East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Travel Guide

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When you get to Rotorua, after a trip through the rolling, sheep-speckled fields of the Waikato and the wild Mamaku Ranges, the aptly named "Sulfur City"—with its mud pots, geysers, and stinky air—comes as a complete surprise. Rotorua, the mid-island's major city and Māori hub, has been a tourist magnet since the 19th century, when Europeans first heard of the healing powers of local hot springs.

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East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Hotels

Accommodations range from superexpensive lodges to multistory hotels and a great selection and price range of motels. Another excellent option is the bed-and-breakfast...read more

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East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Restaurants

Rotorua has the area's most diverse dining scene. You can find anything from Indian to Japanese fare, or try a Māori hāngi (meal cooked in an earth oven...read more

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Things To Do in East Coast and the Volcanic Zone

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.

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East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to the East Coast and the Volcanic Zone

    Hiking and Walking: The eastern coast of the North Island has several excellent bushwalking trails, including the Tongariro Crossing, which brings... Read more

  • Tongariro National Park

    Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand and the largest on the North Island. Gifted to the nation by the Ngati Tuwharetoa... Read more

  • Te Urewera National Park

    Te Urewera is New Zealand's fourth largest national park, and it protects the biggest area of native forest remaining on the North Island. The... Read more

  • The Hinemoa Legend

    One of the great Māori love stories has a special local connection, because it takes place on Mokoia Island in Lake Rotorua—and it's a true tale... Read more

  • Dinner on the Rocks

    Rotorua, the cultural home of the Māori, is the best place to experience a hāngi, a traditional Māori feast for which the meal-to-be is cooked... Read more

  • The Elusive Te Kooti

    Of all the Māori leaders who opposed the early Pākehā settlers in New Zealand, Te Kooti was the most elusive and most awe inspiring. He was born... Read more

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