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Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand
About 24 kilometers (15 miles) off the coast of Tutukaka, Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve—a pending UNESCO World Heritage Site—is a dream destination for divers, with over 125 species of fish coexisting with corals, sponges, kelp forests and a...
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As you sail past pristine beaches and jagged outcrops along Northland’s coast, you’ll eventually see, at the end of Cape Brett Peninsula, a striking white lighthouse that guided vessels from 1910 to 1978. You can sometimes spot backpackers taking...
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Bay of Islands, New Zealand
The Bay of Islands is reported to have the second bluest sky in the world (Rio De Janeiro being the first) and I believe it! It is a sailing mecca, where "Yachties" from Aukland house their vessels. It has a rich Mauri history and marks the place...
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Cape Reinga 0484, New Zealand
Located at the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean, Cape Reinga and its lonesome lighthouse may as well be the end of the world—or the portal to the afterworld. The Maori believe that spirits...
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Not to be confused (or compared) with Ninety Mile Beach in Australia, this seemingly endless strand—it goes from Ahipara to Scott Point on the western coast below Cape Reinga—is actually only 88 kilometers (55 miles) long. Another fun fact: It’s...