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Top Free Things to do in Rotorua, New Zealand
Arriving in Rotorua, you are likely to be greeted by one of its most famous natural attractions – the smell of sulphur. Don’t let that deter you though, Rotorua is known for its geothermal activity, natural hot springs and geysers not to mention its lakes, forests, Māori culture and adrenaline-pumping experiences. With so much on offer, it’s easy to be overwhelmed. To help with your plans and ease the strain on your bank account, here are 5 free things to do in Rotorua... Read more on our Blog!
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2 Week Itinerary - New Zealand North Island
New Zealand, or Aotearoa, is an island nation known for its beautiful natural landscape, incredible hikes, Māori culture and let’s not forget its rugby team, Lord of the Rings filming locations and wine country. With so many of New Zealand’s attractions being outside major cities, the only way to thoroughly explore the country is on a road trip. We spent 2 weeks making our way around the North Island... Read more on our Blog!
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Ultimate 16 Day Road Trip in New Zealand, North Island
In March 2020, we did a 10-day road trip of New Zealand’s South Island. We returned home, buzzing from our trip and ready to plan our next holiday, but then, like many people, our plans were halted. Three years later, we return to New Zealand, thrilled to be back in a country we love so much, this time on a 2-week road trip to the North Island.... Read more on our Blog!
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5 Ultimate Hikes in New Zealand's North Island
The Omanawanui Track is quite simply an amazing trail with amazing views. Due to the Kauri dieback threats, the trail was closed for three years. During that time though, the track underwent major upgrades before the highly anticipated reopening in 2021. Every step of the impeccably built trail offers unbeatable views across Manukau Harbour, Awhitu Peninsula and Whatipu Beach... Read more on our blog!
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Ultimate Hikes in New Zealand's North Island
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered one of the best day hikes in New Zealand and one of the top 10 in the world. The hike offers spectacular views and picturesque lakes set amongst volcanic landscape. It’s easy to see why this hike is extremely popular among hikers and tourists, but it’s not a walk in the park. Being prepared before deciding to tackle the crossing is very important.... Read more on our blog!
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Ultimate North Island Hike - New Zealand
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is located within the Tongariro National Park. This National Park, situated in the centre of the North Island, is the oldest in New Zealand and a dual UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mount Tongariro is an active volcano, with the last eruption taking place in 2012... Read more on our blog!
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The Best North Island Hike - Tongariro Alpine Crossing
The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is considered one of the best day hikes in New Zealand and one of the top 10 in the world. The hike offers spectacular views and picturesque lakes set amongst volcanic landscape.... Read more on our blog!
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Ultimate New Zealand Road Trip - North Island
Day nine was personally a highlight for us and is a bucket list New Zealand item for many travellers. However, if you are not a keen hiker and not confident hiking in alpine environments, there are plenty of other things to do in Tūrangi. The Trout Centre is a popular attraction and there are many other walks like the Tongariro River Trail and Lake Rotopounamu Track.... Read more on our Blog!
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The Ultimate 16 days in New Zealand's North Island
We continued an hour south, where we stopped at the Tokatoka wharf and then turned off towards the Tokatoka Lookout Track. The sign stated this walk was 25 minutes return. There was no one else there, so we decided to do it. After the rain, the steep incline to this lookout had become a muddy climb, but when we say the view took our breath away, it wasn’t just from the trek to the top.... Read more on our blog!
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Top 5 Free Things to do in Rotorua
There are many geothermal pools and hot springs in Rotorua. Many of these have an entry fee or operate as day spas. Kuirau Park is a free, public park located in town, an easy walk from the city centre. Immersed in the famous sulphuric odour, you will stroll past hot springs and mud pools, check out the large Crater Lake and relax at the free thermal foot bath.... Read more on our blog!
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5 Free Things to do in Rotorua, New Zealand
The Whakarewarewa Forest, also known as The Redwoods, is 55,000 ha of lush forest, towering California Redwoods and a maze of walking, mountain biking and horse-riding trails. From the Visitors Information Centre on Longmile Road, you can choose between 5 free walking tracks of varying lengths and difficulties.... Read more on our blog!
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New Zealand Road Trip Guide - North Island
The drive from Rotorua to Tūrangi is only around 1 hour and 30 minutes, which gives you plenty of time to enjoy the scenery and stops along the way. Head south of State Highway 5 and along the drive you will pass places like the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, Lava Glass Glassblowing Studio and the Huka Honey Hive.... Read more on our blog!
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5 Top Hikes in New Zealand's North Island
One of the easier trails on this list is Omaru Falls. It is a short and leisurely walk that takes you across fields and through forest to a small lookout point. At this lookout, you will find the waterfall at the end of the river you’ve been following. To say this waterfall is impressive is an absolute understatement.... Read more on our blog!
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Ultimate North Island Itinerary - New Zealand
From Omaru Falls, continue up SH4, turn left onto SH3 and 30 minutes later you will arrive in Piopio. This is a great stop for lunch, whether you want to enjoy a picnic in Piopio park which also has public toilets or try the Fat Pigeon Café, where they have a range of pre-made and fresh meals.... Head to our blog for more!
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Bucket List Hikes in New Zealand's North Island
The Omanawanui Track is quite simply an amazing trail with amazing views. Due to the Kauri dieback threats, the trail was closed for three years. During that time though, the track underwent major upgrades before the highly anticipated reopening in 2021. Every step of the impeccably built trail offers unbeatable views across Manukau Harbour, Awhitu Peninsula and Whatipu Beach.... Read more on our blog!