New Zealand’s best adventure spots, as voted by readers

We had fantastic responses to our Torpedo7 competition for your best NZ
adventure spots. Here’saselection, including the winner of the $1500 prize pack

And the winner is …

Waikaremoana. If you are brave enough to enter this wonderland from the northern end you’ll drive through a part of New Zealand like no other. You’ll see the local children riding bareback on horses and playing in the crystal clear rivers that run beside the road.

You’ll have to endure a scenic two and a half hour journey on a windy dirt road from Murupara to Waikaremoana but once you get there, there is nothing like it. Every year we went here as children with my parents and grandma. We camped on the lakeside and cooked over the open fire each night. We caught trout for our dinner each night and spent our days waterskiing, fishing, swimming and reading. You hear Kiwi, Ruru and Weka through the night and there is nothing like zipping open your tent on a crisp morning and looking out onto Lake Waikaremoana. We take our children now so the camp has grown with the cousins all there together. There is no wi-fi, no cell phone reception and a wet day is spent playing Boggle and cards and connecting as a family.
— Amanda McKinley

More of our favourite entries …

My favourite spot in New Zealand would have to be Whatuwhiwhi on the Karikari Peninsula. It’s such a beautiful spot, with clean water, fresh air and even though it’s a mission to get there, it’s definitely worth the drive! Best holiday spot by far!
— Caprice Singh

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