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Free Guide

Visitor Guide 2019

Central North Island Includes: Hauraki Plains, Coromandel Town, Waihi, Whitianga, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Whakatāne, Gisborne, Hamilton, Cambridge, Waitomo Caves, Rotorua, Lake Taupō, Turangi & Ruapehu • Regional Maps & Routes • Things to See and Do • Places to Stay

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Central North Island

Central North Island

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Central North Island

Central North Island

On a budget

tips for

road trips

• Consider travelling in off-peak season. The height of New Zealand summer – mid-December to March – is when New Zealand families are holidaying. If you can take your road trip earlier or later, you’ll save on accommodation costs.

New Zealand is great for travelling by car. It’s a long, narrow country with intriguing roads in all directions and while many of those roads are winding and narrow, they all lead somewhere interesting.

The Redwoods, Rotorua © Graeme Murray / Tourism NZ

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rive to the conditions, don’t be in a rush, and allow for plenty of stops along the way. Be spontaneous. While the plan may involve going from A to B, why not take that back road or explore the side roads?

TALKING TE REO Nau mai, haere mai – welcome. Maori, also known as te reo, is an official language of New Zealand. Here are a few commonly used words and phrases: Aotearoa – the Māori name for New Zealand. It translates to ‘land of the long white cloud’. Marae – the traditional meeting place, including the meeting house Whare – house, building Hui – a gathering or conference Haka – a dance, with chanting, meant to challenge Whanau – extended family Kia ora – hello Mōrena – good morning Haere mai – welcome Haere rā – goodbye

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Kai – food Tena koe – greeting to one person Tena koutou – greeting to a group Tangata whenua – people of the land Waka – canoe, vehicle Tapu – sacred Taonga – treasure, prized Iwi – tribe Nui – big Roto – lake Wai – water Awa – river

Do your research. Pick up maps and guides from an AA Centre or i-SITE, or check out itinerary ideas online. Book your accommodation online at www.aatraveller.co.nz Kids in the car? Think about playing some car games and make a point of stopping to let them stretch their legs. New Zealand has plenty of quality, easily accessible playgrounds and even a run on the beach will help everyone enjoy the journey in the long run. Pack snacks. With or without hungry children in the car, it’s a good idea to have some food and bottled water to keep the driver’s energy levels up.

• Keep an eye out for Farmer’s Markets. Many towns and cities run markets on weekend days. They’re a great place to pick up cheaper fruit, vegetables, fish, free-range eggs, artisan bread, honey and a lot more – and the produce is likely to be super fresh and probably organic. • Orchards, market gardens and berry farms selling direct from the gate are well worth stopping for. They tend to operate on the honesty box system, so ensure you have coins for very good deals on apples, citrus, feijoas, nuts, grapes and vegetables. • Shop around for petrol. Some service stations are cheaper than others. • Pick up an AA Smartfuel Membership, collect points on your travels and redeem them in the shape of discounts on petrol.

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CONTENTS 4 VISITOR INFORMATION

20 WHANGAMATA & SURROUNDS

38 Te Araroa (East Cape)

5 NORTH ISLAND MAP 7  CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND MAP

21 WAIHI & WAIHI BEACH 21 Waihi

40 WAIKATO/WAITOMO

8 THE COROMANDEL

21 Waihi Beach

10  SHOREBIRD COAST

22 BAY OF PLENTY

11 HAURAKI PLAINS

23 Katikati

11 Kaiaua • Miranda

23 Tauranga

12 THAMES/THAMES COAST

26 Mt Maunganui

13 Coromandel Town

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15 Colville

28 Pāpāmoa/Pāpāmoa Beach • Te Puke

17 WHITIANGA & SURROUNDS

30 Whakatāne 34 TAIRĀWHITI GISBORNE

COVER IMAGE: Walking in Tongariro National Park © Graeme Murray

17 Whitianga

37 Opotiki • Te Kaha

Travelling around

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New Zealand?

• Mobile phone • Insect repellent • Sun block • Hand sanitiser • Tissues • Torch • First aid kit • Plastic bag for rubbish

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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. From The Coromandel, Bay of Plenty and Eastland, to Waikato, Rotorua and Lake Taupō, Turangi 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.

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Welcome to CENTRAL NORTH ISLAND

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Welcome to he Central North

38 Gisborne 42 Hamilton 44 NORTHWEST WAIKATO 44 Te Kauwhata • Raglan 45 WAIPA 45 Te Awamutu • Cambridge 46 MATAMATA-PIAKO 46 Matamata • Te Aroha 47 SOUTH WAIKATO 48 WAITOMO 48 Waitomo Caves 52 ROTORUA

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68 LAKE TAUPŌ, TURANGI & RUAPEHU 70 LAKE TAUPŌ 70 Orakei Korako 71 Huka Falls 72 Taupō 77 TURANGI 78 RUAPEHU 79 Waiouru • Tongariro National Park 80 Taumarunui Karangahake Gorge © Graeme Murray/Tourism NZ INSET: Family on Dunes Trail, Motu Trails © Motu Trails Charitable Trust

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Central North Island

Central North Island

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14

Tangiteroria

One Tree Pt Whangarei Heads Marsden Point Hen & Chicken

15

Dargaville

Ruakaka

Baylys Beach

TASMAN

Redwoods Longmile Rd • www.rotoruanz.com

Ngunguru

Kamo

Whangarei

Maungatapere

12

1

Paparoa

Ruawai

SEA

Rotorua 1167 Fenton St • www.rotoruanz.com

12

Matakohe Tinopai

Forgotten World Highway

Kawerau Plunket St • www.kaweraunz.com

Wellsford Omaha 1

16

Helensville Riverhead Kumeu

Port Fitzroy

Red Beach Whangaparaoa Pen. Whangaparaoa

Albany

Waiheke Island

Rangitoto Is

Te Aroha Huntly Gordonton

1

1B

Rukuhia

31

Otorohanga

3

Hangatiki

15

3

Awakino

Be conscious that New Zealand’s UV is very strong. Always protect your skin from the sun.

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

Kakaramea Patea

South

3

Himatangi Beach

Eastland

24.0oC

14.8oC

Waikato/Waitomo

23.3 C

14.2 C

Rotorua

22.1oC

12.4oC

Taupō

22.0oC

11.5oC

o

o

Pohara Takaka

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Te Tai-o-Aorere

Paekakariki

Hira

60

Karamea Little Wanganui

Rai Valley

Inte r -I

Havelock

Nelson

Tapawera

Richmond

Plimmerton Titahi Bay

Porirua

6

1

Wakefield

Renwick

Tawa 1 Petone

sla nd

WELLINGTON F Tuamarina Spring Creek

Blenheim

58

Lower Hutt

Lake Wairarapa

Eastbourne

63

Gladstone

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

53

Ocean Beach

Main Roads

Carterton 2

Riversdale Beach

DOC Visitor Centre International Airport Dive Sites

err y

Wellington Int. Airport

Skiing

Wairau Valley 6

Herbertville

Eketahuna Alfredton

Featherston

Clive Te Awanga

Blackhead Beach

Porangahau

57

Masterton

Portland Island

Havelock North

Black Head

2

Pahiatua Pongaroa

Waikanae Paraparaumu

Bay

Cape Kidnappers

.

399 Te Mata Peak

Waipukurau

57

Otaki

Upper Hutt

East Cape

Otane

Dannevirke

Woodville

Mount Bruce Mauriceville

1

Paraparaumu Bch Raumati Bch

SOUNDS

Tasman Bay /

Marahau

Motueka

63

4

Kapiti Island

Kaiteriteri Oparara

Takapau

2

MARLBOROUGH

Ngarua

Ashhurst 56

Tokomaru

Mahia

2

Pukehou

50

Norsewood

Levin Totaranui

IT

14.8oC

Tikokino

Feilding

56

Golden Bay / Mohua

60

RA

23.4oC

er Riv ei

1

Foxton Shannon

Mahia Beach

Napier

Hastings

Utiku

Waipawa

Palmerston North

Collingwood

ST

Bay of Plenty

Waitarere

Pakawau

Nuhaka

Mohaka

Bay View

Bulls 3

Wainui Beach

Wairoa

2

Hawke Lake 1 Moawhango

itik ng

Gisborne Poverty Bay

Mahia Peninsula

Mangaweka Hunterville Rata

Tangimoana

Bainham

Raupunga

50 A

Sanson

Muriwai

Frasertown

River

aka oh

Putorino

54

OK

10.7oC

M

Marton

CO

18.6oC

5

50

Whanganui

Whangara

38

Turangi

Taihape

4

Ormond

Makaraka Waikaremoana Tuai

2

Average winter

Coromandel

Lake Waikaremoana

Waitahanui

Taradale

Bight

Whanganui Inlet

it a ng

Waiouru

Waverley

Waitotara

Taranaki

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

au R iv er

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

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.

32 v er

Mangakino Piopio

0

Manawatu River

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

Ri

Lake Rotoehu

Rotoiti Mourea

Rotorua L Okareka

Tokoroa

Te Kuiti

50 km

33

Lake Rotoiti

Lottin Point

Bay of Plenty

2

36

Lake Arapuni

to ik a Wa

Scale

0

28

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

Te Awamutu

Waitomo Caves

24 29

Ohaupo

Pirongia

Kawhia

Cambridge

21

39

Matamata

Cape Runaway

Waihau Bay

Tauranga

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

i

23

Whakaari / White Island

Motiti Island

Mt Maunganui

2

26

Hamilton

Te Rapa

Raglan

Morrinsville

Matakana Island

ik

Waingaro

Katikati

27

Ngaruawahia

Taumarunui Railway Stn, 116 Hakiaha St www.visitruapehu.com

Average summer

Mayor Island (Tuhua)

Waikare

Waikaretu

Waiouru Cnr of SH 1, Hassett Dr www.visitruapehu.com

Weather Watch

Temperatures

Whangamata

26

37

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.

Slipper Island (Whakahau)

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

Glen Murray

Port Waikato

Thames

2

OCEAN

The Aldermen Islands

Tairua Pauanui

25A Pukorokoro/ Miranda Turua Wentworth Valley 25

Bombay

Tuakau

Waikato River

Thames Coast

Kaiaua

SOUTH PACIFIC

Hahei Hot Water Beach

25

Thames

Papakura

Pukekohe

Patumahoe Waiuku

of

Red Mercury Island (Whakau)

Mercury Bay

Manukau

Auckland Int. Airport 22

Clarks Bch

Great Mercury Island (Ahuahu)

Waikawau Bay

Coromandel Whitianga 3 0 9 Rd

Firth

AUCKLAND

16

Cuvier Island (Repanga Island)

Fletcher Bay

Orewa

1

au M anuk H br

Ruapehu 54 Clyde St, Ohakune www.visitruapehu.com

Tryphena

Gulf

Waiwera

20

Piha

Great Barrier Island (Aotea Island)

Leigh

18

Muriwai Beach Henderson

The Classic NZ Wine Trail

Te Hauturu-o-Toi / Little Barrier Island

Matakana Sandspit Kawau Island Snells Beach Hauraki

Warkworth

H

Manawatu Scenic Route

Turangi Ngawaka Pl • www.greatlaketaupo.com

Taranga

Shelly Puhoi Beach Kaukapakapa Parakai Silverdale

Surf Highway

Taupō 30 Tongariro St www.greatlaketaupo.com

Mokihinau Islands

Islands

Uretiti Beach

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

nui Riv er ga

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.

Tutukaka

Hikurangi

a

Look for the mark of Quality

Lake Taharoa Lake Kaiiwi

Waitomo 21 Waitomo Village Rd www.waitomocaves.com

Whananaki

Whakapara

Trounson Kauri Park Kaihu

i nsul Pen

International direct dialling 00 followed by country code, area code & local number.

Otorohanga 27 Turongo St www.otorohanga.co.nz

15

Omapere

Poor Knights Islands

el

National direct dialling full area code (with the 0 prefix) and local number.

Morrinsville 251 Thames St www.morrinsvillenz.co.nz

Tokoroa SH 1, Tokoroa www.southwaikatonz.com

Whangaruru Oakura Oakura Bay

and

International directory assistance....................................... 0172

Matamata 45 Broadway • www.matamatanz.co.nz

Kaikohe

Hokianga Harbour

Bland Bay

Ferry

Kawakawa

r om Co

NZ directory assistance................ 018

Huntly 156 Great South Rd • www.huntly.co.nz

12

Opononi

Paihia

11

Moerewa

br

International operator................ 0170

Hamilton Cnr Caro & Alexandra Sts, Garden Pl www.visithamilton.co.nz

Lake Omapere

ar a

Local operator................................ 010

Cambridge Cnr Queen & Victoria Sts www.cambridge.co.nz

Kohukohu Rawene Ferry

Cape

Russell

K ai p

Emergency services FREE CALL........................................ 111

Tirau SH 1, Tirau • www.tirauinfo.co.nz

ast

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,

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

Wairoa Cnr SH 2 & Queen St www.wairoadc.govt.nz

Broadwood

Islands Brett

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

1

Bay of

Matauri Bay

Co

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.

shopping malls and markets also operate Saturdays and Sundays.

Te Kuiti Rora St • www.waitomo.govt.nz

1 Haruru Falls 2 Opua 3 Puketona 4 Waitangi

Matauri Bay

o pir Ri

GOODS & SERVICES TAX (GST) Goods & services are taxed 15%. This tax is usually included in the advertised price.

Opotiki 70 Bridge St • www.opotikinz.com

Cavalli Islands

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Must Know

Doubtless Bay

2 5 Waipapakauri Waipapakauri 1 34 Beach 10 Awanui Whangaroa Kaeo Kaitaia Ahipara

Wair

Gisborne 209 Grey St www.tairawhitigisborne.co.nz

1 Taipa 2 Cable Bay 3 Coopers Beach 4 Mangonui 5 Hihi

Karikari Peninsula

Ra

VISITOR INFO

ur bo ar

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Whakatāne Cnr Quay St & Kakaharoa Dr www.whakatane.com

Te Awamutu 1 Gorst Ave • www.teawamutuinfo.com

H

ac

Tauranga 95 Willow St • www.bayofplentynz.com

Houhora Pukenui Be

Whitianga 66 Albert St • www.thecoromandel.com

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

hor

Waihi 126 Seddon St www.thecoromandel.com

Great Exhibition Bay

Te Kao

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Raglan 13 Wainui Rd • www.raglan.org.nz M

TAUPŌ 3 Tamamutu St Ph: +64 7 378 6000

Thames 200 Mary St • www.thecoromandel.com

ety

HAMILTON 313 Barton St Ph: +64 7 958 3600 Shop 7, 5 Cross Rds Ph: +64 7 853 5091

ROTORUA 1121 Eruera St Ph: +64 7 348 3069

North Cape

Cape Spirits Reinga Bay

Nin

TAURANGA Cnr Devonport Rd & First Ave Ph: +64 7 927 4772

NORTH ISLAND MAP

i-SITE VISITOR CENTRES

H ou

AA CENTRES

Cape Palliser

Tramping

Seddon Lake Grassmere

5


Central North Island

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

Mokohinau Islands

Taranga Island Needles Point

Mangawhai Heads Mangawhai

Goat Island

RADIO HAURAKI

Cuvier Island

Hauraki Gulf Colville

Waiheke Island

Climb Oneroa Rangitoto

18

AUCKLAND

Clarks Beach

Bombay PUKEKOHE 2

Waiuku

Tuakau

23

TE HUTEWAI FOREST PARK

1

Hamilton Airport

Pirongia

32

4

Kopaki 30

30

Mangatupoto

Barryville

Taumarunui

41

Ohakune Raetihi 4

41

WHANGANUI

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Mt Tarawera Rotomahana

Reporoa

38

Rotorua

PARK

Te Pohue

PARK

5

Moawhango Pukeokahu

RUAHINE FOREST PARK

Ruahine

Bartletts Morere Nuhaka

Fernhill

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

Hawke Bay

Eskdale

Tolaga Bay

Mahanga Beach

Tangoio

Tikokino Ohingaiti Elsthorpe Mangarimu Waipawa Ashley Peep-O-Day Ashcott Clinton 1 Waipukurau 2 Norsewood Marton Kimbolton Takapau 54

2

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

Te Haroto

Mawhai Point

Whatatutu Te Karaka

Kaitaratahi Ormond Hexton

Lake Waikaremoana

Tarawera

FOREST

Matawai

Rakauroa

Pohokura

Hikuwai Arero

Motuoroi Island

TE UREWERA

Rangitaiki

Kaimoho Point

Whareponga Te Puia Springs

Eastland

Motu

Oponae

Ruatoria

35

Toatoa

2

Taupo

KAIMANAWA

2

Hicks Bay Te Araroa Awatere East Cape Tikitiki

Mt Rotokautuku Hikurangi Hiruharama RAUKUMARA CONSERVATION Aorangi PARK

35

Hawai Torere Opape

Waimana

Kopuriki

WHIRINAKI TE PUA-A-TANE CONSERVATION PARK

5

Waitahanui

35

Waioeka Pa

Murupara

Skydive over Taupo

1

Pacific Coast Highway

TE UREWERA

Te Whaiti

FOREST

1

Fordell Hunterville 3

Pohutu Geyser

5

1

4

Upokongaro

Turangi

Rangipo

Mt Ruapehu

Koriniti Kakatahi Pa

Ruatoki North

Earthquake Flat

Ngakuru Wai-O-Tapu Upper Atiamuri Waiotapu Galatea

Chateau Tongariro

49

ROTORUA

Trout fishing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

47

Jerusalem Ranana Oreore

Kai Iwi

Hatepe

46

Nowhere WHANGANUI NATIONAL PARK

Waverley

Lake Taupo

47

Forgotten World Highway Raurimu Whangamomona National u Pohokura Park TONGARIRO Te Wera NATIONAL PARK 4 Bridge to Strathmore

Taneatua Kawerau

Port Ohope

TAUPO

Kuratau Junction

4

Ruapehu

L Rotoiti

State Highway 35 / Pacific Coast Highway

Te Kaha Awanui Waiorore Whitianga State Highway 35 / Otehirinaki

Ohope OPOTIKI

30 34

Rotorua Airport

1

Ohope Beach

WHAKATANE

Tokerau Edgecumbe Rotoehu

Cape Runaway

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The Coromandel

GOOD FOR YOUR SOUL

The Coromandel HUGE POHUTUKAWA TREES LINE THE WESTERN SIDE OF THE PENINSULA, THE EASTERN SHORES ARE FRINGED WITH WHITE-SAND BEACHES, AND THE RANGES IN THE

The highway is an escape route beckoning you to marine reserves, hidden coves, deserted beaches and lush

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.

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

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel © Graeme Murray/Tourism NZ

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he Shorebird Coast covers the western coast of the Firth of Thames, stretching from the Tapapakanga Regional Park to the mangrove forest at the bottom of the firth. 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 Pukorokoro 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.

SEAFOOD FRESH AS IT COMES

Shorebird Coast

The Hauraki Rail Trail cycle route runs from Thames to PukorokoroMiranda. Soak away your troubles at Miranda Hot Springs, the southern hemisphere’s largest natural hot mineral pool.

FLOCKS OF WADING BIRDS,

A 10-minute drive north is Kaiaua, nestled in the Hunua 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.

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

Fletcher Bay © Tony Lilleby/Department of Conservation

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IMAGE: Hauraki Rail Trail – Waihi section INSET: Fishing from the rocks. BOTH © Destination Coromandel

PUKOROKORO-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

• Relax in our thermally heated mineral water. • 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. • The largest pool has accessible entry.

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

• 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. 941 East Coast Rd, Kaiaua • P: +64 9 232 2776 E: kaiauafisheries@hotmail.com

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• 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.

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One of the best ways to explore this area is on two wheels. The Hauraki Rail Trail, one of New Zealand’s 23 Great Rides, is a 126km cycle trail that links Thames, Paeroa, Waihi and Te Aroha. The 2-3-day ride follows the historic railway corridor on a flat, wide, off-road easy trail suitable for all the

family. The area’s pioneering past, including gold-mining relics, the Karangahake Gorge and interesting old pubs and cafés are all features of the trail.

MIRANDA HOLIDAY PARK TARIFF: $57-$190 (2 PERSONS)

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RESERVATIONS +64 7 867 3205 595 Front Miranda Rd, RD 6, Thames Email: stay@mirandaholidaypark.co.nz

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The Coromandel BUILT ON THE PIONEERING INDUSTRIES OF GOLD MINING AND KAURI LOGGING, AND AGAINST THE BACKDROP OF DRAMATIC WILDERNESS, THAMES IS A TOWN STEEPED IN HERITAGE AND CHARACTER.

The Coromandel

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

Coromandel Town GOLD RUSH CAPITAL

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.

Thames

& The Thames Coast Email: info@thejunction.net.nz

Other activities include visiting the Butterfly Forest and Orchid Garden, history hunting at The Treasury, tastings at The Cheese Barn in Matatoki and goldmine tours. There’s a Saturday morning market with organic fresh produce and arts and crafts.

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oromandel Town’s early beginnings were as a tough, colonial, gold-rush 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. Gold was discovered at Driving Creek in the mid 19th century, starting the country’s first gold rush. Spend the morning visiting the 117-year-old Coromandel Gold Stamper Battery to see the impressive rock crushing machine and to pan for the precious metal.

VENTURE AWAY FROM SH 25, WHICH CARESSES THE WEST COAST OF THE COROMANDEL, AND HEAD CROSS COUNTRY FOR 22KM ON A GRAVEL STRIP KNOWN AS THE 309 ROAD. THIS IS AN INTERESTING ROUTE THROUGH RAINFOREST TO KAIMARA WHERE YOU WILL JOIN UP WITH SH 25 ON THE EAST COAST.

Some of New Zealand’s best mussels and oysters come from the waters here so make sure you get a feed. Take a charter boat out to some of the smaller islands for sightseeing or fishing. Safe swimming spots are found in the local bays or you can cast your line from the rocky foreshore. LEFT: Thames Coast Road © Destination Coromandel RIGHT: Long Bay, Coromandel Town © AATP

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).

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

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/Fax: +64 7 868 2863 Email: sea.spray@xtra.co.nz www.seaspraymotel.co.nz Hosts: Katherine & John Tizard

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Do you want a quiet peaceful location to stay?

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723 Thames Coast Road, Tapu, SHW 25, Thames Coast P: +64 7 868 4837 • Email: tapucamp@xtra.co.nz www.tapucamp.co.nz

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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

Tapu Camp

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Royal Oak Hotel

THAMES COAST RD

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: $125-$165 (2 persons) extra $20. 2-brm from $225 (up to 6 persons). Corporate & seasonal rates apply.

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BEST PRICES • Peaceful garden setting & BBQ area • Full breakfast menu available • Studio & 2-bedroom units with air-con • Private outdoor spa • 50+ TV channels • Certificates of Excellence • Quality accommodation close to cafés and restaurants

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

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Driving Creek Railway & Pottery

Climb aboard for a fascinating 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.

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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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380 Driving Creek Rd, Coromandel 3506 Just 3km north of Coromandel Town Ph: (07) 866 8703 International Ph: +64 7 866 8703 Reservations: bookings@dcrail.nz www.dcrail.nz PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP

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.

on this breath-taking, eight zipline canopy tour within the Driving Creek Conservation Park. View from all levels as you walk beneath ferns, enjoy stunning views over Copeland Stream and Coromandel Harbour while perched in the treetops. Our knowledgeable fun guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey as you learn of Driving Creek’s transformation from goldmining, to lush native forest, a haven for an abundance of native birds, kiwi and regenerating Kauri trees. Multiple daily tours. Minimum age 6 years. All weather conditions. 380 Driving Creek Road, Coromandel, 3 kms north of Coromandel Town. BOOKINGS RECOMMENDED Freephone 0800 267 6947 bookings@corozip.nz www.corozip.nz

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heck out the islandstudded waters off the coast from Papa Aroha and Amodeo Bay as you head north from Coromandel Town.

Colville

At the very tip of the peninsula is the Coromandel Coastal Walkway, a 7km track that takes 3-4hrs to walk one way and boasts remarkable views of the coastline and offshore islands.

At Waitete Bay, slightly further north, two often-deserted beaches are perfect for swimming. The road then winds further inland, rising over the summit and offering great views of the rugged valley before reaching the relaxed settlement of Colville. It’s a good place to check out local craftwork and have a well-deserved coffee.

& the Top of the Peninsula

After you’ve explored the top of the peninsula, venture east and discover New Chums Beach. It takes a bit of effort to reach this hidden gem – scramble over the headland from Whangapoua Beach – but it’s well worth it for a beach that’s rated one of the best in the world.

WHITIANGA & Surrounds

OTAUTU BAY FARM CAMP

We service the Coromandel Peninsula and beyond and pride ourselves in being the PENINSULA’S ONLY PADI 5-STAR RATED DIVE STORE

ON THE POHUTAKAWA COAST

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

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

no noise, no stress, no worries

DIVE... • 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.

• Charters • Extensive Retail • PADI Training • Hire • Tank Testing • Gear Servicing • Advice • First Aid Training

8am to 5pm Mon to Thurs 8am to 6m Fri & Sat

OPEN 7 DAYS

• Take a road trip in a fully equipped, self-contained 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 www.coastalcampers.co.nz • E: info@coastalcampers.co.nz

10 Campbell Street Ph: +64 7 867 1580

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Ph: +64 7 867 1962 • 16 Monk St, Whitianga

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You can 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.

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Fresh seafood is always on the menu here, with fishing and gathering shellfish popular pastimes. Find inner peace on a sailing trip to the Aldermen or Mercury islands. Activities on dry land include quad biking, golf,

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• 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. Te Kouma Harbour Cottages 2‑bedroom log house with private swimming pool $250 (2 persons).

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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.

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We asked a local about her favourite attractions in and around Whangamata...

and my local tip is to not land on the Island, inside or outside, and don’t enter with jet skis or motor boats. It’s actually a wildlife sanctuary. Although, you should go for a swim while in the lagoon – it’s out of this world.

The Whitianga Bike Park has a BMX track, pump and dirt track and skills zone. Mountain biking is also popular here.

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hitianga is the main tourist town in Mercury Bay and has lots to keep you occupied. The palm-lined, white-sand beach is just down the road.

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For a tropical island experience Coromandel-style, head to The Lost Spring and relax in the man-made lagoon and have a luxuriant massage.

I’m starting to feel hungry just thinking about… the many spectacular cafés and restaurants and you can’t go wrong with any choice. Also we have local markets on Sundays with home-cooked products, yum!

There are plenty of great places to eat and drink. Our top choices include: Poivre & Sel, Espy Café, Go Vino and The French Fig. But you can’t beat eating fish and chips on the wharf as you watch anglers land a massive swordfish.

My top five must-do’s for visitors would have to be… • Go for a surf. • Kayak to the Whangamata islands especially inside of Whenuakura (Donut Island).

Taking a glass-bottom boat tour or a scenic cruise from Whitianga is a great option for exploring the area’s coast.

• Walk to the waterfall at Wentworth Valley.

• Stand-up paddle board on the Otahu River estuary or the Whangamata Harbour. • Shop in the oldest surf shop in New Zealand at Saltwater. You might not have heard of it, but… our hidden gem is the lagoon inside of the Island Whenuakura

For a delightful day trip, head to… Onemana Beach for a bush walk to the secluded Pokohino Beach reserve or Opoutere Beach. Living in The Coromandel is awesome because… we have many sunny days to enjoy a relaxed beach lifestyle.

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• 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

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Golden WAIHI

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ISLAND, WITH CLEAR BLUE WATERS EXCELLENT FOR SWIMMING AND KAYAKING TO CATHEDRAL COVE.

There are plenty of activities enticing visitors to Waihi Beach, 11km away, including brilliant coastal walks to Orokawa Bay and beyond as far as Homunga Bay. At the southern end of the beach are Bowentown and Anzac Bay – fantastic spots for swimming, fishing and picnics. Land-based activities include a 9-hole golf course, and the surf lifesaving club hosts a range of activities over the summer.

You can take an ‘inside the fence’ tour of the working Martha gold mine, peer 200m down in the open-cast pit and visit the 100-year-old pumphouse. Gold was first discovered in Waihi in 1878, and by 1905 it had the most productive gold mine in New Zealand. Visit the Gold Discovery Centre for a fascinating insight into life here.

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Hahei is also a lovely spot to enjoy a coffee or an ice cream and just marvel at the sublime views.

joins two pretty coves. It’s one of the most beautiful beaches on the peninsula with remarkable rock formations, pure white sand and crystal-clear water. Scenes from The Chronicles of Narnia movies were filmed here. Follow the snorkel trail at Gemstone Bay, or take a glassbottom boat from Whitianga.

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ot Water Beach is one of New Zealand’s most popular natural wonders. For two hours either side of low tide, dig a hole and watch as water from natural hot springs seeps up into it through sparkling sands. Take a spade, or hire one from the beachside shop. Surfers will love Hot Water Beach, but only strong swimmers should surf here as currents are dangerous.

Closest motel to Waihi Beach 40 Seaforth Rd, Waihi Beach Ph: +64 7 863 5439

14 Bryce St, Whitianga FREE Breakfast & FREE Unlimited WIFI Turtle Cove in Whitianga is a comfortable homely hostel with a variety of bed options. Only 3 minutes walk to the supermarket or the main street of town, and only 30 minutes by car to Hot Water Beach. Tariff from $25

Ph: +64 7 867 1517 • Email: welcome@turtlecove.co.nz

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Best motel location at Waihi Beach. Across road from beach, short walk to village shops & cafés. 6 large recently renovated, self‑contained ground‑floor 1 & 2‑brm units, sleep 1‑6. 2 TVs in larger units, fridge freezers, microwaves, DVD/CD players, FREE WiFi. Child-minding available. Boat/trailer parking on site. BBQ area & playground. Close to fantastic walks, golf courses, wineries, boat ramp. 10min from start of Hauraki Rail Trail.

Email: beachesmotel@xtra.co.nz www.beachesmotel.co.nz

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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 enthrall you.

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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ocated at the entrance of a natural harbour, fringed by sandy surf beaches and blessed with many hours of sunshine, Tauranga is the lucky city.

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It sparkles with good restaurants, cafés and bars. There’s cultural sights too. Tauranga Art Gallery attracts major exhibitions. It hosts an annual jazz festival, on 19-22 April 2019, which draws talent from all over the world. The city also has great shopping with a range of department stores, specialty shops and souvenir outlets – you’ll find the main shopping area down by the waterfront.

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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.

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 12 January 2019, held at the Uretara Domain.

THE SPARKLING HARBOUR WATERS AND WARM, SUNNY CLIMATE MAKE IT A GREAT DESTINATION ALL-YEAR ROUND. THERE’S PLENTY TO DO FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY.

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THE PERFECT BLEND OF CITY AND LAIDBACK LIFESTYLE, 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 OF THE BEST BEACHES IN THE COUNTRY.

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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.

THE LARGEST CITY IN THE BAY OF PLENTY, TAURANGA

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 $18. Lodge/cabins from $50. Motels from $115 (2 persons). Bungalow from $350 (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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WHITE ISLAND VOLCANIC TOURS

• 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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This continuously active volcano, with sulphur-lipped fumaroles, active volcanic vents, steaming Crater Lake, bubbling mud pools, hot streams and desolate mining ruins combined create a surreal experience. You will feel like you are walking on a different planet. See our website for other scenic flight options and experience’s.

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Stroll around the harbour for a glimpse of over a thousand yachts and launches, or perhaps jump on board a charter boat and head out to the internationally renowned deep-sea fishing waters. There are also opportunities to go diving, kayaking and surfing. Spend time exploring the islands, observing local marine life, from seals and birds to playful dolphins. A night 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.

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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.

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OF THINGS TO DO TO SATISFY YOUNG AND OLD.

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.

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‘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 Otumoetai foreshore walk.

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Parents will love the laidback atmosphere and there’s plenty to keep the kids happy. If you need an adrenalin rush, try blokarting on a three-wheeled land sailer. There’s also an excellent range of restaurants and cafés to tempt your taste buds and, if you’re after a spot of retail therapy then Pāpāmoa Plaza, Fashion Island and local markets are sure to satisfy. BELOW: Early morning sun, Pāpāmoa

TE PUKE & MATATĀ 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.

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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,

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‘GOODNESS GROWS HERE’.

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mountain bikers, horse trekkers and novice motorcross riders. Quirky Looking Glass Garden 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.

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• 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/cafes, 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

PACIFIC PARK CHRISTIAN HOLIDAY CAMP

• Across from beach, 15min from Mount. Mini-golf, hot pool. • Ideal for family holidays/reunions, retreats, church/particularneeds groups. Variety of s/c units & lodges for 10-75 persons. • Tariff: (2 persons) power sites $34-$40, cabins $69-$109, 2-brm motels $119-$142, 3-brm motel $194-$229 (5 persons), 4-brm villa $234-267 (6 persons). 1110 Papamoa Beach Rd, Papamoa • P: +64 7 542 0018 • F: +64 7 542 1312 www.pacificpark.co.nz • E: office@pacificpark.co.nz 

• 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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• 5 x 2-bedroom self-contained units, with shower room and own back yard. • FREE WIFI, SKY 50+ channels, air-con.

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TAKE A HIKE While entire days can be enjoyed on Pāpāmoa’s beach, there are options for getting more active. One involves getting high in the Pāpāmoa Hills Regional Park/Te Rae o Pāpāmoa overlooking the beach and boasting views from Mt Maunganui to Whakatāne. There’s a network of walking and running tracks up there; one steep walk from the car park to the trig station will

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have you 224m above sea level. This track leads through pine forests, bush and across farmland; other tracks in the park reveal archaeological sites, including well-preserved pā sites. The park is open daily from 6.30am to 7pm in winter and until 9pm in the summer; entry is at the end of Poplar Lane off SH 2 between Pāpāmoa and Te Puke.

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the hill • 25km SE of Tauranga on SH 2

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• 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. • Central stopover between Gisborne & Auck. • Tariff: $145-$175 (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 PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP

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Coastal Bay of Plenty My top five must-do’s for visitors would have to be…

Honey bee on manuka, Te Puke © Tourism Bay of Plenty

• Climb Mount Maunganui at sunrise. • Take a dip at Mount Maunganui Hot Pools.

Whakatāne

• In summer, visit Julians Berry Farm outside Whakatāne, to pick berries and grab a fresh berry ice cream. • Take a guided tour at Experience Comvita, to learn about manuka honey and honey bees. • Take a stroll along Pāpāmoa Beach. You might not have heard of it, but… the Pāpāmoa Hills Regional Park walk is a great alternative to Mount Maunganui during peak times. The butterfly garden at Te Puna Quarry Park is a hidden gem, or visit Yatton Park in Greerton for a picnic. I’m starting to feel hungry just thinking about… Nourish Café in Te Puna for brunch or Macau along The Strand for dinner.

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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, pa site and learn a traditional Māori craft.

For a delightful day trip, head to… Taupō – only two hours south of Tauranga. There’s heaps to see and do, including prawn fishing and jet boating. Living in the Bay of Plenty is awesome because… it’s a beautiful place to raise kids, with lots of outdoor activities on offer, and the most sunshine hours of all the country (providing more time to enjoy the ocean and beautiful beaches, and have BBQs).

The Whakatāne Heads © Tourism Bay of Plenty LEFT: Whirinaki Forest, Murupara © Whakatāne District Council

WHAKATĀNE 92km NE of Rotorua

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 Mātaatua 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.

Visit an Island Paradise

Whakatāne, gateway to White Island/Whakaari 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.

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.

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• FREE Fast WiFi, FREE parking • Modern, clean, spacious all ground‑floor units • Comfortable beds, feather and down throws • Great variety of breakfasts, teas and coffees • Close to all amenities • Small conference facilities • All units have cooking facilities • Spa baths in some units • Tariff: $135-$150 Seasonal rates may apply

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• 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

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 Ohiwa 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

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.

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne

BE THE FIRST TO SEE THE SUNRISE

Tairawhiti Gisborne

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

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carved marae, historic churches and the red blooms of summer flowering pohutukawa. 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!

The first light © Strike Photography

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pōtiki, the gateway to East Cape, has long, unspoiled beaches to wander, forest to explore and rivers to ride. The pretty town’s main street is decorated with the work of Māori master carvers. Activities centre around the water with good rafting, jetboating kayaking, surfing, swimming and fishing. Enjoy good cycling on the Motu Trails, one of the Great Rides. The Dunes Trail is a 10km ride along the coastline. Hukutaia Domain has a fine collection of native plants including a 2500-year-old sacred puriri tree. Ōpōtiki also offers easy access to Te Urewera’s remote, rugged, forest terrain. Visit Lake Waikaremoana – there’s a 4-day hiking trail around the water’s edge for the adventurous.

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

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• Small, quiet park. 100m from boat ramp & Motu Cycle Trail. 5min drive to beaches. 2min walk to town. • Playground and swimming pool. Wireless internet. • Park motel/self-contained units/kitchen cabins/power & non-power sites (sites from $15pp). • Tariff: $50-$120 (2 persons). 39 Potts Ave, Opotiki • P: +64 7 315 6050 www.opotikiholidaypark.com • E: opotiki.holidays@xtra.co.nz

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Must-Do’s Golf i-SITE Visitor Centre Lighthouse Tramping

RIGHT: Home Bay, Lake Waikaremoana © Kerry Fox

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

ŌPŌTIKI TO TOLAGA BAY AREA MAP MAP REFERENCE

Te Kaha has glorious beaches and bays, perfect for swimming. Whanarua Bay, with its tranquil beaches and rocky outcrops, is considered to be the prettiest bay on the coast. Hicks Bay has pa sites and a lovely beach.

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• Large units suitable for meetings or training sessions - 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 laundry • Continental and cooked breakfasts • Wireless internet access • Warm welcome & friendly service

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 Makorori Coastal Lookout © Strike Photography

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Bask in the warmth of Tairawhiti Gisborne

isborne, known as New Zealand’s chardonnay capital, also makes world-class pinot gris and gewurtztraminer. 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 (Oct 25-27, 2019), don’t miss the annual Wine & Food Weekend but be sure to book in advance.

LEFT: Wine tasting at Matawhero © Strike INSET BELOW: Motu Trails © Whakatāne Beacon INSET CENTRE: Kaiti Hill sunset © Damon Meade

SEE IT BY BICYCLE The Motu Trail from Ōpōtiki to Matawai also links to the Rere Falls Trail which is 103km of rolling hills and sealed roads from rural Matawai to Gisborne. Allow 1-3 days to cycle the route. Cyclists will take in some of Gisborne’s top attractions along the route including the Rere Rockslide, Rere Falls and Eastwoodhill Arboretum. Meander along quiet country roads and past lush hill farms through to the wineries and maize fields of the fertile Poverty Bay flats to Gisborne’s long white, city beaches.

Put some driving music on and motor along the PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY, one of New Zealand’s best coastal routes. Touring SH 35 is a must-do because it’s 300km of sheer road trip heaven from Ōpōtiki to Gisborne. Drive past huge surf, take in the sights and unwind on the journey into the heart of Tairāwhiti Gisborne.

TE ARAROA (EAST CAPE) the long path • 177km N of Gisborne on SH 35 EAST CAPE MANUKA COMPANY Visitors Centre, Café and Factory Shop 4464 Te Araroa Rd, Te Araroa, East Cape EMAIL: info@manukaproducts.co.nz FREEPHONE: 0508 MANUKA (626 852)

www.manukaproducts.co.nz

Located on SH 35 (Pacific Coast Highway) between Hicks Bay & Te Araroa. • Manuka oil, manuka honey & tea and other products available • Espresso, food, drinks, ice creams and informative visual displays • Garden area with outdoor seating • Good parking – suitable buses & campervans • Visitors very welcome • Group factory tours with morning or afternoon tea or lunch by prior arrangement • Open 7 days, October‑April • Open Monday‑Friday, May‑September

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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 Kaiti Beach, making the first European contact wtih Māori. There’s a commemorative obelisk at Kaiti Hill and the 250th anniversary commemorations will acknowledge the first formal meetings between Māori and Europeans on and off the coast of

Tairāwhiti in October 2019. Gisborne attractions include 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 pa 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. PAGE 7 - REGIONAL MAP

A New Zealand Must-Do!

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Waikato / Waitomo

Waikato / Waitomo Paddle boarding – Raglan © hamiltonwaikato.com / Shaun Jeffers Photography

WHERE THE RIVER FLOWS THROUGH

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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 wellbeing 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.

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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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Waikato / Waitomo

WAITING TO BE EXPLORED

Hamilton

Cultural & Energetic

Rowers on Waikato River, Hamilton © hamiltonwaikato.com

RIDE THE RIVER

Explore & enjoy

HAMILTON FREE MAPS & GUIDES EVENT TICKETING

Experience Waikato by bike on Te Awa, the Great New Zealand River Ride. The cycle trail runs alongside the Waikato River from Ngaruawahia to Cambridge and is being built in

Hamilton Gardens Indian Char Bagh INSET: Hamilton Gardens – statue Te Parapara BOTH: © hamiltonwaikato.com

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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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 throughout history will delight. Highlights include

the Chinese, traditional Māori and Italian Renaissance gardens. 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. For a treat, enjoy a tasting at Zealong Tea Estate, New Zealand’s only tea plantation, 20 minutes north of Hamilton. The kids will love the Hamilton Zoo, where they can get up close to a variety of animals.

stages. It will eventually be a 70km trail from Ngaruawahia to Horahora, joining up with the Waikato River Trails. Visit www.te-awa.org.nz for maps and up-to-date information.

MOUNTVIEW FARMSTAY & APPALOOSA STUD

• Working farm/horse stud. • City centre 10min drive. • 360-degree farm/mountain views. • 2 queen rooms; 1 ensuite, 1 with separate facilities. Free WiFi. • 1hr from Waitomo. 1.5hrs from Rotorua. • Tariff: $55-$60 (single), $100-$110 (double). 816/2 Tuhikaramea Rd, RD 10, Hamilton • P: +64 7 847 5555 www.appaloosastud.co.nz • E: mutch@satlan.com

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The Harbour View Hotel has a sunny veranda where you can dine and watch the world go by, or enjoy fish and chips on the wharf watching the sunset.

It’s the great surf at Whale Bay and Manu Bay that attracts so many to Raglan, but you don’t have to be a surfer to love this creative, lively town.

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ee surfers tackle the longest left-hand break in the world at Manu Bay or take a surf lesson yourself. Choose from one of the many bush walks, including magical Bridal Veil Falls, 20 minutes drive from Raglan. Golf, fishing, mountain biking and boating are popular activities, while a horse trek on the beach is an unforgettable experience. Paddleboarding, kayaking and kite-surfing are also popular here.

Pokeno is the place to stop for ice cream – the more-than-generous scoops sold in this small town have a huge following. 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 Māori during the 1863 land wars, one of the largest battles in New Zealand’s history.

TE KAUWHATA the empty storehouse • 53km N of Hamilton on SH 1

Raglan – water sports including kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, sunset cruises and surf lessons INSET: On the beach, Raglan BOTH © hamiltonwaikato.com

SEVERAL HYDRO LAKES PROVIDE A WATERSPORTS PLAYGROUND, INCLUDING LAKE KARAPIRO, 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.

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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 Ngaroto 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 boys – the musical Finn brothers, of Crowded House fame. 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

The Waikato is birthplace of the Māori King Movement (Te Kingitanga), whose descendants continue to fulfil the role of king or queen and live at Turangawaewae Marae. Since then some of the Waikato has been known as King Country.

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. 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.

CAMBRIDGE after the 2nd Duke of Cambridge • 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

Ngaruawahia, 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.

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

• Near supermarkets/ restaurants. Velodrome 2km. Within 15min Mystery Creek/airport. Waikato River Trails © hamiltonwaikato.com

RAGLAN after Baron Raglan, commander of British forces, Crimea • 48km W of Hamilton on SH 23

Greenstone Shop & Museum Pounamu Taonga

Waipa District

• Tariff: $115-$155 (2 persons).

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

Call Us: +64 7 825 0050

• View our greenstone carvers at work • Affordable prices

Downtown, close to restaurants/bars/shopping. Water 100m.

• Open 7 days

22 studio rooms with private outdoor balcony, 1 x 2-brm apartment, 1 executive suite.

• 2 minutes from State Highway 1

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

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7 Bankart St, Raglan P: +64 7 825 0050 M: +64 22 043 5904 www.raglansunsetmotel.co.nz E: book@raglansunsetmotel.co.nz

SKY guest select 50+ Channels. Weddings/conferences. Spa pool, laundry, BBQ/ courtyard dining, kitchen facilities. Free WiFi.

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

Tariff: from $160. Seasonal rates.

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Waikato / Waitomo We asked a local about her favourite attractions in and around Waikato and Waitomo... Lily Craig Marketing & Communications Specialist, Hobbiton Movie Set

My top five must-do’s for visitors would have to be… • Try one of the region’s fantastic walking trails – my favourites are Wairere Falls and the Hakarimata Range. • Get the adrenalin pumping in Waitomo with a black-water rafting experience. • Spend an afternoon wandering through Hamilton Gardens. • Indulge in a beautiful high tea at Zealong Tea Estate, overlooking the tea plantation. • Feast like a hobbit during the Evening Banquet Tour at Hobbiton Movie Set (of course)! You might not have heard of it, but… in the summer, there is a Sunday afternoon gourmet food market at Hamilton Gardens with

TALK TO THE LOCAL

MATAMATA headland • 63km E of Hamilton on SH 27

MATAMATA, THE LAND OF HOBBITS

food trucks selling everything from real fruit ice cream and churros to banh mi, dumplings and gourmet burgers. It’s the perfect way to spend a Sunday arvo.

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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.

I’m starting to feel hungry just thinking about… Mamas donuts – their classic glazed donut is what dreams are made of… or try the specialty cocktails at Wonderhorse.

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.

For a delightful day trip, head to… Raglan – go kayaking in the harbour, watch the surf roll in at Whale or Manu bays, and finish it off with fish ‘n’ chips at The Wharf at sunset. Living in the Waikato/Waitomo region is awesome because… everything in the Waikato is within close driving distance – go 20-60 minutes in any given direction and you’re in a new place with things to do and see and eat!

South Waikato

LEFT: Hobbiton Movie Set RIGHT: Hobbiton Matamata Waikato © BOTH: Hobbiton Movie Set Tours BELOW RIGHT: Te Aroha Museum – Old Bath house, Domain © hamiltonwaikato.com BELOW RIGHT: Blue Spring, Waikato © Charles Yuan

TE AROHA the loved one • 53km NE of Hamilton on SH 26

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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.

TE AROHA MOTEL

• 12 clean, comfortable, self-contained units. • All units have TV, air-conditioning & heat pump. • Next to restaurants, cafés & mineral spa pools. • Near Rail Trail, golf & bush walks. • Bike hire & 10-seat mini-van available. • Right in town. 108 Whitaker St, Te Aroha • P: +64 7 884 9417 www.tearohamotel.co.nz • E: tearohamotel@xtra.co.nz

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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, PUTARURU 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 PUTARURU TO GET THERE. 47


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celebrates and displays everything Kiwi. Don’t miss the Otorohanga Kiwi House and Native Bird Park for a close-up look ­at our national icon – and see other native species including dinosaur-like tuatara.

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King Country

Group Tour, Hairy Feet © www.hairyfeetwaitomo.co.nz INSET: Spiral Ramp into Ruakuri Caves, Waitomo, King Country © davidwallphoto.com

Waitomo

FAR LEFT: Marakopa Falls © hamiltonwaikato.com

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.

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 campfire 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.

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he coastal settlement of Kawhia 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, Kawhia 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.

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

Consistent Trip Advisor “Certificate of Excellence” winner

Bookings advisable

TWENTY FOUR KIWIANA DISPLAYS GRACE OTOROHANGA’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 Something for every visitor

• Come face to face with fossil moa – why are they in a caving museum? • Challenge our cave crawl • Take a journey through geological time • Caving and glowworm films on demand

WAITOMO i-SITE

Will help you through the maze of caving options • Tours and attractions • Free bookings and information • Transport and accommodation • Part of New Zealand’s official visitor information network

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.

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Your Waitomo visit starts here

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

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EXPERT LOCAL KNOWLEDGE and bookings through New Zealand

0800 474 839 or +64 7 878 7640

Email: info@waitomodiscovery.org • www.waitomodiscovery.org Waitomo Caves Museum Society also trade as Waitomo Caves Discovery Centre and Waitomo i-SITE

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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

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.

Glowworm Caves

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.

Spellbound Cave, glowworms © www.hamiltonwaikato.com

Spa & Swimming Pool

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-$120 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, 1-brm/2-brm Unit $145, Family Unit $149. Additional occupants $20, Child (2-14) $15.

NEW UNITS OPENING 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

www.waitomomotels.co.nz

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 $25) 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.

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For a little more adventure, there’s the option of blackwater rafting on a tube beneath ceilings of sparkling glowworms, abseiling or ziplining within the caves.

WAITOMO WAS NAMED BY MĀORI AND MEANS ‘WATER PASSING THROUGH A HOLE’. WAI IS WATER AND TOMO IS SINKHOLE.

Waitomo glowworm cave © hamiltonwaikato.com

Underground Adventure

One of the best ways to get underground at Waitomo is to take an abseiling tour into the Lost World cave. This 100m drop is the highest commercial abseil in New Zealand. The cave is a mesmerising sight, with daylight casting a heavensent beam into the depths. Once you’re in, squeeze, jump and slide your way to ground level. Alternatively, there’s a staircase into The Window sinkhole giving access to the Lost World abyss. Kids will love the Troll Cave where they go underground to look for the timid troll.

Ruakuri walk © AATP

TIPS FROM THE LOCALS

The Lost World © hamiltonwaikato.com

• Visit Te Kuiti on Saturday, 20 April 2019 to join the popular Great NZ Muster celebrations. The day includes buskers, food and sheep mustering.

• The coastal drive between Kawhia and Raglan covers 45km of unsealed roads, with scenic views of wild coast, Aotea Harbour and Mt Kariori.

• Kids will love the Rotopiko Discovery Trail at Lake Serpentine for bird spotting and educational activities at the lakeside stations.

• Do the Ruakuri Bushwalk at night; take a torch and turn it off along the way to see the mesmerising glowworms – all for free!

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Rotorua

RAW BEAUTY

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.

Rotorua has one of New Zealand’s richest concentrations of Māori culture. Manaakitanga means the spirit of hospitality and generosity, something you will experience when you visit this wonderful region. Te Puia Geothermal Valley © Destination Rotorua

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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.

n Māori mythology, when the great waka Te Arawa arrived in Rotorua, Ngatoroirangi had to stand on the summit of what is now Mt Tongariro in order to claim the surrounding land for his tribe.

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 Okareka are perfect for family water activities; and Lake Tarawera is a great fishing spot – and that’s just for starters.

Lake Rotoiti, Rotorua © Julian Apse / Tourism NZ

IF YOU’RE AFTER THE ULTIMATE HOLIDAY FOR ALL THE FAMILY, ROTORUA WILL DELIVER.

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As he reached the top of the mountain, he almost died from the icy wind and the cold. To save himself from the elements, he sent a prayer to his sisters in Hawaiki (where, according to Māori folklore, Māori people originated from).

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!

How Fire Demons Made Rotorua

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

MĀORI BELIEVE THAT ROTORUA OWES ITS THERMAL ATTRACTIONS TO AN EARLY SPIRITUAL LEADER FROM TE ARAWA TRIBE, NGATOROIRANGI.

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They responded, sending fire demons to his aid. These demons cut across the ocean, surfacing at White Island, Rotorua and Taupō before reaching Ngatoroirangi 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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SEE COLOURFUL CRATER LAKES, SHOOTING GEYSERS AND SCALDING HOT MUD POOLS JUST

FAMILY FUN

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MINUTES FROM THE CITY CENTRE.

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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ROTORUA IS FAMOUS FOR ITS PURE SPRING WATERS AND NATURALLY HEATED BATHING

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.

POOLS. THERE ARE VARIOUS POOLS IN ROTORUA THAT TAKE ADVANTAGE OF THE SOOTHING, HEATED WATER.

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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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Artisan Café serves great quality, fresh food. The chorizo and potato hash comes highly recommended. Atticus Finch and Ali Baba’s 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.

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otorua is a mountainbiking destination par excellence – ranked one of six preeminent Ride Centres in the world by the International Mountain Biking Association. The region has

a wide range of cycling and mountain biking options, including the gondola assisted bike lift at Skyline Gravity Park Rotorua, giving easy access to 13km network of trails with varying terrain for all levels.

Whakarewarewa Forest has mountain bike tracks and a purpose-built trail network. Te Ara Ahi – Thermal By Bike, one of New Zealand’s Great Rides, is 48km of Easy to Intermediate trails and journeys through four

geothermal fields. And if you need bike hire, maintenance or advice, you’re well-served here because Rotorua has more bike shops per capita than anywhere else in New Zealand.

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TALK TO THE LOCAL Mike Gibbons Former General Manager, Te Wairoa The Buried Village

My top five must-do’s for visitors would have to be…

So much to enjoy

• to try the free heated foot-pools at Kuirau Park (5min walk from CBD) and get up close to the mud pools and the steaming landscape.

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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.

• a walk around the Rotorua lakefront through to the manicured Government Gardens and to Sulphur Point to take in the landscape of the rare birdlife and the ‘Hot Lake’ walk. • taking the Skyline gondola ride up to have fun luging down the mountainside and enjoy the panoramic views or the internationally acclaimed Stratosfare restaurant.

ABOVE: Holiday relaxation, Blue Lake, Rotorua © Destination Rotorua INSET: Tamaki Māori Village © Destination Rotorua

• a scenic drive from the city CBD out to the Tarawera lakes district and visit the Redwoods Forest walks (just 5min), Blue & Green lakes (15min), Tarawera trail (20min), The Buried Village (25min) or water-taxi across to soak at Hot Water Beach on the shore of Lake Tarawera. • a hangi at Tamaki Māori Village. It’s amazing that a global customer feedback platform such as TripAdvisor would rate having a ‘hangi & concert’ at Tamaki Māori Village as the 7th most popular activity to do in the world out of over 100,000 activities! You might not have heard of it, but… the Waipa mountain bike trail hub (just 5min south of the CBD) is a great place for the family just to go for a coffee or to hire a bike and try out any of the multi-level bike trails suitable for young families

Stroll through beautiful Government Gardens, walk into Kuirau Park, scattered with bubbling mud pools, jump on a jetboat to Mokoia Island in the middle of Lake Rotorua, aim for the natural hot springs at Kerosene Creek, or head high into the treetops for a canopy tour on a zipline.

We asked a local about his favourite attractions in and around Rotorua... or learners and also for the more advanced adrenalin mountain biker. I’m starting to feel hungry just thinking about… the Saturday morning markets between 7am till noon at Kuirau Park or the Thursday Rotorua Night Markets in the city centre between 5pm and 8pm where you will find an array of food choices made fresh by local culinary artisans.

Kerosene Creek © Mark Smith / Destination Rotorua

On a wet day, challenge yourself at Rotofobia escape room adventure house or keep the kids happy with a range of indoor fun including Laser Tag, tenpin bowling and video games at Motion Entertainment.

For a delightful day trip, head to… Hobbiton (Lord of The Rings) – it’s only a short drive from Rotorua, Tirau (antiques and gift shops), Taupo (alpine gateway) or the beaches of Mt Maunganui. Living in Rotorua is awesome because… it’s our playground with so many things to enjoy throughout the Lakes districts and it is a fantastic lifestyle, even if you are here as a visitor for a short time.

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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.

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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.

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.

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. Village scene © Te Puia

BELOW ARE SOME MĀORI WORDS AND PHRASES THAT WILL DEFINITELY COME IN HANDY DURING YOUR VISIT:

Living Māori Village, Whakarewarewa INSET: Hongi, Te Puia © 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.

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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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.

Authentic ART & CRAFTS

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

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

SEE ARTISTS WORKING IN TRADITIONAL FORMS AT A MĀORI VILLAGE THEN BUY A SOUVENIR TO TAKE HOME.

Māori carving © 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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RIGHT: Māori Carving INSET: Weaving © BOTH: Te Puia

• 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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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. 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.

Rotorua

TRACKS and Trails

ROTORUA CANOPY Tours THE LAKE OKAREKA WALKWAY FOLLOWS A CUSTOM-BUILT BOARDWALK ALONG THE

Canopy Tours © Adrian Hodge / Destination Rotorua LEFT: Lake Okareka boardwalk, Rotorua © Destination Rotorua

SOUTHERN EDGE OF THIS BEAUTIFUL LAKE. 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.

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.

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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. During your three-hour Canopy Tour you’ll be guided through the magical Mamaku Forest on a 1.2km network of six ziplines,

swingbridges and treetop platforms up to 22m high in the canopy of an ancient native forest. Keep an eye and ear out for robins, kereru, tomtit, tui, bellbirds, whiteheads, kaka and fantails. Around 20% of the forest is free from pesky predators and the aim is to return the eco-system to the one Captain James Cook discovered when he first arrived in this country in 1769.

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Discover a place like nowhere you’ve been before! Embark on an adventure to visit NZ’s most active volcano and experience spectacular geothermal and volcanic activity. Tours depart daily from Whakatane (1 hour drive from Rotorua) or use our Rotorua shuttle service.

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Lake Taupō

Lake Taupō

NATURE’S PLAYGROUND THE DRAMATIC CENTRAL PLATEAU WAS CREATED BY THE ERUPTION OF

Lake Taupo Turangi & Ruapehu

A SUPERVOLCANO AND THIS DIVERSE LANDSCAPE ENTICES VISITORS WITH VOLCANIC MOUNTAINS, THERMAL VALLEYS, LAKES AND RIVERS.

The Majestic Western Bays, Lake Taupō © Destination Taupō

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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 Hatepe Eruption 1800 years ago.

SKYDIVE OVER TAUPŌ HUKA FALLS TROUT FISHING TIMBER TRAIL CHATEAU TONGARIRO TONGARIRO ALPINE CROSSING

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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 Ngauruhoe

and Mt Ruapehu are particularly good on the Volcanic Loop, from Turangi on the eastern shores of Lake Taupō to National Park Village, Ohakune 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 Korako, 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.

Explore the lake on foot by bicycle 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 Wairakei 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.

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.

Cave, Orakei Korako © Orakei Korako

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ORAKEI KORAKO white adorning place • 37km N of Taupō

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ABOVE: Cycling Waihaha to Waihora on the Great Lake Trail © Jo Donaldson/Destination Taupō INSET: Huka Falls © Destination Taupō

HUKA FALLS foam • 5km N of Taupō

ARATIATIA Rapids The Aratiatia Rapids, 12km from Taupō, just off SH 5, are one of the Waikato River’s most outstanding scenic features. Water is released daily through the dam at the rate of 80,000 litres per second for 15 minutes at 10am, 12pm, 2pm, (and 4pm during summer). Jet boating to the base of these rapids

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is a truly magical experience. This is one of two locations used to film scenes of the dwarves floating down the river in barrels in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. There’s a four-hour return walking track to the rapids from Huka Falls with great views of the river.

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TAUPŌ REFLECTS ALL THAT IS WHOLESOME AND FRESH ABOUT NEW ZEALAND.

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AC BATHS Come along to our all-weather, thermally heated pool complex with leisure, training and toddler pools. It’s fun for the whole family! Open daily 6am-9pm – only closed Christmas Day Hydroslides Weekends and holidays 10.30am to 7.30pm Weekdays 3.30pm to 7.30pm AC Baths Avenue Taupō 07 376 0350 ecreception@taupo.govt.nz www.taupo.govt.nz

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$39 Adult - $15 Child – from $93 Family (2A+2C) Trip times - 1  0.30am, 12.30pm, 2.30pm all year 4.30pm summer - allow 1.5 hours Departs ­ - Aratiatia Dam,12km north of Taupo off SH 5

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Lake Taupō

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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.

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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!

Skydiving in Taupō © Destination Taupō

Viewing the Mine Bay Māori Rock Carvings on Lake Taupō by kayak © Destination Taupō

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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, a hole-in-one golf challenge on Lake Taupō, 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, Wairakei 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.

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Art Glass Gallery Glassblowing Sculpture Garden Gourmet Café Don’t miss this must-see attraction on your visit to Taupo! P +64 7 374 8400 E info@lavaglass.nz 165 SH 5, RD 4, Taupo 3384 OPEN 7 days 9am-5pm

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Lake Taupō

Lake Taupō

TALK TO THE LOCAL Stacey Richards Sales and Marketing Manager, Huka Prawn Park

We asked a local about her favourite attractions in and around Taupō and Turangi... • heading out to Whakaipo Bay for a stroll and a swim in the beautiful enclosed bay, many photographers take families out here for shoots because it’s picture perfect. • walking the Huka Falls track from Spa Park, stopping in at the local hot water swimming spot on the edge of the Waikato River and checking out the mammoth Huka Falls, New Zealand’s most visited attraction. • trying your luck at New Zealand’s only prawn fishing park #hukaprawnpark.

My top five must-do’s for visitors would have to be… • climbing to the top of Mt Tauhara, on a clear day where you can see all the way to White Island. The views are incredible and perfect for those Insta snaps.

• booking an evening trip on Sail Barbary, sailing to the Māori rock carvings, plonking yourself on a beanbag, enjoying your complimentary pizza and taking your own wine.

You might not have heard of it, but… all the locals know every Sunday Two Mile Bay Sailing Centre is the place to be. Live music in the afternoon, along with great beer, pizza and good vibes right on the water. From November 1, they offer all your lake fun needs, sailing,

kayaking, paddle boarding and windsurfing. I’m starting to feel hungry just thinking about… head to Vine Eatery for great tapas and atmosphere, The Brantry for fine dining or visit the boys at Pauly’s for the best-fried chicken and burgers in town. For a delightful day trip… jump on a shuttle and head to Tongariro National Park, or hike the Alpine Crossing, one of New Zealand’s best day hikes – 19.4km of amazing. Not for the faint-hearted, there are shorter hikes you can do but if you have the stamina, you will not regret it. On your return to Taupō, find Wairakei Terraces and stop for a soak in their thermal pools, your feet will need it. Living in Taupō is awesome because… whether you want to snowboard, wakeboard, mountain bike or relax, we have it all! Stunning scenery, awesome people, thrill seeking adventures – it is all yours for the taking.

Sensational Turangi THE TONGARIRO RIVER IS ONE OF THE MOST FAMOUS TROUTFISHING RIVERS IN THE WORLD. EVERY POOL HAS EARNED A NAME: THERE’S THE DUCHESS POOL, MAJOR JONES POOL, HONEY POT, BREAKFAST POOL AND ADMIRAL POOL. Tongariro River © Destination Taupō

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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 Turangi’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 Turangi. 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. Turangi 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 birdlife.

TURANGI after Chief Turangi Tukua • 52km SW of Taupō on SH 1 A PLUS/SAMURAI LODGE

• Family-run budget hostel for Tongariro Alpine Crossing/skiing/ trout fishing. Large rooms. Whakapapa 30min. • Halfway point between Auckland and Wellington. • Big gardens. Drying room. Free pick-up/drop-off. Shuttle avail. • Off-street parking. WiFi, tent/van parking, kitchen/laundry. Free WiFi. Free food (when in season). Tariff: From $15pp. 41 Iwiheke Pl, Turangi • P/F: +64 7 386 8979 www.tongarirohostel.com • E: info@tongarirohostel.com

Shopping in Taupō © Destination Taupō

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TURANGI TURTLE POOLS

Our sumptuous range of gifts and clothing includes:  :: Sheepskins :: Slippers :: Wool sweaters :: Merino and Possum knitwear :: Mohair throws :: Suppliers of knitting yarn :: Sheepskin Boots & Slippers

Cnr Ruapehu & Paora Hapi Sts, Taupo Phone/Fax: +64 7 378 9513 Email: woolshed.taupo@xtra.co.nz

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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 award winners 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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Taupō town centre has all the facilities of a big urban centre but with a relaxed, lakeside holiday vibe. It has free parking, pedestrian-friendly streets and good customer service. Everything you need is within walking distance and the centre is a block away from the lakefront. Get a feel for it by following the art trail. Lake Taupō Museum and Art Gallery gives an insight into local heritage, as well as an everchanging line-up of exhibitions. The museum includes Ora Garden

The Woolshed

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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

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Ruapehu Cycling Ohakune Old Coach Road © Visit Ruapehu

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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 oneday 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

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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, Ohakune 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.

SKI OR SNOWBOARD DOWN A VOLCANO IN WINTER, AND YEAR ROUND WALK ACROSS A GEOTHERMAL PLATEAU, OR CYCLE ONE OF NEW ZEALAND’S GREAT RIDES SUCH AS THE TIMBER TRAIL OR MOUNTAINS TO SEA TRAIL. TAKE A JET BOAT AND RIDE OR WALK TO THE BRIDGE OF NOWHERE OR HEAD OUT ON A RAILCART JOURNEY, OR VISIT THE ALPACAS. THERE’S SO MUCH TO DO...

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

National Army Museum, Waiouru © Visit Ruapehu

Tongariro Northern Circuit – Oturere Hut © DOC_90 Seconds INSET: Happy Valley Tunnel © mtruapehu.com

WAIOURU western river • 115km S of Taupō on SH 1

Waiouru Welcome Inn WAIOURU’S main drawcard is the impressive, brutaliststyle building with the massive tanks out front – you can’t miss it as you drive into town along the naturally dramatic stretch of SH 1. This is the National Army Museum, home to New Zealand’s most

comprehensive collection of all things military including audio visuals and realistic displays, as well as public research material. The museum honours the sacrifices service personnel made in wartime as well as New Zealand’s peacekeeping operations.

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Located just off the Desert Road, close to: • Queen Elizabeth ll Army Museum (2min) • Ohakune (20 mins) • Skiing (Mt Ruapehu), National Park, fishing and white-water rafting (40min) • 8 self‑contained motel units and 4 tea/ coffee studios all heated and double‑glazed. • All major credit cards accepted. Tariff: $110-$145 (2 persons). Seasonal rates apply.

Junction SH 1 & SH 49, Waiouru P: +64 6 387 6247 F: +64 6 387 6395 www.waiourumotel.com Email: office@waiourumotel.com Hosts: Jacob & Coco

TONGARIRO NATIONAL PARK

• 39km SE of Taumarunui

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

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

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ongariro National Park is one of only a handful of sites in the world with dual World Heritage Status in recognition of both its natural and cultural values. It contains the volcanic peaks of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngauruhoe, and encompasses some 79,598ha.

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It’s New Zealand’s oldest national park and its landscape ranges from deserts to vast tussock lands, mountain beech forests and wetlands – all with a mix of native flora and fauna. Active volcanic craters, natural springs, and valleys filled with jagged lava flows can also be found in the park, along with many of the filming sites for The Lord of the Rings Trilogy. There is a network of tracks and huts for trampers, including the Tongariro Northern Circuit Great Walk and the Round the Mountain (Mt Ruapehu) Track, as well as the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, New Zealand’s most popular one-day walk. If you’re not keen on a challenging walk or are pressed for time, scenic flights are the way to go. The views from above give you an unforgettable glimpse of this stunning national park’s diversity.

Mountain Air Scenic Flights – Tongariro Alpine Crossing © Ruapehu Tourism

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

• Small, friendly park bordered by reserve & Whanganui River. 40min from National Park. • Good base for: cycle trails, fishing, hiking, golf, Forgotten World Rail Carts, canoe/kayak. • Tariff: power/tent sites $18pp, cabins from $55 (2p), Kiwi Cottage $90 (2p), extra $19. 487 Totara St, Manunui, SH4 Sth, Taumarunui • P: +64 7 895 9345 • Res: 0800 473 281 www.taumarunuiholidaypark.co.nz • E: taumarunui-hp@xtra.co.nz

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

• Secure storage for your bikes • Cleaning facilities ONLY

Central Park Reservations Freephone:

0800 283 030

• Situated at the gateway of the Whanganui and Tongariro National Parks • Set in restful, spacious grounds with rural views • 30 self-contained, family, spa bath executive suites • Conference Room • Swimming pool, sauna, spa, tennis court & gym

Motor Inn FREE WIFI

• Eco motel – taking care of the environment • Our facilities include stylish restaurant Zeebers Restaurant & Bar. Open Mon-Thu, other days by arrangement • Inspections invited • Pet-friendly

Maata St, Taumarunui • www.central-park.co.nz Ph: +64 7 895 7132 • Fax: +64 7 895 7133 • Email: centralpark@xtra.co.nz

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on this breath-taking, eight zipline canopy tour within the Driving Creek Conservation Park. View from all levels as you walk beneath ferns, enjoy stunning views over Copeland Stream and Coromandel Harbour while perched in the treetops. Our knowledgeable fun guides will lead you on an unforgettable journey as you learn of Driving Creek’s transformation from goldmining, to lush native forest, a haven for an abundance of native birds, kiwi and regenerating Kauri trees.

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