East Coast and the Volcanic Zone

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  • 1. Craggy Range Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Situated by a small lake with the towering Te Mata Peak beyond, this vineyard has a stellar backdrop. The wines include single-varietal Chardonnay...Read More

  • 2. Mission Estate Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Surrounded by gardens, this classic winery—the country's oldest—stands in the Taradale hills overlooking Napier. Dating back to 1851, it deserves...Read More

  • 3. Mitai Māori Village

    Local Interest–Sight

    Rewind time by spending an evening at Mitai Māori Village, where you can listen to the harmonious chant of traditionally clad warriors as they...Read More

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  • 4. MTG Hawke's Bay

    Museum/Gallery

    Thanks to a multimillion-dollar renovation, the Hawke's Bay Museum has morphed into the MTG Hawke's Bay—a space that is home to a museum, a...Read More

  • 5. National Aquarium

    Zoo/Aquarium

    Stand on a moving conveyor that takes you through the world of sharks, rays, and fish. Environmental and ecological displays showcase tropical...Read More

  • 6. Polynesian Spa

    Pool

    Follow pumice paths from the Government Gardens to naturally heated relaxation. Considered one of the best spas of its kind, it has a wide choice...Read More

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  • 7. Te Urewera National Park

    Park (National/State/Provincial)

    This park's outstanding feature is glorious Lake Waikaremoana ("sea of rippling waters"), a forest-girded lake with good swimming, boating,...Read More

  • 8. Waimangu

    Geological Site

    When Mt. Tarawera erupted in 1886, destroying Rotomahana's terraces, not all was lost. A volcanic valley emerged from the ashes, extending southwest...Read More

  • 9. WINGSPAN Birds of Prey Centre

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

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

  • 10. Agrodome

    Farm/Ranch

    At this working sheep-and-cattle farm, 6 km (4 miles) north of Rotorua, you can get up close and personal with the animals on a guided tour...Read More

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  • 11. Aratiatia Dam

    Dam

    The Waikato River is dammed along its length; the first construction is the Aratiatia Dam, 10 km (6 miles) northeast of Taupo. The river below...Read More

  • 12. ASB Bank

    Building/Architectural Site

    One of Napier's more notable buildings is at the corner of Hastings and Emerson streets. The Māori theme on the lintels is probably the country...Read More

  • 13. Blue and Green Lakes

    Local Interest–Sight

    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, but the...Read More

  • 14. Blue Baths

    Pool

    At the southern end of the Government Gardens you can soak in this thermally heated swimming pool, which was built in the 1930s. ...Read More

  • 15. Bowman's Building

    Building/Architectural Site

    Erected in 1932, the Bowman's Building is a Louis Hay design in brick veneer with the characteristic eyebrow (brick or tiles, often curved,...Read More

  • 16. Brookfields Vineyard

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    One of this region's most attractive wineries features rose gardens and a tasting room that overlooks the vines. The Chardonnay and Pinot Gris...Read More

  • 17. 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...Read More

  • 18. Bushmere Estate

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    In the Central Valley region of Gisborne, only a few minutes' drive from the city center, this small estate grows mainly Chardonnay grapes along...Read More

  • 19. Cape Kidnappers

    Nautical Site/Lighthouse

    This outstanding spot was named by Captain James Cook after local Māori tried to kidnap the servant of his Tahitian interpreter. It’s believed...Read More

  • 20. Church Road Winery

    Winery/Brewery/Distillery

    Although owned by Pernod-Ricard, this winery operates pretty much as a separate entity, and its wines bear a Church Road label. The Chardonnay...Read More

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