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.
- 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
- Lunar landscapes and emerald lakes n 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
A little more about the Volcanic Heartlands
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.
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.