Central North Island, there’s nothing like it

If New Zealand were a cinema, Central North Island would be its blockbuster film, starring some of the country’s biggest attractions – Great Lake Taupo, Rotorua, Tongariro National Park and Mount Ruapehu. As one of the world’s most lively fields of volcanic activity, the region is abundant with crystal clear lakes, bubbling mud pools and geysers and snow-capped mountains. Take your pick from one of the many heart-racing adventure activities in the region, immerse yourself in the Maori culture or soak in a naturally-heated thermal pool to rejuvenate your body.

Cool facts

  • Rotorua is home to the famed Pink and White Terraces, once considered the eighth wonder of the world, but were destroyed by Mt Tarawera eruption. Parts of these were recently discovered.
  • The Huka Falls is the most visited natural attraction in New Zealand.

Must do's

  • Visit Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Womderland in Rotorua to see the Lady Knox Geyser that erupts daily.
  • Walk the Tongariro Alpine Crossing.
  • Cast a line and wait for a big one in Turangi, home to the world’s largest natural trout fishery.

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Central North Island Activites

  • Tamaki Maori Village

    Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua Family Attractions

    Experience the warmth of our people during an evening of ceremonial rituals, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi...

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  • Te Puia

    Te Puia, Rotorua Culture & Heritage

    Te Puia At the core of Te Puia is the New Zealand Maori Arts and Crafts Institute, set up by legislation in 1963 to maintain and preserve the...

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  • National Army Museum

    National Army Museum, Waiouru Family Attractions

    Remember the legends, pay tribute to the sacrifices. Stories of courage, stories of honour, stories of comradeship. From the Red Coat of the Imperial...

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  • Hukafalls Jet

    Hukafalls Jet, Taupo Water Activities

    Hukafalls Jet in Taup?, offers a unique combination of excitement and natural beauty. A 30-minute thrilling jet boat ride in the hands of a...

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  • Nuvolari Restaurant

    Nuvolari Restaurant, Rotorua Italian Restaurants

    Affordable Italian served with character.

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  • The Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest

    The Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest, Rotorua Shopping

    Located only 5 minutes drive from the city centre in the heart of the Redwoods, Whakarewarewa Forest. The Gift Shop & Visitor Centre is not only your...

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