- Beach Bounty The forest-fringed inlets, coves, and sprawling sand dunes include some of the most popular beaches in the country. The coastline is endless; one beautiful beach after another.
- Volcanoes and Vistas From the coastal cliffs of the Coromandel to the Bay of Plenty's volcanic peak, Mauao, great views abound. Active White Island's steaming fissures are a dramatic sight by sea, air, or at the rim of the marine volcano itself.
- Walking and Hiking Follow the "footsteps of Toi" to the secluded bay of Otarawaiwere, or take a forest walk to swim in one of the lagoons formed by the tiers of Kaiate Falls. Coromandel Forest Park has a network of tracks, from easy roadside walks among kauri tree giants to overnight treks.
- Watery Wonders Dive or snorkel in the region's marine reserves, or take a swim with dolphins. Charter a boat and go deep-sea fishing, or kayak among the glowworms by moonlight.
FODOR'S GO LIST 2015
The top 25 places we think should be on every traveler's radar this year.More