East Coast and the Volcanic Zone

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  • 1. Mission Estate Winery

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

  • 2. Mitai Māori Village

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

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  • 3. Waimangu

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

  • 4. ASB Bank

    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's...Read More

  • 5. Brookfields Vineyards

    One of this region's most attractive wineries features rose gardens and a tasting room that overlooks the vines. The chardonnay and pinot gris are usually...Read More

  • 6. Buried Village of Te Wairoa

    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 terraces of Rotomahana,...Read More

  • 7. 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

  • 8. Gisborne–Opotiki Loop

    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-less-traveled. The 330-km...Read More

  • 9. Hell's Gate

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

  • 10. Hildebrandt's Building

    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—hence the...Read More

  • 11. Market Reserve Building

    On Tennyson and Hastings, this was the first building to rise after the earthquake. Its steel metal frame was riveted, not welded, so that the...Read More

  • 12. Rothman's Building

    A little over a kilometer (½ mile) north of the central core stands one of the area's finest deco edifices. The 1932 structure has been...Read More

  • 13. St. Faith's

    A short walk north from the Rotorua lakefront brings you to the Māori pā (fortress) of Ohinemutu, the region's original Māori settlement. It's a still-thriving...Read More

  • 14. Tairawhiti Museum

    With its Māori and Pākehā (non-native) artifacts and an extensive photographic collection, this small but interesting museum provides a good introduction to the region's history....Read More

  • 15. Te Poho o Rawiri Meeting House

    Kaiti Hill

    One of the largest Māori marae (meetinghouses) in New Zealand has an intriguing interior with complex traditional carvings. One example is the tekoteko, a kneeling...Read More

  • 16. Te Puia

    The grounds here are home to silica terraces, mud pools, and the Pohutu Geyser (the largest active one in the southern hemisphere). Te Puia also...Read More

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  • 17. Tongariro National Park

    Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand and the largest on the North Island. Gifted to the nation by the Ngāti...Read More

  • 18. Whakarewarewa—The Living Māori Village

    For an introduction to Māori life, visit this authentic village. On a guided tour you'll see thermal pools where villagers bathe, boiling mineral pools, and...Read More

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