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The Place: Christchurch, New Zealand

Two years ago, a series of massive earthquakes shook Christchurch, New Zealand, to its spine, folding its central business district into a cordoned-off red zone. But even as the historic gateway to the South Island readies for a years-long rebuild, a spirit of innovation is rising out of the rubble to shake things up for good.

Where Do You Want to Go in 2013?

National Geographic Traveler staff answer the question “If you could visit just ONE place in 2013, where would it be and why.” Check out what’s at the top of our travel to-do lists next year, then let us know where you would go for a chance to appear in an upcoming issue of Traveler magazine.

#FriFotos: Sit Down

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Want to see one of your photos featured on our website or blog? Make it happen by uploading your favorite travel pics (don’t forget to add a caption!) to ngm.com/yourshot. Tag all your submissions #travelshot – then look for your photos in one of our My Shot galleries or on the Intelligent Travel blog.

I Heart My City: Charlotte’s Wellington, New Zealand

Kia Ora (Welcome!) to another Wednesday edition of I Heart My City. Today’s insider guide to Wellington, New Zealand comes from Intelligent Travel reader, Charlotte B., a Parisian expat who came to town on a holiday visa and never left. What does she love most about Wellington? Charlotte wrote, “It’s a city without being a…

The Radar: New Zealand’s Best Views, Free Seoul, Scotland’s Brochs

The Radar: Top travel news, stories, trends, and ideas from across the web. Got Radar? Follow us on Twitter @NatGeoTraveler and tag your favorite travel stories from the web #ngtradar. Check back the next day for our daily roundup.

The Radar: New Zealand’s Top Wine Regions, How to Avoid Being Pickpocketed, World Kite Festivals

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There are more than 140 vineyards and 70 wineries in Hawke’s Bay one of New Zealand’s top wine regions. Discover ten more in Kiwi country with this guide. [Got Saga] Don’t lose your wallet the next time you travel. According to this Frommer’s story over 100 people in a major city may fall victim to…

When Traveling is for the Birds

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By Contributing Blogger Cathy Healy Figueroa Mountain, CA – Thwarted by a damn mountain quail. Queeark, the male called to the female. Queeark she echoed. The quail were close, hunkered somewhere in the prickly foxtail. I was out birding with my friends Vicki and Dave Menzies near their Santa Barbara home. I met Vicki, a…

The Radar: Epic NZ Adventures, U.S. Fruit Festivals, Top Ecotourism Destinations

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Get your thrill on in New Zealand where a sense of adventure seems to be imprinted into the locals’ DNA. Try one of these five epic adventures in New Zealand, like heli-hiking or canyon swinging, to really get your adrenalin pumping. [Go Backpacking]

Caravaning Kiwiland

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Have you ever wondered what it would be like to rent a campervan and go exploring New Zealand’s spectacular scenery, stopping for the night wherever you like?  The editors at National Geographic Traveler did, so we sent former researcher Carrie Miller off on an adventure on the South Island. We published her story in our…

Sydney’s Amusing Art

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Todd Fuller’s terracotta sculpture “A Day at the Beach” will be on display at the Art + Humour Me exhibition in Sydney from April 12 – May 7. Sydneysiders and visitors alike can get a taste of Australian humor at the third Art + Humour exhibition next month, hosted by Brenda May Gallery in Waterloo.…

Where’s Andrew? Photo Clue #24

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Welcome to a New Year and a new batch of clues from Andrew Evans, our digital nomad who is traveling through Australia and sending us daily photo clues. (Check out the Guardian’s blog post about his trip.) Now put your thinking hats on and do your best to figure out today’s clue. And click through…

For the Birds: Meet a Kiwi

Christchurch, New Zealand was all shook up earlier this month during a 7.0 magnitude earthquake that hit the South Island in the early morning. Among the many survivors was a stubborn little kiwi chick who despite a power outage and shaking incubator, still managed to hatch. Keepers at Orana Wildlife Park have appropriately named the…