Lisa Jansen starts at the top of the South Island and keeps going up, as she explores some of the more off-grid attractions beyond the better-known delights of this treasured region.

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The township of Opononi is testament to the adage, ‘less is more’. With a population of less than 700 and just a handful of shops, this is a place you can catch your breath, unwind, reconnect with nature, and enjoy simple pleasures. Claire Smith visits this northern gem.
Lisa Jansen starts at the top of the South Island and keeps going up, as she explores some of the more off-grid attractions beyond the better-known delights of this treasured region.
Paul Owen headed to Taupō in search of a classy caravan that also has the technology to handle New Zealand roads with style. He found it in the form of the Dethleffs Nomad 560FMK.
If interior space is important but you still want a motorhome built on a reasonably compact chassis, Randall Johnson says the all new 2022 Jayco Optimum FA.25-3 is definitely worth a closer look.
The humble toasted sandwich is a much-loved mainstay of Kiwi cuisine. With the ever-popular Great New Zealand Toastie Takeover competition now in full swing, now’s the perfect time to chow down on some of the best toasties in the country.
Sometimes nothing feels as good as curling up with a good book. This May sees some excellent fiction and non-fiction for you to get stuck into.
A new book on the early history of recreational vehicles from around the world has just been published. It features a chapter on New Zealand illustrated in part with photos submitted by NZMCA members. Author Andrew Woodmansey explains how the RV hobby took off at a very early stage in New Zealand.

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The secret to this recipe is to cook your veg low and slow so they impart loads of flavour to your cooked pasta. Use whatever herbs you have to hand – the more the merrier!
Perfect at the end of a meal, or to wrap your hands around when you’re outside as evening cools down, the best Irish coffee uses proper coffee (not instant!), and really good Irish whiskey.
This nutritious breakfast is low carb, super filling, and uses both the leaves and the stalks of the spinach – no wastage here!
A good gingerbread bunny isn’t just for kids! These treats will make you the star of the campground. This dough is very forgiving, so even the little ones can give it a try.