East Coast and the Volcanic Zone

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  • 21. Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve


    This place has deep historical significance for New Zealanders. A statue of Captain James Cook, who first landed here on October 9, 1769, stands...Read More

  • 22. Craters of the Moon

    Geological Site

    The construction of the local geothermal project had an impressive—and unforeseen—effect. Boiling mud pools, steaming vents, and large craters...Read More

  • 23. Criterion Hotel


    This is typical of the Spanish Mission style, which Napier took on because of its success in Santa Barbara, California, where an earthquake...Read More

  • 24. Daily Telegraph Building

    Building/Architectural Site

    Now a real-estate office, the Daily Telegraph Building is another Napier classic. It has almost all the deco style, incorporating zigzags, fountain...Read More

  • 25. Department of Conservation Visitor Centre

    Information Center

    For information, contact the Department of Conservation Visitor Centre at Aniwaniwa, on the eastern arm of Lake Waikaremoana. ...Read More

  • 26. Eastwoodhill Arboretum


    Inspired by the gardens seen on a trip to England in 1910, William Douglas Cook returned home and began planting 160 acres. His brainchild became...Read More

  • 27. Elephant Hill Estate & Winery


    Blending contemporary architecture with the traditional aspect of wine making, this stunning estate overlooks jagged rows of vines with expansive...Read More

  • 28. Esk Valley Estate Winery


    Winemaker Gordon Russell produces Merlot, Syrah, and blends with Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc, and Malbec in various combinations...Read More

  • 29. Former Government Building

    Building/Architectural Site

    A decorative lighthouse pillar at the front takes on the almost-Gothic menace that art deco architecture sometimes has (picture New York's Chrysler...Read More

  • 30. Gisborne–Opotiki Loop

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    Soak in the beauty of Eastland by driving the Provincial Highway 35 loop between Gisborne and Opotiki—it's one of the country's ultimate roads...Read More

  • 31. Government Gardens


    Heading south from Lake Rotorua takes you to the Government Gardens, which occupy a small peninsula. The Māori call this area Whangapiro (fang...Read More

  • 32. Hamurana Springs

    Scenic Drive/Tour

    For stunning scenery and idyllic picnic spots, drive around Lake Rotorua. Look for Hamurana Springs, a large area of land with free public access...Read More

  • 33. Hastings


    Napier's twin city doesn't have the same concentrated architectural interest. But the 1931 earthquake also did a great deal of damage here,...Read More

  • 34. Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market


    For picnic supplies, visit the Hawke's Bay Farmers' Market. It's held at the A&P Showgrounds on Sunday from 8:30 to 12:30. Local products...Read More

  • 35. Hells Gate

    Bath/Hot Spring

    Located 15 km (9 miles) east of Rotorua, Hells Gate is arguably the most active thermal reserve in the area. Its 50 acres hiss and bubble with...Read More

  • 36. Hildebrandt's Building

    Building/Architectural Site

    Hildebrandt's has an excellent frieze, which is best viewed from across Dalton Street. The original owner was a German who migrated to New Zealand...Read More

  • 37. Huka Falls

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    The Waikato River thunders through a narrow chasm and over a 35-foot rock ledge at Huka Falls. The fast-flowing river produces almost 50% of...Read More

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  • 38. Huka Prawn Park

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    This is the only prawn farm in New Zealand where you can take a tour. It's a curious mix of cheesy and really interesting. Check out the holding...Read More

  • 39. Kirkpatrick Estate Winery


    This unique boutique winery is located on the Patutahi Plateau in a lovely environment with fabulous views out to the hills. Its range includes...Read More

  • 40. Kiwi Encounter

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    This conservation center next to Rainbow Springs receives kiwi eggs, then hatches and rears the endangered birds before returning them to the...Read More

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