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North Island, New Zealand

With its flair for inspired indie design and pristine waters brimming with wild dolphins and plump oysters, New Zealand's North Island is a quietly alluring escape. Photographer CHRISTIAN HOGUE captures the area's subtle charms.

Published on Dec 24, 2015



Art Deco boutique Hotel DeBrett is a cornerstone of its indie fashion 'hood, infusing a heritage dating to its 1841 build with modern notes, like these natural-dyed Kiwi-wool carpet stairs.



Hokianga Harbour

From the Arai Te Uru Recreation Reserve, the huge sand dunes that form the southern head of Hokianga are seen melting into waters that shimmer in the autumnal light.

Hokianga Harbour


Paihia, Bay of Islands

With a storied history that includes the country's first church, printing press and cricket match, Paihia is the launch point for adventures such as swimming with wild dolphins.



Oneroa, Waiheke Island

In locavore-obsessed New Zealand, it's no surprise that The Oyster Inn's bivalves include Te Matuku, native to Waiheke. Hop a 40-minute ferry from Auckland to suck in its quaint charms.

The Oyster Inn



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