff: $135-$175. Corp/unit rates. CGS:XZ

Highway Reports – 0900 33 222

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FREE ENTRY Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm Sat & Public Holidays 10am-2pm 135 Roche St Te Awamutu Phone: (07) 872 0085 www.tamuseum.org.nz

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Cambridge TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 867 020 32 Scott Street Cambridge

Explore the mighty Waikato and beyond from The Central Base – 30 minutes to Hobbiton movie set, walk to restaurants, cafés and enjoy the convenience of cycle/ walk ways at you door step.

45° stripes, evenly spaced, stripe width = gap width Offering a range of accommodation options. AA Yellow (15m 100y) and Motoring Accent yellow (25m 10 Motels | Cabins | Sites • Kids playground • BBQ area • Free WiFi

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• Located in the heart of Cambridge above shopping precinct • Restaurant and bars on your doorstep • 18 studios and 3 x 2-brm units + 7 dorm-style, well suited to school sports groups • Conference facilities also available • Tariff: $85 (dorm style), $110-$165 (18 studios and 3x 2-brm units) Air-conditioning in executive rooms

Colonial Court Motel

37 Vogel St, Cambridge Ph: +64 7 827 5244 Res 0800 525 352

Quiet, tranquil garden setting. 15 units: Studio, 1-brm, 2-brm, deluxe spa unit. Close to Karapiro, Mystery Creek and Avantidrome. Pool and BBQ facilities. Tariff: $130-$180, extra person $20, minimum unit rates may apply.

www.colonialcourt.co.nz CAMBRIAN LODGE MOTEL 63 Hamilton Rd, Cambridge

P: +64 7 827 7766 or 0800 886 886 E: info@cambrianlodge.co.nz www.cambrianlodge.co.nz 6 units with kitchen facilities (sleep 2-5), 5 studios with tea/coffee/toaster/microwave (sleep 2). Ground floor. Walk to supermarkets, restaurants. Free WiFi, 32in TVs. Sky Select 50+ channels. Pool/spa. Queen-size beds. ES:TXZ Tariff: $115-$155 (2 persons).

NARROWS PARK 442 Airport Rd, Hamilton  Office: 07 843 6862 or  022 425 3526 E: lovetostay@narrowspark.co.nz www.narrowspark.co.nz Cabin beds from $28, powered sites $20pp & non-powered sites $17pp. Family rates available. Kids under 5 are free. Hamilton 10min, Hobbiton 30min. A rural setting with basic amenities. Facilities for campers include a shared kitchen, covered deck, washrooms, hot showers, pool, coin ESJRT4 laundry and wood-fired bbqs. Book in advance. M U ST DO’ S • CE N TRA L NOR TH I SLAND | 209


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Cambridge to Tīrau via Thermal Explorer Hwy 25min, 32.3km

Piarere to Matamata via SH 29 16min, 19km

Piarere to Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari via Oreipunga & Arapuni Rds 31min, 29km Tīrau to Rotorua via SH 5 42min, 52km

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Family at The Redwoods Treewalk © Destination Rotorua

TE WAIHOU WALKWAY AND BLUE SPRING Follow the native bush-laden boardwalk revealing mesmerising views of the crystal clear spring, 10km out of Tīrau on route to Rotorua. The water is so pure, it’s bottled and sold and also makes for a stunning backdrop to the walk. Sights discovered along the three-hour return journey include glimpses of trout and snapshots of waterfalls trickling down mossy embankments through clearings in the wetlands. TĪRAU MUSEUM Entering this privately owned gallery is like turning back the clock. Old furniture, lamps and radios are there, so too is vintage machinery and horse-drawn vehicles.

THE REDWOODS, ROTORUA A visit to Whakarewarewa Forest provides hours of fun in more than 5600ha of forest, whether it’s walking or mountain biking along the network of trails twisting beneath soaring Californian Coast Redwoods, or climbing high in the canopy. The Redwoods Treewalk comprises a 700m-long boardwalk suspended between the 117-year-old Redwood trees. It can also be completed after dark as the Redwoods Nightlights transforms the forest into an ethereal wonderland. Traverse 28 suspension bridges linked between 27 trees; underneath the trees is the soft glow of beautiful hanging lanterns.

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Learn about MĀORI CULTURE through a weaving or carving demonstration, by joining in a marae pōwhiri, a welcome to a meeting house, or by enjoying a hangi, a meal cooked underground. TE PUIA – through the gates of Rotorua’s Te Puia is a cacophony of cultural and educational delights. Marvel at earth’s incredible forces in the form of bubbling mud and boiling pools of water still used for cooking. The Pohutu Geyser is the showstopper being the largest in the southern hemisphere and reaching heights of 30m. Other drawcards include cooking your own meal hangi-style, learning the ancient craft of weaving, carving and ta moko, or tattoo. The kiwi house allows the opportunity to see the cute nocturnal birds up close. MITAI MĀORI VILLAGE – be captivated by a spine-tingling haka and displays detailing

historic weaponry and combat. Be entertained by the grace and beauty of traditional poi dance and waiata, song. The cultural experience incorporates a traditional hangi meal, cultural performances, a warrior canoe and a sacred freshwater spring.

SANCTUARY MOUNTAIN Lake Karāpiro & Sanctuary Mountain © Hamilton & Waikato Tourism

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Discover a world that once was when you walk through Sanctuary Mountain’s pest-proof fence – one of the longest in the world. The ancient forest is a safe haven for native endangered species including birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats and insects. How many tuatara can you spot? The endangered reptiles dating back to pre-dinosaur times can be spotted basking on rocks and in the shade of ferns. Take a guided tour in daylight to reveal the wonders of the sanctuary. At nightfall you’ll listen out for the calls of kiwi and gaze at twinkling glowworms.

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You don’t need to be a fanatical Lord of the Rings and Hobbit fan to become lost in the magical and whimsical world that is the Hobbiton movie set – and what Matamata is best known for. The detailed fantasyland complete with more than 40 unique hobbit holes, including Bilbo’s house, has captivated both hard-core movie buffs and inquisitive passers-by just the same! Wander through the heart of the Shire and hear how it all began. Matamata also has other scenic delights. Wairere Falls is New Zealand’s highest waterfall at 153m. The walking track reveals native bush and sweeping views across the valley and Waikato Plains. LEFT: Hobbiton Movie Set © Destination Rotorua

RELAX AND UNWIND POLYNESIAN SPA Bathe in hot mineral springs overlooking Lake Rotorua. Waters are sourced from two natural springs and each has different healing properties: to relieve tired muscles, aches and pains and to nourish the skin. Enjoy an indulgent spa therapy, facial and massage after your soak. RIGHT: Polynesian Spa © Destination Rotorua

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Buried Village Visitor Centre © Buried Village

Rafting © Destination Rotorua

THRILLING ADVENTURE ROTORUA CANOPY TOURS – fly above a canopy of native trees and see the forest just like birds do! Zip lining through one of New Zealand’s most intact native eco-systems is a special way to learn about the country’s environment and feel at one with nature.

JETBOATING AND WHITE WATER RAFTING – embrace the need for speed by taking a jet-boat tour or white-water rafting expedition down rushing rapids in local rivers. The Kaituna River provides grade-five thrills down a seven-metre waterfall while

THE BURIED VILLAGE New Zealand’s most visited archaeological site, where stories of the 1886 eruption of Mt Tarawera come to life. Te Wairoa was a village established by Christian missionaries but survived less than 40 years before it was completely buried when the volcano blew. You’ll learn about the striking natural wonders, the Pink and White Terraces, that were also destroyed.

the Rangitaiki River is gentler at grade-two. Enjoy sights at a slower pace; hire a kayak on Lake Rotorua. Paddle to a secluded beach only accessible by boat and enjoy a hot-water swim from rising springs in the lake bed.

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FAMILY FUN Enjoy the fun and natural beauty Rotorua has to offer with the whole family.

Lake Okareka boardwalk © Destination Rotorua

of the best The boardwalk surrounding LAKE ŌKAREKA is an easy stroll around one of the region’s most picturesque lakes. Suitable for pushchairs, the 5km walk meanders through native vegetation, farmland, wetlands, expansive views and wildlife. AGRODOME – in the heart of 350ac of farmland a

short drive from Rotorua is an animal farm complete with a farmyard nursery with baby animals available for cuddles and photos year-round. There’s also a farm show and tour available to hand-feed the animals and sample kiwifruit juice and honey harvested off the land. SKYLINE ROTORUA LUGE AND GONDOLA – race the family go-kart style and soak up views of Rotorua and surrounds

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in a gondola on the way. Enjoy a meal at the café and restaurant at the top, boasting more sweeping vistas. ROTORUA’S PARADISE VALLEY SPRINGS – set amongst native bush and with easy walkways is a wildlife park offering the chance to see and pat farm animals. Stroll through the walk-through aviary and chat to comical alpine parrots and watch the large pride of lions interact with one another.


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Te Puia Geothermal Valley BELOW: Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village, BOTH © Destination Rotorua

ROTORUA A visit to Rotorua leaves its guests in awe. Picture-perfect outlooks abound, with its boundaries hugging four lakes including the idyllic Lake Rotorua, the Blue and Green lakes with hues to match, and Lake Tarawera. Plus another gem, Lake Ōkareka, is very close.

he unique geothermal environment here is a surprise to the senses and almost unbelievable, with bubbling hot mud pools, steaming geysers, neon-coloured microbiology

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in fizzing hot springs and the strong smell of sulphur permeating the air. Rotorua is known as one of New Zealand’s adventure capitals. Activities to get the adrenaline pumping include ziplining, horse riding, luging and bungy jumping among others. But what makes Rotorua special is that a stay

can be equally relaxing. A gentle walk around one of the lakes, a stroll through a forest of towering redwoods trees or a soak in geothermal hot pools will do you good. There is also a lot of fascinating history here and, of course, the opportunity to become familiar with Māori culture which is fully celebrated in Rotoroa.

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GEOTHERMAL WONDERS HELL’S GATE GEOTHERMAL PARK AND MUD SPA Walk through puffs of steam billowing through native bush and bathe in the therapeutic mud and waters that soothed the battlescarred bodies of Māori for centuries. WAIMANGU VOLCANIC VALLEY Traipse through some of the area’s best walking trails complete with mesmerising volcanic craters, bubbling geothermal features, rare plant life and more. Walks can either be self-guided or completed as part of a tour.

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Welcome to the Accommodation @ Rotorua Citizens Club located in the heart of Rotorua’s CBD. We are only a short stroll from the Lakefront, Museum, Government Gardens, Energy Events Centre, Convention Centre, Kuirau Park, Polynesian Pools, Aquatic Centre and the shopping area in the central city. Our club is proud of our accommodation facility, we offer 18 rooms, 10 standard, 2 with access facilities, 1 family, 4 twin, 1 single, 15 with ensuites & 2 dorm-style for groups/teams. SKY TV 50+ channels. Tariff: from $95 & dorm beds from $35 single, $50 double. Courtesy vehicle available for local pick ups and drop offs.

1146 Rangiuru Street (Cnr of Arawa & Rangiuru) Ph: +64 7 348 3066 • Fax +64 7 343 6032 www.rotoruacitizensclub.co.nz E: accommodation@rotoruacitizensclub.co.nz M U ST DO’ S • CE N TRA L NOR TH I SLAND | 219


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Boulevard Motel & LICENSED RESTAURANT

Reservations 0800 348 207

• Central Location • One, Two and Three-bedroom Suites • Spa Pool Suites • Genuine Private Mineral Pools • Heated Swimming Pool • Games Room • Excellent Licensed Restaurant • Free Wireless Internet • 32 TV Channels including Sky

Cnr Fenton & Seddon Street, Rotorua Phone: +64 7 348 2074 Email: boulevard@xtra.co.nz

www.boulevardrotorua.co.nz

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Rotorua’s Rotorua’s premier premier accommodation accommodation

Luxury & Style Facilities Include:

NEW LUXURY SUITES OPENING DECEMBER 2019

· Studio / 1-Bedroom / 2-bedroom Suites · 2-Bedroom Apartments with Ensuite, Separate Bathroom and Laundry · Air-conditioning in all Suites · Spa Pools in all Suites · TV/DVD / Stereo / Minibar · FREE Highspeed WiFi · Heated Swimming Pool / Sauna · Tennis Court / Gymnasium · Mini Golf - BBQ Area · Boutique Conference Venue · Guest Lounge / House Bar · Internet Station · Guest Laundry · Day Spa · Bicycles for guest use

Your Hosts: Ross & Annie McGregor 350 Fenton Street, Rotorua New Zealand P: +64 7 350 3232 F: +64 7 350 3233 E: experience@regalpalms.co.nz W: www.regalpalms.co.nz

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325 Fenton St, Rotorua • Email: bookings@motelrotorua.co.nz • www.motelrotorua.co.nz

Complimentary High Tea For Seniors

RESERVATIONS:

0800 921 292

• 14 comfortably appointed cottage-style units • Studios, 1-bedroom spa suites and 2-bedroom spa apartments • Fully equipped kitchens, Free parking, Free WiFi • Private spa suites available • SKY 50+ channels • Tariff: from $110 (2 persons), extra persons $20

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Nestled on the edge of the beautiful Blue Lake only 10 minutes from the centre of Rotorua, we have over 14 acres of well-maintained grounds set in a tranquil native bush setting.

Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 016 723 Tarawera Road Rotorua 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • BBQ Area • Children’s Playground • Jumping Pillow • Games Room • WiFi • Kayak Hire • Hot Tub

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GibsonSALA St,STREET Rotorua 3010 | 07 346 2822 30 To TAUPO stay@gibsoncourtmotel.co.nz www.gibsoncourtmotel.co.nz

An authentic traditional Maori experience

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Jade Discovery Tours Meet our local artists as they carve jade by hand and discover why this beautiful stone is highly treasured in Māori culture. Tours are free and run on-demand, daily. 1288 Fenton Street, Rotorua

mountainjade.co.nz

ROTORUA Family Holiday Park

• Friendly park, short drive to central Rotorua • Children’s playground with trampoline • UNLIMITED FREE WiFi • Fishing and tackle shop 22 Beaumont Rd, Ngongotaha, Rotorua Phone: +64 7 357 4289

• Near lake, fishing streams, major attractions and shops • Tariff: (2 persons) sites from $30, cabins from $60, self-contained units from $91, motel units from $107, family units from $102

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Rotorua TOP 10 Holiday Park

The very heart of our culture

0800 223 267 1495 Pukuatua Street, Rotorua 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Free Mineral Pools • Free Offsite Gym • Secure Cycle Storage • Adventure Playground • Modern Facilities • BBQ Areas • TV Room with Sky • Fix it bike station • Jumping Pillow • Trampolines • Free WiFi • Swimming Pool • Central Location

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Experience pure natural geothermal bathing waters, direct from the magnificent Te Manaroa Spring, the largest single source of boiling water in New Zealand.

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• Choice of pools: Settlers Pool, • Eco-trail leading to the spectacular Te Manaroa Spring Pergola and Garden pools, or the Sit ‘n Soak pool and tubs • 20-site campground with (35-40°C) shower, laundry and kitchen facilities • Private pools • Tog/towel hire • On-site café

648 Waikite Valley Road, Rotorua Phone: +64 7 3331861 • Email: info@hotpools.co.nz

ALL SEASONS HOLIDAY PARK, ROTORUA www.allseasonsrotorua.co.nz

• Close to other attractions in the area – just 6km from Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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A Great Place To Stay • Close to city and airport - without the sulphur smell • Indoor heated pool & spa • Wireless internet • Motel units • Family units and cabins • 50-bed lodge - ideal for groups & family reunions • Campervans - hard standings and drive-through sites – plus fenced dog sites now available

RESERVATIONS 0800 422 674

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10% OFF YOUR STAY WITH TRAVEL REWARDS Conditions apply

50-58 Lee Rd, Hannahs Bay, Rotorua Ph: +64 7 345 6240 • Email: info@allseasonsrotorua.co.nz

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• Located 5min walk from CBD and all the major

attractions of Rotorua. • Double rooms, triple & twin rooms, all have ensuite

facilities. Free in-room WiFi & free parking. • Thermal spa available on site.

+64 7 349 3370 • email: reservations@fourcanoesrotorua.com

www.cpghotels.com

• Family rooms, studios, breakfast room, outdoor pool and spa. • FREE PARKING & FREE WIFI. • Tariff: from $95.

+64 7 346 2110 reservations@lakerotoruahotel.com

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K WHAI MOTEL 1232 Rotorua Ranolf Street Central Location Heated Pool Mineral Spring Large range of units with fully equipped kitchen Spa & Air-conditioning in selected units Discounted packages for attractions booking Book direct for best prices Promo Code: AA101 Reservation:0800 888 348 /+ 64 7 348 4490 motel4u@xtra.co.nz www.kowhaimotel.co.nz

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New Zealand’s fantastic!

Wish you were here with us! For Kiwi holiday ideas 101MustDos.co.nz

Looking for NZ holiday ideas? Check out the 101 Must-Do’s for Kiwis 101MustDos.co.nz JET PARK HOTEL ROTORUA 237 Fenton St, Rotorua P: +64 7 350 2211 E: reservations@jetpark.co.nz www.jetparkrotorua.co.nz Res: 0800 538 466 Enjoy our warm, friendly hospitality & make this hotel your ‘base’ for exploring all the region has to offer. Sky TV, free parking & WiFi, café, pool & spa, our CG:Z`4 own NZ-made amenity range, room service plus more. M U ST DO’ S • CE N TRA L NOR TH I SLAND | 229


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Waiotapu to Murupara (Te Urewera National Park) via SH 38 27min, 40.2km

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Waiotapu to Ātiamuri (Waikato River Trails) via Waihikite Valley Rd 29min, 28km

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Rotorua to Taupō via SH 5 1hr, 82km

Mihi to Ōrakei Kōrako via SH 5 onto Tutukau Rd 17min, 20km

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rom one lake to another, this journey along SH 5 takes you through country transformed by forestry, with tantalising glimpses of lakes and mountains and a chill in the air as the road climbs higher. Consider checking out Tokoroa while you’re in the area. Then, back on track, a detour to Ātiamuri may inspire you to explore more by bike, as the Waikato River Trails section of New Zealand’s Cycle Trail passes through here. Closer to Taupō, factor in a stop at Wairākei to walk among steamy geysers and mudpools or, even better, to slide into the Wairākei Terrace hot pools. Back on the road, another detour to Huka Falls is worth considering at this point, as this must-do attraction is not far off the main route into town.

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ABOVE: Huka Falls RIGHT: Maori Rock Carvings - Lake Taupō BOTH © Destination Great Lake Taupō OPPOSITE, RIGHT: Whirinaki Forest, Murupara © Whakatāne District Council TOP RIGHT: Great Lake Trail © Destination Great Lake Taupō

HUKA FALLS The sheer power of more than 220,000 litres of water per second gushing over this 11m waterfall is confronting and a little terrifying! The extreme velocity is created by the narrow width of the Waikato River feeding into the falls at that point. Just before Huka Falls, New Zealand’s longest river enters a shallow gully of hard volcanic rock. The change from the calm water to full-force of water at great speed is, in a word, awesome. Viewing platforms and a bridge above the falls provide vantage points over the frothing waters

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with plenty of opportunities for impressive photography. This part of the Huka Falls experience is free. If you want to get a rush from another angle, a jet-boat ride or river cruise to the base of the falls is brilliant, too.


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TOKOROA Timber town Tokoroa, on SH 1, is well known for its hunting and fishing; guided tours for both are available here. Walking tracks and mountain bike trails also feature. MINE BAY MĀORI ROCK CARVINGS In a western bay of Lake Taupō are Māori carvings embedded high into rocky cliff faces. The site can only be reached by boat and best viewed up close from a kayak. Created in the late 1970s by a team of

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carvers, the works depict a Māori navigator who guided tribes to Taupō more than a thousand years ago. GREAT LAKE TRAIL This 71km mountain biking and walking trails will take you on a journey deep into native bush surrounding the water’s edge of Lake Taupō. What began as a pipe dream for a team of local trail builders has evolved into an adventure for everyone to enjoy, traversing some of the most remote areas of the lake

shore. The track is park of Nga Haerenga, the New Zealand Cycle Trail Network and is broken up into three key sections which can be ridden in either direction.

MURUPARA (TE UREWERA) Murupara was once a staging post for travellers to stop on their journey between Rotorua and Taupō. It’s now a timber town sitting on the edge of the expansive Kāingaroa Forest – the largest plantation forest in the southern hemisphere at 2900 square kilometres. With four marae in the area, there’s a strong Māori population who are more than willing to impart knowledge about their culture, history and way of life. Another drawcard to Murupara is its easy access into Te Urewera National Park. Home to the iridescent Lake Waikaremoana, a favourite

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for kayaking, hunting and flyfishing, it’s also the namesake of one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, The Lake Waikaremoana Track. There are also many other walks accessible within the park: the small settlement of Aniwaniwa near the lake’s shores has a museum and accommodation and is the starting point for several short walks. What’s special about this park is that it protects the largest area of native forest remaining in the North Island and is home to nearly all species of New Zealand native birds. Make sure you pack a camera.

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and some of the world’s largest and most striking silica terraces. Venture underground to the thermal Ruatapu Cave, extending more than 36m to the remarkable ‘Pool of Mirrors’ at the bottom. The on-site and aptly named MudCake Café serves hot drinks, baked goods and other treats.

LAKE CRUISES aking to the water is a special way to experience Taupō from a different vantage point. Consider a sail in a yacht, launch, or replica steam boat to enjoy sightings of native water birds, dense native bush-clad inlets and crystal waters with visibility to great depths. A blast on a jet boat will get the heart racing and reveal views of Huka Falls, the nearby Aratiatia Rapids and Tutukau Gorge.

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FAMILY FUN LAVA GLASS STUDIO, GALLERY AND SCULPTURE GARDEN Set amongst an acre of manicured grounds are more than 600 glass sculptures in the form of flowers, koru, mushrooms and a 15-piece waterfall. The colourful and whimsical creations are like a scene from the story Alice in Wonderland. View master glassblowers transform blobs of hot molten into stunning vases, bowls and paperweights

in the studio and browse a selection of pieces on display in the gallery. L’ARTE The founders of the café and ceramics gallery are a mother and daughter duo who have created a colourful, fun-filled space to enjoy a coffee and bite to eat among the artwork. The space is complete with a mosaic outdoor living room and other quirky delights, all hand built in the on-site studio. HUKA PRAWN PARK Try your hand fishing for the tiny crustaceans in New Zealand’s only prawn park. Afterwards, take your catch to the on-site restaurant for the chefs to prepare a delicious feast.

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Taupō • BELOW: Fishing in Lake Taupō • RIGHT: Aratiatia Rapids ALL: © Destination Great Lake Taupō

TAUPŌ Situated around the shoreline of Lake Taupō, it’s no surprise this town has a strong water focus. Trout fishing, kayak and boat tours to a beautifully carved cliff face are among highlights. The diverse terrain right on the doorstep of this part of the country is a drawcard that brings adventurers and explorers to the region. here’s something to suit everyone from the cycling and mountain biking trails and geothermal parks to rushing waterfalls and the slopes of nearby Mt Ruapehu. Not to mention the thriving café, restaurant and bar scene in Taupō’s town centre. Lake Taupō is actually a huge volcano but not to worry; its most recent eruption was in 181AD. Back then, it went off in full force and it’s said the glow was strong enough to change the sky as far away as Europe and China.

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A section of the Waikato River Trails cycling journey follows the Waikato River from Whakamaru Dam to Ātiamuri, a former hydro village between Rotorua and Taupō. The 25km, grade-three section reveals arguably some of the best scenery of the entire ride.

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Forget the day-to-day, as soon as you arrive at Lake Taupo Holiday Resort you'll be in holiday mode. Take a dip or relax beside our thermally heated lagoon pool where the kids can splash in the warm water for hours; it's warmer than the water in Fiji year round!

41 Centennial Drive, Taupo | EMAIL : stay@laketauporesort.co.nz RESERVATIONS : 0800 332 121 | BOOK ONLINE : www.laketauporesort.co.nz

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• 39 ground-floor rooms, serviced daily • 3 studio units with king-size beds & spa baths • 15 studio rooms, 7 x 2-bedroom, 5 x 1-bedroom with self-filled whirlpools • Apartment – fully self-contained (sleeps 6) • Large townhouse (sleeps 8) • BBQ area • Children’s play area • Gym • 1 accessible unit • No traffic noise • 2 x conference rooms • Air-conditioning/heat pumps in all units • Internet and email facilities • Off-street parking • Private spa pool • FREE WiFi • On-site breakfast room – open Wed-Sun 19 Rifle Range Rd, Taupo Email: stay@acapulcotaupo.co.nz www.acapulcotaupo.co.nz

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• $42 Adult • $15 Child • from $99 Family (2A+2C) Trip times - allow 1.5 hours • 10.30am • 12.30pm • 2.30pm all year • 4.30pm summer Departs - Aratiatia Dam, 12km north of Taupo off SH 5

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ABSOLUTE LAKEFRONT – ALL DAY DINING – AWARD-WINNING RESTAURANT – LUXURY ACCOMMODATION INCLUDES SUITES WITH SPA BATHS 243 LAKE TERRACE TAUPO • PHONE: 0800 555 511 • EMAIL: INFO@MANUELS.CO.NZ WWW.MANUELS.CO.NZ

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OASIS BEACH RESORT 241 Lake Tce, Taupo P: +64 7 378 9339 E: info@oasistaupo.co.nz www.oasistaupo.co.nz Res: 0800 55 53 78 Oasis Resort is a fabulous lakefront property sure to delight the whole family – heated pools, tennis, table tennis, restaurants, it has it all. Tariff: from $150 (2 persons), seasonal rates apply.

CGS:46 CLEARWATER MOTOR LODGE 229 Lake Tce, Taupo P: +64 7 377 2071

E: inquiries@clearwatermotorlodge.co.nz  Res: 0800 639 639 www.clearwatermotorlodge.co.nz Studio and 1-brm units (sleeps 2-5) right on lake edge. In-room spas. King-size beds. Full kitchens. Breakfast. Hot thermal pool. Free WiFi. Tariff: from $145 (2 persons), seasonal rate may apply.

GS:Z46 WAITAHANUI LODGE 116 SH 1, Waitahanui, Taupo E: waitahanui.lodge@xtra.co.nz www.waitahanuilodge.co.nz Res: 0800 104 321 ABSOLUTE LAKEFRONT self-catering cottages, sleep 3-5. 10km to Taupo. On-site boat ramp, tackle shop, rods, waders & paddle boards for hire. Free use of BBQs, rowboats & kayaks. Tariff: from $99 (2 persons). Seasonal rates. ES:T[6

Looking for NZ holiday ideas? Check out the 101 MUST-DO’S FOR KIWIS - 101MustDos.co.nz ANCHORAGE RESORT 346 Lake Terrace, Two Mile Bay, Taupo P: +64 7 378 5542  Res: 0800 991 995 E: info@taupomotel.co.nz www.taupomotel.co.nz Lakeside luxurious studios, 1, 2 & 3-brm self-contained units, large living areas & well-equipped kitchens. Views of Lake Taupo, outdoor heated swimming pools & spa pool. Smart TVs with Netflix & YouTube. Tariff: from $140 (2p). CEGS:4 BEECHTREE MOTEL 56 Rifle Range Rd, Taupo P: +64 7 377 0181 E: stay@beechtreemotel.co.nz www.beechtreemotel.co.nz Res: 0800 233 248 Superior & refreshingly-stylish Taupo accommodation with friendly welcome. Near to Taupo’s lakefront, restaurants, cafés, shops & airport. 39 rooms incl luxury studios & 2- & 3-brm suites. Suitable for families/groups/conferences. CGS:TZ RAINBOW POINT MOTEL (FORMELY AIRPORT MOTEL @ RAINBOW POINT) Cnr of Lake Tce &  Rainbow Dr, Taupo P: +64 7 378 9681  Res: 0800 106 006  E: rainbowpointmoteltaupo@gmail.com www.airportmoteltaupo.co.nz  13 units (2 x spa, 5 x studio, 3 x 1-brm, 3 x 2-brm). GSJRZ6 Boat parking. Up to 55 guests. Tariff: $99-$799. Book direct for best price. THE REEF RESORT 219 Lake Tce, Taupo P: +64 7 378 5115  Res: 0800 733 378 E: stay@reefresort.co.nz www.reefresort.co.nz Modern, self-contained, serviced, motel accommodation – all rooms with spa baths. Heated swimming pool and thermal water spa pool. 

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SACRED WATERS LUXURY APARTMENTS TAUPO 221-225 Lake Tce, Taupo P: +64 7 376 1400 E: info@sacredwaters.co.nz www.sacredwaters.co.nz Res: 0800 722 733 Qualmark rated Silver 5-star luxury accommodation set on shores of Lake Taupo. Combination of luxury, comfort & style. 5min to CBD, private beach access, thermal hot tubs in each apartment. Tariff: from $245. S:TZ4 AIRPORT MOTEL @ RAINBOW POINT, Taupo P: +64 7 378 9681..........................................refer Rainbow Point Motel

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ollow the eastern edge of Lake Taupō south to Tūrangi with vistas of the water along the way. Peel away from the lake and head inland. Enjoy the views of Tongariro, Ngāuruhoe and Ruapehu. Tūrangi sits on the edge of the Tongariro River, world famous for its rainbow trout. It’s also the gateway to Tongariro National Park. Continue south along Desert Rd through the national park. The road gets its name from the barren, desert-like environment due to poor soil quality, drying winds and a mass loss of seeds following several volcanic eruptions thousands of years ago. In winter, the road encounters heavy snowfall which often causes closures and rerouting; please drive with care. Waiouru is home of the Waiouru Military Camp base training. Check out the museum there before continuing to Taihape.

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TOP: Fishing in the river, Tūrangi ABOVE: The Tongariro National Trout Centre BOTH © Destination Great Lake Taupō

TONGARIRO RIVER TRAIL Trout fishing is a major drawcard to Tūrangi. But there’s another reason to visit: the Tongariro River Trail. It’s one of the region’s most scenic mountain biking trails that can be enjoyed by beginner and experienced riders alike. A single, tree-lined track complete with two large swing bridges winds through native bush along the banks of the Tongariro River providing not only stunning views of the area but the chance to get the heart racing. THE TONGARIRO NATIONAL TROUT CENTRE This hatchery and education

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centre is run by the Department of Conservation and includes an aquarium, museum and the opportunity to perfect your fishing skills. TAIHAPE MUSEUM Since 1975, the museum has educated and enlightened with its collection of artefacts detailing local history. Run by volunteers, it houses displays that reflect all that’s contributed greatly to Taihape including farming, saw milling and the railway. TŪRANGI The ideal base for excursions into Tongariro National Park and just 40 minutes away from Whakapapa ski area on Mt Ruapehu, Tūrangi is also great for a quiet break.


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THE NATIONAL ARMY MUSEUM Be inspired by stories of courage, loyalty and comradeship of the New Zealand men and women who fought in battle for their country. he museum is a national memorial to New Zealand’s military history and personnel, and a space for families, descendants, communities and visitors to honour and acknowledge their sacrifices made. Permanent exhibitions include the display of New Zealand military medals, historical New Zealand army equipment, photographs and memorabilia. There are changing exhibits and fun activities and tours for children, including the Animals at War Activity Trail. This is a great spot for a journey break.

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Spacious 1 & 2-brm suites in 1.2 hectares of park-like grounds. Private access through gardens to the top fly fishing Tongariro River. All suites ground-floor, with queen or king-size beds in separate bedroom, full cooking facilities and own patio area with garden views. 6 complimentary gas BBQs, plus all-weather dining area. All suites fully air-conditioned with TVs, DVDs, SKY TV, plus complimentary internet access. 4 suites with king-size beds. Fishing Tackle Shop and Café on site. Fish cleaning room, drying room, and guest laundry. Professional fishing guides arranged on request. 5-minute walk to shops, mini golf, restaurants & heated pool. Bike hire available, walking tracks along river, 35min to Whakapapa ski field and famous Tongariro Alpine Crossing, or shuttle pick-up from Lodge. Short drive to Tokaanu Thermal Pools, kayaking, rafting and Turangi Golf Course. Tariff: $140-$155 (double). Extra person $20.

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Motutere Bay TOP 10 Holiday Park

The only holiday park situated on the shores of the Great Lake Taupo.

0800 876 012 2819 State Highway 1 Motutere, Lake Taupo

Nowhere else can you park your van or pitch your tent so close to the water’s edge!

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Self-Contained Units | Cabins | Sites • 45 min from ski fields and Tongariro Alpine Crossing • 25 minutes drive from Lake Taupo town centre • FREE WiFi • Lakefront Sites • Tour bookings • Camp kitchens & BBQ’s • Children’s playground • Recreation room • Onsite shop

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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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TARIFF: • Kitchen and luxury units $85-$95 (queen/king/twin) • Studio (tea, toaster, microwave) unit only $80 • 1 and 2-bedroom units $115-$125 (double) • Extra person $15 • 3 holiday flats (sleep 2-8) POA • 10% discount to AA Members or senior citizens • 14 channels with Sky TV 5 channels including Sports, Racing & Movies

21 variety units at various rates – including luxury, family and 2-bedroom units • set among 113 roses • 200m to main road and town centre, licensed and BYO restaurants (charge-back facilities) • Meals delivered to unit • Ample parking • Queen and king-size beds • In-house movies. Individual DVD with extensive library to choose from • Complimentary morning paper • 32in LED TVs and heating in all units including bedrooms! • Electric blankets etc • Credit cards, EFTPOS

Cnr Kuku & Robin Streets (centre of town), TAIHAPE (PO Box 202) Hosts: Eileen, Con & Lisa Vasil • E: bookings@taihapemotels.co.nz P/F: +64 6 388 0456 • Guest line: +64 6 388 1578

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COACHMAN MOTEL 32B Mataroa Rd, Taihape P: +64 6 388 1000   Res: 0800 246 899 E: coachmanmotel.taihape@xtra.co.nz www.coachmanmoteltaihape.co.nz Ground-floor units including studio, kitchen studio, full access, family and spa bath unit. Heating in all units. Free unlimited WiFi. Sky 50+ channels. Near CBD/restaurants/Tongariro Alpine Crossing walk. Ski fields 40min. Tariff: $112-$138 (2 S:TZ6 persons). SAFARI MOTEL 18 Mataroa Rd, Taihape P: +64 6 388 1116  Res: 0508 SAFARI E: info@safarimotel.co.nz www.safarimotel.co.nz 24-hour self check-in kiosk. 14 air-con ground-floor units, 12 studio, 2 family. 8 s/c with full cooking. Free WiFi, laundry. Sky 50+ channels, spa. Walk to town. Ski fields 40min. Golf course 5min. ES:T[ Tariff: from $80-$99 studios, $120 family unit (1-2p), extra $20.

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National Park Village to Taumarunui via SH 4 30min, 42.1km

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ABOVE: Bridge to Nowhere © Tourism NZ RIGHT: Snow, Mt Ruapehu © Chris McLennan TOP RIGHT: Low Trails near Whakapapa Village © Visit Ruapehu

WAIMARINO MUSEUM, RAETIHI Historic photographs of an old bushman’s dwelling and a locomotive used for transporting logs tell stories of times gone by and are just a taste of what can be enjoyed inside the Waimarino Museum, where a collection sheds insight on the past 100 years. WHANGANUI NATIONAL PARK The park was created to protect the 290km-long Whanganui River. Canoe, kayak and jet-boating excursions regularly zip up and down the waters, with rapids in some sections. Easy-to-access huts and campsites along the riverbanks make for great camping. The national park

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is also home to a network of walking tracks including to the historic Bridge to Nowhere. MOUNTAINS TO SEA CYCLE TRAIL The network of connected pathways is made up of six sections designed as a multi-day adventure or as single day rides. The Ōhakune Old Coach Rd is one of the most scenic. TAUMARUNUI Known for its farming, trout fishing, railway and forestry history, Taumarunui is also an access point for the Forgotten World Highway, the Timber Trail cycleway, adventures on the Whanganui River and into Tongariro National Park.


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MT RUAPEHU is home to New Zealand’s two largest ski areas: Tūroa, on the south western slopes, and Whakapapa. The ski season falls between June and October. And once the snow melts away, the Sky Waka gondola on Whakapapa opens up access to a network of walk tracks. M U ST DO’ S • CE N TRA L NOR TH I SLAND | 251


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ŌHAKUNE popular base for skiers, snow boarders and adventurers, Ōhakune’s proximity to the mountain brings the town to life in winter and it’s developed into a lively apres-ski scene. The region has fruitful earth and has a reputation for producing some of the country’s highest quality and sweetest carrots; hence the ‘Big Carrot’ on the main street. Land is bountiful in more ways than skiing and carrots, though. In warmer months, keen trampers come to complete the renowned Tongariro Alpine Crossing, among other walks. Mountain biking is the most popular year-round quest thanks to the Old Coach Rd, the cycle trail following the main trunk line between Ōhakune and Horopito, and part of the famous Mountains to Sea Cycle Trail.

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ŌHAKUNE CARROT ADVENTURE PARK – celebrate the town’s iconic orange vegetable at the playground complete with a carrot-shaped go-kart, playground, barbecue area, picnic tables, bike track and scenic walkway. MT RUAPEHU – the slopes are child-friendly with a learner’s area and children’s ski school. The snow still provides hours of fun even if skiing or snowboarding is not on the agenda. Make a snowman, snow angel or bring a toboggan. The 1.5km JUBILEE WALKWAY begins at the famous giant carrot statue and through a scenic reserve.

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WALKWAY meanders along the riverbanks for 2km. The track has been maintained by volunteers who have reintroduced native plants to support the birdlife.


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HAPUAWHENUA VIADUCT WALK follows the first stage of the Old Coach Road trail. It includes the Hapuawhenua Tunnel and both the old and new viaducts which span the valley side by side. The original built in the early 1900s holds World Heritage Engineering status. The 7km walk takes about 2 hours to complete. Hapuawhenua Viaduct © Getty Images

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Ohakune TOP 10 Holiday Park

Ideal base to explore Tongariro National Park and Whanganui River National Park. Daily pick up in summer (weather permitting) for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, ‘Ohakune Old Coach Road’ and ‘Mountain to the Sea’ mountain bike tracks. Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • BBQ Area • Playground • WiFi • Spa Bath • Spa Pool • Games room • TV lounge • Giant Connect 4 • Table Tennis

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E: info@the-hobbit.co.nz www.the-hobbit.co.nz Located in Ohakune, a well-established iconic motorlodge on road to Turoa skifield. Large range of comfy accommodation including spacious studios, 1 & 2-brm units, luxury spa bath suites with mountain views, & lodge with 2, 4 & 6-berth bunkrooms, all set in beautiful grounds. Outdoor hot pool. Drying room. Dog-friendly room. Tariff: $30-$340. GS:TZ6

OSSIES MOTELS & CHALETS 59 Tainui St, Ohakune P: +64 6 385 8088 www.ossies-ohakune.co.nz Ideal family accom close to Turoa ski field & Mt Ruapehu’s year-round activities. 14 s/c units, 1 & 2-brm chalets sleep 6, 5-brm chalets sleep 13. Selfcatering, TV, WiFi. On-site ski/snowboard hire, sauna, drying rooms. Tariff: from $96 summer (2 persons). CES:TX RUAPEHU MOUNTAIN MOTEL & LODGE 4-6 Foyle St, Ohakune P: +64 6 385 8470  Res: 0800 470 480 E: info@ruapehumotel.co.nz www.ruapehumotel.co.nz Family fun friendly, we offer you a comfortable warm place to rest, with a relaxed atmosphere and the best of country hospitality.

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TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

Tongariro Holiday Park

Best location for Tongariro Crossing • Satellite Internet • Shuttle to Tongariro Alpine Crossing • Dump Station (Guests only) • Whakapapa Ski Field – 26km • Sites from $22pp, Cabins from $ 65 • TV & games room • Spa Pool

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• Best schedule around for freedom hiking on the world famous Tongariro Crossing October-May. • All day shuttles – Tongariro Crossing, Northern Circuit, Whakapapa Village, book flexible one way or round trip shuttle. Parking at pick-up points either in National Park or Ketatahi. • Booking with us is easy: live availability, instant confirmation, 100% refundable tickets.

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THE CROSSING BACKPACKERS Erua Rd East, off SH 4, Tongariro  National Park P: +64 7 892 2894 E: office@thecrossingbackpackers.co.nz www.thecrossingbackpackers.co.nz From dorm rooms to private self-contained family units, campervan & tent sites. Communal kitchen, lounge, dining room, DVD room, pool table, TV, spa pool & drying room. Ideal location for Tongariro Alpine crossing, skiing, cycle trails & more. ES:TZ Tariff: from $30pp. Campervan & tent sites from $17pp. NATIONAL PARK BACKPACKERS 4 Findlay St, National Park P: +64 7 892 2870  www.npbp.co.nz E: nat.park.backpackers@xtra.co.nz All year destination, great volcanic views, accessible to hikes and ski field. In-house rock-climbing hall. Dorm beds, double, triple & family rooms with ensuite. Tariff: summer: dorm from $ 26pp, double from $ 64, winter dorm $ 28pp/n, double $70. ESRTZ PLATEAU LODGE 17 Carroll St, National Park Village P: +64 7 892 2993 E: info@plateaulodge.co.nz www.plateaulodge.co.nz Res: 0800 861 861 Rustic accommodation with a spa pool and daily Tongariro Crossing shuttles. The only Tongariro campsites right in the village. Apartments, ensuite GRTXZ rooms and lodge rooms. Tariff: from $85. BOOK DIRECT AND SAVE.

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E: twinriversmotel@xtra.co.nz www.twinrivers.co.nz 12 ground-level units: 9 studio (sleep 1-4), 2 x 1-brm, 1 x 2-brm villa. Self-contained, serviced daily. Air-con (heating/cooling). Electric blankets. Off-street parking. Sky TV. Continental breakfasts. Short walk to CBD, restaurants, cafés. Pet-friendly. EFTPOS. FREE WIFI. Tariff: $110-$215 per night, $25 extra person.

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he lower North Island is divided by a rugged, mountainous spine down the middle. Taranaki and Whanganui sit on the wild west coast, with the Hawke’s Bay and Wairarapa regions on the eastern side of the Ruahine and Tararua ranges. Incorporating the scenic stretch of shoreline that is the Kāpiti Coast, the central Manawatū region, with its vibrant university town of Palmerston North and across to the wild and isolated eastern coastline of the Wairarapa, the lower North Island boasts many varied and interesting attractions. Urban highlights arc New Plymouth and Napier, perched on opposite sides of the island and our compact, funky, harbourside capital, Wellington.

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his road trip explores the wild coast of the North Taranaki Bight, takes a short detour inland, heads to New Plymouth then continues down the line to Whanganui. From Awakino you’ll pass rugged black sand beaches with rolling surf and experience the charm of small coastal towns and bucolic landscapes, before turning inland to Inglewood, gateway to Taranaki’s Egmont National Park. After time in super cool New Plymouth and lovely little Stratford, head south by the curve of coast that wraps around the famous mountain. It’s known as the Surf Highway for good reason – almost every side road that heads towards the coast leads to an excellent, uncrowded surf break. Explore Hāwera, a country town of many attractions, then head to Whanganui, another New Zealand city blessed with mountains-to-sea landscapes.

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WHITECLIFFS WALKWAY Just North of Urenui, this path provides dramatic views of the coastline. Check the tides if you’re planning a beach walk. WAITARA is the site of an original Māori settlement. Look out for the Manukorihi Pa and magnificent carved meeting house. EGMONT NATIONAL PARK In Taranaki, the mountain is like a beacon drawing you in – an ever-present part of the landscape. Egmont National Park

surrounds the 2518m-high symmetrical peak in almost a perfect circle. The park includes waterfalls, alpine tarns and fairytale forests, with more than 200km of trails, ranging from short walks to multi-day hikes around the mountain. PUKEKURA PARK A meandering stroll through the 52ha public garden in Pukekura Park is one of New Plymouth’s highlights. Explore the winding pathways through native and exotic plantings; past ponds and fountains. LEN LYE CENTRE The

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Len Lye Centre next to the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery is constructed from reflective, playful stainless steel. Inside, the space is equally impressive, with an abundance of colourful, kinetic artworks. PUKE ARIKI This fully integrated museum, library and visitor information centre is a brilliant place to get a feel for the district’s history and culture. ŌPUNAKE This is a popular beach on the southwestern part of Taranaki’s big coastal curve.


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TOP LEFT: Pukekura Park © Rob Tucker/Destination Taranaki BOTTOM LEFT: Mt Taranaki seen from Ahukawakawa Track © Department of Conservation RIGHT: Facade of the Govett-Brewster Art Gallery - Len Lye Centre in New Plymouth © Patrick Reynolds

NEW PLYMOUTH ucked between the ocean on one side and the symmetrical peak of Mt Taranaki on the other, you’ll be spoilt for scenic vistas in New Plymouth.

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Check out New Plymouth‘s famous Coastal Walkway which stretches 12.7km from Bell Block to Port Taranaki. The city is also famous for its nationally significant art, both indoors at the remarkable GovettBrewster gallery and its playful counterpart the Len Lye Centre, and outside where you’ll find more of Lye’s work including the famous 45m-high kinetic Wind Wand. If you’re visiting in the summer months, the Festival of Lights and WOMAD at New Plymouth’s sprawling Pukekura Park are must-do’s.

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GARDENS GALORE Family walking around Pukeiti, New Plymouth © Venture Taranaki BELOW: © Te Kāinga Mārire

TŪPARE Set on the hillside overlooking the Waiwakaiho River, Tūpare features beautifully landscaped grounds and the historic Arts and Crafts style Chapman-Taylor homestead, which also serves high teas. TE KĀINGA MĀRIRE Touted as ‘New Zealand’s Native Garden’, Te Kāinga Mārire is a garden of international significance, celebrating our native and endemic plant species, developed to highlight the historic, cultural and ecological importance of the site.

PUKEITI Just south of New Plymouth, Pukeiti is set like a jewel into 320ha of rainforest, with one of the world’s biggest collections of rhododendrons. With garden rambles ranging from 35 minutes to two hours, a kids’ treehouse trail, rainforest centre and an on-site café, it’s an excellent spot for a day out.

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Taranaki has been known as the ‘Garden of New Zealand’ since the first European settlers arrived in the region. With rich volcanic soil, Taranaki’s gardens are so spectacular they have their own festivals.

NGAMAMAKU GARDEN Ngamamaku Garden is nestled below the Kaitake Ranges adjacent to Egmont National Park, the three acres of native bush and formal gardens at Ngamamaku Garden have been developed over the last 18 years, including a zen-like Japanese Garden built in 2004. TARANAKI GARDEN FESTIVAL Each spring, gardens across the Taranaki region come alive with colour and visitors as part of the annual Taranaki Garden Festival. With more than 40 participating gardens to explore, ranging from manicured spaces to wild riots of colour, along with art, events and entertainment, there are plantings to inspire every taste.


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FAMILY FUN FUN HO! TOY MUSEUM Fun Ho! Toys have been produced in Inglewood by Underwood Engineering Co since the 1930s. Today you can visit the Fun Ho! National Toy Museum featuring a range of classic die cast cars and trucks along with interactive displays and watch toys being made in the on-site foundry. MANUTAHI TAXIDERMY MUSEUM Open on weekends, this has one of the largest taxidermy collections in New Zealand. MV WAIRUA Another heritage cruise option to experience the majestic river is aboard the MV Wairua. You can take an insightful, family-friendly tour to discover the history of early river travel.

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TAWHITI MUSEUM This award-winning museum is a real treat. Widely acclaimed as the best private museum in the country, it uses life size exhibits and scale models to present New Zealand’s heritage with colour and energy. The kids will love the Traders & Whalers ride, too.

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STONEY OAKS WILDLIFE PARK A farmyard experience with a difference, Stoney Oaks Wildlife Park just outside Inglewood is home to rare and unusual animal breeds including chinchillas, white peacocks and llamas alongside friendly pigs and cuddly bunnies. WAIMARIE An icon of Whanganui, the Waimarie is the only coal-fired paddle steamer still operating in New Zealand.

In Māori Hāwera means ‘burnt place’,in reference to a period when warring local tribes burnt down a wharemoe (sleeping house.) Unfortunately the name proved prophetic as the town suffered three large blazes in 1884, 1888 and 1912. As a result a large water tower was constructed in 1914. Today, the tower is now one of Taranaki’s best-known heritage landmarks and you can climb the 215 steps for panoramic views across the coast and countryside.

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There is no shortage of great walking options in Egmont National Park, ranging from advanced multi-day tramping trails suitable for experts, through to wheelchair and stroller-friendly tracks to give you an accessible taste of nature. Take some time off the road to experience one of the short walks listed below.

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EGMONT NATIONAL PARK trees covered in moss and lichens line the easy track that winds through seriously photogenic native rainforest. 600m, 15-30 minutes return.

GOBLIN FOREST One of Egmont National Park’s most popular short walks, the Kāmahi Loop Track – also known as the Goblin Forest – is a testament to the region’s high rainfall. Twisted kāmahi

DAWSON FALLS The 18m-high Dawson Falls are one of the most impressive and easily accessed waterfalls in Taranaki – just a 10-minute walk from the Dawson Falls Visitor Centre. The falls were named for Thomas Dawson, the first European to discover them in 1885, although Māori know them as Te Rere o Noke or the Falls of Noke, a Māori warrior who once hid from his pursuers here.

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VERONICA LOOP TRACK Beginning at the North Egmont Visitor Centre, the Veronica Loop Track is an uphill walk through subalpine rainforest which passes the historic Camphouse and Ambury Monument. For great views, continue for 10 minutes along the Holly Hut Track to reach a popular lookout spot. 3km, 1.5-2 hours return. YORK ROAD LOOP A slightly longer walk, the York Road Loop takes you along the old Egmont Branch Railway Line. Along the way there are many historical sites of interest including railway remnants and the remains of worker cottages. 5.3km, 3 hours return.


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FORGOTTEN WORLD HIGHWAY Just off SH 1 take a detour along SH 43 to discover the Forgotten World Highway, which runs from Stratford to Taumarunui, and explore the quirky township of Whangamōmona. The route takes you through rugged, beautiful and remote countryside with untouched native bush, winding roads and pastoral landscapes. Whangamōmona has a colourful history.

TOP: Forgotten World Highway © Getty Images ABOVE: Whangamōmona Hotel © Venture Taranaki

Back in 1988 when regional boundaries were being drawn up, Whangamōmona was designated as part of the Taranaki region. In response the locals declared Whangamōmona to be a self-governing republic. Every two years the town celebrates republic day and locals elect a new president. However, since 1988 only two presidents have been human: the top job has also been held by a goat and a poodle. Stop in at the historic Whangamōmona Hotel, built in 1912, for a taste of local hospitality and get your passport stamped for $2. M U ST DO’ S • LOW E R NOR TH I SLAND | 265


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WHANGANUI

Surrounded by the peaks of Taranaki, Ruapehu and Tongariro and bordered by wild west coast beaches, Whanganui is another New Zealand city blessed with mountains-to-sea landscapes. ut Whanganui is triply endowed, as it’s the mighty river that is synonymous with the town. Our longest navigable river is also the first river in the world to be awarded legal personhood in recognition of its cultural and historical significance to local Māori.

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The pretty town centre has paving, hanging flower baskets and an eclectic mix of heritage architecture ranging from the early 19th century through to the unmistakable style of Art Deco. Whanganui is also a thriving hub of creativity, home to New Zealand Glassworks, the iconic Sarjeant Gallery with its internationally significant collections and many other creative residents crafting beautiful wares in studios and galleries from the banks of the river to the wild coast.

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> Sarjeant Gallery > Mountains to Sea cycle trail > Waimarie > Durie Hill

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DISCOVER THE SECRETS OF TARANAKI

Photos: Rob Tucker & Rach Stewart

There’s a lot to discover in the region Lonely Planet called ‘an undiscovered gem.’ Head to visit.taranaki.info to see what Taranaki has to offer and why it needs to be on your to-do list.

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URENUI BAY MOTEL 6 Nikorima St, Urenui P/F: +64 6 752 3771 E: ubmotel@gmail.com www.urenuibaymotel.co.nz Located in quiet coastal town, close to the beach. 1min to café, shops, pub, takeaways. 2 studio units, sleep 3. 1 family unit, sleeps 4. Sky TV. Parking available. Tariff: $120-$150, extra person $10.

GSZ[6 There’s so much to do in your own backyard, down the street, or just a few hours away… Plan your next Kiwi holiday online 101MustDos.co.nz WAITARA SEAVIEW MOTEL ONAERO Onaero Beach, RD 43, Waitara P: +64 6 752 3870 E: seaviewmotel@xtra.co.nz www.seaviewmotels.co.nz Only a 20min drive to New Plymouth. Enjoy sea views & relax in our peaceful garden setting.100m to beach, swimming, fishing & boat ramp. Free WiFi. Tariff: $110-$150 (2 persons), extra $20pp. Seasonal rates may apply. EGS:T6

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ACCOMMODATION WINERY FUNCTION CENTRE Situated in the heart of our lower vineyard, Chalets at Okurukuru provide one of the most tranquil places to stay in Taranaki with stunning 180 degree sea views. The Chalets at Okurukuru is the perfect destination for a getaway with your better half, family or a group of friends. Chalets 1 and 2 are designed for couples and can accommodate up to 4 guests.

Our six Studio Chalets feature all the modern comforts with your own private balcony outside your room. Chalet 3 has been designed with accessible facilities. Relax and unwind to the sound of the ocean waves rolling in through the night.

For more information or to book online: Visit www.okurukuru.co.nz Call +64 021 0254 7144 • Email accommodation@okurukuru.co.nz

New Plymouth TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 030 29 Princes Street Fitzroy, New Plymouth

Set in a fantastic location, Mount Taranaki is only a 25 minute drive away and a beautiful beach is just an 8 minute walk away. Units | Cabins | Sites • 32 Units • 1, 2 & 3 Bedroom Apartments • TV Lounge • Playground • Heated Pool • Spa • Sauna • Laundry • WiFi • BBQ Area • Giant Chess Set

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Ground-floor Units Newly Upgraded Units Group Booking Discounts Mountain & Ocean Views Free WiFi Sky TV 50+ channels Security Cameras Restaurant/Bar Courtesy Vehicle Find us on Facebook

56 Mountain Rd RD3, State Highway 3A, New Plymouth Ph: +64 6 752 0696

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www.sentryhill.co.nz

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RESERVATION 0800 284 3638

E: stay@themetrotel.co.nz www.themetrotel.co.nz

22 Gill Street, New Plymouth P: +64 6 222 0036 • Located in the CBD • 31 rooms with kitchenettes & air-con • Super king-size beds & twin share beds • Sky TV-6 channels & unlimited free WiFi • Convenient walk to attractions, restaurants & shopping mall adjacent • Free parking & guest laundry facilities • Tariff: $160-$300

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ROADSERVICE - 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile phone or aa.co.nz/roadservice BEACH STREET MOTEL APARTMENTS 25 Beach St, Fitzroy,

New Plymouth P: +64 6 757 2925 www.beachstreetmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 757 2925 Very quiet location. 11 x 1-brm, 2 x 2-brm, 1 x 1-brm family unit. 1 x 1-brm apartment. All ground-floor with parking at door. Free bikes. 200m to Coastal Walkway/Fitzroy Beach. CBD 3-4min. 1min to shops, cafés in Fitzroy. Sky Guest Select 50+ channels. Tariff: $160CGSRTZ $250 (2p), extra $20. Peak & corp rates.

JENNYS BED & BREAKFAST 105 Mangati Rd, Bell Block, New Plymouth  P: +64 6 755 2046 M: +64 21 109 3043 E: jennysbnb@xtra.co.nz www.jennysbnb.co.nz Res: 0800 081 375 Host: Jenny Thompson 2 ensuite rooms (1 double, 1 twin). Centrally located in the heart of Bell Block. Handy to airport and coastal walkway. Free WiFi. Tariff: $150 (double/twin), including breakfast.

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CARRINGTON MOTEL 61 Carrington St, New Plymouth P: +64 6 757 9431 E: stay@carringtonmotel.co.nz www.carringtonmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 77 94 31 16 self-contained double/twin studio & family units. Suit large groups. Walk to CBD, Pukekura Park, Bowl of Brooklands, TSB Stadium. EGS:TZ Tariff: Single $92, Double $105, Family $170 (4). BKS EGMONT MOTOR LODGE 115 Coronation Ave, New Plymouth P: +64 6 758 5216 or 0800 115 033 www.egmontmotorlodge.co.nz Unlimited Free WiFi, MY SKY 50+, Smart TVs, near Pukekura Park & CBD. Spacious units, studios, 1, 2 & 3-bedroom units, some with spa baths. Qualmark rated GS:TZ6 Bronze 4-star. Tariff: from $140 (2 persons), extra person $20.

AED locations app IF YOU, YOUR TRAVEL MATES AND FELLOW ROAD USERS HAVE A MEDICAL EMERGENCY WHERE THE PATIENT NEEDS RESUSCITATION, KNOWING WHERE THE NEAREST AUTOMATIC EXTERNAL DEFIBRILLATOR (AED) IS COULD SAVE LIVES. THE AED LOCATIONS APP HELPS YOU FIND THE NEAREST AED BASED ON OUR LOCATION. AED LOCATION INFORMATION IS STORED BY THE APPLICATION AND AVAILABLE OFFLINE. M U ST DO’ S • LOW E R NOR TH I SLAND | 271


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KERRY LANE MOTEL 2 Kerry Lane, Off SH 3, Hawera P: +64 6 278 1918 E: book@kerrylanemotel.co.nz www.kerrylanemotel.co.nz Res: 0800 537 795 Opposite racecourse, mountain views. 27 units. Parking – buses. Breakfasts, chargeback meals. King-size beds, spa baths. Pets by arrangement. GS:TZ[ Farm animals. Sky TV. Tariff: $105-$178 (2 guests), extra $20.

IT’S UNLIKELY YOU’LL GET BORED WHEN TRAVELLING THROUGHOUT NEW ZEALAND, BUT HERE ARE THREE GAMES THAT WILL ENSURE YOUR ROAD TRIPS ARE EVEN MORE FUN! 1. TAKE TURNS FILLING THE BLANKS in this sentence, going one letter of the alphabet at a time and without breaking the pace. “[Letter of the alphabet] my name is [name] and my best friend’s name is [name]. We come from [city / county / state / country] and we sell [noun]. 2. ONE PERSON STARTS “I’m going to [name of next destination] and I’m bringing [item A]. The next person repeats the sentence, but says “I’m bringing [item A] and [item B]. And so on. 3. CONNECTIONS. Take turns naming two people / places / things and see who can come up with a connection between the two. Note: whoever names the two things has to be able to think of a connection when challenged by another player, or… he... LOSES A POINT.

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WHANGANUI

Whanganui River TOP 10 Holiday Park

Located right on the banks of the Whanganui River, allowing you to enjoy everything this area has to offer.

0800 521 102 460 Somme Parade Aramoho, Whanganui 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Heated Pool & Spa • Kayaks & Trikes for hire • Jumping Pillow • Playgrounds • Bouncy Castle • Free WiFi • SKY TV • BBQs • Netflix • Games Room

There’s so much to do in your own backyard, down the street, or just a few hours away… Plan your next Kiwi holiday online 101MustDos.co.nz 151 ON LONDON MOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE

151 London St, Wanganui P: +64 6 345 8668 E: stay@151onlondon.co.nz www.151onlondon.kiwi Res: 0800 151 566 26 modern units: studios, 1-brm units with luxury spa baths, 2-brm units suit families and larger groups, honeymoon suite. Smart TVs, Free unlimited WiFi, guest laundry and playground. On-site café. Ample off-street parking, good for EGJ:X trailers. Tariff: $115-$280.

THE GRAND HOTEL Cnr St Hill & Guyton Sts P: +64 6 345 0955

E: THE-GRAND-HOTEL@xtra.co.nz www.thegrandhotel.co.nz Res: 0800 THE GRAND (843 472) Off main street. 55 rooms, ensuite, fridge, tea & coffee-making facilities. Bar, restaurant, function rooms. Off-street parking, lock-up garage facilities for motor and push bikes. Tariff: from $110 per room including a light GJ:T`6 continental breakfast.

RACEWAY MOTEL Cnr Purnell St & Hurworth Pl, Whanganui P: +64 6 345 8224 E: racewaymotel@outlook.co.nz www.racewaywanganui.co.nz Opposite Whanganui Racecourse & Cleveland Funeral Home, walking distance to city. Sky 50+ channels. Studio & family GS:R46 rooms. Swimming pool. Tariff: Studios from $109 & Family rooms from $190.

Highway Reports – 0900 33 222

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This scenic and varied journey rolls through iconic farming country, past mighty rivers and in the shadow of impressive ranges.

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LEFT: Rangitīkei River, Manawatū © ManawatuNZ.com RIGHT: Manawatu Gorge © ManawatuNZ.com

BULLS is the punniest town in New Zealand. From the soci-a-bull town hall to the cure-a-bull medical centre, all of the small town’s amenities have been given a bovinethemed moniker. Bulls also has a surprisingly large number of antique, collect-a-bull and homeware stores making it a trip highlight for retail therapy.

FEILDING Having been voted New Zealand’s most beautiful town 16 times over, it’s not surprising that the friendly centre of Feilding is charmingly picturesque. With its red brick pavements and immaculately groomed gardens, it’s a delightful place to explore.

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FEILDING SALE YARDS One of the largest livestock sale yards in the southern hemisphere, the Feilding Sale Yards are a weekly hub of activity as farmers and agents gather to trade stock each Friday. Take a guided tour where you can wander the elevated walkways above the stock pens and learn about the business of buying and selling stock at auction. FEILDING’S COACH HOUSE MUSEUM The region’s agricultural heritage is explored here with restored farm equipment, informative displays and interactive exhibits that kids will love.


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TE ĀPITI – MANAWATŪ GORGE When slips closed the Manawatū Gorge back in 2017, the road between Woodville and Ashhurst was shut. But while the route is no longer open to traffic, it is now alive with birdsong, making the Te Āpiti walking trails, just 15 minutes from the centre of Palmerston North, one of the region’s best spots to enjoy a bush walk.

BRIDGE TO NOWHERE One of Whanganui National Park’s highlights is the intriguinglynamed ‘Bridge to Nowhere’ – the largest structure from the former Mangapūrua Valley

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Soldiers Settlement, which has an Historic Places Trust Category I listing. From the Mangapūrua Landing on the Whanganui River, the bridge can be reached via a gentle 40-minute bush walk following the Mangapūrua Stream.

MARTON This vibrant little rural town is about half way between Whanganui and Palmerston North. It’s at the heart of Rangitikei and worth exploring for its historic buildings, character homes and gardens, and several lovely walking tracks through Mt Lees nature reserve.

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rom its source at Tongariro National Park, to where it reaches the sea at Whanganui’s Castlecliff Beach, the Whanganui River stretches for 290km. Half of this is navigable as the Whanganui River Journey, officially classed as one of New Zealand’s Great Walks – though really, it’s more of a paddle. From day trips on the river by kayak, jet boat or canoe, to multi-day adventures, the Whanganui National Park makes an enticing detour to experience the unique landscapes and heritage of the region. The small villages of Pīpīriki and the welcoming Tīeke Kāinga marae, where you can stay overnight, provide fascinating insights into the local Māori culture and history of the area.

Canoes tied up at Whakahoro, Whanganui National Park © Whanganuinz.com

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ENJOY URBAN NATURE BLEDISLOE PARK WALKWAY is an easy stroll through one of Palmerston North’s pockets of native bush. Paths and wellmaintained steps lead you alongside the pretty Turitea Stream, where birdsong abounds. MASSEY ARBORETUM, also in Bledisloe Park, is an historical landmark filled with rare and exotic trees. Wander amongst mature specimen trees or pack a picnic to enjoy in this peaceful haven.

RIGHT: Arts and sculptures, Palmerston North © ManawatuNZ.com BELOW: Te Manawa © ManawatuNZ.com

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ART & CULTURE STREET ART Palmerston North is home to a flourishing street art scene. Take a walking tour of the city centre where you’ll spot public artworks by renowned New Zealand sculptors, and discover emerging talent in the colourful murals that beautify walls and alleyways. Don’t miss Berrymans Lane, an epicentre of street art that bursts with colour and life. TE MĀNAWA MUSEUM OF ART, SCIENCE & HISTORY covers the heritage of the Manawatū region, with some of the region’s most significant taonga on display. It is also home to regular exhibitions from some of our best known, internationally renowned artists. With a space devoted to emerging talent from Massey University, an outdoor area where kids can dig for fossils and an interactive indoor play area, there’s something here to delight all ages.


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PALMERSTON NORTH Palmerston North is a young, vibrant city; around 40% of the population attend Massey University as students or staff. Culturally rich, with great art galleries, street art and public sculpture, it also has an abundance of excellent dining options. urrounded by the natural attractions of the Manawatū region, there are great options for outdoor pursuits including bush walks, familyfriendly bike rides, more challenging mountain bike trails and gardens galore.

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Palmerston North is centred on The Square, New Zealand’s largest central-city park. Each evening it is illuminated by a colourful light show. See the beautifully restored Regent theatre on Broadway, visit the regional museum, Te Manawa and adjacent to that, the New Zealand Rugby Museum. Immerse yourself in local culture and then learn about our national sport.

ABOVE: Ezy Rider bikes, Victoria Esplanade © ManawatuNZ.com TOP: The Square, Palmerston North © ManawatuNZ.com

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TRIP 2 LOWER NORTH ISLAND MARTON ADOBE MOTEL 2 Totara Street, Marton P/F: +64 6 327 6111 E: adobemotel@xtra.co.nz www.adobemotelmarton.co.nz Res: 0800 333 001 Contact: Brian & Carol Hausman 8 units in quiet location 3km off SH 1 between Wanganui & Palmerston North. Tariff: studio $115, GRT\46 1-brm $120 (2 persons), extra person $20. MARTON MOTEL 491 Wellington Rd, Marton P: +64 6 327 8499 E: info@ martonmotel.co.nz www.martonmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 462 786 6 quiet self-contained units (one with a full kitchen) & outdoor seating. 3 studio & 3 x 1-brm. SKY TV. Unlimited WiFi. Tariff: from $105, extra $20.

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ROAD TRIP GAMES TWENTY QUESTIONS One person states they are a person, place or thing (or declares animal, vegetable or mineral). Everybody else gets to interrogate the player with 20 questions, which must be answered “yes” or “no.” TWO TRUTHS AND ONE LIE The player tells the group three statements about himself or herself. Two are true and one is a lie. Everyone tries to guess which one is the lie.

LICENCE PLATE LINGO Make up a phrase using the letters on another car’s plate. Spot a licence plate and call out the letters on it. Then everyone tries to come up with a different phrase using the letters in the order they appear on the licence plate as the first letter of each word. For instance KEW could be “kittens eating watermelon” or “kiss every warthog.” When you can’t think of any more look for another licence plate.

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Raceway R Court Motel C

Awahuri Rd, Feilding Ph/Fax: +64 6 323 7891 Email: enquiries@racewaycourtmotel.co.nz

Feilding’s only motel with licensed restaurant & bar

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www.southstreetwest.co.nz • Reservation 0800 100 932

The newest motel in Feilding built on Manfeild Park. Each of our 25 spacious units comes complete with an HD TV, stylish furniture, free unlimited WiFi, microwave, tea/coffee facilities and all the modern amenities to set your mind at ease.

61 South St, Feilding Ph: +64 6 323 1811 Fax: +64 6 323 1814

• Studio through to 3-bedroom, Sky TV, BBQ area & guest laundry. 2min walk to town centre. 3 wheelchair access units available. • Tariff: from $140 (2 persons).

Email: info@southstreetwest.co.nz

FEILDING MOTEL 7 Kimbolton Rd, Feilding P: +64 6 323 6837 F: +64 6 323 5892 E: feildingmotel@actrix.co.nz www.feildingmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 500 474 Quiet location. 9 spacious ground-floor units with 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. GS:T[6 AA discounts. FEILDING HOLIDAY PARK 66 Arnott St, Feilding P: +64 6 323 5623 E: info@feildinghp.co.nz www.feildinghp.co.nz Peaceful setting. Tariff: Cabins $80 twin share, pvte bunkrooms: sgl adult $40, extra adult $30, child U14 $15, child U3 free. Extra linen/bedding $10. Powered sites: adult $20, child $9. SJT\[ Tent sites: adult $15, child $8. Dorm Room: sleeps 20.

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171 Fitzherbert Ave Palmerston North Ph: +64 6 357 1199

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• Quiet location with ample parking • Double spa bath suites • Spacious units all ground level • Family and studio units • Walking distance to CBD, restaurants & cafés • Free wireless internet • Flatscreen TVs • Massey University 2km • SKY Guest Select – 50+ channels

Freephone: 0800 10 84 84

Email: alavistamotel@inspire.net.nz

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QUIET CENTRAL CITY LOCATION

s All units ground level s Studio/1-bedroom spa bath suites s Exec studios, 1, 2 & 3-bedroom suites with self-fill spa pools s All units have 32in TV, DVD & CD player s Walking distance to town, cafés & restaurants s Superbly appointed conference room with latest technology. Fully air-conditioned, seats 20-25 persons s On-site gymnasium, squash court & sauna s Ample free car parking

FIND US ON FACEBOOK

Ph: 0 8 0 0 B E NT LE Y S (2 3 6 8 5 3 ) o r ( +6 4 6 ) 35 8 7 0 7 4 67 Linton St s Palmerston North, NZ E: info@bentleysmotorinn.co.nz

Book online @ www.bentleysmotorinn.co.nz

3 Quiet location off main street 3 Units refurbished 2012 3 14 units – studio, 1 & 2-bedroom units 3 High-speed wireless and cable broadband 3 New 32” HD LCD TVs, SKY and DVD players 3 11 SKY digital and 9 Freeview channels 3 Breakfasts and dinners by arrangement 3 BBQ and covered entertainment area 3 Walking distance (800m) to most civic amenities and CBD 3 Adjacent to Ongley Park, Massey University 2.5km away 3 Perfect for corporates, families, delegates and teams

Tariff: $115 - $309 (1-2 persons) Peak rates may apply

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PAVILION MOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE • Fully air-conditioned. • Cooking facilities in every unit. • 17 ground-floor units, serviced daily. • Studios, 1 & 2-brm (most with spa baths) plus 2 access units. • Guest laundry. • Close to Massey University, CBD, research institutes, wedding & sports venues. • Free Unlimited WiFi.

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• Closest motel to the hockey turf & Victoria Esplanade Gardens; one of the closest to Linton Army Camp. • Conference facilities for up to 50 persons. Full catering available. • Pet-friendly. • Free calls within New Zealand. • 24/7 self check-in kiosk. • 2 TVs in every 1 & 2-brm units • Sky Guest Select 50+. Tariff: (1-2 persons) from $115. Extra person $20.

262 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North P: +64 6 357 1131 F: +64 6 355 1149 E: info@pavilionmotel.co.nz www.pavilionmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 728 454

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KIWI STUDIOS MOTEL 107 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North P: +64 6 357 2184 E: kiwistudios@mid-city.co.nz www.kiwistudiosnz.com Res: 0800 666 400 Quiet and right in the centre of town. 1min walk to shops/ cafés/restaurants, movies, Regent Theatre. 25 comfortable rooms, kitchen/ kitchenettes. Continental breakfast. Sky TV, free & safe off-street parking with security gates, flatscreen TVs. FREE WiFi. GS:TXZ Tariff: from $110. ROSE CITY MOTEL 120-122 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North P: +64 6 356 5388 E: info@rosecitymotel.co.nz www.rosecitymotel.co.nz   Reservation Freephone: 0508 356 538 Centrally located, easy walking distance to cafés/restaurants/shopping plaza. All units newly renovated. Fully appointed kitchens. Free Ultrafast WiFi access. Sky 50+ channels. Room service brkft. Squash court/spa pool. Laundry. Tariff: $135$170. Senior citizen’s discounts avail. CGS:TZ A’ ABODE MOTOR LODGE 35 Ruahine St, Palmerston North P: +64 6 357 9903 E: info@aabodemotel.co.nz www.aabodemotel.co.nz Great location opposite hospital & close to city centre. Closest motel to airport. 15 units serviced daily. 1 & 3-brm units, access units. Full kitchen facilities. Sky TV, Free WiFi. EGS:TZ Tariff: $125-$145 (2 persons), extra $20. ALPHA MOTOR INN 31 Victoria Ave, Palmerston North P: 0800 77 70 70 E: stay@alphamotorinn.co.nz www.alphamotorinn.co.nz We would love you to stay with us so you can enjoy comfortable beds, complimentary WiFi and safe off-street parking. Easy walk to the city centre. Tariff: from S:TXZ $110 (2 persons).  AZTEC MOTEL 109 Ruahine St, Palmerston North P: +64 6 356 7125/0800 82 80 82 E: aztec@xtra.co.nz www.aztecmotel.co.nz 16 ground-floor, smokefree studio & family units with heat pump, shower dome & 32in Smart TVs. Opp hospital. Airport & city centre 2.5km. Play area & pool. Tariff: from $125. Extra person CS:RT4 $25. Peak rates apply. BIG FIVE MOTEL 154 Park Rd, Palmerston North P: +64 6 356 7077 or 0800 244 348 E: stay@bigfivemotel.co.nz www.bigfivemotel.co.nz Quiet location. 14 units: studio, 1 & 2-brm. Refurb 2012. 32in LCD TVs, 11 SKY channels, WiFi, king/single beds, breakfast/ dinner, BBQ area. CBD 800m. Tariff: (2p) $115-$309, peak GS:TZ[ rates may apply. Ph Direct for Best Prices. KAURI COURT 248 Fitzherbert Ave, Palmerston North P: 0800 108 801 E: info@kauricourt.co.nz www.kauricourt.co.nz Quiet, modern, clean and spacious Executive Studios and Apartment configurations. All rooms have air-conditioning, super king beds and cooking facilities. Tariff: $135-$140 (2 GSJ:TZ persons). ALWAYS INN MOTEL 877 Main St, Palmerston North P: +64 6 357 9978 E: info@alwaysinnmotel.co.nz www.alwaysinnmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 125 929 Airport & city centre 2km, Palmerston North Hospital 1km, opposite Memorial Park, short walk to shops & restaurants. All units include shower, Sky GSRXZ6 TV, microwave, fridge, Free WiFi. 1-brm family units. Tariff: from $109 (1 person). M U ST DO’ S • LOW E R NOR TH I SLAND | 283


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As you continue south on SH 2, the landscape changes from fruit and wine growing country to the fertile farming hills of Central Hawke’s Bay. Waipawa and Waipukurau offer excellent trout fishing, art, culture and coffee; Norsewood and Dannevirke, once home to Scandinavian settlers, still proudly show off their viking heritage. They’re both fascinating towns worth spending time to explore. Further down the highway, Woodville has a collection of very tempting antique and collectible shops.

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NAPIER Come for the architecture, stay for the wine. Napier boasts the very best of both. Fans of heritage buildings will be in heaven in this picturesque Art Deco city. Take a walking tour to discover Napier’s history – rising from the ashes after a devastating earthquake destroyed the city. s the starting point for the Classic Wine Trail, Hawke’s Bay is, of course, vineyard country and Napier is at its epicentre, with many excellent bars and restaurants showcasing the superb regionally-grown produce and a wide range of equally delectable local wines. A seaside town, the wide oceanfront walkway is a great place to cycle, with trails extending throughout the mostly-flat periphery, from Ahuriri and further north to Bayview, and as far as Clive if you head south.

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HAWKE’S BAY VINEYARDS There’s no denying that Hawke’s Bay is synonymous with fine wine. Famous for full-bodied reds and distinctive chardonnays, the Bay is New Zealand’s oldest wine region, producing since the 1850s. With sea breezes and high sunshine hours creating a Bordeauxlike climate, Hawke’s Bay’s vineyards are a must-do, whether you’re tasting local tipples at a cellar door or enjoying a leisurely lunch.

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ABOVE, LEFT: Black Barn Summer Market, Havelock North © Hawke’s Bay Tourism ABOVE, RIGHT: Tui Brewery © AA Traveller RIGHT: National Tobacco Company, Napier © Hawke’s Bay Tourism FAR RIGHT: Car Parade, Art Deco Festival © Hawke’s Bay Tourism

HAVELOCK NORTH The area surrounding Havelock North and neighbouring Hastings is the heart of Hawke’s Bay wine country, with more than 70 wineries and cellar doors to discover. You can’t miss one of Havelock North’s most distinctive landmarks – the looming shape of Te Mata Peak, which soars 399m above the village. You can drive right to the top to experience stellar views, or take one of the many walking or mountain biking trails if you’re feeling energetic.

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making it Hawke’s Bay’s oldest inland settlement. Waipawa is home to Artmosphere, an eclectic gallery on the outskirts of town, the famous Waipawa Butchery and the excellent Central Hawke’s Bay Settlers Museum where you can learn more about the district’s heritage.


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WOODVILLE Woodville sits halfway between Napier and Wellington at the junction of SH 2 and SH 3. Famous for its antique, collectible and secondhand shops, it’s a great spot for bargain-hunters or anyone curious about vintage and retro delights.

wave-shaped building on Marine Parade. Here, you can watch the little blue penguins being fed, admire sharks and stingrays swimming overhead in the glass viewing tunnels, spot sea horses and moray eels, and see kiwi and tuatara, too.

MANGATAINOKA The main landmark of Mangatainoka is the Tui Brewery with its historic brick tower made famous by the Tui TV ads. Take a tour of the adjacent state-of-the-art brewery and Tui museum, taste some beers and stay for lunch.

HASTINGS Beautiful old buildings are a real feature of this town centre but it’s not all about history here. There is an energetic, contemporary feel to Hastings thanks to a vibrant retail centre, street art and many award-winning restaurants and cafés. Hastings is also a great family spot with Splash Planet water theme park and Hawke’s Bay Farmyard Zoo.

NATIONAL AQUARIUM OF NEW ZEALAND New Zealand’s National Aquarium is housed in a dramatic

CELEBRATING ART DECO: Each February, Napier City comes alive with vintage glamour as locals and visitors celebrate the annual Art Deco Festival. Dressing in deco garb is de rigour to celebrate the era of 1930s style and charm at the many themed events around town. It’s a mustdo, to truly be immersed in the colourful character of the city. M U ST DO’ S • LOW E R NOR TH I SLAND | 289


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TE MATA PARK is one of Hawke’s Bay’s premier recreation areas. With extensive mountain biking trails, walking tracks and extravagant views from the mighty peak itself, it’s the ideal spot to stretch your legs. MARAETŌTARA FALLS Take a short detour from Havelock North to discover this beautiful waterfall and popular, deep swimming spot in the summer months. PEKAPEKA WETLANDS Various walking tracks stretch over 98ha alongside SH 2, just south of Hastings.


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NAPIER

56 Meeanee Quay, Westshore, Napier Ph +64 6 835 5991 • info@albatrossmotel.co.nz RESERVATIONS 0800 25 22 87

• 35 units • Pool • Spa • 200m to beach • LCD TVs, 50+ Sky channels • FREE WiFi • Walk to Ahuriri bars & restaurants • Overlooking estuary

• On-site bistro • Secure bike storage • Cycleways • Cycleway metres from the motel • Friendly service guaranteed

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TRIP 3 LOWER NORTH ISLAND 88 Meeanee Quay Westshore, Napier P/F: +64 6 835 9456 E: westshoreholiday@xtra.co.nz www.westshoreholidaypark.co.nz

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Fun is on your doorstep Fantastic playground Heated swimming pool FREE WIFI Gym + more!

Range of accommodation Modern villas Cabins Motel units Camp sites Holiday units + restaurant & bar 11 Storkey St, Napier P +64 6 843 9126 E info@kennedypark.co.nz

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Napier P: +64 6 836 6007 www.bayviewholidaypark.co.nz Res: 0800 836 600 BBQ area, wireless internet. Bar/Bistro & Café open 7 days a week. Surfcasting beach 900m, airport 4km. Sunday Night Pig on Spit $25. Tariff: (2 persons) nonpowered sites $30, powered sites $36, motels $110-$120. Tourist cabins $75. Backpackers $35 per person. Weekly rates ES:TX[ available. Peak rates may apply.

THE SILKY OAK CHOCOLATE COMPANY & CAFE 1131 Links Rd, Napier P: +64 6 845 0908 E: info@silkyoakchocs.co.nz www.silkyoakchocs.co.nz • Chocolate Factory & Shop • Café • Gift and Pantry Shops • History of Chocolate Museum • Situated halfway between Napier and Hastings • Open 7 days

SPANISH LADY MOTEL 348 Kennedy Rd, Napier P: +64 6 843 9188 E: info@spanishladymotel.co.nz www.spanishladymotel.co.nz Res: 0800 SPANISH (772 6474) 10 air-con studios, 1 & 2-brm self-contained ground-floor units. 2 TVs in units, spa, Sky 50+ channels. Pool, parking. FREE unlimited WiFi. Cooked/continental breakfast. Tariff: from $84 single, extra $20.

EGSRT\ EDGEWATER MOTOR LODGE 359 Marine Pde, Napier P: +64 6 835 1148 E: info@edgewatermotel.co.nz www.edgewatermotel.co.nz Res: 0800 88 90 90 Ocean views from all units. 5min walk to city centre and restaurants. Recreational area across from the motel. Close to Conference S:TZ46 Centre. Unlimited WiFi. ROADSERVICE - 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile phone or aa.co.nz/roadservice

HAVELOCK NORTH HAWKE’S BAY’S ONLY QUALMARK 5-STAR MOTEL

Harvest Lodge

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23 Havelock Rd, Havelock North Book online at • Walk to bars/cafés/ restaurants nearby • Boutique Shopping in Village • Air-conditioning in all units • Rooms serviced daily • Cooked/Continental breakfast available • Luxurious & spacious • Double spa baths, king-size beds • 42” LCD TVs

www.harvestlodge.co.nz

BOOK DIRECT for best rates

RESERVATIONS: 0800 119 030 Ph: +64 6 877 9500 Email: info@harvestlodge.co.nz

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Our beautiful, tranquil park-like setting will ensure a relaxing stay.

Hastings TOP 10 Holiday Park 0800 521 074 610 Windsor Avenue Parkvale, Hastings

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Heated outdoor pool • Spa Pools • BBQ Area • WiFi • Playground • Tennis/Basketball court

Omahu MOTOR LODGE

327 Omahu Rd, Hastings 4120 Phone: +64 6 870 7061 info@omahumotorlodge.co.nz

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W W W. O M A H U M O T O R L O D G E . C O . N Z • Affordable luxury. 19 ground-floor units. All units with air-conditioning.

• Near Hawke’s Bay wineries, town centre, Splash Planet and restaurants.

• Large flatscreen LCD TVs, DVD players.

• Opposite Hawke’s Bay Hospital.

• Secure camera-monitored car park. FREE guest laundry. FREE Wireless Internet Access.

• Tariff: $155-$245 (2 persons). Corporate rates. Seasonal rates apply.

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TRIP 3 LOWER NORTH ISLAND CLAREMONTE MOTOR LODGE 714-716 Heretaunga St West, Hastings P: +64 6 878 8396 E: info@claremonte.co.nz www.claremontemotorlodge.co.nz Res: 0800 500 117 19 spacious units, high-speed WiFi. Super king-size beds. Spa baths, heat pump & air-conditioning. 20min drive Napier Airport. Tariff: $160-$250 (2 persons) extra person $20. Seasonal & corporate rates.

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GLOUCESTER HOUSE MOTEL 404 Avenue Rd West, Hastings

P: +64 6 876 3741 or 0800 88 64 65 E: gloucester.motels@xtra.co.nz www.gloucesterhousemotel.co.nz Very centrally located in quiet street. 11 s/c ground-floor units, 2-brm, 1-brm, studio. Heat pump/air-con all units. Quiet garden setting, CBD shops 5min walk, supermarket 1min walk. Free transport to/ from bus stn. Tariff: from $130 (2p), extra $20. Seasonal, corp & RSA member rates. CGS:T4 ELMORE LODGE MOTEL 301 Omahu Rd, Hastings P: +64 6 876 8051  Res: 0800 356 673 E: enquire@elmorelodgemotel.co.nz www.elmorelodgemotel.co.nz Opposite HB Regional Hospital. FREE WiFi. Close to city shops, restaurants, fast food, Splash Planet, golf & wineries and G:TX\4 regional sport park. Tariff: $130-$260 (2 persons). Seasonal rates apply. VALDEZ MOTOR LODGE 1107 Karamu Rd Nth, Hastings P: +64 6 876 5453  Res: 0800 VALDEZ (825 339) E: valdezmotorlodge@xtra.co.nz www.valdezmotorlodge.co.nz Located just 1.5km from city centre, 5min from Splash Planet. Studio, Executive & Family units sleep 1-5 persons. Sky TV, Free WiFi, CSJ:T4 pool, large off-street parking. Tariff: from $145 (2 persons). Special rates for groups.

SwellMap Surf SWELLMAP SURF PROVIDES YOU WITH THE LATEST SURF AND MARINE WEATHER PREDICTIONS FOR HUNDREDS OF SPOTS AROUND NEW ZEALAND. FORECASTS ARE UPDATED FOUR TIMES A DAY, USING THE LATEST ATMOSPHERIC AND OCEANOGRAPHIC MODELS. WAIPAWA

RIVERSEDGE HOLIDAY PARK Harker St, Waipawa P: +64 6 857 8976

E: paddy.wpa@gmail.com www.riversedgeholidaypark.co.nz Secluded holiday park. Power/tent sites, cabins, on-site caravans, s/c tourist villa. Fully equipped kitchen, dining room, guest TV lounge, trampoline, playground. Communal toilet/shower, WiFi. Village/golf/tennis/bowling green 100m; beaches/ tramping 45km. Tariff: sites $17.50pp, S:TX[6 cabin/caravan $25-$35, villa $100 (2p). TUKI TUKI MOTEL, Cnr Russell & Herbert Sts, SH 2 P: +64 6 858 9206.......................................................refer Waipukurau

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TUKI TUKI MOTEL Cnr Russell & Herbert Sts, SH 2, Waipukurau P: +64 6 858 9206 E: tuki.tuki.motel@xtra.co.nz www.tukitukimotel.co.nz Res: 0508 885 488 14 self-contained studio, 1 & 2-brm units, all air-con, all smokefree. Sky 50+ channels. Swimming pool. Free on-site car parking. Walk to town centre, sportsground, restaurants. Free unlimited WiFi. Tariff: from $140, extra $20. Seasonal rates may apply.

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DESTINATIONS MOTOR LODGE 197 High St (SH 2), Dannevirke P: +64 6 374 8055 E: destinations.motel@xtra.co.nz www.destinationsmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 17 27 77 12 spacious units, some with cooking facilities & spa baths. Studios, 1 & 2-brm suites, 2 units access facilities. Sky TV (5 channels). King/queen-size beds. Tariff: $120-$165, extra $25. No pets. Children’s rates, please enquire. EGS:TZ VIKING LODGE MOTEL 180 High St (SH 2), Dannevirke P: +64 6 374 6669 E: info@vikinglodgemotel.co.nz www.vikinglodgemotel.co.nz Res: 0800 279 271 13 groundfloor self-contained units. Walk to shops, restaurant, croquet, bowling clubs, Town Hall. Parking. Super king-size beds available. Free WiFi. Continental breakfast. Tariff: $115-$165 (double), extra $20. EGS:TZ WOODVILLE ORMOND STREET MOTEL 45 Ormond St, Woodville P/F: +64 6 376 5638 E: ormondstmotel@xtra.co.nz www.ormondstmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 300 005 Owners: Joy & Mike Barnes A peaceful quiet location, clean fresh and welcoming. Lovely little township 2 minutes walk away. ES:TX4 Tariff: from $115.

Keeping your stuff safe Always lock your accommodation or vehicle and keep windows secure. Don’t leave valuables, maps, luggage, GPS devices or visitor brochures visible in parked campervans at any time, especially at scenic spots or trail heads. If there is a safety box in your campervan, use it to protect your valuables. Keep a record of the description and serial numbers of your valuable items, eg camera. You can do it online at www.snap.org.nz

Don’t leave bags, backpacks, wallets or cameras unattended in public places, especially at airports, railway stations or ferry terminals. Park your campervan overnight in a holiday park, Department of Conservation camping ground or other specially designated area. If in doubt, ask at the nearest i-SITE (official visitor information office). Report lost or stolen possessions as soon as possible to the nearest police station.

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ABOVE: The White Swan Greytown, Wairarapa © Destination Wairarapa / Jet Productions nz RIGHT: Solstice sunset at Stonehenge Aotearoa © Kay Leather

PŪKAHA NATIONAL WILDLIFE CENTRE The Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre at Mt Bruce is home to many species of rare and endangered birdlife that you will no longer encounter in the wild. Kōkako, kākāriki and tahakē live here, alongside Manukura, an incredibly rare white kiwi.

GREYTOWN This little town is a mecca for shopping with its pretty main street lined with boutiques selling beautiful homewares, antiques, local art and collectibles and designer clothes. Refresh yourself at one of the many excellent cafés and delve deeper into the town’s heritage at the open air Cobblestones Museum.

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FEATHERSTON At the foot of the Remutaka Ranges, Featherston is a small town with a love of reading. Officially a ‘book town’, Featherston is home to several great secondhand book shops and hosts an annual book festival. With cafés, an excellent cheese shop and weekend market, this is a good place to stock up. HUTT VALLEY & PETONE In Lower Hutt the Dowse Art Museum is a centre of contemporary creativity, while in Petone, Jackson Street is the place to see local art, craft and fashion. The Hutt is also the gateway to the outdoors with cycle trails, walking tracks, rafting and kayaking sites.


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REMUTAKA HILL The drive up and over the Remutaka Hill from Featherston to Upper Hutt, with its hairpin bends and vertiginous drop-offs is one of the North Island’s most notorious trips. Stop at the top for magnificent views

and to read the fascinating story of the troops who walked this route on their way to the Trentham Training Camp in Upper Hutt during WWI.

STONEHENGE AOTEAROA, CARTERTON This full scale adaptation of Stonehenge built in the Wairarapa countryside was designed as a practical open air observatory. Take a selfguided audio tour during the day, or visit at night for one of the many astronomical events throughout the year

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QUEEN ELIZABETH PARK, MASTERTON Queen Elizabeth Park in Masterton boasts one of the bests play areas in New Zealand. With a large and varied playground, a skate park, BMX track and extensive parkland there is plenty of space to run off some energy. Other activities include a mini-golf course, miniature train rides and friendly deer that enjoy being hand-fed acorns in the autumn.

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n hour’s drive from Masterton, Castlepoint is one of the most popular and interesting beaches in the Wairarapa region. With a classic white lighthouse towering over long stretches of pale sandy beach and a sheltered lagoon popular for swimming, Castlepoint is as picturesque as it is pleasant. Set on a low islet, the lighthouse is only intermittently connected to the mainland by a causeway of sand, depending on the height of the tide, but the walk to and around the rugged rocky islet itself is well worthwhile. The best way to approach the lighthouse is to take the easy 30-minute walk across the reef from the 162m-high Castle Rock. With plentiful marine and birdlife in residence, including dolphins and kekeno fur seals, there is plenty to discover here.

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he small country village of Martinborough, with its Union Jack-shaped square, is the epicentre of Wairarapa wine country.

More than 20 wineries can be reached on an easy bike ride from the village, or an even quicker drive. Take a leisurely tour of the cellar doors and vineyard restaurants here, where you can meet winemakers and learn why the local terroir is ideal for producing such delicious wine. While Martinborough is famous for its velvety pinot noir, the region also produces excellent chardonnay, along with many other varietals. Each year Martinborough hosts several festivals celebrating the region’s fare and cultural flair. Notably, Toast Martinborough, held each November, which has grown to become one of New Zealand’s leading food and wine festivals. And over the last weekend of August, the village comes alive with all styles of music, from sultry songstresses to big band for the Jazz

in Martinborough festival that welcomes the beginning of spring. Charming colonial style abounds in Martinborough, and once you’ve explored the vineyards you can easily linger in the village for great coffee, boutique shopping and tasting other local tipples at one of several excellent bars and bistros.

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walks Famous for its stellar PINOT NOIR, Martinborough is a hotbed of vinous delights, with wineries and cellar doors studded throughout the flat and scenic countryside surrounding the small town. The long straight roads here are ideal for cycling, so why not explore this part of the Classic Wine Trail on two wheels. Stop in at: • Palliser Estate • Margrain • Escarpment • Ata Rangi • Nga Waka • Moy Hall • Te Kairanga

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Accessed from within the Pūkaha National Wildlife Centre, the Te Arapiki o Tawhaki walk is a 4km, twohour loop though the native lowland podocarp forest, the remnants of what was once the magnificent 70-mile forest in the Wairarapa.

west of Carterton, you’ll find the 48ha Fensham Reserve, home to remnants of ancient kahikatea swamp forest, native bush and wetlands. Take the hour-long walk on the circuit track in the company of native birdlife including tūī and pīwakawaka.

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A short, easy walk, the Kiriwhakapapa Loop in the Tararua foothills is a wellgraded track that passes through regenerated native forest and towering redwoods. Suitable for kids and dogs, the walk is 1km long and should take around 30 minutes.

feeling adventurous, head towards the Tararua Ranges just south of Masterton to tackle the classic Jumbo Circuit, a two-to-three day tramp that climbs through beech-podocarp forest to some of the best alpine tops in the Tararua Forest. Pūkaha Mt Bruce © Mike Heydon/ JET Productions NZ

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or rugged coastline and lighthouse action, drive an hour south from Martinborough to Cape Palliser at the southernmost tip of the North Island. At Cape Palliser, you’ll find the largest breeding kekeno fur seal colony in New Zealand. Visit between November and January to spot the small furry pups. Climb the steep 253 steps to the promontory above the cape for wild and windswept views across Palliser Bay and the Cook Strait, with the peaks of the South Island looming in the distance. As you head back towards Martinborough, another natural attraction that’s well worth exploring are the Putangirua Pinnacles. Take the short, easy walk, suitable for dogs and kids, but be aware of falling rocks, especially after heavy rain. Cape Palliser Lighthouse, Wairarapa © Getty Images

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Take a behind the scenes tour of Weta Workshop and visit the Weta Cave in Miramar. Take the kids to the excellent Wellington Zoo. Catch the Wellington Cable Car and stroll through the Botanic Gardens. Get up close to New Zealand’s native wildlife at Zealandia, the fully-fenced eco sanctuary in the heart of Wellington City. Te Papa Tongarewa, the Museum of New Zealand is a must-visit, with its range of fascinating family-friendly exhibits. Learn about New Zealand’s Government on a tour of the Beehive and Parliament Buildings.

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Finding special moments will make the journey memorable here is so much to love about Wellington. It’s a hub of art and culture, fantastic food and copious amounts of craft beer. It’s also compact enough to easily explore on foot. When the sun shines on the city centre, there is nothing more pleasant than a stroll around the wide waterfront promenade or even a dip at Oriental Bay. Cultural hounds can follow a Writer’s Walk, see live theatre, attend a concert; visual art is a strong feature here, too, with many top quality galleries to browse, such as Wellington City Gallery. The city centre also has excellent shopping options, from local boutiques to luxe department stores, and buzzing nightlife at a multitude of bars and bistros after dark.

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CHANEL COURT MOTEL welcomes you to the beautiful Wairarapa • 12 studio units, 2 x 1-brm, 2 x 2-brm (serviced daily). • Separate 9-bedroom backpacker-style accommodation. • 800m to town • Wireless internet available. • Cooked and continental breakfasts • Home-style meals available.

14 Herbert St, Masterton • E: chanelcourtmotel@xtra.co.nz • P: +64 6 378 2877 • www.chanelcourtmotel.co.nz BK’S CHARDONNAY MOTOR LODGE 274 High St, Masterton P: +64 6 377 7485  Res: 0800 222 880 www.bkschardonnay.co.nz 18 luxury ground-floor units, 12 studios, 2 access, 5 x 1-brm & 1 x 2-brm units, 7 with double spa baths. SKY Guest Select 50+ channels. LED TVs. Full kitchen. Near CGS:T6 restaurants. Tariff: $130-$205 (2 persons). Seasonal/corporate rates. FLAT BATTERY? – 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile

CASTLEPOINT CASTLEPOINT HOLIDAY PARK & MOTELS RD 9, Masterton P: +64 6 372 6705 E: holiday@castlepoint.co.nz www.castlepoint.co.nz On safe sandy beach. All-tide swimming/surfing/ diving. Rock/boat fishing. Van/tent sites, cabins, flats, motels. Tariff: from $30. Peak ESRT\6 rates apply.

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Visiting the Wairarapa?

Stay in Carterton • Central to all attractions Large private sites away from road noise Close to local shops, Paua World, local swimming pools (free admission) Accommodation: power/non-power sites, cabins, self-contained units Wi-Fi available • BBQ • Spa for hire • Dump Station Catch train to Wellington to Te Papa FREE for Gold Card Holders

198 Belvedere Rd, Carterton Ph: +64 6 379 8267 l Hosts: Phil & Sharrie Email: cartertonholidaypark@xtra.co.nz

www.cartertonholidaypark.co.nz

Discover Wairarapa’s unique experience Quality gifts NZ Greenstone & Jewellery Souvenirs direct from on site factory Factory tours during workdays Short information DVD

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GREYTOWN OAK ESTATE MOTOR LODGE 2 Hospital Rd, Greytown P: +64 6 304 8188 E: stay@oakestate.co.nz www.oakestate.co.nz Res: 0800 843 625 Spacious, modern, ground-floor suites with kitchenettes. Patios, parking, double spa baths Walk to restaurant/cafés/town. Free WiFi. Flatscreen TVs with EG:TXZ SKY TV. Continental breakfast available. Tariff: from $130 (2 persons).

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THE CLAREMONT MOTEL & APARTMENTS 38 Regent St, Martinborough P: +64 6 306 9162 E: host@theclaremont.co.nz www.theclaremont.co.nz Res: 0800 809 162 Tranquil park-like location. 1 and 2-bedroom motel units and apartments available. FREE WiFi. Tariff: from $150. GSJ:T Seasonal rates apply.

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Wallaceville

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Just 30 minutes from Wellington City and 5 minutes from Upper Hutt City. You will fall in love with the view from every room. 16 spacious and exceptionally quiet motel rooms. Newly Refurbished 2019, 55 inch Smart TV, Heat pump, chiropractic beds.

• STANDARD STUDIO $139* • SPA SUITE $149* • FAMILY STUDIO $159* • FAMILY INTERCONNECTING $229*

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* The rates on this advert are for direct bookings only. PHONE 0800 001 456. Promo Code MUST be quoted at the time of booking Awarded TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2019

2 Wallaceville Road, Upper Hutt Call us free on 0800 001 456 and make your reservation

www.wallacevillehouse.co.nz • E: info@wallacevillehouse.co.nz WELLINGTON’S KIWI HOLIDAY PARK

45 Akatarawa Rd, Upper Hutt P: +64 4 526 7400 M: +64 27 243 2133 E: harcourtholidaypark@xtra.co.nz www.harcourtholidaypark.co.nz Choice of affordable accom and all-weather & grass powered sites suitable for large vehicles.  Approx 25min from Wellington & ferry terminals. Refer ER\ to advert under Wellington for more details.  TRANQUILITY HOMESTAY 136 Akatarawa Rd, Birchville, Upper Hutt P: +64 4 526 6948  Res: 0800 27 07 87 E: tranquilityhomestaybnb@gmail.com www.tranquilityhomestay.co.nz The name says it all – Wgtn CBD 25min, Upper Hutt CBD 3min. Near Lord of the Rings locations. Ensuites. On GS:T[6 Remutaka Cycle Trail. Tariff: $80-$155.

ROADSIDE STORIES Roadside Stories - are audio guides that keep you entertained on your road trip around New Zealand. The app contains 13 major road trips across the country with 140 stops. Each stop has a four-minute audio file and images of the location. You’re not just travelling from A to B but you learn about the people, the history, and the cultural and natural significance of the area you’re passing through. Given the size of the audio guide files, we recommend to download (only) those tours relevant to you (prior to your trip), ideally somewhere where you don’t have to pay for data. Each tour includes a map showing the location of the stops.

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ANGUS INNISLAND HOTEL LOWER NORTH TRIP 4 - Quality Inn Angus

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ANGUS INN HOTEL - Quality Inn Angus Cnr Cornwall St & Waterloo Rd, Lower Hutt, Wellington +64 4 560 1100 Reservation Freephone 0800 800 469 info@theangus.co.nz www.theangus.co.nz

We’ll see you there.

74 studio rooms catering for those who want to stay in the heart of Lower Hutt. Fully Licenced on-site restaurant, function/ conference rooms and sports bar, Free WiFi internet and 24 hour reception. Specialising in bookings for large groups from corporate to sports & school groups. Tariff: Queen room $158, Twin room $178, extra person $20.

Call 0800 800 469 or visit www.theangus.co.nz FORESHORE MOTOR LODGE 5 Nelson St, Petone  Res: 0508 101 010 www.foreshoremotorlodge.co.nz 15 comfortable & practical units. Tea/coffee/toastmaking facilities. Sky Guest Select 50+ Channels. Right on Petone foreshore. Tariff: 11 studios from $140 (sleep 1-3, 3rd by prior request), 4 x GS:TZ6 1-brm units from $160 (sleep 2-5, 5th by prior request).

ROADSERVICE - 0800 500 222 or *222 from your mobile phone or aa.co.nz/roadservice PETONE FORESHORE MOTOR LODGE, 5 Nelson St P: +64 4 939 3609.......................................................................refer Lower Hutt

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New Deluxe rooms now open Central to airport, railway station, Interisland Ferry and Westpac Stadium Minutes to superb dining, entertainment & waterfront Stroll to picturesque Oriental Bay and Te Papa Museum FREE Unlimited WiFi • FREE Parking

49 Majoribanks St, Wellington Ph: +64 4 385 1849 Email: stay@apollolodge.nz Hosts: Lindsay & Johanne Debenham

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• All units were refurbished with fresh modern set up in 2017 • Last motel off SH 1 before Interislander ferry (6min drive to terminal) • 7min drive to Westpac Stadium, CBD & Te Papa • Located 300m off SH 1 & set back from Newlands Rd • On main bus route to Wellington CBD FREE • On-site café for coffee and buffet breakfast WiFi • Tariff: $145-$250/night for studio for 2 people, family unit and 2-bedroom apartment available 96 Newlands Rd Newlands, Wellington Ph: +64 4 478 4114 Email: booking@newlandscourtmotel.co.nz

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Wellington TOP 10 Holiday Park

Escape to the peace and quiet of our spacious grounds amongst mature trees.

0800 521 099 95 Hutt Park Road Gracefield, Lower Hutt

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • 12km from Ferry Terminal • Playground • WiFi • BBQ Area • Air Cushion • TV Room with SKY

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Gateway to the south... Features all-weather and grass power sites Suitable for large buses and campervans. Approximately 25 minutes from Wellington and ferry terminals. Connecting bus and train service to Wellington City from holiday park. Seasonal rates.

45 Akatarawa Rd, Upper Hutt Easy access to Remutaka Cycle Trail, Forest Park P +64 4 526 7400 and Orongorongo Track. Secure bike storage and M 027 243 2133 bike cleaning facilities. E harcourtholidaypark@xtra.co.nz TARIFF: Proprietors: Giles Family • Tent sites $18 adult, $10 child (unmetered showers) • Power sites $28 (single), $45 (double), extra $18, child $10 • Standard Cabins $50 (double), extra $15, child $10 • Family Cabins $75 (double), extra $15, child $10 Wellington’s • ECO Cabins $80 (double), extra $15, child $10 Kiwi Holiday • Kitchen Cabins $90 (double), extra $15, child $10 Park • Tourist flats $120 (double), extra $15, child $10 • Motels $145 (double), extra $15, child $10

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• 2min from Cuba St and the vibrant Courtney Place. • On-site parking available. • Free in-room WiFi. • Recordable Sky decoders in every room.

+64 4 803 1000 reservations@williswellingtonhotel.com

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aamaps.co.nz Need Driving Directions? BUCKET TREE LODGE 1 Boscobel Lane, Tawa, Wellington P: +64 4 232 4898  Res: 0800 804 898 E: reservations@bucket-tree.co.nz www.bucket-tree.co.nz Picturesque park setting... only 12min from Wellington City, Westpac Stadium & Cook Strait ferries. 5min from Porirua City, Johnsonville, Churton Park, Kenepuru Hospital, Te Rauparaha Arena, & Police College. 12 units: 5 studio, 1 x 2-brm, 3 x 1-brm. 3 x 3-brm units. Free FIBRE WiFi. BOOK DIRECT TARIFF: $152-$210 (2p), extra $26. GSJ:TZ BELLA VISTA WELLINGTON 302-304 Evans Bay Pde, Wellington  www.bellavista.co.nz P: +64 4 939 4430 or 0800 235 528 16 comfortable studios. Tea/coffee & kitchenette, 1-brm self-contained with spa bath. Near CBD, airport, ferry, café/ restaurant. Central, affordable. Sports & Aquatic centre 5min. Free unlimited WiFi. Sky 50+ channels. Tariff: $150-$185 (double), extra $20. GS:TZ6 MARKSMAN MOTOR INN 40-42 Sussex St, Wellington

P: +64 4 385 2499 www.marksmanmotel.co.nz Res: 0800 627 574 Very well-appointed motel in Central City CBD location. A short walk to all Wellington attractions, Courtenay Place entertainment district and close to the Interisland Ferry Terminal, airport, hospital and university. Basin Reserve across the road. 42” TV, free high-speed WiFi. Tariff: Summer from $135-$250, Winter from $100-$200. GS:TXZ

BRENTWOOD HOTEL 16 Kemp St, Kilbirnie, Wellington P: +64 4 920 0400  Res: 0508 273 689 E: reservations@brentwoodhotel.co.nz www.brentwoodhotel.co.nz Located in a quiet urban setting, the hotel is just 2.6km from Wellington Airport and 6km from downtown Wellington. Conference facilities available. Accessible and interconnecting rooms. Tariff: from $138. G:Z`46

Guides online Check out AA Traveller’s most recent travel guides – now live on Issuu.com. AA Traveller link: https://issuu.com/aatraveller Direct link: https://issuu.com/aatraveller/docs

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FOXTON Famous for its Foxton Fizz soft drinks, this town is also renowned for flax. In the late 1800s, flax mills were the major industry for Horowhenua; visit the fascinating Flax Stripper Museum to learn about the process involved. Also see De Molen Windmill – an exact working replica of a 17th century Dutch flour mill.


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WATER WORLD Porirua City completely surrounds Te Awarua-o-Porirua Harbour as a collection of separate villages. From Pukerua Bay in the north to Tītahi Bay in the west and Pāuatahanui on the eastern side of the harbour, Porirua offers many opportunities for water-based adventures. Ashore, visit Pataka Art + Museum.

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One of the most accessible offshore nature reserves in New Zealand, Kāpiti Island can be reached by a 15-minute boat ride from Paraparaumu. Just five kilometres from the mainland, the island is home to some of New Zealand’s rarest native birds, including kōkako, kiwi and takahē, so you can only visit with an approved tour operator, in groups of no more than 50 people at a time, to protect the unique ecosystem. Explore some of the island’s walking trails which wind through mature native bush to a 600m-high summit where you can enjoy expansive views back towards the mainland. You may also spot whales, dolphins and sharks on the short boat ride to and from the island. RIGHT: Visitors on Kāpiti Island © Kāpiti Island Tours

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Experience village life by the sea • 7 superior studios with spa baths, king-size beds, microwave, tea/coffee facilities • 30min to Wellington, 5min walk to the beach • Wonderful arts/crafts/galleries in and around village • Located next to Paekakariki Escarpment Track: Te Araroa NZ’s Trail • Tariff: $155-$175 double + $25 extra person • Book direct: Ph 04 292 8081

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2 Beach Rd, Paekakariki • P: +64 4 292 8081 E: finnskapiti@xtra.co.nz • www.finnshotel.co.nz PARAPARAUMU

KAPITI LINDALE MOTEL & CONFERENCE CENTRE 3-7 Ventnor Dr, Paraparaumu P: +64 4 298 7933 Res: 0800 168 1628 www.kapitimotel.com E: book@kapitimotel.com  10 quiet, s/c air-con units. Conference facilities. Central with easy access to Kapiti Coast attractions. Park-like grounds. Extensive on-site off-road parking for cars, buses, trucks, trailers & boats. FREE WiFi. Tariff: $125-$185 (2p), extra person $20. CG:TX6 Book Direct: Ph 0800 168 1628

FINN’S PAEKAKARIKI, 2 Beach Rd P: +64 4 292 8081......................................................................................refer Paekakariki

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WAIKANAE BEACH MOTEL 95 Te Moana Rd, Waikanae Beach

P: +64 4 293 6199 E: office@waikanaemotel.nz www.kapitimotel.co.nz 11 fully equipped apartment-style units with plenty of space & comfort. Solarheated pool, play area. TV, microwave. At Waikanae Beach, in picturesque garden overlooking Waikanae golf course. Beach 10min walk. 200m drive off SH 1. Ferry 45min. Tariff: $130-$150 (2 persons), extra ES:TZ4 $20pp. Group, corporate & senior rates.

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OTAKI MOTEL 260 SH 1, Otaki P: +64 6 364 8469 E: info@otakimotel.co.nz www.otakimotel.co.nz Res: 0800 66 22 43 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. Very 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 GS:TZ[ apply, RSA & senior discounts.

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AMBLE INN MOTEL 376 Oxford St, Levin P: +64 6 368 3115 E: ambleinmotel@callplus.net.nz Offers the best ‘mates rates’ in town. Queen-size beds & warm, comfortable units. Located off the main road & easy to find. 5min walk to town centre, public swimming pool & children’s playground. 1hr drive from GS:TX[ Wellington Interislander Ferry Terminal. Tariff: $99 (double). MOUNTAIN VIEW MOTEL 35 The Avenue, SH 1, Levin P: +64 6 368 5214  Res: 0800 686 683 E: info@mountainviewmotellevin.co.nz www.mountainviewmotellevin.co.nz S/c studios. Private cottages, rural outlook. Free off-street parking. Wgtn Ferry 75km. Free WiFi. Major credit GS:TZ6 cards accepted. Hospitality NZ member. Tariff: from $115-$170, extra $20. HYDRABAD HOLIDAY PARK, Forest Rd P: +64 6 368 4941.................................................................refer Waitarere Beach

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WAITARERE BEACH

HYDRABAD HOLIDAY PARK Forest Rd, Waitarere Beach

P: +64 6 368 4941 E: hydrabadcamps@gmail.com www.waitarerebeachcamps.co.nz Family camp with swimming pool & play area. Tariff: 20 power & tent sites $17 adult, child $8. 7 tourist cabins $59 dbl, extra adult $20, child $10. 2 tourist flats (kitchen/shower/toilet) $74 dbl, extra adult $20, child $10.

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FOXTON

CASTLETOWN MOTEL Cnr Main Hwy & Norbiton Rd, Foxton

P: +64 6 363 8863 E: castletown1@callplus.net.nz www.castletownfoxton.co.nz Situated right on the kerbside of SH 1 at the attractive northern end of Foxton, we have 10 units made up of 7 studio units & 3 x 1-brm units all with full kitchen facilities. Adj to 3 cafés. 75min to ferries. Closest motel to golf & racecourse. Plenty of offGS:T\[ road truck parking. Tariff: from $110 (double). CELTIC MOTEL 29 Purcell St, Foxton P: 0800 20 41 41 E: celtic.motel@xtra.co.nz www.celticmotel.co.nz Hosts: Paul & Lesley Quiet accommodation set amongst rural land. 7 spacious ground-floor units. 10min drive from Foxton Beach and 1.5km from Foxton town EG:TXZ centre. SKY 50+ channels. On-site parking. Tariff: from $155. FOXTON BEACH MOTEL, 16 Dawick St P: +64 6 363 7856..........................................................................refer Foxton Beach

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Foxton Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

Situated in a quiet location by the Manawatu River Estuary and provides you with a relaxing setting that will help you unwind.

0508 369 866 1 Pinewood Road Foxton Beach, Foxton 2019

Motels | Units | Cabins | Sites • Playground • Jumping Pillow • BBQ • TV & Games Room • Onsite Shop • WiFi

FOXTON BEACH MOTEL 16 Dawick St, Foxton Beach P: +64 6 363 7856 E: enquiries@foxtonbeachmotel.co.nz www.foxtonbeachmotel.co.nz By Manawatu River bird estuary. 5min W SH 1, 90min N Wgtn. Ideal ferry stopover. 6 quiet smokefree units (sleep 2-5), 3 x 1-brm, 2 studio, lge 1-brm family unit. No pets. S:TX6 Tariff: from $120 (dbl) extra $20pp. Min stay/peak rates may apply. NIKAU’S ON PALMER APARTMENT 123 Palmer Rd, Foxton Beach P: +64 021 949 990 E: nikausonpalmer@gmail.com www.nikauonpalmer.co.nz Ideal for a romantic getaway or simple holiday. Modern self-contained, private cottage with a country feel. 2 bedrooms, deck and modern facilities. Situated between Foxton Beach and the township. Tariff: from $159. ESTXZ6 AA CENTRES – One-stop shop for all your New Zealand travel needs – information, bookings, travel itineraries and more

HIMATANGI BEACH

“Stayed here in a campervan on our way back north, nice & close to a huge beach full of very interesting driftwood, good hot showers & great facilities, fish & chips from the takeaway by the beach, the best we’ve had in New Zealand so far” Reviewed by Edge-of-the-world16

30 Koputara Rd, Himatangi Beach, Manawatu-Wanganui

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Made up of two main islands, North and South, New Zealand’s relatively sparse population means much of the land is untouched. National parks...

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Made up of two main islands, North and South, New Zealand’s relatively sparse population means much of the land is untouched. National parks...