Central North Island Region

Tongariro Crossing. Image courtesy of If New Zealand were a cinema, Central North Island would be its blockbuster film. This region contains some of the country’s most famous attractions starring celebrities like Lake Taupo, Tongariro National Park, the Waitomo Caves, Mount Ruapehu, and the volcanic fields that feed Rotorua’s geothermal allure. Like any good action flick, the Central North Island region will set your heart racing! Take your pick of rafting, kayaking, skydiving, skiing, hiking, fishing and bungy jumping adventures. For something a little different, check out the Agrodome, which has its own adventure park as well as a pretty slick sheep show.

Mt Tongariro recently erupted on August 6, 2012, at midnight and is being closely monitored for signs of more activity. Check www.geonet.org.nz for updates.

Climate
Settled summers and cool, frosty winters, with less wind than other parts of New Zealand.

Summer average: 21 - 26°C
Winter average: 10 - 14°C

Average rainfall: 1055mm/year

Cool Facts
•   Lake Taupo was created by a supervolcano and is New Zealand’s largest lake.
•   Mount Ruapehu is the largest active volcano in New Zealand.
•   The Waikato River is the longest river in the country.
•   Tongariro National park is recognized by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
•   The Waitomo Glowworm Caves were first explored in 1887 by local Maori Chief Tane Tinorau, and many staff of the cave tours today are direct descendants of the Chief.

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