This region is literally full of once-in-a-lifetime activity. One of the most memorable travel experiences you will ever have is landing on White Island, an active marine volcano off the coast of the Bay of Plenty. Couple this with a second landing on Mount Tarawera and you truly have hit the jackpot. The next day, travel to what David Attenborough described as “one of nature’s most magical illuminations,” the Waitomo Caves.
If you’re travelling as a family, stop in Rotorua for three to four days, there’s simply so much to do with your children. White-water rafting, zip-lining, seeing farm animals, hot pools, jet boating and so much more. Do not leave without visiting a traditional Maori village and marvel at the distinctive and rich way-of-life of New Zealand’s indigenous people.