From the far north from where New Zealand's political history begins, journey through the landscapes that blend between beautiful beaches, stretching farms and geothermal wonders. Māori culture is very rich and is always present in many places on the North Island.
Discover the Bay of Islands with Explore ‘Hole in the Rock’ Cruise
Discover the best of the Bay with Discover. Daily departures from Paihia and Russell travel to the 144 islands of Bay Island with the full commentary of your skipper and crew as they captivate with the stories of the area, the local characters methods, and cultural myths.
During this tour, you will encounter a variety of wildlife and opportunities to meet local dolphins or other marine mammals such as Whales and Orcas. Further, we can see seals lying on the rocks, along with the abundance of bird life. Be sure to visit the Waitangi Treaty Area, one of New Zealand's most important historical sites.
Rated as the third most livable city in the world, Auckland is an exciting blend of natural wonders and urban adventures.
Imagine an urban environment where people live within half an hour with beautiful beaches, hiking trails and dozens of fascinating holiday islands. Add a sunny climate, Polynesia culture and passion for food, wine, and outstanding shopping, and you start getting a picture of Auckland, New Zealand, the largest and most diverse city ours.
Not only is a city, but Auckland is also an area full of things to see and do. Above all, with so many close experiences, it easily jumps from one adventure to the next.
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Hobbiton Movie Set
About two hours south of Auckland is the city of Matamata, where you can find the entire set used for Hobbiton in the Lord of the Rings trilogy.
Real Middle-earth experience with a visit to Hobbiton Movie, the bucolic setting for The Shire ™, is in films by director Peter Jackson, Lord of the Rings and Hobbit Trilogies.
There are several different tours that you can perform around Hobbiton and even some of the functions you can attend such as Dinner at the Shire.
This is a great stop if you're heading south from Auckland and on your way to Tauranga or Rotorua.
Exploring The Coromandel
The Coromandel, famous for its pristine beaches, misty forests, and relaxed vibes is one of New Zealand's most popular holiday destinations.
A view of binoculars across the bay from Auckland, Coromandel is everything that a big city isn't. With a mountain interior covered in native rainforest and over 400 km of brilliant white sand beach, it is rustic, untouched and relaxed.
Activities and attractions are plentiful, from fishing and diving to walking and cycling. You can choose parachuting in Whitianga or guided kayaking tours around the coast. For more adventurous people, there is the sleeping God Canyon, a vertical mountain of 300m down a series of waterfalls.
Rotorua – Maori Culture
Volcanic landscape Rotorua is unique in all Oceania. Among the many eye-catching attractions are the bubbly mud pools of Te Puia, the colorful silica terrace and the thrilling Gohser Pohutu creating an impressive backdrop for colorful Māori art and culture. Wai O Tapu's exotic pools and Champagne pool are also places to be missed, along with the prehistoric landscape of Waimangu.
Experience the welcome of the Cultural Center in Rotorua. Haka is an ancient type of Māori war dance commonly used on the battlefield, as well as when groups are peacefully together. Hakas is a fierce performance of a tribe, pride, strength and solidarity. Actions include stomping a violent, protruding tongue and slapping the body smoothly to accompany a loud shout. The words of a haka often describe poetically about ancestors and events in tribal history.
Dance with poi pois at the cultural and singing center as well as with traditional costumes.
Kapa haka - or traditional Māori performing arts - forms a strong and intuitive part of the New Zealand cultural experience.
Kapa haka is the term for Māori performing arts and literally forms a line (kapa) and dance (haka).
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