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Central North Island Whenuakura Island off Whangamata Beach © Destination Coromandel

5 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF

Central North Island KAYAK TO AN ISLAND PARADISE Move over Thailand, picture-perfect paradise is no longer the realm of Ko Phi Phi. Instead, Whenuakura Island – also known as Donut Island – takes the crown for the most idyllic droplet of land. Located just one kilometre off Whangamata Beach, kayaking or stand-up paddleboarding through its 12-metre cave reveals a secret lagoon blessed with turquoise water, lush foliage and bright pōhutukawa trees. This tropical paradise is a wildlife sanctuary so visitors are advised to book with a guided tour and stay within their kayak to protect the flora. SWIM AT MCLAREN FALLS Lured by the promise of hot rocks to bask on, shallow pools to swim in and cascading water falls, you’d pay good money to enjoy such luxuries at a spa resort, but at McLaren Falls it’s all free of charge – compliments of Mother Nature. Located just a 10-minute drive outside of Tauranga, head towards the Kaimai Ranges and follow the road signs. It gets busy in summer but there are still plenty of sun-warmed ledges to lounge across, calm pools of water and rock faces to leap from. ABOVE: View of the Māori rock carving in Lake Taupō © Destination Great Lake Taupō INSET: Relaxing in a geothermal spa, Rotorua © Destination Rotorua

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DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU’VE SQUEEZED OUT EVERY LAST DROP OF CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND’S BEST BITS.

RELAX IN A GEOTHERMAL SPA IN ROTORUA DISCOVER BELCHING ROTORUA MUD It doesn’t matter if you’re four years old or forty, the gurgling, steaming landscape that is typical of Rotorua evokes imaginations of trolls and boggy goblins. A selfguided 90-minute walk around the world’s youngest geothermal valley, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, will introduce you to an otherworldly landscape of bubbling pools and a stench emitting from the Earth’s ancient bowels. Created during the eruption of Mt Tarawera in 1886, the entire park is gloriously uncrowded, allowing visitors to fully immerse themselves in this dramatic landscape.

SOAK UNDER A STARLIT SKY You know as soon as you step inside The Lost Spring Geothermal Pool and Day Spa that you’re in for a treat. The towels are fluffy, the service is five-star and the hot pools themselves are the result of 16,000-year-old waters bubbling 667 metres underground. You’ll feel like a deity stepping into these mineral-rich lagoons. On Friday and Saturday the spa is open until 9pm and come nightfall, the area is also aglow with subtle mood lighting. Lie back and relax; as steam evaporates around you, allow your gaze to follow its path skyward and admire the stars.

SAIL INTO THE SUNSET Join Sail Barbary for a relaxed sunset cruise on Lake Taupō. The yacht, which is as glamorous as it is eco-friendly, features huge white sails and an electric engine. Lounge on the deck or sink into a beanbag while the vessel glides across New Zealand’s largest lake. From hidden bays to enormous Māori rock art adorning the cliffs of Mine Bay, beauty is drenched in history. Welcome the evening with a complimentary glass of wine or beer and float away with your thoughts. Should you miss the evening cruise, there are up to three sailings during daylight hours too. PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP


Central North Island

Welcome to he Central North

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Island is paradise for winter sports fans and adventure seekers. It’s also a favourite destination for those who appreciate cultural attractions and stunning natural beauty.

Welcome to CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND ISBN > 978-1-98-852335-4 © The New Zealand Automobile Association Incorporated 2019. All rights reserved. AA and the AA logo and the Tourism pictogram are registered trademarks and the colour combination YELLOW & BLACK are trademarks of The New Zealand Automobile Association Incorporated. While every care has been taken in the compilation of this guide, the publishers cannot accept responsibility for inaccuracies or changes since going to press, or for consequential loss arising from such changes or other inaccuracies, or any other loss direct or consequential arising in connection with information provided in the publication. There is no requirement for advertisers in this guide to provide discounts for AA Members; some individual advertisers offer concessions and details of these are indicated in their listings. All content in advertisements was provided by advertisers. All rights reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced (except brief passages for the purpose of review), stored in a retrieval system or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopy, recording or otherwise, without prior written permission of the publishers. Published in September 2019 by AA Tourism Publishing, Level 1, Building 2, 61 Constellation Drive, Mairangi Bay, North Shore 0632. PO Box 101 001, North Shore 0745. T. +64 9 966 8720 F. +64 9 966 8721 E. tourism.inquiries@aa.co.nz W. www.aatraveller.co.nz Advertising Enquiries: T. +64 9 966 8720 E. tourism.sales@aa.co.nz COVER IMAGE: Mt Ngāuruhoe at dawn, Tongariro National Park © Getty Images

From The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Eastland, to Waikato, Rotorua and Lake Taupō, Tūrangi and Ruapehu, this guide provides vital information on activities and attractions, as well as a raft of accommodation options to suit your style and budget. Check out the things to see and do within the townships shown below, view the maps and get ready to experience the very best that the Central North Island has to offer.

CONTENTS 4 VISITOR INFORMATION

18 Whitianga

35 Gisborne

64 LAKE TAUPŌ

5 NORTH ISLAND MAP

18 WHANGAMATA

36 WAIKATO/WAITOMO

64 Ōrakei Kōrako

7  CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND MAP

18 WAIHI

38 Hamilton

65 Huka Falls • Taupō

8 THE COROMANDEL

20 BAY OF PLENTY

40 NORTHWEST WAIKATO

71 TŪRANGI

22 Katikati

40 Te Kauwhata

72 RUAPEHU

22 Tauranga

40 WAIPA

23 Mt Maunganui

40 Te Awamutu • Cambridge

72 Tongariro National Park

10 Pukorokoro-Miranda

24 Pāpāmoa/Pāpāmoa Beach

41 MATAMATA-PIAKO

11 Paeroa

26 Te Puke

12 THAMES/THAMES COAST

27 Whakatāne

42 SOUTH WAIKATO

13 Coromandel Town

29 Ōhope Beach

17 Colville

30 TAIRāWHITI GISBORNE

18 WHITIANGA & SURROUNDS

33 Ōpotiki • Te Kaha

10  SHOREBIRD COAST 10 HAURAKI PLAINS 10 Kaiaua

34 Hicks Bay

72 Taumarunui

41 Matamata 43 WAITOMO 44 Waitomo Caves 46 ROTORUA 62 LAKE TAUPŌ, TŪRANGI & RUAPEHU

Karangahake Gorge © Graeme Murray/Tourism NZ INSET: Family on Dunes Trail, Motu Trails © Motu Trails Charitable Trust

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AA CENTRES TAURANGA Cnr Devonport Rd & First Ave Ph: +64 7 927 4772 HAMILTON 313 Barton St Ph: +64 7 958 3600 Shop 7, 5 Cross Rd Ph: +64 7 853 5091

i-SITE VISITOR CENTRES ROTORUA 1121 Eruera St Ph: +64 7 348 3069 TAUPŌ 3 Tamamutu St Ph: +64 7 378 6000

Thames 200 Mary St • www.thecoromandel.com

Te Aroha 102 Whitaker St • www.tearohanz.co.nz

Waihi 126 Seddon St www.thecoromandel.com

Te Awamutu 1 Gorst Ave • www.teawamutuinfo.co.nz

Whitianga 66 Albert St • www.thecoromandel.com Tauranga 95 Willow St • www.bayofplentynz.com Whakatāne Cnr Quay St & Kakaharoa Dr www.whakatane.com

VISITOR INFO

Gisborne 209 Grey St www.tairawhitigisborne.co.nz

Must Know GOODS & SERVICES TAX (GST) Goods & services are taxed 15%. This tax is usually included in the advertised price. BANKING / TRAVELLERS’ CHEQUES Banks open Monday-Friday (except public holidays), 9.30am-4.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays in some shopping malls. Automatic Teller Machines operate on a card/ PIN number system. Use of EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale) is common. BUSINESS HOURS Offices and businesses operate Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm; some tourist agencies and airlines have longer hours. Petrol (gas) stations often open 24 hours, stocking food and newspapers. Shops are usually open 9am to 5.30pm MondayFriday. Supermarkets, grocery stores, some large retail chains,

shopping malls and markets also operate Saturdays and Sundays. IMPORTANT NUMBERS Emergency services FREE CALL........................................ 111 Local operator................................ 010 International operator................ 0170 NZ directory assistance................ 018 International directory assistance....................................... 0172 National direct dialling full area code (with the 0 prefix) and local number. International direct dialling 00 followed by country code, area code & local number.

Look for the mark of Quality Qualmark is New Zealand Tourism’s official mark of quality. When a business displays a Qualmark rating, you can be sure that the business has been independently assessed and has met strict quality standards. The Sustainable Tourism Business Awards (Gold, Silver or Bronze) also gives a guide to travellers to recognise the business’s performance against the Sustainable Tourism Business criterion.

Go to www.aatraveller.co.nz for travel ideas, itineraries, online maps and time and distance calculator. 4

Ōpotiki 70 Bridge St • www.opotikinz.com Wairoa Cnr SH 2 & Queen St www.visitwairoa.co.nz Cambridge Cnr Queen & Victoria Sts www.cambridge.co.nz Hamilton Cnr Caro & Alexandra Sts, Garden Pl www.visithamilton.co.nz Matamata 45 Broadway • www.matamatanz.co.nz Morrinsville 251 Thames St www.morrinsvillenz.co.nz Ōtorohanga 27 Turongo St www.otorohanga.co.nz Raglan 13 Wainui Rd • www.raglan.org.nz

Te Kuiti 160 Rora St • www.waitomo.govt.nz Tīrau 65 Main Rd, Tirau • www.tirauinfo.co.nz Tokoroa Leith Pl, Tokoroa www.southwaikato.govt.nz Waitomo 21 Waitomo Village Rd www.waitomocaves.com Redwoods Longmile Rd • www.rotoruanz.com Rotorua 1167 Fenton St • www.rotoruanz.com Kawerau 1 Plunket St • www.kaweraunz.com Taupō 30 Tongariro St www.lovetaupo.com Tūrangi Ngawaka Pl • www.lovetaupo.com Ruapehu 54 Clyde St, Ohakune www.visitruapehu.com Waiouru Cnr of SH 1, Hassett Dr www.visitruapehu.com Taumarunui Railway Stn, 116 Hakiaha St www.visitruapehu.com

Weather Watch It’s important to know what’s happening with the weather. New Zealand’s weather is changeable and unpredictable; parts of the country are susceptible to cyclones, other parts to strong winds and heavy rain. Sudden drops in temperature can take you from hot days to cold nights, especially in spring and autumn, so be prepared. Carry extra clothing, rain gear, sun hats and sun block.

Temperatures

Be conscious that New Zealand’s UV is very strong. Always protect your skin from the sun. New Zealand’s official weather forecaster is MetService, available online, where you’ll find up-to-date information on localised areas, as well as specifically for marine and surf, mountains and parks. Local and national radio stations also regularly update weather predictions. Tune in on the car radio. Average summer

Average winter

Coromandel

18.6oC 10.7oC

Bay of Plenty

23.4oC 14.8oC

Eastland

24.0oC 14.8oC

Waikato/Waitomo

23.3oC 14.2oC

Rotorua

22.1oC 12.4oC

Taupō

22.0oC 11.5oC PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP


Central North Island

NORTH ISLAND MAP North Cape

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Kohukohu Rawene Ferry

Lake Taharoa Lake Kaiiwi

Paihia

Bland Bay

Ferry

Whangaruru Oakura Oakura Bay

Kawakawa

15

Omapere

Russell

11

Moerewa

Kaikohe

Hokianga Harbour

Cape

Islands Brett

Lake Omapere

12

Opononi

Bay of

Matauri Bay

Kerikeri Mangamuka 4 Waimate Bridge 3 1 Nth Okaihau Ohaeawai 2 1

1

1 Haruru Falls 2 Opua 3 Puketona 4 Waitangi

Matauri Bay

Whananaki

Whakapara

Tutukaka

Hikurangi

Trounson Kauri Park Kaihu

Ngunguru

Kamo

15

14

Tangiteroria

1

Whangarei

Maungatapere

12

Poor Knights Islands

One Tree Pt Whangarei Heads Marsden Point Hen & Chicken

15

Dargaville

Ruakaka Wair

Baylys Beach

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Paparoa

Ruawai

12

Matakohe

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Mokihinau Islands

Islands

Uretiti Beach

Taranga

Waipu Island Waipu Cove Mangawhai Heads Maungaturoto Mangawhai Goat Kaiwaka Island 1

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Forgotten World Highway

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Shelly Puhoi Beach Kaukapakapa Parakai Silverdale

Waiheke Island

Rangitoto Is

18

Muriwai Beach Henderson

Pukekohe

Waikato River

2

Whangamata

Mayor Island (Tuhua)

26

Mercer 25 Ngatea Hikutaia Meremere Kerepehi Karangahake 1 Te Kauwhata 27 Gorge Waihi Paeroa Waihi Beach Waikino Lake

Glen Murray

Port Waikato

Thames

Slipper Island (Whakahau)

25A Pukorokoro/ Miranda Turua Wentworth Valley 25

Bombay

Tuakau

OCEAN

The Aldermen Islands

Tairua Pauanui

a

Patumahoe Waiuku

Thames Coast

Kaiaua

PACIFIC

Hahei Hot Water Beach

25

Papakura

Auckland Int. Airport 22

Clarks Bch

of Thames

Manukau

au M anuk H br

SOUTH

Coromandel Whitianga 3 0 9 Rd

Firth

AUCKLAND

16

20

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Red Mercury Island (Whakau)

Mercury Bay

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The Classic NZ Wine Trail

Red Beach Whangaparaoa Pen. Whangaparaoa

Albany

Great Mercury Island (Ahuahu)

Waikawau Bay

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Manawatu Scenic Route

Orewa

1

Cuvier Island (Repanga Island)

Fletcher Bay

Gulf

Waiwera

and

Helensville Riverhead Kumeu

Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island)

Tryphena

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Surf Highway

Port Fitzroy

Leigh

Matakana Sandspit Kawau Island Snells Beach Hauraki

Warkworth

H

Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island

Waikare

Te Aroha Huntly Gordonton

1

1B 23

Rukuhia

Ohaupo

Te Awamutu 31

Otorohanga

3

Hangatiki

Ri

Te Kuiti

50 km

Mangakino Piopio

15

3

Awakino

North

4

Mokau

M ok

Taranaki

Waitara Oakura

Egmont Village

Okato

. Mt Taranaki 2518 (Mt Egmont)

Opunake

Kaponga

45

Kuratau

Whangamomona

43

Pipiriki

49

Normanby Manaia

Patea

3

5 M

Putorino

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Himatangi Beach

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Tikokino

Waitarere

Kapiti Island

Te Tai-o-Aorere

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Paekakariki RA ST

Karamea

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Havelock

Nelson

Tapawera

Richmond

Plimmerton Titahi Bay

Porirua

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Renwick

Tawa 1 Petone

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WELLINGTON F Tuamarina Spring Creek

Blenheim

OK

Hira

60

Rai Valley

CO

Motueka

Little Wanganui

58

2

Lower Hutt

Lake Wairarapa

Eastbourne

63

63

Gladstone

53

Martinborough

Waimarama

MAP REFERENCE AA Centre Motorway

Sealed

Unsealed

SH 1-9 SH 10-99 Railway/Rail Tunnel State Highway Shield

Castlepoint

1

i-SITE Visitor Centre Information Centre

Greytown

Featherston

Ocean Beach

Main Roads

Carterton

Upper Hutt

Riversdale Beach

DOC Visitor Centre International Airport Dive Sites

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Wellington Int. Airport

Skiing

Wairau Valley 6

Herbertville

Eketahuna Alfredton

Masterton

Clive Te Awanga

Blackhead Beach

Porangahau

57

Waikanae Paraparaumu

Portland Island

Havelock North

Black Head

2

Pahiatua Pongaroa

Otaki

Bay

Cape Kidnappers/Te Kauwae-a-Maui

.

399 Te Mata Peak

Waipukurau

57

Tokomaru

East Cape

Otane

Dannevirke

Woodville

Mount Bruce Mauriceville

1

Paraparaumu Bch Raumati Bch

SOUNDS

Tasman Bay /

Marahau Kaiteriteri

Oparara

Takapau

2

Totaranui MARLBOROUGH

Ngarua

Ashhurst 56

Levin

Golden Bay / Mohua

Pohara Takaka

Feilding

56

Foxton Shannon

Collingwood 60

Norsewood

1

Mahia

2

Pukehou

50

Waipawa

Palmerston North

Manawatu River

Pakawau

Mahia Beach

Napier

Hastings

Utiku

54

Tangimoana

Nuhaka

Mohaka

Bay View

Bulls 3

Wainui Beach

Wairoa

2

Hawke Lake 1 Moawhango

Mangaweka Hunterville Rata

Gisborne Poverty Bay

Mahia Peninsula

Marton

Bainham

Raupunga

2

Sanson

Muriwai

Frasertown

River

aka oh

50 A

Whanganui

Whangara

38

50

4

Ormond

Makaraka Waikaremoana Tuai

Turangi

Taihape

Bight

Whanganui Inlet

Lake Waikaremoana

Waitahanui

Taradale

Waverley

Waitotara

Taranaki

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Waiouru

nui Riv er ga

Kakaramea

South

Ra

Wh an

Tawhiti

Hawera

Ohakune

Raetihi

Lake Rotorangi

2

Ruatahuna

2797 . Mt Ruapehu

4

Eltham

Huka Falls

Tolaga Bay

Te Karaka

River

48

Stratford

35

Galatea

Reporoa 38 Golden Murupara Springs

Lake Rotoaira 46 47 1967 Mt Tongariro 2287. Mt Ngauruhoe

National Park

Midhirst

1

Tokomaru Bay

Motu Matawai

Te Rangiita

Tokaanu

Owhango

Tahora

Inglewood

Cape

Oaonui

Uruti

3A

3

Egmont

41 43

Motunui Urenui

New Plymouth

Taumarunui

Ohura

Onaero

Lake Taupo

Waipiro Bay Te Puia Springs

2

Taupo

Acacia Bay

Ruatoria

Ruatoki North

Mt Tarawera . 1111

5 32

Tikitiki

35

Ohope Bch 2 Ohiwa Awakeri 2 Te Teko Opotiki Taneatua Kawerau

Waiotapu

1

Kinloch Wairakei

Whakatane

East Cape

34

L Tarawera

30

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Bight

L Okataina

Rotokawa

30 Lake Ohakuri

Pureora

Benneydale

Thornton

Matata Edgecumbe Lake L Rotoma Rotoma 30

Hicks Bay Te Araroa

Te Kaha

Omaio

L Rotomahana L Rerewhakakaaitu

Whakamaru

30

30 miles

Ra

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Lake Rotoehu

Rotoiti Mourea

Rotorua L Okareka

Tokoroa to ik a Wa

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0

33

Lake Rotoiti

Lottin Point

Bay of Plenty

2

36

Lake Arapuni

37

Waitomo Caves

28

27 Okoroire 1 Tirau Lake 28 5 Hamurana Kihikihi Karapiro Putaruru Ngongotaha Arapuni Lichfield Lake Rotorua

Pirongia

Kawhia

24 29

Cape Runaway

Waihau Bay

Tauranga

Te Puna Papamoa Beach Pukehina Beach 29 Papamoa Maketu Te Puke Paengaroa

Matamata

Cambridge

21

39

Whakaari / White Island

Motiti Island

Mt Maunganui

2

26

Hamilton

Te Rapa

Raglan

Morrinsville

Matakana Island

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Waingaro

Katikati

27

Ngaruawahia

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Waikaretu

Cape Palliser

Tramping

Seddon Lake Grassmere

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CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND: REGIONAL MAP Ocean Beach Hen and Chicken Islands

Mokohinau Islands

Taranga Island Needles Point

Mangawhai Heads Mangawhai

Goat Island

SOUTH

Cape Barrier Cuvier Island

Cape Colville

Silver- OREWA dale

Hauraki Gulf Colville

Waiheke Island

Climb Oneroa Rangitoto

18

AUCKLAND

Clarks Beach

Bombay PUKEKOHE 2

Waiuku

Tuakau

23

1

Hamilton Airport

Pirongia

4

Kopaki 30

30

Barryville

Taumarunui

41

WHANGANUI

Upokongaro

38

Rotorua

PARK

Te Haroto Te Pohue

PARK

5

Moawhango Pukeokahu

RUAHINE FOREST PARK

Ruahine

54

2

Bartletts Morere Nuhaka

Fernhill

Hawke Bay

Clive

Flaxmere HASTINGS Maraekakaho Havelock North 50

Te Hauke

2

Cape Kidnappers Gannet Colony

Waimarama

Whangara Turihaua Makorori

Wainui

Young Nicks Head

Classic NZ Wine Trail

MAP REFERENCE AA Centre Sealed

NAPIER 50A

State Highway 35 / Pacific Coast Highway Gable End Foreland

Mahia Beach

Napier Art Deco Festival Hawkes Bay Wine Trails

35

Te Araroa Trail

Tangoio

Eskdale

Tolaga Bay

Mahanga Beach

Portland Island

Otamauri

Ohotu

Muriwai

Mahia Peninsula

2

Kuripapango

Waiouru

Tiniroto

Wairoa

Mohaka

Ruapehu

Tangiwai

Taihape

2

KAWEKA

Otoko

Mangatuna Wharekaka

GISBORNE

Tuai Piripaua Te Reinga 38 Marumaru Waiau Frasertown Raupunga

Tarawera

Mawhai Point

Whatatutu Te Karaka

Kaitaratahi Ormond Hexton

Lake Waikaremoana

Pohokura

FOREST

Matawai

Rakauroa

Rangitaiki

Hikuwai Arero

Motuoroi Island

TE UREWERA

Taupo

Kaimoho Point

Whareponga Te Puia Springs

Eastland

Motu

Oponae

Ruatoria

35

Toatoa

2

WHIRINAKI TE PUA-A-TANE CONSERVATION PARK

5

Waitahanui

2

Hicks Bay Te Araroa Awatere East Cape Tikitiki

Mt Rotokautuku Hikurangi Hiruharama RAUKUMARA CONSERVATION Aorangi PARK

35

Hawai Torere Opape

Waimana

Kopuriki

Te Whaiti

35

Waioeka Pa

Murupara

Skydive over Taupo

1

Pacific Coast Highway

TE UREWERA

Tikokino Ohingaiti Elsthorpe Mangarimu Waipawa Ashley Peep-O-Day Ashcott Clinton 1 Waipukurau 2 Norsewood Marton Kimbolton Takapau

Fordell Hunterville 3

Reporoa

FOREST

1

4

Kai Iwi

Mt Tarawera Rotomahana

KAIMANAWA

Rangipo

Mt Ruapehu

Koriniti Kakatahi Pa

Waverley

Pohutu Geyser

5

1

Jerusalem Ranana Oreore

Ruatoki North

Earthquake Flat

Ngakuru Wai-O-Tapu Upper Atiamuri Waiotapu Galatea

Chateau Tongariro

49

4

Turangi

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

47

ROTORUA

Trout fishing

46

TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK 4 Bridge to Nowhere WHANGANUI NATIONAL PARK Ohakune

WHANGANUI NATIONAL PARK

Hatepe

47

National Park

Raetihi

Lake Taupo

41

Raurimu

Forgotten World Highway

Whangamomona u Pohokura

Taneatua Kawerau

Port Ohope

TAUPO

Kuratau Junction

4

Ruapehu

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State Highway 35 / Pacific Coast Highway

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GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL

The Coromandel HUGE PÅŒHUTUKAWA TREES LINE THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE PENINSULA, THE EASTERN SHORES ARE FRINGED WITH WHITE-SAND BEACHES, AND THE RANGES IN THE CENTRE ARE CLAD WITH THICK RAINFOREST.

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he Pacific Coast Highway takes you through some of the most breathtaking coastal scenery in New Zealand along The Coromandel which has 400km of dazzling white-sand beaches. Appreciate the rugged beauty of the Kaimai and Coromandel ranges, and the distant islands scattered magically across the horizon. The highway is an escape route beckoning you to marine reserves, hidden coves, deserted beaches and lush

rainforest. Journey past rolling surf and beautiful harbours, through picturesque fishing villages, over myriad rivers to the vast coastal plains.

inspiring landscapes are perhaps why so many artists live and work here. Follow an art trail to see artists in action at their studios.

Play in the surf, kayak to pretty islands and walk in the ranges. At the end of the day, relax with a glass of elegant white wine and a taster board of the region’s cheeses. Relish the finest Antipodean and Pacific Rim cuisine made with

Dig deeper and discover the fascinating past of this proud pioneering region, from the earliest Māori settlements, and the establishment of European mission stations, to the felling of magnificent kauri forests, gum digging and the frantic gold rushes of the 1860s.

seafood straight off the boat. Known for its laid-back vibe and art scene, the region’s

Coromandel countryside © Getty Images

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SEAFOOD FRESH AS IT COMES

Shorebird Coast

FLOCKS OF WADING BIRDS, EXCELLENT FISH & CHIPS, AND REJUVENATING HOT MINERAL POOLS ARE ALL REASONS TO VISIT THE SHOREBIRD COAST.

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he Shorebird Coast covers the western coast of the Firth of Thames, and the Chenier shell coast is world-renowned for its spectacular bird-watching, so don’t forget your binoculars for a close-up look. Visit the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre for more information. The Shorebird Coast is also known for its succulent seafood – locals can often be seen collecting shellfish along the shoreline. The Hauraki Rail Trail cycle route runs from Thames to Pūkorokoro-Miranda. Soak away your troubles at Miranda Hot Springs, the southern hemisphere’s largest natural hot mineral pool. A 10-minute drive north is Kaiaua, nestled in the Hūnua Ranges foothills. This pretty seaside town has a safe family beach perfect for swimming, excellent fish and chips at Kaiaua Fisheries, and great ice creams at The Pink Shop.

Fletcher Bay ©Getty Images

Welcome to the Hauraki Plains FOLLOW THE TRAIL OF HARDY PIONEERS AND EXPLORE GOLD-MINING RELICS IN THE HAURAKI PLAINS. CYCLE THE TWO TO THREE-DAY HAURAKI RAIL TRAIL AND STOP FOR THE OBLIGATORY PIC WITH A SEVEN-METRE L&P BOTTLE ON PAEROA’S MAIN STREET. FROM HERE IT’S JUST ANOTHER 20KM TO WAIHI, HOME TO THE COUNTRY’S RICHEST GOLD MINE AND AN EQUALLY DAZZLING WHITE-SAND BEACH.

KAIAUA kai (eat), aua (mullet or sprats) • 85km SE of Auckland

PŪKOROKORO-MIRANDA after warship Miranda • 32km W of Thames Front Miranda Rd, RD 6, Thames Phone: +64 7 867 3055 Email: info@mirandahotsprings.co.nz

www.mirandahotsprings.co.nz FREEPHONE:

0800 132 077

20 mins from Thames

Kaiaua Fisheries Restaurant & Takeaways

• Centrally located just off SH 2, 45min from Auckland, 60min from Hamilton and 20min to the Coromandel Peninsula. • Pools to suit everyone, from 36°C to 41°C including private spas. 0.8ha of picturesque picnic grounds with BBQs.

941 East Coast Road, Kaiaua • Phone: +64 9 232 2776 Email: kaiauafisheries@gmail.com • Kaiaua’s famous fish ‘n chips. Licensed restaurant or takeaway food. Breakfast, lunch & dinner. • Enjoy views of the Coromandel Peninsula, covered deck & tables. • Only 1hr from Auckland & 30min from Thames. • Open 7 days – summer 9am-9pm, winter 9am-8pm. Group bookings welcome.

THE PINK SHOP – KAIAUA

• A place to stop and have a break while travelling along the peaceful Seabird Coast. • Enjoy the view & have the best coffee on the coast. • Ice creams, coffee/tea, cold drinks, lunch snacks. Catch up on reading material. PostShop. • Opposite Pirate ship Playground. WiFi available.

999 East Coast Rd, Kaiaua P: +64 9 232 2824

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• Relax in our thermally heated mineral water.

• The largest pool has accessible entry.

• Located on Pacific Coast Hwy and the new Hauraki Cycle Trail • Motels with spa baths, self-contained units, backpacker units, family units and sites to suit most budgets TARIFF: $57-$199 • Communal kitchen, internet kiosk & (2 PERSONS) WiFi, Sky TV & lounge, hot mineral pool, dump stations, large range of entertainment activities on site • Centrally located to Auckland, Coromandel and Waikato regions, great base for day trips. Guest Hot Mineral Pool • Enquire about our off-season rds Rewa l Trave 10% OFF YOUR STAY WITH TRAVEL REWARDS specials

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Hauraki Plains Make the most of the HAURAKI PLAINS

The Coromandel HAURAKI RAIL TRAIL Peddle your way to an adventure on this multi-day bike ride. Dubbed one of the easiest in the country and suitable for all ages and fitness levels, set aside two to three days for a scenic spin though gold towns and train tunnels beaming with glowworms. Other highlights include bird life and the breathtaking Karangahake Gorge.

PAEROA MARITIME PARK & MUSEUM Understand the importance of New Zealand’s maritime history and then jump aboard the Tamati, a lovingly restored kauri paddleboat which will escort you up the river.

PAEROA This is where the soft drink L&P (Lemon & Paeroa) is made. Now manufactured by Coca-Cola, it originated in the late 1880s when locals added a slice of lemon to glasses of water from a mineral spring. A 7m-high replica of an L&P bottle graces the main street. Visit the historical Maritime Park, the museum or go fishing.

NGĀTEA WATER GARDENS

IMAGE: Hauraki Rail Trail © Destination Coromandel INSET: Tramping in Hauraki, on Aotea Track © ATEED

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Full of quirky surprises, this is no ordinary garden. Manicured lawns aside, it’s also home to fun and games. Just you wait until you see the signs in the car park. And we only have sympathy for the visitor who ignores the ‘DO NOT PRESS’ button – outside a fairytale castle no less.

long ridge or mountain range • 33km SE of Thames on SH 2

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Come and explore NZ's most interesting and unique working farm... Named one of the AA's "101 Must Dos for Kiwis", and voted one of The Coromandel's best visitor attractions, Bullswool Heritage Farm in the Karangahake Gorge is a Southern Coromandel Icon, and an unmissable Kiwi rural adventure! Animal Park Sheep Shed Museum Early NZ Milking Shed

Working Horses of NZ display Gold & Kauri Museum Native Bird Reserve

Open: Tuesday - Sunday, 10am - 4pm (winter times may vary)

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The Coromandel Thames Coast © Logan Dodds

BUILT ON THE PIONEERING INDUSTRIES OF GOLD MINING AND KAURI LOGGING, AND AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF

Thames

DRAMATIC WILDERNESS, THAMES IS A TOWN STEEPED IN

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he Thames Coast, gateway to The Coromandel, is a breathtakingly beautiful place to linger and savour.

The town of Thames was built on the pioneering industries of gold mining and kauri logging and has an appealing main street that’s full of character. History is alive in its hotels and buildings and the Thames Historical Museum and School of Mines, which house collections of artefacts from days gone by. There are many wonderful walks and hiking tracks in the Kauaeranga Valley just to the south. For a bigger slice of adventure, try abseiling down cascading waterfalls in the magical Sleeping God Canyon. Other activities include visiting the Butterfly Forest and Orchid Garden, history hunting at The Treasury, tastings at The Cheese Barn in Matātoki and gold-mine tours. There’s a Saturday morning market with organic fresh produce and arts and crafts.

Email: info@thejunction.net.nz

HERITAGE AND CHARACTER.

ROLLESTON MOTEL

105 Rolleston St (PO Box 228) Thames • Ph: +647 868 8091 • Fax: +647 868 8783 Email: rollestonmotel@gmail.com • www.rollestonmotel.co.nz

Do you want a quiet peaceful location to stay?

In a very quiet cul-de-sac close to Central Thames and the Hauraki Cycle Trail. 17 quality self-contained ground-floor units. Studio & 1-brm units ideal for corporates and families staying in the gateway to the Coromandel. Recently refurbished and always cleaned to a high standard. Swimming & spa pool available. All major credit cards. Tariff: $130-$162 (2 persons) extra $20. 2-brm from $230 (sleeps up to 6 persons). Corporate & seasonal rates apply.

GS:T46 Reservations: 0800 77 66 44

SEASPRAY MOTEL

613 Thames Coast Rd, RD 5, Waiomu Bay, Thames Coast

The motel that’s right on the beach 700 Pollen St, Thames Phone: +64 7 868 6008

www.thejunction.net.nz

Licensed bar restaurant

• The historic Junction Hotel (est 1869) offers clean, comfortable, affordable accommodation. • Group rates available for cycle groups. SJ` • Most rooms have an ensuite and all rooms have TVs. • Guest kitchen with TV • Family & backpacker-friendly. FREE WIFI • Tariff: $30-$140 (from dorm beds to family room).

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Unique 60s vintage motel right on the water. Seaviews from every unit. An affordable place to relax and enjoy the sunsets after spending your days exploring the Coromandel Peninsula. BBQ in the garden. Fish from the lawn. Listen to the sound of the sea. Boat parking available. Full kitchens. Pets by arrangement. Tariff: $90‑$150 (2 persons), extra person $15 each. Seasonal rates. Ph: +64 7 868 2863 Email: sea.spray@xtra.co.nz www.seaspraymotel.co.nz Hosts: Katherine & John Tizard PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP


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oromandel Town’s early beginnings were as a tough, colonial, goldrush settlement, and the place has clung to its roots. It has immaculately restored Victorian buildings, craft studios, art galleries, cafés and is surrounded by lush forests with good bush walks. Come for the restored Victorian buildings, craft studios, art galleries and cafés; stay for the surrounding stunning forests, bush walks and gold mining. Some of New Zealand’s best mussels and oysters come from the waters here so take a charter boat out to the smaller islands for sightseeing and fishing. Safe swimming spots are found in the local bays or you can cast your line from the rocky foreshore.

DON’T MISS For unmatched views of Coromandel Town and surrounds, take a mountain train ride with Driving Creek Railway. Providing shuttle service from the town centre, a bird sanctuary, art gallery and café, this is one of the area’s best attractions. Long Bay, Coromandel Town © AATP

Coromandel Town is linked to Auckland by a two-hour seasonal ferry with additional stops at Waiheke and Rotoroa islands. A complimentary bus transfers passengers into the township. Check the timetable for dates.

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• Beachfront sites 19km north of Thames • Store, kitchen, hot showers, flush toilets, laundry, boat wash, fish-filleting area • Opposite hotel/restaurant • Swim in sea or creek, boat ramp within 4km • Accommodation includes power/non-power sites, on-site caravans/cabins • Tariff: cabins from $50 double. Camping from $15 adult, $8 child per night. • Off-season rates available • Best priced camp ground in all of Coromandel

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DRIVING CREEK RAILWAY & POTTERY The world-class, narrowgauge train zigzags through native bush past ceramic sculptures to a platform called the EyeFull Tower with panoramic views of The Coromandel. Late potter Barry Brickell built the line in 1975 to get through scrubland to clay deposits and pine wood supplies for his kiln.

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Glide through the trees on this adventurous eight zipline canopy tour within the Driving Creek Conservation Park. You will experience Coromandel’s native forest from all levels as you walk beneath ferns, and enjoy stunning views from the treetops and over the Copeland stream. Our knowledgeable, fun guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey as you learn about Driving Creek’s transformation from goldmining to lush native forest, a haven for native birds and regenerating kauri trees. Multiple daily tours. Minimum age 6 years. All weather conditions. 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel Town BOOKINGS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Freephone: 0800 267 6947 Reservations: bookings@corozip.nz www.corozip.nz

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WHAT’S IN A NAME? HMS Coromandel, the first European ship to bring settlers to the region, was named after India’s Coromandel Coast and the region came to take the same name. Local Māori called the Coromandel Peninsula, Te Tarao-te-Ika-a-Maui, or the barb of the fish of Maui. It is believed that Maui used the barb to catch a stingray which then became the North Island.

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Coromandel Zipline Tours is the latest attraction at the iconic Driving Creek Conservation Park. Zipline customers journey up the railway to the start of this new exciting eight zipline canopy tour. Your fun and knowledgeable guides will teach you about Coromandel’s amazing history and diverse ecosystem, as they lead you on an unforgettable adventure through and above our native forest.

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Climb aboard for a captivating one hour rail journey. Be inspired by the story of one man’s lifetime passion to create a railway through a regenerating forest of kauri, rimu and ferns. Your driver will relay the story of Barry Brickell and how this amazing place came to be, as your tram winds its way through tunnels and over large viaducts. Spy hidden gems along the way, unique pottery sculptures and artworks. Suitable for all ages. An all-weather activity. 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel Town BOOKINGS HIGHLY RECOMMENDED Freephone: 0800 327 245 Reservations: bookings@dcrail.nz www.dcrail.nz

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The Coromandel Sunset over Coromandel © Destination Coromandel

LOCAL BUZZ

ACCOMMODATION & BACKPACKERS

www.coromandeltuilodge.co.nz

60B Whangapoua Rd, Coromandel   Email: coromandeltuilodge@gmail.com Ph: +64 7 866 8237

Clean, comfortable accom set in peaceful, private, rambling garden and orchard only 800m from the village centre and cafés. Dorms, double/queen, twin and queen ensuites rooms, s/c caravan and tent sites.

Prices from $20-$90 BIKES & FREE WIFI

Owner/operator: Dianne Riddle

“Drive the SH 25 along the coast, stopping at various beaches for a swim. Then head into the hills on the Tapu to Coglen dirt road and up to Coromandel town for seafood chowder pie.” Chris Birch – International motorcycle coach and 8 time New Zealand Enduro Champ

Harbour View Motel Coromandel

BOOK

DIRECT FOR BEST PRICES

Harbour views from every unit

Whether you are coming for business or pleasure our aim is to make it a memorable one. We offer Studio & 2-bedroom units at reasonable rates all with well-equipped kitchens. Other features include 50+Sky TV Channels – Free WiFi – Private outdoor spa pool – Air-con/Heat Pump – BBQ area – Fish filleting area and plenty of off-street parking for boats, buses and trucks. The quiet and peaceful location makes it a popular place to stay. The shops, cafés and restaurants are only a short stroll away. Quality accommodation with Certificates of Excellence and great reviews. Our unique style of hospitality has turned many of our guests into regular guests.

• Peace & quiet • Private deck • Spa pool • Free WiFi • Overlooking harbour • Kayaks & bike use • 6 spacious self-contained units • All units have SKY Guest Select & air-conditioning/heat pumps • Continental breakfast available

25 Harbour View Rd, Coromandel Ph/Fax: +64 7 866 8690 E: harbourviewmotelltd@xtra.co.nz

We look forward to being your hosts! Dave & Janeen

365 Kapanga Rd, Coromandel Town • Ph: +64 7 866 8402 Email: corocourt@xtra.co.nz • www.coromandelcourtmotel.co.nz

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The Coromandel A gravel road through Colville © Getty Images

Colville & the Top of the Peninsula

Head north from Coromandel Town to Papa Aroha, Amodeo Bay and beyond, stopping at these must-see places on the way.

Colville

McGregor Bay

Ōtautu Bay

A sliver of sand and a thing of beauty, McGregor Bay’s golden good looks are only enhanced when the sun sets.

Home to Ōtautu Bay Farm Camp, popular with campers and day-trippers alike.

A good place to check out local craft work and enjoy a well-deserved coffee break.

Waitete Bay

Coromandel Coastal Walkway

You’ll immediately want to dip your toes into the aqua-blue water that laps Waitete’s clean champagne sand. Found at the end of a gravel road and untouched by the masses.

At the very tip of the peninsula is the 7km track that takes 3-4 hours to walk one way and boasts remarkable views of the offshore islands.

COLVILLE after Rear Admiral Lord Colville • 26km N of Coromandel

OTAUTU BAY FARM CAMP ON THE POHUTUKAWA COAST

no noise, no stress, no worries • Spectacular views and harbour‑front location • Great venue for weddings and conferences • Surrounded by a farm • Cabins available, ideal for fishing groups or backpackers • Free kayaks, swimming pool, BBQ, games room, nature walks, fishing etc • Tariff: from $30-$250 a night. Seasonal rates apply. • 7 fully self‑contained cottages $110‑$150. Bunkroom for larger groups sleeps 23, POA. Backpacker Cabins from $30pp. Camp sites from $15. 2‑bedroom log house with private swimming pool $250 (2 persons).

SH 25, Coromandel Ph/Fax: +64 7 866 8747 Email: tekouma@xtra.co.nz www.tekoumacottages.co.nz Reservations: 0800 777 027 Hosts: John & Rose Deane & Family

Te Kouma Harbour Cottages

• A family friendly camp at beautiful Otautu Bay bordered by a working farm on the northern picturesque Coromandel Peninsula. • Beautiful sandy beach, great fishing, safe swimming, ideal for walking or relaxing • Power & tent sites • Unit & lodge • Laundry, hot showers, toilets, freezer, bait & ice • Tariff: camping $16 per adult per night, children (5-14 yrs incl) $8 per night per child. $8 per night extra for power. Units & lodge seasonal rates apply Prices subject to change. Port Jackson Port Charles

Otautu Bay Farm Camp

Little Bay Colville

Coromandel

www.otautubaycamp.co.nz OTAUTU BAY FARM CAMP 257 Port Jackson Rd, Colville

Ph/Fax: +64 7 866 6801 Email: otautubaycamp@xtra.co.nz

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WHITIANGA Whangamata & Waihi

WHITIANGA TO-DO LIST • Bike park & BMX track • Mountain biking • The Lost Spring geothermal pools

• Fish & chips on the wharf • Glass bottom boat tour

Whitianga © Destination Coromandel

VISIT THE POPULAR HOLIDAY SPOTS OF WHITIANGA, WHANGAMATA AND WAIHI.

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HITIANGA is a popular family holiday spot with sparking beaches, deep harbours and fresh seafood. The town centre is a relaxed haven with plenty to do and a fantastic range of restaurants and cafés. Striking Mercury Bay is replete with water activities, with seven great beaches for swimming, diving, banana boat rides, scenic cruises, fishing

charters or kayaking. Buffalo Beach is 3km of white sand and Lonely Bay is quiet and secluded. Find inner peace on a sailing trip to the Aldermen or Mercury islands. Activities on dry land include quad biking, golf, mountain biking, horse trekking, bone carving, mini-golf, and the museum. The Whitianga Scallop Festival, in September, is a week-long event of intensive shucking and eating. Take a short ferry ride from Whitianga to Ferry Landing, then walk to Cooks Beach via Front Bay and Flaxmill Bay (about 40 minutes each way). It’s a 12-minute drive from Ferry Landing

to wondrous Cathedral Cove, Hahei and Hot Water Beach. Everything in Whangamata is a dazzling shade of aqua blue or shimmering green. Retreat into lush forest, or surf, sail and swim at a sighinducing beach. Donut island, with its emerald lagoon, can be accessed via kayak and is still somewhat a secret. Waihi town has prospered from mining over the years but it’s the beach that really struck gold. With epic surfing waves and a long stretch of silky sand, it’s the jewel in an already glistening crown.

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Escape to The Lost Spring

Escape to The Lost Spring

W H ITIANGA’S G EO –TH E R MAL OAS I S

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• Large one bedroom apartment style rooms

Day Spa Pools Geo-Thermal

• Walking distance to The Lost Spring

Cocktails, Poolside

Day Spa & Restaurant Dining Cocktails, Poolside Restaurant 121A Cook Drive, Whitianga 3510, +64 Dining (07) 866& 0456 www.thelostspring.co.nz +64 (07) 866 0456 www.thelostspring.co.nz

The Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

121A Cook Drive, Whitianga 3510, The Coromandel Peninsula, New Zealand

• Heated pool Supervised children 14 years & over welcome Supervised children 14 years & over welcome

• Tennis court • Free Wifi • Childrens play area

20 Eyre Street | Whitianga | Ph (07) 867 1356

stay@beachsideresort.co.nz | beachsideresort.co.nz

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2. Discovering Cathedral Cove. Also known as Te Whanganuia-Hei, this photogenic rock archway joins two coves over spectacular beach. Scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia movies were filmed here. Follow the snorkel trail at Gemstone Bay, or take a glass-bottom boat from Whitianga.

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1. Collecting a vial of Hahei’s twinkling sand. It’s the beach equivalent of Swarovski crystal. But Hahei is so much more than just pretty beach. The Hereheretaura and Te Pare pā sites are now reserves. Hereheretaura pā is situated on top of a headland, accessible by a series of steps.

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121 Albert St, Whitianga • P: +64 7 866 5579 E: info@mercurybayholidaypark.co.nz

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Oceans Resort WHITIANGA

• 1 & 2-brm self-contained apartments, sleep 1-6 people • Across from Buffalo Beach, town centre 2min stroll • Heated pool, tennis court, boat-wash bay • Lost Spring thermal pools next door • Kitchen and laundry facilities • FREE WiFi

18 Eyre St, Whitianga (reception 50m down drive) P: +64 7 869 5222 E: stay@oceansresort.co.nz

www.oceansresort.co.nz

www.coastalcampers.co.nz • Take a road trip in a fully equipped, selfcontained motorhome or campervan. • No road restrictions and great daily rates that include insurance let you see all of NZ. • Vans sleep 2-6, Auckland Airport transfers available.

22 Lee St, Whitianga  • P: +64 7 866 0509  M: +64 27 439 1480 •  E: info@coastalcampers.co.nz

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LAND OF FRUIT & HONEY

Coastal

Bay of Plenty It’s in our nature

THIS REGION IS BLESSED WITH 125KM OF PRISTINE WHITE SANDY BEACHES, LAID-BACK TOWNS, EXCELLENT EATING AND DRINKING PLUS ARTS AND CULTURE.

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his huge arcing coastline was named the Bay of Plenty by Captain Cook after he saw local Māori with abundant supplies of food. Today the region still has a warm, sunny climate, fertile soils, bountiful harvests and rich wildlife. Sample the best of it. Organic avocado, citrus, kiwifruit, nuts and other subtropical fruits are available everywhere, including at roadside stalls.

Head down to the water’s edge where you will discover stretches of sublime sugar-sand beaches ideal for surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, water-skiing and swimming. Go scuba diving and snorkelling and see abundant marine life. Visit volcanic islands, including active White Island, or just kick off your jandals and chill on a beach. Sunshine, sand and surf are top of the bill here but Tauranga, New Zealand’s fastest-

growing city, has an active arts and music scene. Its dazzling blue harbour, and outstanding parks and gardens add to the attraction. You will also find scenic walks with panoramic vistas, waterfalls, wildlife safari tours, cycle trails, scenic walks, adventure activities, golf courses and Māori cultural and historical experiences to entice and enthral you.

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TAURANGA

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Museum for local history. Visit in summer for the popular Twilight Concerts; spread out a rug, unpack your picnic and relax for some great Saturday night entertainment.

THE PERFECT BLEND OF CITY AND LAID-BACK LIFESTYLE,

OF THE BEST BEACHES IN THE COUNTRY.

The Haiku Pathway, the only one outside of Japan, winds past Uretara Stream and features more than 40 haiku poems carved into river boulders.

Katikati’s prosperity owes much to horticulture. Avocados, kiwifruit, nashi pears, citrus fruit, flowers and vegetables are all grown here, and you can meet the locals and stock up on provisions at the local market every Friday from 4-6pm at the A&P Showgrounds.

There are lots of unique attractions here. Soak in a thermal pool at Sapphire Springs while listening to tūī sing, stroll around the Katikati Bird Gardens and admire the camellias and magnolias. Check out the Western Bay

Don’t forget to visit The Wine Portfolio Cellar Door to taste the finest selection of wines, or spend the day sampling local fare at the Katikati Avocado Food and Wine Festival on 18 January 2020, held at the Uretara Domain.

nown as New Zealand’s mural town, Katikati has around 60 pieces of art depicting the people and events that have shaped the place. Take a guided mural tour at the weekend, snap a selfie with ‘Barry’, a typical Kiwi bloke reading his newspaper and marvel at the other sculptures.

TAURANGA HAS AN ECLECTIC MIX OF RESTAURANTS AND CAFÉS AS WELL AS MUSEUMS, GALLERIES, HERITAGE SITES AND PRETTY PARKS AND GARDENS... AND THERE’S THE SPARKLING OCEAN, LINED BY SOME

TAURANGA

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KATIKATI 40km N of Tauranga Sapphire Springs Holiday Park & Thermal Pools Family-owned holiday park. 32ha native bush haven with stream. Choice of motel units, camp sites, bungalow, lodge and cabins. Motorhomes welcome. Features: Warm thermal pools and hot tubs, playground, BBQs, camp store and more. 5km from Katikati at foot of Kaimai Ranges. Come for the day and play, or stay for a relaxing holiday. Tariff: Camping from $20. Lodge/cabins from $60. Motels from $130 (2 persons). Bungalow from $360 (12 persons). Check website for day rates.

274 Hot Springs Rd, RD 2, Katikati Ph: +64 7 549 0768 Email: info@sapphiresprings.nz www.sapphiresprings.nz

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Sapphire Springs

Pacifica Golf

To Tauranga

• Playground • Picnic area • Flying fox • Pony rides • Underground springs • Eel swirl • Hand-feed the animals • Refreshments available • Short walk to Falls Café And much much more! Walk or drive.

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Coastal Bay of Plenty Harbour view towards Tauranga CBD © Tourism Bay of Plenty

Mt Maunganui EVERY DAY’S A HOLIDAY AT ‘THE MOUNT’. WITH ITS COOL SURF VIBES, SEEMINGLY PERENNIAL SUNSHINE AND VOLCANIC CONED MOUNTAIN, WELCOME TO THE NEW ZEALAND VERSION OF HONOLULU. Fishing off the coast of Mt Maunganui © Tourism Bay of Plenty

LOCAL BUZZ “Tauranga Rocks is the name of a local game. Come summer, people paint rocks and hide them in public places for others to find.” Catherine Sylvester – Brand Ambassador, writer, actress and radio/television presenter

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āori discovered Tauranga in the 13th century and called it ‘the place of rest or anchorage’. It’s a physical and spiritual symbol of their identity. Stroll around the harbour for a glimpse of over a thousand yachts and launches, or jump on board a charter boat and head out to the internationally renowned deepsea fishing waters. There are also opportunities to go diving, kayaking and surfing, or to join an island excursion. By day, The Strand waterfront’s fine array of restaurants, cafés and

bars will cater for every craving, while Saturday’s farmers’ market will cause equal excitement for your taste buds. If you have children in need of burning off surplus energy, The Hairy Maclary Sculpture Park features nine bronze figurines from Lynley Dodd’s much-loved children’s books. Better yet, little ones are welcome to clamber all over them. By night, an evening sail is an exquisite way to take in the shimmering lights of the city. Or join a glowworm kayaking tour; paddle into the sunset from Lake McLaren and discover an enchanting canyon.

MT MAUNGANUI

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Life’s a beach at Mt Maunganui

Mt Maunganui Beach © Getty Images

‘THE MOUNT’ IS A COASTAL PARADISE WITH GOOD SURF AND SAFE SWIMMING BEACHES, AND A STACK OF THINGS TO DO TO SATISFY YOUNG AND OLD.

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ith its surf vibe and relaxed feel, Mt Maunganui has a holiday atmosphere all year round. At the southern end of Tauranga Harbour, it sits on a peninsula with ocean surf Main Beach on one side and lovely sheltered Pilot Bay, ideal for swimming, on the other.

Situated at the base of the mountain (Mauao) on both ocean & harbour beaches, next to boat ramp, cafés & the hot salt-water pools. Popular family park. Ideal for schools & groups. Sites from $40, cabins from $85 (1-2 persons). Seasonal rates apply.

‘The Mount’, stands proudly above the seaside resort town. Stroll the 3.5km path around its mainly flat base, one of the most walked tracks in New Zealand. Climb to the 232m-high summit and revel in stunning ocean and city views. Reward yourself by luxuriating in the geothermal saltwater hot pools at the foot of The Mount. For other great views and picnic spots, try the Otūmoetai foreshore walk. There are guided cultural or photography tour walks too.

Watersports are the thing to do here, and windsurfing, kayaking, water-skiing, parasailing, skydiving and kite sailing are enjoyed all year round. The good breaks at Main Beach make it an excellent place to learn surfing. Charter a boat and venture out into deep-sea fishing waters or to Leisure Island (Moturiki) to see the blowhole on the protected reserve. Visit the Classic Flyers Aviation Museum and enjoy a flight in a World War II biplane, have a scenic tour or take the controls of a glider. Head to Bayfair Shopping Centre for retail therapy, play a round of golf, see a movie, or relax on the beach with a good book. The town’s main strip has a good mix of cafés and bars.

PACIFIC COAST LODGE & BACKPACKERS

• Award-winning Qualmark rated Siver 4-star hostel. • Large and spacious. Great vibe and culture. • Close to the beach and town. • Free surfboards. On-site parking. WiFi. • Assistance with job placements year round. 432 Maunganui Rd, Mt Maunganui • P: +64 7 574 9601 • Res: 0800 66 66 22 www.pacificcoastlodge.co.nz • E: info@pacificcoastlodge.co.nz

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PĀPĀMOA/PĀPĀMOA BEACH

20km SE of Tauranga

PACIFIC PALMS RESORT

• 2ha landscaped gardens. 1, 2 & 3-brm balcony/patio resortstyle apartments. Heated 20m pool/BBQ/tennis courts. • Full kitchens/laundry. Stroll to beach, shopping centre, restaurants/cafés, gym, library/conference centre next door. On bus route. FREE WiFi. • Tariff: $160-$300 (2 persons). Nightly/weekly rates available. 21 Gravatt Rd, Papamoa Beach • P: 0800 808 835 www.pacificpalmsresort.co.nz • E: bookings@pacificpalmsresort.co.nz PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP


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Chill out in Papamoa

Parents will love the laid-back atmosphere and there’s plenty to keep the kids happy. If you need an adrenalin rush, try blokarting on a three-wheel land sailer. There’s also an excellent range of restaurants and cafés, and if you’re after a spot of retail therapy then Pāpāmoa Plaza, Fashion Island and local markets are sure to satisfy.

LOCAL BUZZ

While entire days can be enjoyed on Pāpāmoa’s beach, there are plentiful active options. The Pāpāmoa Hills Regional Park/ Te Rae o Pāpāmoa overlooks the beach and boasts views from Mt Maunganui to Whakatāne. There’s a network of walking and running tracks to explore here, which are open daily from 6.30am to 7pm in winter and until 9pm in the summer.

“After climbing the Mount, head to Pāpāmoa. Bike across the Matapihi Bridge and grab a bite to eat at the BLUEBIYOU bistro or Henry & Ted’s.” Catherine Sylvester – Brand Ambassador, writer, actress and radio/television presenter Pāpāmoa Beach © Getty Images

• 5min walk to the bar/ restaurants, shopping centre and the beach. • 9min drive to the ASB Baypark Arena via SH 2.

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ust a 15-minute drive from its big sister Mt Maunganui, Pāpāmoa offers a totally different holiday experience. There are no crowds, and no raging nightlife, just tranquillity and the sound of the waves tumbling gently on the warm golden sands.

• 2 studio units, 4 x 2-bedroom units with own backyard. • FREE WIFI, SKY 50+ channels, air-con.

FREEPHONE: 0800 756 758 P: +64 07 572 1188 E: info.emlodge@gmail.com 56 Domain Rd, Papamoa Beach, Tauranga

Book online: www.energymotorlodge.co.nz

• Short drive to Mount Maunganui • Ideal for family holidays/reunions, retreats, church or particularneeds groups • Motels • Cabins • Lodges • Camp sites • Motorhome sites • Mini golf, hot pool & dump station

• Set on 5 acres of park-like grounds • WIFI • Tariff: power sites (2p) $34-$40, cabins $69-$109, 2-brm motel $119-142, 3-brm motel (5p) $194-$229, 4-brm villa (6p) $234-$267

1110 Papamoa Beach Rd, Papamoa • P: +64 7 542 0018 E: office@pacificpark.co.nz • www.pacificpark.co.nz 

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Slice of the good life ‘GOODNESS GROWS HERE’

Tour guide, Comvita, Te Puke © Comvita

TE PUKE & MATATĀ

Honey bee on a mānuka flower, Te Puke © Tourism Bay of Plenty

Te Puke is known as the kiwifruit capital of the world, and you can tour the orchards which grow both the green and gold varieties.

Honey producer Comvita, 11km away in Paengaroa, welcomes visitors on a fascinating tour to see the world through the eyes of the honey bee. Other drawcards here are claybird shooting and an allterrain park for runners, walkers, mountain bikers, horse trekkers and novice motorcross riders. Quirky Looking Glass Garden

TE PUKE

sits in the Pāpāmoa Hills overlooking Te Puke and is 8ha of floral joy. Rich in cultural and sporting history, Matatā has wonderful coastal views and attracts eager hunters during the duckshooting season. It has some of the best surfcasting off its long, sandy beaches and there are competitions in summer.

the hill • 25km SE of Tauranga on SH 2

JUNCTION MOTEL

• 10min S of Te Puke (Kiwifruit Capital) on Tauranga-Rotorua hwy. Handy to Te Puke Golf Club & Comvita. Adjacent Paengaroa Domain. • Comfortable studio & family units (sleep 4). Free WiFi. Air-con. • Central stopover between Gisborne & Auck. • Tariff: $150-$180 (2 persons dbl) additional $25. 246 SH 33, Paengaroa, Te Puke • P: +64 7 533 1023 www.junctionmotel.co.nz • E: junctionmotel@xtra.co.nz

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Explore Whakatāne

DON’T MISS! New Zealand’s Sunshine Capital doesn’t just offer month upon month of vitamin-D boosting sunbeams, it also offers a four-month long jamboree: the Summer Arts Festival. Running January through to April, festivities include dance carnivals, outdoor jazz concerts, films, theatre and live sculpture making, complete with tutors onhand. Packing your camp chair is a must – from the opera to Shakespeare in the park, there’s a lot to sit down and soak up. Including the sunshine.

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hakatāne has a strong Māori heritage and you can experience the cultural traditions of New Zealand’s first people on guided tours here. Enjoy a hangi feast, visit a marae, pā site and learn a traditional Māori craft. Sunny Whakatāne is officially the

nation’s kiwi capital. Take a night tour to see the birds in their natural habitat, or tour wildlife sanctuary Moutohorā (Whale Island) and watch the largest colony of mutton birds in the country returning at night. A fleet of charter boats is also available to take visitors diving, fishing and to swim with dolphins.

Another attraction nearby is the Whirinaki Forest and Te Urewera National Park where you can walk, hunt, fish, horse trek or go white-water rafting. Ngā Tapuwae o Toi is one of Whakatāne’s most popular walkways, featuring pā sites, pōhutukawa trees, coastal views and bird colonies. The

Whirinaki Track, which runs past river terraces, is more challenging, taking two to five days. In town, visit Mataatua Wharenui, a marae which travelled worldwide and returned home in 2011. A must-visit while in Whakatāne is the active marine volcano White Island/Whakaari.

WHAKATĀNE 92km NE of Rotorua

Whakatāne, gateway to

Whakaari/White Island Experience the power of a live volcano beneath your feet. It’s just the beginning of what Whakatāne has to offer – a trip like no other.

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ust 49km offshore from Whakatāne is active marine volcano White Island/Whakaari. The 2km-wide island is 321m above sea level so most of the volcano is hidden underwater.

Māori call it Te Puia o Whakaari which means dramatic volcano. Sulphur deposits have created a vivid yellow, green and orange crater landscape which is constantly changing. A new crater lake was formed after an eruption in 2000. Steam hisses from vents in the ground, pits bubble with sulphurous chemicals and temperatures can reach 800°. Get here by boat or helicopter and soak up the tour guide’s tales of the miners who had the dangerous job of extracting the sulphur. White Island / Whakaari © White Island Tours

Visit an Island Paradise

Fully guided day tours from Whak atāne Discover a place like nowhere you’ve been before!

Only 10 minutes off the coast of Whakatane lies beautiful Moutohorā (Whale Island). This Island Sanctuary is home to many species of endangered birds and reptiles. Join us for a guided nature walk followed by a visit to the island’s Pohutukawa lined hot water beach where you can take a dip or simply relax while enjoying the view back towards the mainland.

15 The Strand, Whak atāne

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nown as the seaside playground of the Eastern Bay of Plenty, Ōhope Beach is 11km of unspoilt sand perfect for swimming and surfing, and unsuprisingly it’s held the title of the nation’s best beach. Explore Ōhiwa Harbour, separated from Ōhope by a giant sandspit, and look out for the godwits migrating from Alaska. From Ōhope, pack a picnic and your togs and climb over to the secluded Otarawairere Bay, a beautiful

Coastal Bay of Plenty Ōhope Beach © Whakatāne District Council

beach that can only be reached by a 15-minute walk or a gentle 10-minute kayak. If it’s magnificent views you’re after, you’ll get them from the Puketapu (Sacred Hill) Lookout, Ngā Tapuwae o Toi Walkway (perhaps New Zealand’s oldest pā), and a track over the western headland. Other activities on this prime piece of coastal land include golf at Ōhope’s 18-hole international course or hopping on board a fishing charter boat to check out the abundant marine life.

ASK ANY KIWI ABOUT THEIR FAVOURITE NEW ZEALAND BEACH AND MANY WILL SAY (OR SIGH) ŌHOPE. STRETCHING FOR MILES, THIS RETINA-PLEASING POCKET OF PARADISE BOASTS SAFE SWIMMING SPOTS, LIFEGUARD PATROLS, BARBECUES, PLAYGROUNDS AND BASKETBALL COURTS. EVEN THE DOGS ARE ALLOWED OFF THEIR LEASHES TO ENJOY IT. NO WONDER ŌHOPE ALWAYS GETS THE THUMBS UP (AND PAWS TOO).

Awakeri

HOT SPRINGS The perfect place

ŌHOPE BEACH 6km E of Whakatāne

OHOPE BEACH

MOTEL

to explore the Bay of Plenty

Ohope Beach Motel offers you 10 newly renovated self-catering units right on the beach • Spacious play area & bushwalks • Set in established bush setting • Park Motel, tourist flats, cabins, power & tent sites • 16km to Whakatane • Hot Thermal Pools – Free for Guests Tariff: (2 persons) $40-$120, seasonal rates apply

SH 30, RD 2, Whakatane Ph +64 7 304 9117 www.awakerisprings.co.nz

• Peace & tranquil surrounds • Beach 20m across the road • Whale, dolphin & bird spotting • 400m to cafés, shops, dairy & grocery store • Great surf beach • Reserve walking tracks & trails • Cultural heritage sites & parks • Whakaari / White Island

• Fishing, snorkeling & boating • Excursion planning & bookings • Discover Otarawairere Bay, secluded hidden gem off West End Road • Hot springs (nearby) • 2 golf courses (nearby) • Tariff: $135-$205

52 West End Road, Ohope 3121 • P 07 312 419 M 027 777 2292 • E office@ohopebeachmotel.nz

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne

BE THE FIRST TO SEE THE SUNRISE

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne Tolaga Bay Wharf © Brennan Thomas

Destination of explorers VISITORS CAN EXPECT SENSATIONAL SURF BEACHES, WINE COUNTRY PRODUCING EXCELLENT CHARDONNAY AND A WARM, SUNNY WELCOME FROM FRIENDLY LOCALS.

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he first Polynesian canoes landed here followed by Captain Cook. This is rural heartland New Zealand, the land of explorers, ripe for adventure and paradise for visitors. Take a road trip ‘out east’ on the Pacific Coast Highway, SH 35, and be gobsmacked by the giant loop road which hugs the dramatic coastline for more than 300km. Beautiful scenery prostrates itself before you on this journey into Tairāwhiti, which translates as ‘the coast upon which the sun shines across the water’. This is a promised land of remote surf beaches, rocky headlands, beautifully

carved marae, historic churches and the red blooms of summer flowering pōhutukawa. This is a real corner of New Zealand, where community ties built on rural enterprise are strong and a love of the ocean is shared by all. Tractors on the beach, horse-back riding and fresh kaimoana for dinner – it’s all part of daily life in Tairāwhiti Gisborne. It’s likely for much of this journey you will have the road to yourself and generous amounts of sunshine. There is just one rule to keep in mind when travelling around the East Cape – take your time!

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Road less travelled East Cape

Legend has it Maui fished up the North Island from his waka and that MT HIKURANGI is that boat’s final resting place. The Raukumara Range peak is sacred to Māori. Take a tour to see the sculptures.

Lottin Point, East Cape © Peter Burchell

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne

AS ONE OF THE FIRST PLACES FOR MAORI SETTLERS, ŌPOTIKI’S

Cycling through the Pākihi Track near Ōpotiki © Jim Robinson INSET: Cooks Cove Lookout © Mel Ma’afu

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fishing. Enjoy good cycling on the Motu Trails, one of the Great Rides. The Dunes Trail is a 10km ride along the coastline.

day hiking trail around the water’s edge for the adventurous.

Activities centre around the water with good rafting, jet boating kayaking, surfing, swimming and

Hukutaia Domain has a fine collection of native plants including a 2500-yearold sacred pūriri tree. Ōpotiki also offers easy access to Te Urewera’s remote, rugged, forest terrain. Visit Lake Waikaremoana – there’s a four-

Whanarua Bay, with its tranquil beaches and rocky outcrops, is considered to be the prettiest bay.

potiki, the gateway to East Cape, has long, unspoiled beaches to wander, forests to explore and rivers to ride. The pretty town’s main street is decorated with the work of Māori master carvers.

ŌPOTIKI place of Potiki • 45km E of Whakatāne on SH 2

Eastland Pacific Motor Lodge OPOTIKI • NEW ZEALAND

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Te Kaha has glorious beaches and bays, perfect for swimming.

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• The Anglican Church at Raukokore – one of the most photographed places on the East Cape

• Reputedly the world’s oldest pōhutukawa tree – a whopping 600-years young and ageing gracefully at Te Araroa

• Take a selfie at the East Coast Cape Lighthouse – the most easterly place on the mainland

• Tikitiki’s beautifully carved and decorated St Mary’s Church • Tolaga Bay – at 660m, this is one of New Zealand’s longest wharves

Opotiki Holiday Park • Large units suitable for meetings or training up to 14 people • 10 units with spa baths, 4 x 2-brm units, 6 x 1-brm units, 8 studio units • Wheelchair access units • Sky TV Guest Select • Guest laundry • Continental and cooked breakfasts • Wireless internet access • Warm welcome & friendly service • Tariff: Studio $135, 1-brm $155, 2-brm $175.

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Accommodation: Relax in a rural setting only 200m walk to Opotiki town centre. Start of the Motu Trail on our doorstep, or we can arrange shuttle services. Secure lock-up for bikes and group rates available. Choice of self-contained units, kitchen cabins, tent sites & motel units.

39 Potts Ave, Opotiki Phone: +64 7 315 6050 Email: opotiki.holidays @xtra.co.nz

Features: Communal kitchen, metered showers, laundry, TV lounge, Freeview TV, Zenbu WiFi, swimming pool, playground and dump station. Tariff: 2 persons $50-$120, sites from $20, seasonal rates may apply. Visa, Mastercard, EFTPOS.

www.opotikiholidaypark.co.nz

TE KAHA te kaha-hui-a-Tikirakau (the rope of Tikirakau) • 70km NE of Ōpōtiki Cnr Bridge & St John Sts, Opotiki Ph: +64 7 315 5524 Fax: +64 7 315 5504

Email: eastlandopotiki@xtra.co.nz

www.eastlandpacific.co.nz Reservations:

0800 103 003

Resident Hosts: Lyn & Gary Savage

TE KAHA HOLIDAY PARK, MOTEL & CAFE

• A paradise for anglers & families. • Park motels/cabins/backpackers/60 pwr sites/100 tent sites. • On-site café, takeaways, general store, off-licence. • Kayak/bike hire. Postal agency. Close to beach, permitted boat launching, great fishing, smokehouse. • Tariff: $20-$130 (2 persons). SH 35, (RD 3, Opotiki), Te Kaha • P/F: +64 7 325 2894 www.tekahaholidaypark.co.nz • E: tekahahp@xtra.co.nz

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne

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isborne, known as New Zealand’s chardonnay capital, also makes world-class pinot gris and gewürztraminer. It’s the country’s third biggest grape-growing region with around 2000ha of vineyards, and more than half are dedicated to producing chardonnay. Wine tours, including by bicycle, are available to guide you around a variety of vineyards. If you’re in Gizzy over Labour Weekend, don’t miss the annual Wine & Food Weekend but be sure to book in advance.

The first light © Strike Photography

HICKS BAY 2nd lieutenant on the Endeavour • 180km N of Gisborne

HICKS BAY YOU’D BE WISE TO ARRIVE IN HICKS BAY THE NIGHT BEFORE IN ORDER TO CATCH A GLORIOUS SUNRISE THE FOLLOWING DAY. Originally named after Zachary Hickes, second-in-command to James Cook’s Endeavour and the alleged pioneer of this charmed coastal spot, it has since officially changed names to Wharekahika/Hicks Bay.

• Travellers units through to angler’s accommodation • Walking track to fishing grounds • Free unlimited WiFi

• Vodafone coverage • Seafaring kayak hire • Licensed restaurant & bar • Tariff: From $120-$200

365 Lottin Point Road, Hicks Bay, Gisborne • P: +64 6 864 4455 E: bookings@lottinpoint.co.nz • www.lottinpoint.co.nz 

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If you want to be the first on Earth to see a brand new day, head to Te Araroa, a small settlement just 10km from Hicks Bay. Here, the East Cape Lighthouse which is a little further down the coast basks in the first light of morning.

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne THE MOTU CYCLE TRAIL FROM ŌPOTIKI TO MATAWAI ALSO LINKS TO THE RERE FALLS TRAIL WHICH GLIDES OVER 103KM OF GLORIOUS ROLLING HILLS CONNECTING MATAWAI TO GISBORNE. ALLOW ONE TO THREE DAYS TO CYCLE THIS GRADE 3/INTERMEDIATE ROUTE.

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isborne is a prosperous and sunny port city boasting unspoilt beaches, a Mediterranean-style climate, and good cafés and restaurants. Modern-day New Zealand began when Captain Cook arrived here in 1769, landing on Kaitī Beach, making the first European contact with Māori. At the top of Kaitī Hill there is a statue of Captain James Cook, but controversy surrounds its authenticity. Some argue it bears little resemblance to the man. Either way, the views from his standing

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point are phenomenal. Gisborne attractions include the Tairāwhiti Museum, which houses the bridge of a sunken steam ship. Head to top music venue Smash Palace for tunes or catch a movie at the cool Dome Cinema. Venture to Waikanae Beach, Eastwoodhill Arboretum and A Whatatutu pā site, uninhabited for seven generations but now brought back to life. Head into the water to see stingray at Tatapouri or enjoy the Rere Rockslide, a natural waterslide down smooth rocks. Journey south to Wherowhero Lagoon with views of Young Nick’s Head.

after Colonial Secretary William Gisborne • 215km NE of Napier

A New Zealand Must-Do! • The largest collection of northern hemisphere trees in the southern hemisphere. 25km of trail walks. • Playground for all ages. • A unique conservation experience. • Accommodation available.

Tairāwhiti Museum & Art Gallery 10 Stout Street, Gisborne • 06 867 3832 Mon – Sat 10am – 4pm • Sun & Public Holidays 1.30pm – 4pm Entry $5, 12 & under FREE • 5min walk from CBD, FREE parking, step-free access, FREE WiFi, café

www.tairawhitimuseum.org.nz

P: +64 6 863 9003 | E: enquiries@eastwoodhill.org.nz A: 2392 Wharekopae Rd, RD 2, Ngatapa, Gisborne www.eastwoodhill.org.nz

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WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS THROUGH

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Waikato / Waitomo Waikato River, Hamilton © Getty Images

THIS REGION IS DOMINATED BY THE WAIKATO RIVER WHICH PROVIDES PHYSICAL AND SPIRITUAL NOURISHMENT TO ITS PEOPLE. THE RIVER NOURISHES THE BUCOLIC ROLLING HILLS AND PLUNGES DEEP INTO SUBTERRANEAN LIMESTONE CAVERNS AND FLOWS TO THE WILD COAST. YOU’LL FIND RICH MĀORI HERITAGE AND THE MAGIC LAND OF MIDDLE-EARTH HERE.

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he deep flowing Waikato, New Zealand’s longest river, winds through the beating heart of the North Island. Rising on the eastern slopes of Mt Ruapehu in the Central Volcanic Plateau, the river navigates Lake Taupō and the Huka Falls before flowing northwest through the Waikato Plains. The river’s life force radiates across the region. Historically, it was a critical communications and transport route, and always an important treasure (taonga) providing physical and spiritual well-being for Māori. An adventure playground for kayakers and rowers, walkers and mountain bikers, the river also supports the region’s agriculture and generates power through its eight dams and nine hydro-electric stations. Winding its way through Hamilton, New Zealand’s largest inland city,

the river’s tributaries fan out to nourish the region, maintaining everything from the green rolling hills used as film locations in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings trilogies, to the 30-million-year-old intricate limestone cave network deep underground. Visitors have been flocking to Waitomo for over 130 years to see the stalactites and stalagmites and glowworms. And there’s a whole lot more to this beautiful region. The landscape’s striking arches, tunnels and fluted outcrops, native bush and thick forests and rugged surf beaches are also a magnet for cyclists, walkers, nature lovers, bird watchers and surfers. And those looking for culture, history and good cuisine will love the diversity here too.

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Hamilton

Cultural & Energetic

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Hamilton is young and innovative, with a thriving cultural precinct and vibrant dining and nightlife. It’s also full of natural splendour – the magnificent green synonymous with Waikato landscapes continues through the city, along its river paths, through its many parks and wide, tree-lined streets.

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RES: 0800 TO ASCOT (86 27 26)

Brooklyn Rd, Hamilton • Ph: 0800 15 44 44

FOR A TREAT, ENJOY A TASTING AT ZEALONG TEA ESTATE, NEW ZEALAND’S ONLY TEA PLANTATION.

LEFT: Italian Renaissance garden, Hamilton Gardens © hamiltonwaikato.com INSET: Te Parapara garden, Hamilton Gardens © Getty Images

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320 Te Rapa Road, Hamilton • Affordable accommodation in Te Rapa • 1, 2 and 3-bedroom units • Walking distance to Te Rapa Race Course & Waterworld • St Andrew’s Golf Course close by and only a short drive to Central Hamilton • EFTPOS available Ascot Lodge • Tariff: $94-$115 Motel (2 persons) VI

At the Waikato Museum, explore exhibitions that tell the region’s stories and view more than 38,000 treasures (taonga). Look out for the beautiful Māori carvings on the roof. The Classics Museum

has over 100 cool cars and a 1950s diner. View the works of Waikato’s best artists at ArtsPost in the lovely old Post Office building. If you are in the city in June, go to Fieldays, the southern hemisphere’s biggest agricultural event. The kids will love the Hamilton Zoo, where they can get up close to a variety of animals.

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throughout history will delight. Highlights include the Chinese, traditional Māori and Italian Renaissance gardens, free to visit.

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he city’s main thoroughfare runs parallel to the Waikato River, which holds a special significance to Māori. Take a river cruise to experience its beauty from the water. There’s an 11km path along the river bank to the exquisite Hamilton Gardens, where beautifully curated spaces inspired by different civilisations

MAGICAL HAMILTON

P: +64 7 849 2337 • E: motel_ascot@xtra.co.nz • www.ascotlodgemotel.co.nz

• Quality late model vehicles to suit any budget or need

www.waikatocarrentals.co.nz

Your Hosts; Russell & Connie 42 Thackeray St, Hamilton | P: 07 839 5553 | E: info@lakepointmotel.co.nz

Reservations:

0800 525 376

• Spacious rooms • King-size beds • FREE WiFi • 50 Channel TV • Telephone • Tea/coffee-making facilities • Mini kitchen with fridge, microwave, etc Tariff: from $120 • Hairdryer • Iron/ironing board

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t’s the great surf at The Indicators, Whale Bay and Manu Bay that attracts so many to Raglan. See surfers tackle the longest, most accessible and consistent left-hand break in the world at Manu Bay or take a surf lesson yourself.

Māori during the 1863 land wars, one of the largest battles in New Zealand’s history.

Te Kauwhata’s talented craftspeople offer visitors a delightful Waikato experience. History buffs will want to visit Rangiriri Pa, just south of Te Kauwhata, the site of a battle between the British forces and local

Ngāruawāhia, one of the region’s oldest towns, is overlooked by the sacred (tapu) Mt Taupiri, burial ground for the Waikato tribe and where past Māori kings and the late Māori Queen, Dame Te Atairangikaahu, are buried.

Waipa District

Pokeno is the place to stop for ice cream – the more-than-generous scoops sold in this small town have a huge following.

SEVERAL HYDRO LAKES PROVIDE A WATERSPORTS PLAYGROUND, INCLUDING LAKE KARĀPIRO, THE TRAINING GROUND FOR OLYMPIC ROWERS. THE WAIKATO RIVER TRAILS IS A WALKING AND CYCLING EXPERIENCE ALONGSIDE THE WAIKATO RIVER, WHERE DAMS, SUSPENSION BRIDGES AND EXPANSIVE RIVER VIEWS ARE HIGHLIGHTS. TE KAUWHATA the empty storehouse • 53km N of Hamilton on SH 1

Greenstone Shop & Museum Pounamu Taonga • View our greenstone carvers at work • Affordable prices • 2 minutes from State Highway 1

140 Wayside Road, Te Kauwhata Ph: +64 7 826 3156 • Email: peter-simpson@xtra.co.nz

TE AWAMUTU end of the navigable river • 30km S of Hamilton on SH 3

Waikato River Trails © hamiltonwaikato.com

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e Awamutu is a pretty Waipa farming town, rich in Māori history and tradition. The town’s magnificent rose gardens are rated among the best in the world; see them in bloom from November to April. Walk the tracks that wind through Pirongia Forest Park, the Kakepuku Historic Reserve and the Lake Ngāroto wetland track, or try rock climbing and mountain biking at Wharepapa. Visit Te Awamutu Museum to view Uenuku, a taonga (treasure) of the Tainui people, and memorabilia of legendary hometown

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boys – the musical Finn brothers, of Crowded House fame. Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari nearby is a must for wildlife lovers. With a 47km-long predator-proof fence, this is the largest ecological island on mainland New Zealand, offering a sanctuary for populations of many of our most endangered species – from birds to bats, frogs to reptiles and tuatara to giant weta. Step into a world where ancient forest towers above walking tracks and the air is filled with birdsong.

24km SE of Hamilton on SH 1

• All ground-floor: 6 with full kitchens (sleep 2-5), 5 studios: tea/coffee/ 63 Hamilton Rd, Cambridge toaster/microwave P: +64 7 827 7766 • E: info@cambrianlodge.co.nz (sleep 2).

Cambrian Lodge Motel

0800 886 886 • www.cambrianlodge.co.nz • Free WiFi, 50+ Sky channels.

• Near supermarkets/ restaurants. Velodrome 2km. Within 15min Mystery Creek/airport. • Tariff: $115-$155 (2 persons).

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MatamataPiako

‘THE TOWN OF TREES & CHAMPIONS’

Cambridge

Hobbiton movie set © Destination Rotorua

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Cambridge has been home to gold medal-winning Olympians, and 13 Melbourne Cup winning horses were bred here. Follow the Walk of Fame for an insight into these equine elites and take a horse stud tour. It’s also a town of gardens, cafés, galleries and

antique stores. The variety of trees and gardens along the 1km loop walk around Lake Te Koutu provide a picturesque setting year round. Cambridge is also building a reputation for cycling with the Avantidrome indoor velodrome.

f you’re a Lord of the Rings fan, then Matamata should be top of your itinerary. Farmland around the small rural town was transformed into the Hobbiton movie location for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Take a tour of the Hobbit holes and have enough time for a second breakfast at the Shire’s Rest Café or a Frogmorton Ginger Beer at the Green Dragon Inn. Other activities include visiting the Opal Hot Springs, the Firth Tower Museum and the spectacular Wairere Falls. Nearby Kaimai has a cheese plant with a café and a store that is stocked with all of the delectable Kaimai cheeses.

MATAMATA headland • 63km E of Hamilton on SH 27 Air-conditioning in executive rooms

• Located in the heart of Cambridge above shopping precinct • Restaurant and bars on your doorstep • 18 studios and 3 x 2-brm units + 7 dorm-style rooms well suited to school sports groups • Conference facilities also available • Tariff: $85 (dorm style) $110-$165 (18 studios and 3 x 2-brm units)

87-89 Victoria St, Cambridge Ph: 07 823 1467

Reservations: 0800 166 842 Email: bookings@no1motels.co.nz

www.no1motels.co.nz

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Te Aroha Museum – Old Bath House, Domain © hamiltonwaikato.com

f you are looking for a heritage trail, relaxation or a bit of indulgence, the Te Aroha Domain offers it all. Famous for its natural hot springs, the Domain is home to the world’s only hot soda water, The Mokena Geyser. Within the beautifully restored Edwardian Domain are the Te Aroha Mineral Spas, where you can relax and unwind in the silky mineral water of the private spas, or indulge in a massage or beauty treatment. The township is the end of the road for weary cyclists on the Hauraki Rail Trail who can take to the waters to sooth any aches and pains. Come and play at Swim Zone Te Aroha, the perfect place for the family or explore the history in the 1898 Cadman Bath House which now houses the Te Aroha Museum. For the adventurer, enjoy the 2.5-hour walk to the summit of Mt Te Aroha for breathtaking sights of the Waikato Plains, Mt Ruapehu and the coastal Bay of Plenty. There are 10km of thrilling mountain bike tracks on the mountains lower slopes and surrounding area and interesting walks including the Howarth Memorial Wetland path and the Heritage Trail.

Blue Spring, Waikato © Charles Yuan

MATAMATA headland • 63km E of Hamilton on SH 27

SOUTH WAIKATO HAS A FABULOUS PASTORAL LANDSCAPE RIPE FOR EXPLORING. WALK OR CYCLE THE WAIKATO RIVER TRAILS TO GET INTO THE HEART OF THIS LOVELY LAND. SOUTH WAIKATO TOWNS INCLUDE TIRAU, PUTĀRURU AND TOKOROA. THE DISTRICT OFFERS A MIX OF FORESTS, ROLLING HILLS, LAKES AND RIVERS. A HIGHLIGHT IS THE BEAUTIFUL BLUE SPRING, WHERE 70 PER CENT OF NEW ZEALAND’S BOTTLED WATER COMES FROM. FOLLOW TE WAIHOU WALKWAY FROM WHITES ROAD IN PUTĀRURU TO GET THERE.

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10 Waharoa Rd West,Where’s MatamataKev? Unmask The Bandit! Trap’d Escape Rooms brings a new dimension

You are part of the posse, deputised by Visit Nana Jan’s Bach and look after the to ofimmersive entertainment with itsburn Matamata the State Marshall to solve a string place for her, don’t the scones! escape rooms. stagecoach robbery’s. Watch out for Kev the kiwi, he’s a bit of aUP local TV THE star. ADVENTURE BOOK NOW IF YOU ARE FOR

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torohanga proudly celebrates and displays everything Kiwi. Don’t miss the Ōtorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park for a close-up look ­at our national icon – and see other native species including dinosaur-like tuatara. Te Kuiti is the shearing capital of New Zealand and hosts the annual New Zealand Shearing Championships and The Great New Zealand Muster. See the magnificent statue of All Blacks legend Sir Colin Meads.

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he coastal settlement of Kāwhia is steeped in Māori history and its hills and valleys hold many ancient secrets. Set on a beautiful harbour with glistening water and incredibly beautiful sunsets, Kāwhia has

a definite laid back lifestyle. Go swimming, surfing, fishing or sailing and head to Ocean Beach where hot springs bubble beneath the sand. For a few hours either side of low tide, visitors can dig their very own hot spa pool.

About 31km west of Waitomo on Te Anga Road, a 10-minute bush walk will take you to a viewing platform of the Marokopa Falls – described as one of the most beautiful waterfalls in New Zealand.

Piopio is known as ‘the little jewel on the highway’. This small community is set in rolling farmland and native forests. Take a Hairy Feet tour and walk around the farm where the troll and camp fire scenes in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey were filmed. In the township there are cafés, antique shops and a small museum. A rainforest, waterfalls and impressive limestone bluffs are close by.

Consistent Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence” winner

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Middle Earth at its best!

Join our small, personally guided tours through our sheep & beef farm near Waitomo which featured extensively in “Lord of the Rings” Director Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit”.

An enjoyable tour for more than just middle earth fans. Have your camera ready as we entertain & guide you through ancient native forest & under spectacular limestone cliffs. We’re proud to have the most screentime of all locations.

P: +64 7 (07) 877 8003 E: info@hairyfeetwaitomo.co.nz A: 1411 Mangaotaki Road, Piopio

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UNDERWATER ADVENTURE

100 metre abseil into ‘Lost World’, Waitomo Caves © www.hamiltonwaikato.com

Hobbits aside, one of the best ways to experience Waitomo is to go underground. Take an abseiling tour into the Lost World cave. This 100 metre drop is the highest commercial abseil in New Zealand. Once you’re in, squeeze, jump and slide your way to ground level.

TWENTY-FOUR KIWIANA DISPLAYS GRACE ŌTOROHANGA’S TOWN CENTRE, RANGING FROM BUZZY BEES AND PAVLOVAS TO JANDALS AND THE ALL BLACKS. THE EDMUND HILLARY WALKWAY IS COMPLETE WITH INTERESTING AND HILARIOUS DISPLAYS OF AUNT DAISY, KIWI SLANG AND EVERYTHING IN BETWEEN.

WAITOMO CAVES water entering a cave • 75km S of Hamilton

Waitomo Museum of Caves Your visit to Waitomo starts here • Watch caving and glowworm films • See skeletons of moa and other fossils from local caves • Learn about the history and geology of the Waitomo Caves

Waitomo i-SITE & Visitor Information Centre Independent advice to help you choose between caving options • Fee-free bookings and information • Expert local knowledge • We can book all tours, transport and accommodation in Waitomo and throughout New Zealand for you

New Zealand’s official visitor information network

Call us on 07 878 7640 Email us at info@waitomodiscovery.org www.waitomodiscovery.org

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he caves you see today have been 30 million years in the making, formed by underground streams carving out apertures through the limestone rock. The caves include deep caverns, luminescent glowworms and dark waterways, as well as amazing limestone formations.

NATURALLY FASCINATING

Glowworm Caves

This fabulous subterranean world is both eerie and captivating. Leaving daylight behind, you will enter an underground network of caverns and passages with pristine crystal formations. Don’t worry, it’s entirely safe and you won’t be alone. Tour guides deliver an informative commentary, sharing natural history and cultural legends. For a little more adventure, there’s the option of black-water rafting on a tube beneath ceilings of sparkling glowworms, abseiling or ziplining within the caves.

Spellbound Cave, glowworms © www.hamiltonwaikato.com

WAITOMO CAVES HAVE BEEN ENTERTAINING GUESTS FOR OVER 100 YEARS AND UNSURPRISINGLY THEY’RE AMONG THE MOST VISITED TOURIST ATTRACTIONS IN THE COUNTRY. START AT THE WAITOMO CAVES DISCOVERY CENTRE.

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WAITOMO BIG BIRD B&B / Farmstay 1. Bungalow (4-7p), Chalet (2-4p), Studio (2-4p) 2. Homestead/ensuite rooms (3 rooms) 3. Retreat (3-brm house at Waitomo, 4-10p) Tariff: $85-$130 Dbl, Groups $55 Adult, $25 child. FREE C/Bfst, FREE Ostrich/Emu & Mini Animal Tour, Mini Horse rides (-30kg). Check in after 2pm.

OTOROHANGA & WAITOMO • Near Waitomo Caves and Otorohanga Kiwi House • All units have 32” LCD TVs with Freeview & heat pumps • Quiet units available • Tariff: Economy Studio $125, Standard Studio $135, Kingsize Studio $135, 1 access Unit $135,1-brm/2-brm Unit $145, Family Unit $149. Additional occupants $20, Child (2-14) $15.

NEW UNITS OPENED 2019 59 Main North Rd (SH 3), Otorohanga Ph/Fax: +64 7 873 8289 Reservations Freephone: 0800 82 82 89 Email: stay@otorohangamotels.co.nz

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Waitomo Lodge 62 Te Kumi Road, Te Kuiti Ph: +64 7 878 0003 Fax: +64 7 878 8469 Email: info@waitomo‑lodge.co.nz www.waitomo‑lodge.co.nz Waitomo District’s highest Qualmark-rated motel. Opened March 2008. 14 studio units, 6 x 1‑bedroom units. Super king‑size beds in all units. Air‑conditioned units available. Spa bath units available. 15min drive to Waitomo Caves attractions. Walk across the road to award‑winning Bosco Café for great food.

BIG BIRDS & “MINIATURE-ANIMAL” PETTING FARM SEE OUR NEW MOA MASCOT (Ostrich/Emu) Rare-breeds (Baby-Doll Sheep, MiniBull, Munchkin Cats, Mini Llama, Alpaca, Donkey, Horse, Goats) OPEN DAILY 2-5pm $6pp (Min $30) 1hr tours Come as “Unique” experience with guests - leave “Selfie-Savvy” Adorable as friends Animals – see Facebook!! “Pet Paradise” for Rest in our Nest “Animal Lovers”! Email: bigbird.bb@xtra.co.nz www.waitomobigbird.co.nz facebook.com/waitomobigbird

17 Waitomo Caves Rd, SH 37 Otorohanga 3977 Call now Ph: 0800 733 244

YHA Waitomo Juno Hall 600 Waitomo Caves Rd, Waitomo • Phone: +64 7 878 7649 Email: junowaitomo@xtra.co.nz

• Superb farmland views. Swimming pool, lawn. • Tent sites, campervan/power points, 4 double/twin rooms. • Hunting trips. Tennis court. Large kitchen. Heating. FREE WIFI.

TARIFF: ensuite double/twin

$90, standard double/twin $80, dorm $33pp, power site $19pp & campervan/tent site $17pp.

Waitomo District’s highest Qualmark-rated motel

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RAW BEAUTY

New Zealand’s

Geothermal Playground

Rotorua

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NEW ZEALAND’S GEOTHERMAL PARADISE HAS BEEN DELIGHTING VISITORS FROM AROUND THE WORLD SINCE THE 19TH CENTURY. THIS UNUSUAL CITY ENTICES TOURISTS WITH ITS VOLCANIC ACTIVITY, EXPLOSIVE GEYSERS, VAST CRATERS, SPARKLING LAKES, SOOTHING THERMAL POOLS, LUSH FORESTS, RAW BEAUTY AND HUGE CHOICE OF ADVENTURE ACTIVITIES.

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his incredible place is a geothermal wonderland and it’s also bursting with beautiful lakes, forest, bush and adrenalin-generating activities – all guaranteed to wow visitors. Experience Māori culture in its heartland. Walk through the Buried Village and hear the story of the 1886 Mt Tarawera eruption, and explore Te Whakarewarewa, a living thermal Māori village where people have been welcoming visitors into their homes since the 1800s and giving visitors an insight into their way of life.

Visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Hell’s Gate, the Waimangu Volcanic Valley and experience the eruption of the Pohutu Geyser (Te Puia) in all its glory before spending time relaxing at one of the many thermal spas. In Rotorua, you can zipline across the tree canopy, blaze down mountain biking trails or go Zorbing, play in the whitewater on a raft or kayak, parasail or take a scenic flight. Fly downhill on a luge or into the air on the Skyswing, fish for trout, enjoy a round of golf or simply walk around some of its 18 lakes.

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ig on nature, heritage and hospitality, this city has a great deal of heart and soul. And if it’s action-packed adventure for all the family that you’re after, you’ve come to the right place. Whether it’s rafting, jet boating, offroading, luging, soaring through the sky in a giant swing, tumbling downhill in a plastic bubble called a Zorb or OGO, or careering through the forest on a mountain bike, Rotorua knows how to give you a rush. Tours are available to Mokoia Island in the middle of Lake Rotorua; Lake Rotoiti is great for watersports, luxury cruises and kayak and paddleboarding tours to the secluded hot spring; the Blue Lake and nearby Lake Ōkareka are perfect for family water activities; and Lake Tarawera is a great fishing spot – and that’s just for starters. The kids will love it too. The exotic wildlife, animal encounters, horse riding, hot pools, fun tours, cool rides and lots more are guaranteed to create the ultimate family trip!

Tamaki Māori Village Performance © Tamaki Māori Village

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Combine all of this with Rotorua’s geothermal landscape and cultural experiences, and you have one great location for a fun-filled holiday.

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How Fire Demons Made Rotorua MĀORI BELIEVE THAT ROTORUA OWES ITS THERMAL ATTRACTIONS TO AN EARLY SPIRITUAL LEADER FROM TE ARAWA TRIBE, NGĀTOROIRANGI.

Māori people originated from). They responded, sending fire demons to his aid. These demons cut across the ocean, surfacing at White Island, Rotorua and Taupō before reaching Ngātoroirangi and

freeing him from the lethal cold, leaving a geothermal trail where they had travelled and giving these places the thermal activity that can still be seen today.

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Rotorua SEE COLOURFUL CRATER LAKES, SHOOTING GEYSERS AND SCALDING HOT MUD POOLS JUST MINUTES FROM THE CITY CENTRE.

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ne of the most famous geothermal attractions is Pohutu Geyser in Te Puia, only five minutes from central Rotorua. Erupting up to 20 times a day, this geyser reaches heights of more than 30m. Wai-O-Tapu, 27km south of Rotorua, includes Lady Knox Geyser and an easily accessible, diverse 18sq km geothermal park – a definite must-do. Visit Waimangu Volcanic Valley, which was formed by the Mt Tarawera eruption. The force of the eruption split the mountain in two, creating a 17km rift in the Earth’s crust and seven impressive craters. Explore the colourful lakes, geysers and silica terraces.

Geothermal Jade Discovery Tours WONDERLAND

Every day, you can join a free guided tour of our jade carving workshop. You’ll discover how we transform raw stone into carved art and meet local artists as they craft jade by hand. We’ll take you on a journey into the important role pounamu plays in Māori culture, exploring its traditional uses and uncovering the legends and stories which breathe life into the stone. Tours run on demand, no bookings required.

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Family Fun

Te Puia Geothermal Valley RIGHT: Polynesian Spa BELOW: Redwoods Forest ALL IMAGES: © Destination Rotorua

Visit Skyline Skyrides, one of Rotorua’s most popular attractions, to ride the luge, a Rotorua-designed three-wheeled cart. Catch the gondola to the top of Mt Ngongotaha to enjoy amazing panoramic views before zooming down the hill. The variety of wildlife in the region is also sure to impress the kids. Witness a flight show at Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre, New Zealand’s leading conservation centre for these majestic birds.

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At Paradise Valley Springs, you can have an up-close and personal encounter with some exquisite creatures, and check out Rainbow Springs Nature Park where you can combine learning with fun on the Big Splash.

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WHETHER IT’S FINE DINING OR ARTISAN MARKETS, FABULOUS COFFEE OR CRAFT BEER, STEAMBOX OR HANGI, ROTORUA’S EXPANDING FOODIE SCENE IS SURE TO IMPRESS.

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he bustling hub of Eat Streat has a variety of bars and restaurants offering

everything from casual eateries to fine dining options to appeal to all tastes. Artisan Café serves great quality, fresh food. The chorizo and potato hash comes highly recommended. Atticus Finch and Ali Baba’s

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Tunisian Takeaways are also hearty recommendations. For a modern version of traditional Māori cooking, Steambox at Te Puia offers an authentic steam-cooked lunch as part of their guided tour of Te Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley. Sabroso Restaurant serves authentic, fresh Latin American food. For vegetarians, STEAM Indian Restaurant has a huge menu with excellent quality dishes.

LOCAL BUZZ “Don’t miss the superb Stratosfare buffet at Skyline Rotorua. With killer views across Rotorua Lake and caldera.” Dave Donaldson – Rotorua Manu Taiko/Deputy Mayor: Economic Development Portfolio

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Rotorua’s Best MOUNTAIN BIKING

Mountain biking, Rotorua © Chester Boyes / Destination Rotorua

Over indulging at Rotorua’s best eateries needn’t lead to another notch on your belt. This is a world-ranking mountain biking destination with varying trails of kilojouleburning difficulty… here are five of the top spots you could check out:

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The gondola-assisted bike lift at Skyline Gravity Park Rotorua grants easy access to 13km network of trails with varying terrain for all levels.

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Don’t take your eyes off the Moerangi Track for too long. Yes, the fringing rivers and forests are stunning, but sneaky tree stumps are just as numerous.

Te Ara Ahi – Thermal By Bike, one of New Zealand’s Great Rides, is 48km of easy to intermediate trails through four geothermal fields. Rainbow Mountain beckons experienced riders to its challenging terrain while nearby natural hot pools come to the rescue after a bumpy ride.

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Whakarewarewa Forest has raved-about mountain bike tracks and a purpose-built trail network. If you didn’t manage to squeeze your push bike into your carry-on, fear not, bike hire, maintenance and advice is all readily available. Rotorua has more bike shops per capita than anywhere else in New Zealand.

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So much to enjoy

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hether you love the great outdoors, high energy activities or something to do when the weather’s not so good, Rotorua has it all.

Stroll through beautiful Government Gardens, walk into Kuirau Park, scattered with bubbling mud pools, jump on a jet boat to Mokoia Island in the middle of Lake Rotorua, take a

Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua © Julian Apse / Tourism NZ

kayak out on one of the lakes, or head high into the treetops for a canopy tour on a zipline. On a wet day, challenge yourself at ROTOFOBIA – Escape Adventure House or keep the

kids happy with a range of indoor fun including Laser Tag, tenpin bowling and video games at Motion Entertainment.

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xperience Rotorua’s history and delve into Māori culture at the Buried Village, Mitai Māori Village, Whakarewarewa – the Living Thermal Village or Tāmaki Māori Village. Māori culture is an integral part of New Zealand society, and is central to life in Rotorua, which has one of the highest Māori populations in the country. The people of Te Arawa tribe first settled in the Rotorua region, becoming the original tour guides to the thermal attractions. The spirit of hospitality (manaakitanga) is as important now as it was then and the guides still take tourists to the same thermal sites. They also recall Māori myths and legends through song, dance and storytelling. When you visit a Māori village, be prepared for a spine-tingling haka, as well as poi dances, traditional songs and combat displays.

Living Māori Village, Whakarewarewa INSET: Polynesian Spa Priest © BOTH: Destination Rotorua

HEAR TALES OF HOW MT TARAWERA ERUPTED IN 1886, DESTROYING THE PINK AND WHITE SILICA TERRACES WHICH WERE CONSIDERED THE EIGHTH WONDER OF THE WORLD.

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mmerse yourself in Māori life at one of Rotorua’s thermal villages, enjoy an authentic performance and sample some traditional food. Learn how Māori living at geothermal villages in Rotorua in pre-European times used the hot steam vents and hot springs to cook their food and for bathing – and still do so today. Storytellers, dressed in traditional costume, will transfix you with their performances. If you get the chance, try a hāngī – a traditional Māori feast cooked slowly in an earth oven. Hongi, Te Puia © Te Puia

BELOW ARE SOME MĀORI WORDS AND PHRASES THAT WILL DEFINITELY COME IN HANDY DURING YOUR VISIT: Aotearoa – New Zealand kia ora – hello, thank you tena koe – greeting to one person tena koutou – greeting to a group kei te pēhea koe? – how are you?

kei te pai ahau – I am good haere mai – welcome, come here haere rā – goodbye tangata whenua – people of the land manuhiri – visitor, guest marae – meeting place karakia – prayer, blessing waiata – song, chant

waka – canoe, vehicle haka – posture dance tapu – sacred taonga – treasured possession kai – food hāngī – feast cooked in earth oven hui – meeting, gathering iwi – tribe hapū – sub-tribe

whare – house, building kaumātua – elder rangatira – chief, owner whānau – family group maunga – mountain nui – big roto – lake wai – water awa – river

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HANDCRAFTED ART

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otorua is an awesome place to see traditional Māori art and craft. The city has a thriving cultural community whose art and crafts reflect the spirit of the people. See carvers working with wood, greenstone and bone and watch weavers and tattoo artists creating traditional designs. These art forms have been practised here for around 800 years. You can see many wonderful examples of the artworks in the city’s gardens and public buildings.

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Follow the Rotorua Public Arts Trail guide, available from the Rotorua i-SITE Visitor Centre.

SEE ARTISTS WORKING IN TRADITIONAL FORMS AT A MĀORI VILLAGE THEN BUY A SOUVENIR TO TAKE HOME. Carver at work © Te Puia

• Choice of pools: Settlers Pool, Pergola Experience pure natural geothermal bathing waters, direct from the magnificent Te Manaroa Spring, the largest single source of boiling water in New Zealand.

and Garden pools, or the Sit ‘n Soak pool and tubs (35-40°C)

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• Eco-trail leading to the spectacular Te Manaroa Spring

• 20-site campground with shower, laundry and kitchen facilities

• Close to other attractions in the area – just 6km from Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

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Rotorua MĀORI ART AND CRAFTS HAVE BEEN PRACTISED HERE FOR AROUND 800 YEARS.

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ut on YOUR WALKING SHOES – Rotorua is filled with tracks and trails for all ages and fitness levels. The ultimate walking trail to discover the city is the Rotorua Walkway. It’s 26km long, but is broken up into eight shorter sections. The trail explores everything from historical and cultural sites to wildlife and geothermal landscapes. Download the brochure or pick up a copy at the i-SITE.

TRACKS and Trails Redwood Treewalk © Destination Rotorua

At the Rainbow Mountain Scenic Reserve, take the CRATER LAKE WALK for great views of the crater lakes and fascinating geothermal landscapes, or carry on to the summit for amazing views.

Both the TARAWERA FALLS TRACK and the OKERE FALLS TRACK lead to picturesque waterfalls, and the MT NGONGOTAHA JUBILEE TRACK has incredible views of the Rotorua region.

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The BLUE LAKE TRACK is a 90-minute walk combining forest, secluded beaches and stunning views of the Blue and Green Lakes, starting at the northeast corner of the Blue Lake Scenic Reserve.

The Whakarewarewa Forest is famous for its grove of towering redwood trees. The Redwood Memorial Grove track is the forest’s most popular walk, although there are great walking tracks ranging from 30-minute strolls to all-day treks. You can also see the forest from a different viewpoint – suspended in mid-air. The Redwoods Treewalk is a walkway made up of 23 suspension bridges up to 12m high. The bird’s-eye view captures the true beauty of the forest like never before. Visit from 5pm onwards, when the lights are switched on for the enchanting Redwoods Nightlights show.

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ll that peddling and power walking is bound to leave your legs feeling weary. Take a load off at the Secret Spot Hot Tubs Rotorua. But be quick. Having only opened in 2018, they won’t stay secret for long. Book one of the 12 incognito tubs which freckle the forest and

are so secluded only the trees know their whereabouts (and fortunately, the staff too). Enjoy a full 45 minutes in hand-crafted western red cedar hot tubs which naturally infuse the water with cedar oil. Open every day from 9am-10pm, for groups as large as six and as intimate as two.

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Rotorua Zoom ZIpline at Rotorua Skyline © Destination Rotorua Skyswing, Rotorua © Destination Rotorua

SOAR THROUGH THE FOREST Māori wood carving © Te Puia

ON A ZIPLINE, VENTURE OVER THE TREETOPS OR HURDLE DOWN THE HILL IN AN INFLATABLE BALL. ROTORUA DOESN’T LIKE YOUR HEART TO BEAT AT RESTING SPEED. FROM INDOOR RACING TRACKS TO JET-BOAT RIDES, DON’T STOP TO CATCH YOUR BREATH.

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eeing breathtakingly beautiful forest flora from a bird’s-eye-view is pretty spectacular! Explore the canopy tops of an ancient native forest with Rotorua Canopy Tours on a zipline adventure of a lifetime.

WOOD CARVING Concentration etched on their faces; ancient stories etched into their wood. Whakairo is the Māori art of wood carving using a range of native timbers, in particular, kauri and tōtara. Watch Maori master carvers and weavers hard at work at Te Puia in Rotorua, home to the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute

During your three-hour Canopy Tour you’ll be guided through the magical Mamaku Forest on a 1.2km network of six ziplines, swing bridges and treetop platforms up to 22m high in the canopy of an ancient native forest. Keep an eye and ear out for robins, kererū, tomtit, tūī,

bellbirds, whiteheads, kaka and fantails. Around 20 per cent of the forest is free from pesky predators and the aim is to return the ecosystem to the one Captain James Cook discovered when he first arrived in this country in 1769. Commonly known as zorbing, it was right here in Rotorua where the concept was first devised. Choose from four different tracks and roll down Mt Ngongotaha in a giant inflatable ball. Zorbing might now be a worldwide activity, but Rotorua is still the only location in New Zealand where you can try it.

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Lake Taupō

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NATURE’S PLAYGROUND THE DRAMATIC CENTRAL PLATEAU WAS CREATED BY THE ERUPTION OF A SUPERVOLCANO AND THIS DIVERSE LANDSCAPE ENTICES VISITORS WITH VOLCANIC MOUNTAINS, THERMAL VALLEYS, LAKES AND RIVERS.

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eautiful vast Lake Taupō is actually an immense volcanic caldera – or collapsed crater – created after the Oruanui Eruption 27,000 years ago. Lake Taupō, the biggest lake in Australasia and roughly the size of Singapore, is actually one of the world’s most formidable and active supervolcanoes. The Chinese and the Romans recorded seeing dramatic red skies, thought to be ash from the Taupō or Hātepe Eruption 1800 years ago. The region’s hot pools and springs are tell-tale signs of the magma chambers

sitting below this seemingly serene huge lake. To the south, in the Ruapehu district, lies the Tongariro National Park, a UNESCO World Heritage site and the first area in New Zealand to be bestowed national park status. The Tongariro Alpine Crossing, a one-day walk across the central plateau, is one of New Zealand’s most popular hikes. The North Island’s tallest mountains can be seen from most areas in the region, but views of Mt Tongariro, Mt Ngāuruhoe

and Mt Ruapehu are particularly good on the Volcanic Loop, from Tūrangi on the eastern shores of Lake Taupō to National Park Village, Ōhakune and Waiouru, before circling back. Wherever you are in the region, there is a natural playground waiting for you right on the doorstep. Climb mountains, tramp, ski, snowboard, fish, mountain bike or opt for full-throttle action with a skydive, jet-boat ride, off-roading or a white-water rafting adventure. This region is truly nature’s ultimate playground.

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rakei Kōrako, known as ‘the Hidden Valley’, is a stunning geothermal attraction 25 minutes north of Taupō and reached on a short ferry ride over Lake Ohakuri. It has 23 active geysers, more than any other geothermal field, and its fault-stepped sinter, silica terraces are also reported to be the largest of their kind in the world. Highlights of the valley include the Soda Fountain, Diamond Geyser, and Ruatapu Cave (sacred hole), which stretches 36m down to a hot pool named The Pool of Mirrors. Enjoy a coffee at the café and wander through the bush.

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TAUPŌ a cloak or cape • 81km SW of Rotorua on SH 1

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t is hardly surprising that Huka Falls is New Zealand’s bestknown falls. A visit here is an exhilarating and free experience! The sheer volume of water from the Waikato River, rushing at 220,000 litres per second over the 11m-high waterfall, is enough to fill an Olympic-size pool in 11 seconds.

A bridge crosses the chasm, just above the falls, with a number of viewing points. A jet-boat trip or river cruise to the base of Huka Falls is brilliant. Walk there from Spa Park in Taupō and stop to bathe in the hot spring at Otumuheke Stream en route.

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Lake Taupō RIGHT IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NORTH ISLAND, LAID-BACK TAUPŌ REFLECTS ALL THAT IS WHOLESOME AND FRESH ABOUT NEW ZEALAND.

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ake Taupō has an international reputation as a trout fishing haven – and is it any wonder? An abundance of brown and rainbow trout can be fished all year round here with a licence. Mountain biking at Craters of the Moon © Destination Great Lake Taupō

Visit New Zealand’s only prawn farm! Taste our mouthwatering selection of prawn dishes Experience our guided tour and hand-feed baby prawns Fish for your own prawns, cook them and eat them on-site Enjoy our geothermal footbaths and other interactive features

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But this is just one activity of the many on offer; get a feel for the immensity of Lake Taupō by kayaking, canoeing, kite surfing or sailing, or take to the water by boat – whether it’s a dinghy, catamaran or keeler. Get on your bike and cycle the Great Lake Trail as it winds through the lake surrounds and into native forest from Waihaha to Whakaipo Bay. This amazing trail offers 71km of all-weather riding with views across the lake to the majestic Tongariro National Park. There are three sections that can be done as standalone rides.

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GEOTHERMAL thrillers

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f you wish to combine Māori culture with the wonder of silica terraces and geothermal activity, then a visit to Wairākei Terraces should be high on the itinerary. This man-made design is a recreation of the original terraces that once existed at Wairākei and their beauty is striking. You can take an independent stroll along the walkway to marvel at the pink, blue and white cascading silica terraces but a guided tour is recommended. Stay and bathe in the soothing thermal pools. Craters of the Moon, part of the Wairākei geothermal field, has a 45-minute looped walkway which takes visitors past steaming craters, vents and fumaroles. It’s worth adding on another 20-minute walk to the upper lookout for views of this fantastic geothermal world attraction, run by a charitable trust.

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EXPLORE THE LAKE Taupō has been awarded Silver Level Ride Centre status by the International Mountain Biking Association for its legendary trails. Craters Mountain Bike Park has 62km of excellent tracks for all abilities through Wairākei Forest. Popular walks include the Tongariro River Trail and the 10km-long Lion’s Walk which is an easy stroll along the lake’s edge. The Great Lake Trail has views to Tongariro National Park and can be walked or cycled in three separate sections.

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of Wellbeing, a Chelsea Flower Show winner. There are boutique shops and galleries and great places to eat. Head to one of the cafés on the lake. Try awardwinner’s The Bistro which changes its European-style menus with the seasons, and The Brantry which serves contemporary Kiwi cuisine using the freshest ingredients. If you’re here at Labour Weekend, check out over 80 murals transforming the town’s walls as part of the Graffiato: Taupō Street Art Festival.

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or the daring, skydiving is a standout Lake Taupō experience – take in the sights from 4500m in the air, and have the time of your life while you’re at it! If you’re crazy enough to give it a go, you’re not alone – Taupō is one of the world’s most popular skydiving destinations.

Skydiving in Taupō © Taupō Tandem Skydiving

The adventurous can also plunge head first down into a canyon above a flowing river – also known, of course, as bungy jumping. Alternatively, tackling the challenges of a high ropes course will undoubtedly keep the blood pumping. For an awesome experience that’s less daring – yet still full of excitement – a scenic helicopter flight or gliding lessons won’t disappoint. These are great ways to see the region’s sights from a different perspective. The floatplane is a superb alternative, as is parasailing. You’ll be surprised just how much of the region you can see. So get elevated in Taupō – you’ll love the view!

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Great Heights LOCAL BUZZ “Cultures from around the world are represented in Taupō’s cuisine. Head to Lake Terrace and choose from some of the best international dishes, all within walking distance of the lakefront.”

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• Central location, all on the one level. • 32 air-conditioned units with in-floor winter heating. • Free WiFi • Off-street courtyard parking for all. • Conference room & on-site restaurant. • Tariff: $135-$225 for 2 persons including taxes. Cnr Titiraupenga & Roberts Sts, Taupo • P: +64 7 377 8888 • Res: 0800 88 88 07 www.princemotorlodge.co.nz • E: stay@princemotorlodge.co.nz PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP


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Things to do in Taupo

Make a stop at TŪRANGI

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he region is one of the last true wild trout fisheries in the world and you can’t buy trout so you must fish for your dinner. Find a fishing guide or ask for advice at Tūrangi’s Visitor Centre, but make sure you get a fishing licence first. The Department of Conservation runs the Tongariro National Trout Centre, just 4km south of Tūrangi. Walk through the museum and learn all about trout, feed some in the aquarium and learn to fish. Find out about the endangered whio wildfowl and see them on site.

There are lovely walks from the centre along the banks of the Tongariro River. Watch out for trout and listen for birdlife as you wander in peace through beautiful native bush. Tūrangi is an ideal base for excursions into Tongariro National Park and is just 40 minutes from Whakapapa ski area on Mt Ruapehu. Nearby Kaimanawa Forest Park offers hunting and tramping, or take a walk around Lake Rotopounamu to see stunning scenery and tuneful bird life.

Mine Bay Māori rock carvings on Lake Taupō © Karen Williams

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heck out the 14m high Māori rock carvings at Mine Bay on Lake Taupō. You can get to the artworks by boat or kayak, or take a helicopter flight. A team of artists spent four years on the works which were completed in 1980. For a different experience, you can learn all about prawns at Huka Prawn Park. Take a tour of the farm and then fish for prawns or try your luck at the Killer Prawn Hole-in-One Golf challenge. Nearby, make a beeline for the Huka Honey Hive where tastings will tempt you, as will

the variety of honey products. For wine buffs, Scenic Cellars is worth checking out. They share premises in Spa Road with The Merchant, the largest gourmet food store in the central North Island. Taupō also has mini-golf, quad biking and Segway rides, or you can take a horse trek. There are lots of hot pools in Taupō, and among the best are DeBretts Hot Springs and Spa, Wairākei Terraces and the AC Baths. For a free option, head to Otumuheke Stream at Taupō’s Spa Park for a soak in natural hot springs.

TŪRANGI after Chief Tūrangi Tukua • 52km SW of Taupō on SH 1

TURANGI TURTLE POOLS Pools Galore!

25m Lane Pool . Bombing/Aquarobics Pool Learners’ Pool . Toddler’s Pool Mon, Wed, Thur 8.30am – 6pm Tues 8.30am – 7.30pm Fri to Sun 12pm – 6pm (10am – 6pm during school holidays) Turangi Town Centre Ohuanga Road, 07 386 8021 tgipools@taupo.govt.nz taupo.govt.nz

GREAT LAKE MOTEL • L akefront, 2 minutes walk from town centre, cafés, restaurants & shops •H  eat pumps, air-con, 50+ SKY channels, 40inch Smart TVs, FREE WiFi & FREE parking •S  pacious, self-catering studios (sleep 2-3) and 1-bedroom units (sleep 2-5) • F riendly hospitable service dedicated to your comfort • T ariff: $125-$185 (2 persons)

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Ruapehu

BREATHTAKING MIX

Land of ice & fire Ruapehu

T NEW ZEALAND IS IN THE PACIFIC RING OF FIRE, AND MOUNTS RUAPEHU, TONGARIRO AND NGĀURUHOE ARE A TRIO OF ACTIVE VOLCANOES IN THE CENTRAL PLATEAU OF THE NORTH ISLAND.

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ome of the purest natural beauty in New Zealand is found in Ruapehu’s two national parks – the UNESCO Dual World Heritage Tongariro National Park, and Whanganui National Park. Escape to Ruapehu and you’ll arrive in a landscape that is home to ancient rainforests, active volcanoes, sacred mountains, tranquil rivers and two national parks. With the country’s best one-day walk, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, three ski areas: Whakapapa, Tūroa and Tukino, plus scenic chair lifts at Mt Ruapehu, Tongariro National Park is truly a year-round adventure playground. Distinctly different, but just as impressive, the Whanganui National Park’s gorges, sheer papa (clay)

cliffs and waterfalls are accessible on foot, mountain bike, kayak or jet boat. The Whanganui Journey is one of New Zealand’s great walks (even though it’s a kayak trip) and it’s well worth taking the trip to the famous Bridge to Nowhere, which can be reached by jet boat and a short hike or on mountain bike. From the iconic Chateau Tongariro Hotel, to family friendly hotels and motels in Taumarunui, National Park, Whakapapa, Ōhakune and other towns, there’s a wide range of accommodation. They are all perfect bases for the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, skiing, cycling, and the Whanganui National Park with its breathtaking and spiritual river. Something magical happens when you spend time in Ruapehu. You’ll leave feeling revitalised and uplifted and wanting to return soon.

COME RAIN, SHINE OR SNOW... Ski or snowboard down a volcano in winter, cycle The Timber Trail come spring and if it’s raining in autumn, head indoors to Waiouru’s National Army Museum. Summer is THE month for tackling the renowned Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Allow eight hours to tick this 19.4km mixed terrain walk off your list. The Emerald Lakes are worth every bunburning step of the ‘Devil’s Staircase’.

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aumarunui, meeting place of the Whanganui and Ōngarue rivers, is an important place in Māori history, once providing important canoe transport routes.

Taumarunui is known for its farming, trout fishing, railway and forestry history, and is becoming more well known for the Forgotten World Adventures Rail Carts, The Timber Trail cycleway and adventures on the Whanganui River. It is also the northern gateway to the Tongariro National Park and many stunning walks and hikes. Mt Ngāuruhoe, Tongariro National Park © Getty Images

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Tongariro Holiday Park Best location for Crossing • Shuttle to Tongariro Alpine Crossing • Whakapapa Ski Field – 26km • TV & games room • Spa Pool • Satellite Internet • Dump Station (guests only) • Sites from $22pp, Cabins from $65

BOOK NOW: www.thp.co.nz • +64 7 386 8062 2091 SH 47, Tongariro • E: info@thp.co.nz

TAUMARUNUI named after Chief Ki Maru • 115km SW of Taupō

RSA CLUB TAUMARUNUI • Club open from 11am to late. • Restaurant open 7 nights from 5.30pm. • Full menu. • Charge-back facilities to motels. • Affiliated members & visitors welcome.

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