East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Travel Guide


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Plan Your East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Vacation

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.


East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Hotels

Accommodations range from super-expensive lodges to multistory hotels and a great selection and price range of motels.... 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 hângi... read more

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East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go

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

  • Te Urewera National Park

    The remote Te Urewera National Park is rugged and mountainous. Lake Waikaremoana formed more than 2,000 years ago when a massive landslide... 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... Read more

  • Hāngi: A Traditional Māori Feast

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

  • The Elusive Te Kooti

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


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