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Herald on Sunday - - TRAVEL LIGHT - Ocean­ star­

If you’d like to avoid the long lines of Dis­ney­land but still enjoy a theme park ex­pe­ri­ence, the sea-themed Ocean Park is the place to go. There are two parts to the park, con­nected by a sky tram — which hap­pens to of­fer some of the best views of Hong Kong Is­land. As well as rides, the park of­fers a num­ber of an­i­mal en­coun­ters, so be sure to check the sched­ule and see what’s on — the Hon­orary Panda Keeper pro­gramme is a par­tic­u­lar high­light.

From spec­tac­u­lar pic­nic spots to wa­ter sports, short walks and bik­ing trails, if you’re crav­ing some ad­ven­ture this sum­mer, New Zealand has it all

WThis his­toric ferry will take you from Cen­tral or Wan Chai to Kowloon in just a few min­utes, also vis­it­ing the Dis­ney­land ho­tel once a day. Kids love a boat ride and they can see the sights of Hong Kong from prime po­si­tion on the top deck. The fer­ries run fre­quently, so there’s no need to check the sched­ule. If you want to ride for longer, book a Star Ferry har­bour tour — if you go in the evening, you can take in the ICC and Sym­phony of Lights light shows at the same time. e take a look at a few gems to ex­plore in our own back­yard this Christ­mas.

Take a walk at Taranaki Falls

Lo­cated in Ton­gariro Na­tional Park, this two-hour round trip through alpine grass­land and beech for­est of­fers views of the nearby vol­ca­noes and spec­tac­u­lar Taranaki Falls.

Stand up pad­dle board­ing at Lake Tik­i­tapu, Ro­torua

Take in the pierc­ing blue wa­ters of Lake Tik­i­tapu on a stand-up pad­dle board. Soak in the stun­ning shore­line and for­est.

Kayak Abel Tas­man Na­tional Park

Ex­plore the breath-tak­ing Abel Tas­man Na­tional Park via a sea kayak. Take in the stun­ning coast­line and stop off along the way at one of the many camp­ing and pic­nic spots.

Bike through Karanga­hake Gorge

Im­merse your­self in the stun­ning sur­round­ings of the Karanga­hake Gorge and take in the rich his­tory of the area. This track forms part of the Hau­raki Rail Trail and is great for all skill lev­els.

Camp at Ota­mure Bay

A great spot for a fam­ily get­away off the beaten track, camp among the Pōhutukawa trees at Ota­mure Bay near Whangarei.

Hong Kong is known for great shop­ping and kids will be de­lighted to hear that there’s a whole street there ded­i­cated just to toys. Head to Tai Yuen St to in­dulge in a bit of re­tail ther­apy for the lit­tle ones. You’ll find clas­sic toys that were made in Hong Kong be­fore the 1980s, as well as plenty of the lat­est of­fer­ings they’ll go wild over. It’s also a great place to pick up fes­tive dec­o­ra­tions. Plan­ning a sum­mer ad­ven­ture? Tor­pedo7 has all the gear you’ll need from bikes and stand up pad­dle boards to hik­ing and camp­ing gear.

We want to know your favourite New Zealand ad­ven­ture spots and why they are so spe­cial — the old favourites from fam­ily hol­i­days of years gone by, or the new des­ti­na­tions you’re look­ing for­ward to vis­it­ing this sum­mer. Any se­cret spots you’re happy to share? Or tips for tack­ling the most pop­u­lar tourist des­ti­na­tions? What­ever it is, we want to hear from you.

Share your favourite ad­ven­ture spots with us (in no more than 200 words) and go in to win a $1500 prize pack from Tor­pedo7, in­clud­ing:

Surf or boo­gie board at Tawha­ranui

Just an hour north of Auck­land, Tawha­ranui Beach is a great spot for a week­end roadie, of­fer­ing spec­tac­u­lar coastal walks, surf and boo­gie board­ing.

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To be in to win, go to nzher­ and fill in the on­line en­try form. Or email us at sun­day­[email protected] her­al­don­sun­ Terms and con­di­tions ap­ply. Com­pe­ti­tion closes 5pm on Tues­day, De­cem­ber 18. Win­ner will be no­ti­fied by phone on Wed­nes­day, De­cem­ber 19.

● ● ● Wake­board­ing on Lake Kaniere

Take in the stun­ning sur­round­ings of Lake Kaniere on New Zealand’s West Coast, one of the coun­try’s most spec­tac­u­lar wa­ter sports spots.

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