East Coast and the Volcanic Zone Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in East Coast and the Volcanic Zone - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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  • Farm/Ranch

At this working sheep-and-cattle farm you can get a guided tour through the farm(where you can get up close and personal with the animals)...

Blue and Green Lakes

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

You'll find these vibrant lakes on the road to Te Wairoa and Lake Tarawera. The Green Lake is off-limits except for its viewing area,...

Buried Village Te Wairoa

  • Archaeological Site/Ruins

At the end of the 19th century, Te Wairoa (tay why- ro -ah, "the buried village") was the starting point for expeditions to the pink-and-white...

Hell's Gate

  • Bath/Hot Spring

Arguably the most active thermal reserve in the Rotorua area, the 50 acres of Hell's Gate hiss and bubble with steaming fumaroles and...

Kiwi Encounter

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Next to Rainbow Springs Nature Reserve this conservation center receives kiwi eggs, then hatches and rears these endangered birds before...

Paradise Valley Springs Wildlife Sanctuary

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

You can meet a variety of birdlife and animals and hand-feed trout in a native bush setting. It's perfect if you are travelling with...

Rainbow Springs Nature Park

  • Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

Stroll through the bush and take a close-up look at native birds such as tūī, kea, kereru, and kakariki. You can also eyeball...

Skyline Skyrides

  • Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

A 2,900-foot cable-car system brings you to the summit of Mt. Ngongotaha for spectacular views over Lake Rotorua. At the summit, 1,600...

The Landing-Lake Tarawera

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

On Spencer Road, 2 km (1 mi) beyond the Buried Village, this clear, blue lake provides a number of water activities. Boats and kayaks...

WINGSPAN Birds of Prey Centre

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

A must-see for ornithology fans, WINGSPAN has a complex of 10 light and roomy aviaries where you can see native birds of prey. In Māori...