Updated: 22-Sep-2015 10:07 PM
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Winterless Whangarei
If you are wanting to escape Auckland, have a full tank of petrol and a couple of days up your sleeve - head north. Just two hours drive away is a slower pace of life where the sun shines and a Spring escape beckons.

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I have ANOTHER blog you may be interested in too. 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.
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things to do in Taupo
Raglan Recycling
WAIKATO: Not a dump-station but an upcyclers dream! Get creative. Plenty of material here.
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things to do in Kerikeri
Kerikeri Basin
NORTHLAND: Not only is the Stone Store a great destination but the basin has some nice riverside walks too.  Read more
things to do in Auckland

Bream Head
WHANGAREI: Wrap up warm and head to the heads. WWII battery to explore plus tracks over coastal farmland. Read more

free things to do in auckland
Te Papa Museum
WELLINGTON: never mind the weather, enjoy the indoors. Plenty to see and do for free here. Top class. Read more
rere rockslide in gisborne
Hunua Falls
AUCKLAND: particularly spectacular after rain, these falls are an easy walk - although a bit of a drive getting there! Read more

Find your region of interest, then begin sifting through the hundreds of things to do in New Zealand. If you already know where you are headed, you can use the quick search filter on the top of every page. Select your region, city, then filter further into free things to do, rainy days or even child's play. READ MORE

Gisborne turns on the sunshine
While it hasn't been the case throughout winter, when I visited last week Gisborne had stunning sunshine!  The surfers were out in force and there were plenty of mums pushing buggies along the new stretch of boardwalk at the northern end of the beach. A real asset to the town.

A word from Julie


We made it! Spring has arrived, and just in time too. I was in the South Island in August and it appears lambs just couldn't wait. I hear snow may be due again this weekend, so let's hope they have had a chance to grow a woolly coat to see them through the chill.
If you are new to the website, welcome! I hope you find what you were looking for, and more. The intention is to cover all the wonderful things to do and see for free (no cost, or low cost). This is a personal blog based on my love of NZ. I'm not an agent nor is this blog disguised as something commercial lurking beneath the surface!
If you spot something local that you think I should include --do let me know. I would be happy to give you the finders credit. Thanks for stopping by.

                                                                                                 x Julie

Things to to in Hamilton
Kerosine Creek
ROTORUA: A magical spot to soak away the aches and pains, 30km south of Rotorua. Natural hot springs.
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things to do in the Coromandel
Mangapohue Arch
WAITOMO: A stunning walk to the Mangapohu Natural Bridge of limestone. Off the beaten track but worth the effort. Read more
New Zealand
International Visitors
Do what the Kiwis do. Here's a section just for you to help make the most of your visit.
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ocean beach hawkes bay
Ocean Beach
HAWKES BAY: a great surf beach and expansive sandy stretches beckons walkers and surfers alike. Read more
pelorus bridge marlborough
Taiaroa Head
OTAGO: spot  albatross or other wildlife on this very windswept point on the Otago Peninsula.
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New Zealand
Nugget Point
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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Julie Crean - EditorBorn 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