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Barefoot in a Polynesian paradise

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Dreadlocked and bare-chested, local legend Pa Teuruaa has been guiding hikers across Rarotonga for almost 30 years, showing visitors another side to the paradisiacal Cook Islands.
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Hunting possums – and ecological balance – in New Zealand

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New Zealand is a naturalist’s dream – but its one-of-a-kind flora and fauna are threatened by invasive species. Can travellers help… by hunting?
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Lakeside treks in a geothermal land

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North Island’s Rotorua Lakes are an unrivalled natural landscape with absinthe-bright forests, bubbling springs and active volcanoes – all easily explored with a new network of trails.
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The Quora Column

Seven of the world’s riskiest roads

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In many cases, these routes are less travelled for a reason: they feature terrifying drop-offs, unpredictable mudslides and a complete lack of concrete paving. Yet people still go.
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Where purposeless walking lives on

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In a fast-paced world, the art of purposeless walking is fading. On these five spectacular trails, rediscover the benefits of wandering – no goal in sight.
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An Australian bird that mimics the sound of a chainsaw

David Attenborough watches as the superb lyrebird of southeastern Australia lures females by copying the sounds around him – including those of chainsaws and camera shutters!
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