Go NZ: Coast host Lorna Subritzky’s favourite secret travel spot

What are your favourite memories from childhood family holidays in NZ?

Riding motorised swans at Fantasyland in Hastings, before entering the Old Lady’s Shoe and burning my knees on the metal slide; with my penpal Teresa, emptying Dad’s wallet into the Hive arcade games on Napier’s Marine Parade; a day trip to Picton on the Aratika ferry, giggling at the seasick tourists; taking Gramps, visiting from the UK, to Hell’s Gate in Rotorua and realising half-way through the mud pools that he was still wearing his slippers; a giant icecream in Featherston as reward for surviving a hair-raising Rimutaka Hill Road. The ubiquitous sunburned nose – and the endless summers.

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Where is your favourite off the beaten track/secret spot in NZ to get away from it all?

Tāwharanui Beach. I’m amazed how few Aucklanders make the hour-long drive to reach this oasis with something for everyone: perfect waves for boogie boarders and surfers (and serene bays for the littlies), bush walks, rare-bird breeding grounds, long stretches of golden sands, and shaded spots under clifftop pōhutukawa.

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