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Cheap flights to Manila from New Zealand are often the most wallet-friendly tickets into the Philippines as a whole. A short connecting flight after touchdown could take you to the reef breaks of Siargao, where coconut palms lurch over Robinson Crusoe islets. They could jet you off to Boracay for white-sand coves. They could whiz you over to Palawan, where brain sponges and parrotfish and secret lagoons abound. Of course, lingering in the capital itself is an option too. There, age-stained Spanish forts and rambunctious fish markets combine to create somewhere you surely won't forget in a hurry. Flag-carrying Philippine Airlines do the route direct, while a whole host of other operators offer – usually cheaper – connections with layovers in Asian hubs.
Unravel Philippine history at Rizal Park, a sprawling green space in Manila that's peppered with monuments.
Real history abounds in Intramuros, which is the most ancient part of Manila. Delve in to find Spanish-era forts and moody churches.
Fort Santiago was once the citadel of the Spanish colonists in Manila. It's now a centerpiece of the capital's historic heart.