25 great places to pick your own fruit

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Every summer, New Zealand’s climate and fertile soil combines to help produce some of the world’s best fruits, especially berry fruits. Throughout the country, farms and orchards sell from the gate, farm shop or cafe on site, and many encourage … Read More

10 top cinemas to watch a movie

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Among the string of chain-owned multi-screen cinema complexes, New Zealand still has some classic old theatres that provide more than just a seat, a bowl of popcorn and a couple of hours of escapism. The movie industry boomed in the … Read More

The 10 best places to fish in New Zealand

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Whether you want to chase marlin in the Bay of Islands or use a fly to catch a trout in a lake, New Zealand can offer all types of challenge to keen anglers.  Deep seas, surf, rivers, streams and lakes … Read More

Where to find the best vegetarian pies in New Zealand

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Despite New Zealanders’ fondness for meat pies, bakers are coming up with tasty pastry-filled pies for vegetarians. The annual Bakels Supreme Pie Awards include a keenly-contested section for vegetarian pies and winning a Gold Medal is one of the best … Read More

Where to find the best bacon in New Zealand

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New Zealand’s best bacon is a shoulder bacon produced by a butcher on the Coromandel Peninsula. Thames Valley Bacon was honoured at the 9th annual 100% New Zealand Pork, Bacon & Ham Awards held in Christchurch, winning the 2016 best … Read More

Best cafes in the South Island

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With thousands of excellent cafes in New Zealand, it’s always difficult to work out which are the best to try, especially if you are new to a place. Thankfully, the annual New Zealand Cafe of the Year awards help sort … Read More

10 top spots to take a photograph in New Zealand

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With the popularity of ‘smart’ phones, more photographs are being taken every day than ever before in New Zealand. But you still have to decide where you are going to take that ‘must-keep’ image that tops all others in your … Read More

20 top things to do in the South Island

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New Zealanders and visitors to the country often debate the merits of the North and South Islands. Frankly, the best way to reach your own conclusion is to visit both! There’s an abundance of things to do and places to … Read More

The 5 great train journeys of New Zealand

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Trains provide a relaxing and absorbing way to see New Zealand. Compared to other countries, New Zealand is a relatively light user of rail for city commuting but it provides some stunning opportunities for passengers who want to see the … Read More

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