Auckland is regularly voted one of the best lifestyle cities in the world, with the cosmopolitan city centre complemented by great escapes within half an hour of downtown. Indulge in Auckland's shopping, nightlife and unrivalled cuisine and experience some of the many attractions and adventure activities on offer. There is never a shortage of things to do in the City of Sails. Sights to see include Auckland Art Gallery, Auckland Zoo, and Museum of Transport and Technology.
New Zealand's premier destination on the edge of beautiful Lake Rotorua offers visitors so much to see and do the trouble is deciding what to do. From a quiet stroll through the magnificent Redwood Forest to an adrenaline rafting plunge over one of the world's highest commercially rafted waterfalls or an entertaining view of life on the farm at one of our award winning farmshows - Rotorua has it all. Famous for awesome geological forces, Rotorua has hundreds of gentle plopping mud pools, powerful erupting geysers, and intriguing geothermal lakes. Maori Culture is another unique facet to Rotorua's popularity. For more action try hiking down Mt Ngongatah, fishing for trophy-sized trout on one of Rotorua's many lakes, tandem skydiving, horse trekking, or off-road driving. Or just sit back, watch the world go by and enjoy the fresh, clean, picturesque atmosphere from one of many sidewalk cafes and bars. To end the day, soak away ailments in one of many thermally heated natural mineral spas.
Tongariro National Park has grown to a size of nearly 197,688 acres. The area is of religious and cultural importance to the Maoris who believed the region’s mountains had god-like ancestors, and the core of the park centers around three active volcanoes, Tongariro, Ngauruhoe and the largest, Ruapehu, which erupted in a spectacular fashion in 1995 and 1996. Some areas resemble a lunar landscape, which has been created by flowing lava, and it is home to many creatures native to New Zealand. Visitors to the area can ski on an active volcano, as well as hike through alpine herb fields, passing by waterfalls and emerald-coloured lakes, before reaching spectacular lookout points. The Tongariro Crossing, completed by about 70,000 hikers every summer, is considered to be one of the best one-day walks in the country, offering magnificent volcanic scenery and fine views of Lake Taupo and Mount Taranaki.
Raglan is a small coastal town on the west coast of New Zealand's north island, just two hours from Auckland. Raglan's stunning harbor proving views of ancient limestone rock formations and the area that was originally inhabited by the Maori for at least 800 years. It is now popular for its surf, with world-class breaks along the coast. There is also a thriving art and music scene, making Raglan an enjoyable laid back town to visit.
Whanganui National Park was shaped by the Whanganui River that winds down from the mountains to the Tasman Sea shaping its hills, forests, valleys and terraces. 600 years ago the Maori natives originating from Polynesia used the 290-km Whanganui River as a means of transportation and travel. Since 1986, it has protected the remainder of the lowland forest and its native wildlife habitat. Explorers visiting this conservation area can spot a large variety of feathered friends, hike to the Atene Skyline Track to savor the spectacular mountainous sights, or journey through the river in a kayak.
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