Head for the Hills: Port Hills, Christchurch
The Summit Walkway linking Gebbies Pass in the Lyttelton crater to the Hilltop in the Akaroa crater, is ranked a 2-3 day tramp. The recent opening of a new hut, the Rod McDonald Trust Hut, prompted a worthy mention. En route expect bush, pasture, wind-swept hilltops, gnarled forests and amazing views.
It's all about rediscovering the garden, kitchen, DIY, old stuff, creative ways, interesting people etc. If you are looking for things to do LITERALLY in your own backyard, I hope you'll join me. READ MORE
Hauraki Rail Trail
WAIKINO to WAIHI: a very family friendly stretch of cycleway to tick off your hit list this spring.
WAIKATO: Not a dump-station but an upcyclers dream! Get creative. Plenty of material here.
NORTHLAND: Not only is the Stone Store a great destination but the basin has some nice riverside walks too. Read more
WHANGAREI: Wrap up warm and head to the heads. WWII battery to explore plus tracks over coastal farmland. Read more
WELLINGTON: never mind the weather, enjoy the indoors. Plenty to see and do for free here. Top class. Read more
AUCKLAND: particularly spectacular after rain, these falls are an easy walk - although a bit of a drive getting there! Read more
FREE THINGS TO DO IN NEW ZEALAND
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Exploring my own backyard, literally: Takapuna
To explore your own backyard is one of Plan My Play's taglines....so off I went to have a weekend away just up the road. Leaving my wheels at home, this adventure was 100% on foot, staying and playing like a true local. READ MORE
A word from Julie
Well I've booked my summer holidays already and I'm super happy. I can't wait to go back to some of my favourite places and find new ones along the way. North or South Island road trip? Well, you'll just have to wait and see.
ROTORUA: A magical spot to soak away the aches and pains, 30km south of Rotorua. Natural hot springs.
WAITOMO: A stunning walk to the Mangapohu Natural Bridge of limestone. Off the beaten track but worth the effort. Read more
Do what the Kiwis do. Here's a section just for you to help make the most of your visit.
HAWKES BAY: a great surf beach and expansive sandy stretches beckons walkers and surfers alike. Read more
OTAGO: spot albatross or other wildlife on this very windswept point on the Otago Peninsula.
A great destination down south: rugged coastal views, the historic lighthouse, elephant and fur seals etc. Read more
I love Kiwi road trips yet, some of the best adventures can be had in my own backyard. Follow my adventures, read my friendly advice, flick through my photo essays or listen to a few of my podcasts. See the New Zealand I love. READ MORE
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Born and bred in New Zealand, Julie has an inbuilt love for the outdoors which magically seems to be part of any Kiwi’s DNA. Combining her passion for exploring and writing, along with healthy lashings of humour and insect repellent, PlanMyPlay was inevitable. Endless notes and untold photos were finally put to good use, resulting
in more than 2000 things to do and see in New Zealand, plus numerous ideas to keep you entertained and occupied at home. Read more