Elisabeth Easther discovered some South Island delights – and a few new muscles – on the 350km Kaikōura & Molesworth High Country cycle ride.
Nestled between Mangakino and the Pureora Forest turnoff on State Highway 30 resides Pouakani, the world’s largest tōtara and one of the greatest living monuments in New Zealand.
The little rural town of Maungaturoto is known as ‘the heart of the Kaipara’. Heather Whelan took a drive along SH12 to the gateway to the stunning Kaipara district to find out more.
The township of Opononi is testament to the adage, ‘less is more’. With a population of less than 700 and just a handful of shops, this is a place you can catch your breath, unwind, reconnect with nature, and enjoy simple pleasures. Claire Smith visits this northern gem.
Nelson & Bays
Lisa Jansen starts at the top of the South Island and keeps going up, as she explores some of the more off-grid attractions beyond the better-known delights of this treasured region.
Manawatu / Wanganui
Keren Sim got plenty of thrills, a couple of spills and a front-row seat to some of the most remote bush in the country on the Whanganui Journey, a unique adventure unlike any other.
With its native beech forests, towering mountain ranges and pristine rivers, Glenorchy is a destination for thrill seekers and nature lovers alike. Claire Smith took a trip to this tiny but mighty township to find out more.