Rotorua is a place of fascinating Maori culture, hot springs and boiling mud pools. No visit to New Zealand would be complete without stopping here as it has some of the world’s most lively geothermal activity and sits on the Pacific Rim of Fire.
For a magical underground experience, head to the Waitomo Caves, where the sight of stalactites and stalagmites bathed in the blue light of glowworms will take your breath away.
Waiheke Island is a haven of beautiful vineyards, olive groves and beaches, all just a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland. Spend some time there before hopping into a hire car to explore elsewhere. The island boasts more than a dozen high quality vineyards at which you can enjoy local wine while looking out over vinecovered
valleys to the blue sea beyond.
In the beautiful Bay of Islands you can take a boat cruise, swim with dolphins, dive,fish or just relax in the sun. Be sure to visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites.
Did you know New Zealand has officially re-named its two main islands to their original Maori names? The North Island is now known as Te Ika-a-Maui (Fish of Maui).