East Coast and the Volcanic Zone

We’ve compiled the best of the best in East Coast and the Volcanic Zone - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Craggy Range Winery

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

  • 2. Esk Valley Estate Winery

    Winemaker Gordon Russell produces merlot, syrah, and blends with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, and malbec in various combinations, including a rare and expensive red...Read More

  • 3. Hobbiton

    Even if you’re not an aficionado of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, a delve into this magic, pretend world of the Shire...Read More

  • 4. Te Urewera National Park

    Remote Te Urewera National Park is rugged and mountainous. This park's outstanding feature is glorious Lake Waikaremoana ("sea of rippling waters"), a forest-girded lake with...Read More

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Aratiatia 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Cape Kidnappers

    This outstanding spot is believed to be the only mainland gannet sanctuary in existence. It was named by Captain James Cook after local Māori tried...Read More

  • 10. Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve

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

  • 11. Elephant Hill Estate & Winery

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

  • 12. Huka Falls

    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 the...Read More

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  • 13. Huka Prawn Park

    This prawn farm is a curious mix of cheesy and fascinating. Check out the holding tanks where prawns are bred in specially heated river water...Read More

  • 14. Millton Vineyard


    The first New Zealand facility to attain organic certification specializes in making fine wine from estate-grown grapes sourced from single vineyards and grown in the...Read More

  • 15. Orakei Korako


    Even if you've seen enough bubbling pools and fuming craters to last a lifetime, the thermal valley of Orakei Korako is still likely to captivate...Read More

  • 16. Te Mata Peak

    It's possible to gaze across the plains to Napier and the rumpled hills beyond from this famed local viewpoint. The summit is a 15-minute (signposted)...Read More

  • 17. 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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  • 18. 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

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