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Champagne Pool, Wai O Tapu, New Zealand

Volcanic Heartland

The centre of New Zealand’s North Island is also the heart of the countries volcanic activity. At its most active some 2000 years ago, the region is now a great spot to witness bubbling mud pools, gushing geysers and huge lakes.

Rotorua is a steaming, hissing landscape complete with exploding geysers along with a strong Maori history whose presence dates to their exploration of the area in the 14th century.

Lake Taupo was the result of the most violent volcanic eruption the world has seen in the past 5000 years – the ash affected the sunsets as far away as Europe and China. This area is now a hub for some fantastic walking, fishing, boating and many other outdoor pursuits.

Orakei Korako Geothermal Area, Rotorua, New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua

  • Experience Maori culture from tribal meeting grounds to fascinating myths and legends
  • Journey to Matamata, home of the hobbits
  • Take a helicopter flight to White Island, an active volcano

 

Tongariro, New Zealand
Tongariro, New Zealand

Tongariro Crossing and Lake Taupo

  • Lunar landscapes and emerald lakes on the Tongariro day walk
  • Stay at the luxury Huka Lodge and witness the power of the Huka Falls
  • Fly fishing, kayaking, cycling and sky diving – all available around Lake Taupo

When is the best time to walk the Tongariro Crossing?

This one day walk can be done year-round although the most popular time to do it is between November and April, during the summer months. Tackled during the winter months between July and September the scenery can be spectacular although much of the track is covered in snow and ice so a mountain guide is recommended.

The weather at any time of the year can be unpredictable and this can, of course, affect visibility and views. During peak season around 1,000 people can embark on the hike each day so pre-booking is advisable.

Experiences

Middle Earth Experience

Journey to Matamata, home of the hobbits.

White Island by Heli

Take a helicopter flight to White Island and land on the moon like surface of this active volcanic crater.

Lake Taupo Activities

Fly fish, kayak, cycle and sky dive – all are available around Lake Taupo.

Heli Fly Fishing

Stay at Huka Lodge, witness the power of the Huka Falls and enjoy a day out on a private heli fly fishing trip.

Tongariro Crossing

Hike through the lunar landscapes and emerald lakes of the Tongariro National Park on this one day walk.

Experience Maori Culture

From tribal meeting grounds to fascinating myths and legends as well as traditional dishes cooked in an earth oven.

Hot mud pools eruption in Wai O Tapu Geothermal Wonderland, Rotorua, New Zealand
Rotorua, New Zealand

Rotorua is a steaming, hissing landscape complete with exploding geysers along with a strong Maori history whose presence dates to their exploration of the area in the 14th century.

Lake Taupo was the result of the most violent volcanic eruption the world has seen in the past 5000 years – the ash affected the sunsets as far away as Europe and China. This area is now a hub for some fantastic walking, fishing, boating and many other outdoor pursuits.

Accommodation

Below you can see some of the wonderful places we recommend you stay on your journey.

Poronui £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Tented Camps
  • Boutique
  • Wilderness

Set in 16,000 acres of wilderness, Poronui is a historic fly-fishing, hunting and wilderness retreat. Accommodation consists of seven timber guest cabins, each with large balconies overlooking the Taharua River. In addition, Blake house offers secluded and luxurious private villa accommodation for up to 16 guests or embark on a glamping experience in one of two canvas safari tents on the banks of the river. Share stories around the fireplace with fellow guests, or over pre-dinner drinks before a hearty meal of seasonal produce.

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Solitaire Lodge £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Wilderness

Solitaire Lodge sits amidst native bush, overlooking the serene waters of Lake Tarawera, with the volcanic slopes of Mount Tarawera beyond. The nine suites have a homely feel, all with private balcony and the huge picture windows throughout the hotel ensure all areas, from the free-standing baths to the acclaimed restaurant make the most of the spectacular views. There is no pool or gym, but the lakeside location provides plenty of opportunities, from lake swimming to kayaking and hiking.

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Huka Lodge £££££

  • New Zealand
  • Boutique
  • Wilderness

Regularly rated as one of the world’s top retreats, Huka Lodge dates to the 1920s when it was originally a simple fishing lodge. Located on the shores of the Waikato River, a short distance from the cascading Huka Falls, this boutique lodge combines extremely comfortable accommodation with a gourmet dining experience and magical location. The 19 rooms and two cottages are furnished using antiques and historical artwork and all have bifold doors framing the wonderful river views. Facilities include a choice of swimming pools, tennis courts and plenty of experiences from fishing to cycling.

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Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

Amy Waters

After my degree in Fine Art I didn’t really know what career I wanted or what path I would take. The only thing I knew is that having spent a summer in America it had given me the desire to explore and see as many places as possible before becoming a grown up and entering the real world.
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Deborah Brock-Doyle

My first journey for Steppes was in 1999 when I set off to explore Thailand to gather those little details that constitute Steppes Travel’s trademark knowledge. I have since been lucky enough to travel extensively in Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East and India. A few special memories include being joined at dinner by an otter in Laos, proudly being shown an illicit picture of the Dalai Lama in Tibet and diving with manta rays on Christmas day in Indonesia. I’m pretty sure I always leave a country wishing I had done more, seen more, learned more ….. but I also always hope to return …
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Why Choose Steppes?

Our knowledge and expertise sets us apart. So too our curiosity. A curiosity of the world and of you, and your passions. It is this that drives us to create a journey that is really bespoke to you.

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