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Ballooning -- Waft skyward from Hastings with Early Morning Balloons (tel./fax 06/879-4229; www.hotair.co.nz). Flight time is around 1 hour, but allow 4 hours total. Adults fly for NZ$360, kids 10 to 12 for NZ$325; breakfast is included.

Canoeing -- Sail 'n Surf, Pandora Road and Humber Street, Ahuriri, Napier (tel./fax 06/835-0684), rents canoes and windsurfers for use in a safe tidal waterway. A single canoe costs NZ$25 for 1 hour.

Fishing -- Grant Petherick Fly Fishing, 805 Fitzroy Ave., Hastings (tel./fax 06/876-7467; www.flyfishingwinetours.co.nz), caters to anglers of all abilities and offers full- and half-day trips for nymph and dry fly-fishing. He charges NZ$120 per group (groups are 1-4 people) per hour.

Golf -- The Napier Golf Club, Waiohiki, State Highway 50, Taradale, Napier (tel. 06/844-7913), is an excellent 18-hole course just minutes from the city. Greens fees are NZ$65 for nonaffiliated players. Cape Kidnappers Golf Course, 446 Clifton Rd., Te Awanga (tel. 06/873-1018; www.capekidnappers.com), is one of the finest courses in the world. You'll pay around NZ$375 for a round.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.