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Elisabeth Easther

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  • 26 Oct, 2017 7:00am
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A trip to the Galapagos Islands offers an escape to an untouched animal wonderland.
  • 1 Feb, 2017 5:00pm
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Elisabeth Easther talks to Craig Rutland, proprietor of Last Light Lodge and Cafe, Tuatapere, Southland.
  • 15 Jan, 2017 5:00am
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Elisabeth Easther looks back on her big collection of small town stories.
  • 9 Dec, 2016 9:30am
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The Bay of Islands' biggest jewel is ideal for a classic Kiwi beach break, writes Elisabeth Easther.
  • 2 Dec, 2016 9:30am
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Elisabeth Easther finds horticultural heaven, just a short jaunt down the motorway.
  • 18 Nov, 2016 9:30am
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Elisabeth Easther finds country village living at its best in this Wairarapa town.
  • 11 Nov, 2016 9:30am
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Elisabeth Easther finds a town full of golden opportunities.
  • 4 Nov, 2016 9:30am
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Nestled in berry country, this sunny town is bursting with Edwardian elegance, discovers Elisabeth Easther.
  • 14 Oct, 2016 9:30am
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Bike, swim or lick an icecream at this beachy paradise, writes Elisabeth Easther.
  • 7 Oct, 2016 9:30am
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Elisabeth Easther explores a Central Otago hamlet, population 300, where newcomers are welcomed with a community dinner.
  • 23 Sep, 2016 9:30am
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More than a pit-stop on the way from Auckland to Hamilton, this village is worth a visit in its own right, says Elisabeth Easther.
  • 16 Sep, 2016 9:30am
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Elisabeth Easther finds a small South Island town that rocks and regularly dances.
  • 9 Sep, 2016 9:30am
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Hot springs, museums packed with Maori taonga and a demolition derby immortalised on film - there's plenty to love about Kaikohe, finds Elisabeth Easther.
  • 2 Sep, 2016 9:30am
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The sleepy hamlet of Tapanui is a film star in its own right writes Elisabeth Easther.
  • 26 Aug, 2016 9:30am
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This lovely spot comes with barrels of history, some of it millions of years old, as Elisabeth Easther discovers.
  • 19 Aug, 2016 9:30am
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The town popped up following the discovery of gold in the mid-1860s and was named after George Ross, provincial treasurer of Canterbury.
  • 12 Aug, 2016 9:30am
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This friendly town is a fabulous place from which to explore the Catlins.
  • 4 Aug, 2016 12:00pm
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There's far more to this gorgeous east coast centre than just the beach.
  • 8 Jul, 2016 7:00am
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Named for a local tribe, a branch of the Waitaha people, and Ngati Mamoe.
  • 20 Jun, 2016 3:00pm
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The gateway to the Western Bays is sitting pretty, writes Elisabeth Easther.
  • 6 Jun, 2016 8:00am
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Kaukapakapa Markets, on the third Sunday of each month, are fun for eating, drinking and people-watching.
  • 30 May, 2016 6:00pm
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Papa is Maori for land and the towai is a native tree - making it Land of the Towai.
  • 21 May, 2016 11:00am
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Te Araroa: New Zealand's Trail is 3000km of continuous walking from one end of Aotearoa to the other, connecting Cape Reinga in the north to Bluff in the south.
  • 19 May, 2016 7:00am
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Staying at Kinross Cottages is like taking a step back in time, only it's comfortable and luxurious.
  • 16 May, 2016 11:00am
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The Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre is a great place to hang out and watch what's happening on the airfield.
  • 9 May, 2016 3:00pm
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A seriously major MTB park is currently being built in the hills and will feature a huge variety of trails.
  • 1 May, 2016 5:00am
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Fitzroy Island is a cliche of a tropical paradise - pretty as a postcard. First impressions are of lofty palm trees, golden-tan sand and a blue, blue sea.
  • 28 Apr, 2016 4:00pm
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Pirongia is Maori for "like a bad smell" although Pirongia is pretty and not at all smelly.
  • 25 Apr, 2016 7:00am
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Settled in the 1860s by hardy pioneers from Bohemia, now part of the Czech Republic, the intrepid Bohemians were lured with the promise of free land.
  • 15 Apr, 2016 7:00am
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Bring your bike because the Twin Coast Cycleway is just 40km away at Horeke.
  • 7 Apr, 2016 9:00am
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Elisabeth Easther seeks out the historical and beautiful sides of this Hauraki Gulf gem.
  • 1 Apr, 2016 12:00pm
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Elisabeth Easther finds herself stoked with a small town's selection of brews.
  • 28 Mar, 2016 10:00am
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Formerly known as Joliffetown and Moonlight Gully, it was subsequently named for the Blackball Shipping Line, which leased land in the area to mine coal.
  • 28 Mar, 2016 9:00am
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Queenstown is well served by flights from Australia and all around New Zealand although you can't beat driving in, the landscape will blow your mind.
  • 24 Mar, 2016 5:00am
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It's understandable that schools frown on parents taking children out of class during term time - yet some holidays are so educational you feel that the days away can be justified.
  • 18 Mar, 2016 9:00am
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Formerly a mill town, the area was surveyed in the 1880s, in 1903 the main trunk line came through and the school was opened in 1904, the same year the phone line was brought in.
  • 11 Mar, 2016 12:00pm
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Elisabeth Easther takes a journey back in time to a small town steeped in history.
  • 7 Mar, 2016 5:00am
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Cyclists are bringing the gold back to this former mining town, says Elisabeth Easther.
  • 1 Mar, 2016 5:00am
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Queensland's Outback works to a very specific weather pattern and it's nothing so ho-hum as four seasons a year.
  • 26 Feb, 2016 12:00pm
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Most people who live around here have deep ties to the land, their parents are from here, their grandparents, and their great-grandparents.
  • 4 Feb, 2016 9:00am
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Originally called Hukanui, with huka being Maori for "foam, frost or snow" and nui meaning big; in this neck of the woods it means "heavy frost".
  • 27 Jan, 2016 5:00am
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Corruption of Riuwaka, riu for bilge of waka (or basin) where water might gather, and waka for canoe.
  • 14 Jan, 2016 11:00am
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Elisabeth Easther flexes her mussels in the world's green shell capital.