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  • How to get away from it all

    How to get away from it all

    December 17th, 2013Site Editor
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    It’s one of the ultimate travel goals: how to well and truly get away from it all. Here’s ten trips, selected by the writers and editors at Rough Guides, that offer true isolation and recuperation. Share your own below. Sleep out in a remote bothy Britain may be one of the most crowded islands on... Read more »

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  • Snapshot: Auckland, New Zealand

    Snapshot: Auckland, New Zealand

    November 25th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    Auckland is New Zealand‘s biggest city and with the site of a major international airport, it’s often a visitor’s first view of this diverse country. Being one of the least densely populated cities in the world – at twice the size of London but with only 1.5million inhabitants – it’s a pleasure to stroll around.... Read more »

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  • Five of the best alternative walks in New Zealand

    Five of the best alternative walks in New Zealand

    November 18th, 2013Richard Hammond
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    New Zealand’s reputation as a walker’s paradise is thanks partly to its diversity of scenery, from the tropical beaches, hot springs and volcanic mountains in the north to the temperate forests, dramatic fjords and glacier-fed lakes in the south. But it’s also due to the country’s well-maintained network of backcountry trails managed by the Department... Read more »

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  • Taking in the views on the Tongariro Crossing

    Taking in the views on the Tongariro Crossing

    November 15th, 2013Site Editor
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    Alpine tundra, barren volcanic craters, steaming springs and iridescent lakes – the sheer diversity on the Tongariro Crossing makes it probably the best one-day tramp in the country. The wonderfully long views are unimpeded by the dense bush that crowds most New Zealand tracks, and from the highest point you can look out over almost... Read more »

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  • Tucking into a hangi feast

    Tucking into a hangi feast

    November 13th, 2013Site Editor
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    A suitably reverential silence descends, broken only by munching and appreciative murmurs from the assembled masses – the hangi has finally been served. Pronounced “hungi”, this traditional Maori meal, similar to the luau prepared by the Maori people’s Polynesian kin in Hawaii, is essentially a feast cooked in an earth oven for several hours. It can’t be found on... Read more »

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  • Witnessing the power of the haka, New Zealand

    Witnessing the power of the haka, New Zealand

    November 12th, 2013Site Editor
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    Few spectacles can match the terrifying sight of the All Blacks performing a haka before a test match. You feel a chill down your spine fifty metres away in the stands so imagine how it must feel facing it as an opponent. The intimidating thigh-slapping, eye-bulging, tongue-poking chant traditionally used is the Te Rauparaha haka,... Read more »

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  • Supping wine in Marlborough, New Zealand

    Supping wine in Marlborough, New Zealand

    November 11th, 2013Site Editor
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    When Marlborough’s Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc hit the international wine shelves in the late 1980s its zingy fruitiness got jaded tongues wagging. All of a sudden New Zealand was on the world wine map, with the pin stuck firmly in the north of the South Island. Half a dozen regions now boast significant wine trails,... Read more »

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  • 25 breaks for bookworms

    25 breaks for bookworms

    October 28th, 2013Eleanor Aldridge
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  • Top 9 destinations for American travelers in 2013

    Top 9 destinations for American travelers in 2013

    October 22nd, 2013Lottie Gross
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    If you’re looking for the latest travel hot-spots, check out the top picks from US readers on RoughGuides.com. From Europe to Asia, the Americas, and Australia, here are the most popular overseas destinations for US travelers: Pin 1. Netherlands No larger than the US state of Maryland, the Netherlands is a surprisingly diverse country for its... Read more »

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  • The world’s strangest hotels

    The world’s strangest hotels

    September 30th, 2013James Rice
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  • Top ten gap year destinations

    Top ten gap year destinations

    August 19th, 2013Lottie Gross
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    It’s that fateful A-level results day again, when hundreds of thousands of hard-working students will be taking one last trip back to school to discover the outcome of those arduous and intense exams they took at the beginning of the summer. Essentially, two years of hard work will all culminate in one single letter today,... Read more »

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  • Interactive map: 20 best places to pitch your tent

    Interactive map: 20 best places to pitch your tent

    August 1st, 2013Site Editor
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    Picking the best place to pitch up for the night is an art that requires precision. Rocky terrain makes for an uncomfortable sleep; hard ground means battling with those tent pegs; and soft spots mean you might fly away. Put all these concerns aside for a moment though, and imagine waking up in the shadow... Read more »

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