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  • Rotorua, New Zealand

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    • Rotorua, New Zealand

      Experience the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley in Rotorua

      Geyers and hot springs and silica formations, oh my! Te Puia is the site where you can see these amazing wonders up close (but not too close!), while learning about the location history, Maori culture and scientific details.  Great experience for the adults and kids alike, and the nature walk...
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    • Lake Okareka, New Zealand

      Hike around Lake Tikitapu

      3.4 mi / 0 ft gain
      Lake Tikitapu is the smallest of the mountain lakes in the Rotorua area. Take Tarawera Rd about 9 kilometers and you'll run right into it. There is a huge lawn to the right that you can park on if the lot at the shore is full.The beginning of the 5.5 kilometer trail starts on the right hand side ...
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    • Waiotapu, New Zealand

      Swim in Kerosene Creek

      Located amidst New Zealand's vibrant volcanic zone, this favourite local gem lies approximately 29.5km (25 minutes) South of Rotorua, only a short distance before the renowned Waiotapu Geothermal Wonderland. Driving South towards Lake Taupo Kerosene Creek is situated 2km down gravel forestry trac...
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    • Ngatira, New Zealand

      Hike to Te Waihou Springs

      2.9 mi / 0 ft gain
      There are two different ends to begin the walk. The one I suggest starts at the Leslie Road Carpark, about 20 mins from Matatmata. Though the entire 5 km track is absolutely stunning, the most popular section, being the Blue Springs, is less than a ten min walk from the lot. The Blue Springs pool...
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    • Gordon, New Zealand

      Hike to the top of Wairere Falls

      6.2 mi / 1312.3 ft gain
      Wairere Falls is located just ten minutes from Matamata. If you're in the area for the Hobbiton tour definitely make sure to take some time to hike the falls as well. Parking is super easy at the base of the hike and there is a restroom if needed before starting the trek. Allow yourself at least ...
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    • Tauranga, New Zealand

      Hike to the top of Mount Maunganui

      2.4 mi / 757.9 ft gain
      Mount Maunganui sits right on the water in the Bay of Plenty. Half the island rests on the open ocean, where the other half rises out of the bay. Driving in to the town, it's impossible not to see this massive piece of land jutting above the flat town and ocean around it.Once you have found parki...
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    • Matamata, New Zealand

      Explore Hobbiton

      1 mi / 0 ft gain
      The Hobbiton Movie Set is built into the hills of a private farm in Matamata, two hours south of Aukland. You can get your tickets online, in town, or right at the set. Peter Jackson and crew spent many months right here on the farm filming and building the immaculate set for the films.It truly i...
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    • Taupo, New Zealand

      Hike to Huka Falls

      3.7 mi
      This hike begins in the Spa Thermal Park and there is one clear path to follow. After a couple minutes there is a bridge that crosses over a small section of the lake. This section of the lake is formed by several hot pools and is a great place to swim for a bit. From here the trail continues ...
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