The people of the Hauraki Gulf video

Triathlete and ocean swimmer Jeri Oporto

As Auckland prepares for another summer on, under and beside the water, we talk to some of the people who live, work and play on the Gulf.

More families stay at holiday parks

Top 10 holiday park

More families are choosing holiday parks for a cheaper break this year.

Is a Middle-earth museum on the cards?

THE WIZARD: Ian McKellen as Gandalf in "The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug"

We already have Hobbiton but Ian McKellen doesn't think it should end there.

A Kiwi Christmas draws the Aussies video

Kiwi Christmas

A little known South Island destination has attracted more than 700,000 Aussies with its Christmas cheer.

Go wild in Dunedin

Sea lions are charismatic but fast-moving and not to be messed with. Photos:

Some of the south's best wildlife experiences are within easy reach of downtown Dunedin.

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