Having already spent a week on Rarotonga, Craig McLachlan decided to head to the tropical paradise of Aitutaki.
Craig McLachlan takes the third flight to Rarotonga after the Covid bubble opened, swapping chilly Queenstown temperatures for balmy Cook Island days.
Looking back on the surreal winter of 2020, Justine Tyerman gets excited about skiing new pistes in Wanaka this year.
Vaguely aware that her phone could be used for more than just selfies, Lisa Scott stumbled into the 21st century when she discovered something called an "app" while on holiday in Wellington.
Adventurer Mark Watson has discovered the satisfaction of self-propelled long-distance journeys and is keen to complete unfinished business in South America. He talks to Marjorie Cook.
Veteran Dunedin climber Pete Strang reflects on one of his favourite places, the Rock and Pillar Range, and efforts to resurrect Leaning Lodge Hut.
Gold was discovered in the Arrow River bed in 1862 by shearer Jack Tewa, and a shantytown was quickly established close to the river only to be washed away in a flood the following year.
Palmerston North has been unfairly scoffed at and derided by many a passing comedian. Mike Yardley was pleasantly surprised to explore a city groaning with eye-catching art and foodie finds.
Inland from Otago’s coast is a whole other world of rocks and barrenness. New Zealand’s only inland salt lake adds to the bizarre landscape. A walking track around it’s shores takes about an hour.
Kiwis are already rushing to snap up holiday packages and flights to the Cook Islands after a much-anticipated travel bubble was officially announced.
‘‘Kiwiaussies’’ are celebrating on both sides of the Tasman as quarantine-free travel resumes between the two countries after an agonising 13-month pause, writes JustineTyerman.
Gravel gut-busters, pleasant valleys and one weird wallaby. For her first bike-packing trip, Lisa Scott attempts the Ti Kouka Traverse, a 195km South Canterbury route climbing into the Hunters Hills.
As New Zealand’s borders with Australia open up for quarantine-free travel, Sandip Hor recommends an Aussie holiday with an African flavour.
Often bypassed by busy visitors, this long valley running along the Waiau River from Te Anau to Tuatapere gives access to some of NZ's most impressive scenery.
Framing Manawatu’s eastern horizon, the towering spine of the Tararua and Ruahine ranges lord over the plains like a giant billboard for outdoor adventure, writes Mike Yardle.
Justine Tyerman revisits childhood haunts and learns the story behind the ruins where she used to play.