The Simply Remarkable Heli Hike is offered by Pure Adventure Queenstown. It includes a helicopter ride into the Remarkables, a customised mountain walk and a 4WD trip back to base.

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Great Waikato times
At the Gallagher Great Race in Hamilton on September 27, University of Waikato rowers take on University of Oxford (UK). Includes free entertainment and a fun run.

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Duck for cover
A new, two-hour land-and-lake tour at Lake Tarawera in a bright yellow, World War II amphibious landing craft runs daily October-April, 3.30pm. It costs $69 (adult), $39 (child) and $165 (two adults, two children).

Contact: (07) 345 6522
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Get involved
Conservation Week runs until September 20. A DoC website has ideas for conservation activities and information about volunteer options.

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River of fire
The Little River Fire Festival at Banks Peninsula is on September 25-27. It features the NZ Fire Performing Championships and many family events. On-site camping.