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Explore wildlife and epic film locations, indulge in adventure activities or simply marvel at the wonders of nature.
About three hours away from Auckland, under the green hills of Waitomo lies a labyrinth of caves, sinkholes and underground rivers. The caves have amazing stalactites and stalagmites growing and the walls are also decorated with galaxies of native glow worms.
The easiest way to see the caves is with a walking or boat tour. If you’re into adventure, try the unique experience of blackwater rafting - you'll crawl, swim and float through the caves on a rubber tube. Or you could abseil or zip-line through the darkness. However you choose to explore Waitomo Caves, you're bound to agree they're a wonder of nature.
Auckland’s Hauraki Gulf Marine Park encompasses an incredible 1.2 million hectares of coast, sea and islands – and there are so many ways to explore it.
Auckland is one of the world’s most unique sea kayaking locations. It is a region of exceptional natural beauty, volcanic islands, sandy beaches and is abundant with wildlife. Make sure you get out on the water while you're here.
Situated in Rotorua, Te Puia is an iconic destination for visitors. Watch the famed Pohutu Geyser, the undisputed star of the Whakarewarewa Thermal Valley, erupt up to 20 times a day to heights of 30 metres here. Along with access to the world famous Pohutu geyser, visitors have an opportunity to see Māori cultural performances, live kiwi, boiling mud pools, native bush and the National Schools of Wood Carving and Weaving.
Experience the real Middle‑earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films.
Drive through the picturesque 1,250 acre sheep farm with spectacular views across to the Kaimai Ranges. Take a look at Bag End, where Frodo and Bilbo’s adventures began. Get lost among the hobbit holes and visit the Green Dragon Inn, the mill and the Party Tree and listen to spell-binding tales of how Hobbiton came to be.
New Zealand has many dolphin species and swimming with dolphins is considered by many visitors to this country as one of the best experiences they’ve had. Encounter these intelligent and playful mammals up close in their natural environment.
Of the species, there’s the common dolphin and the large bottle-nosed dolphin which can often be more than three metres in length (it’s all right, they are very gentle). There’s the smaller dusky dolphin is less than two metres long but very playful. And then there’s the Hector’s dolphin, one of the world’s smallest and rarest dolphins found only in our waters.