East Coast and the Volcanic Zone

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  • 1. 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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  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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

  • 4. 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

  • 5. Kuirau Park

    Park/Playground

    This public park is a local hot spot—literally. Mud pools and hot springs sit alongside the flower beds, which at times are almost hidden by...Read More

  • 6. Landing-Lake Tarawera

    Body Of Water/Waterfall

    On Tarawera Road, 2 km (1 mile) beyond the Buried Village, this clear, blue lake offers a number of water activities. Boats and kayaks can be...Read More

  • 7. Te Puia

    Local Interest–Sight

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

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  • 8. The Living Thermal Village

    Town/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...Read More

  • 9. Wool World at Clifton Station

    Museum/Gallery

    Capture the rustic aura of life on the farm in an original 1890s woolshed. View century-old equipment, learn the history of wool in Hawke's...Read More

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