Top Reasons to Go to the East Coast and the Volcanic Zone
Hiking and Walking: Central North Island has great trails, including the famed Tongariro Alpine Crossing in Tongariro National Park. Some of the country’s most rugged bush is in Te Urewera National Park.
Māori Ceremonial Feast: Rotorua may be the best place in New Zealand to indulge in the traditional Māori feast known as a hāngi.
Soaking: In Rotorua and Taupo, thermal springs are on tap. Soak in your own thermal bath in some Rotorua lodgings or take advantage of public facilities like the Polynesian Spa.
Surfing: Gisborne is blessed with fine (and often underused) surfing beaches; there are options for both beginners and seasoned surfers.
Fishing: Central North Island is trout country. You can fish any designated lake or waterway if you have your own gear and a license—but local guides know the right spots.
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