Te Urewera, the mountainous homeland of Ngai Tuhoe, the Children of the Mist, spent 60 years as a national park — a brief period really, explains Toi Iti, considering the place still holds evidence of its seabed origins millions of years earlier.
New Zealand is full of family-friendly beaches that offer a bunch of great things to do beyond the surf and sand. Here's our five top family-friendly beaches in the Lower North Island . . .