North Island's West Coast Feature
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Top Reasons to Go to North Island's West Coast
Caving: Waitomo's underground landscape encompasses miles of passageways, streams, limestone formations, fossils, and glowworms. Explore with underground walks, boat rides, or "black-water" rafting and rappelling tours.
Hiking and Walking: Explore the wetlands, alpine fields, and dense lowland rain forest of Egmont National Park. Multiday and short walks provide impressive views.
Kayaking and Canoeing: Whanganui River is the longest navigable waterway in the country; it's also an ideal beginner's river. Pass amazing scenery and historic Māori settlements on a multiday journey by kayak or canoe.
Surfing: The black-sand surfing beaches along the North Island West Coast rival the world's best. Near Raglan find Whale Bay and Manu Bay, famous for its consistent, left-hand break. In Taranaki, "Surf Highway 45" accesses premier surfing coastline.
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