On the Cheap

Rotorua hotpool Kerosene Creek, Rangitoto Island, Waitomo Caves, the Tongariro Crossing and Te Papa are the “five best freebies” on offer for tourists “with strained budgets” writes journalist Xavier La Canna who has lived in New Zealand for two years. “Without anyone turning a profit from the attractions there is little publicity, and in some cases outright hostility, from locals who want their secret spots hidden … Many people in New Zealand for business or in transit find themselves in the nation’s biggest city, Auckland. Rangitoto is an island not far from the city, and was created by a volcanic eruption about 600 years ago. A Maori term meaning “Bloody Sky”, Rangitoto offers breathtaking views of Auckland.”


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Magical Moments in Time at Mangonui

Magical Moments in Time at Mangonui

Australian journalist Jane Nicholls and her New Zealand-born husband visited Mangonui/Doubtless Bay to “capture the simple magic of childhood holidays” for her own family. Nicholls recalls the time there in a travel feature for…