Tāne Mahuta: lord of the forest

Really? All this fuss about a kauri tree?

Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Museum of Waitangi

If you’re a grown-up Kiwi and you haven’t been here yet: shame, bro!

Ōhope Beach: for any beach-related activity you can think of

Cruise a little further along the coast from the very pleasant town that is Whakatāne, and you’ll hit Ōhope Beach.

Pōhutu Geyser: the largest geyser in the southern hemisphere

Depending on who you believe, ‘Pōhutu’ means ‘big splash’, ‘explosion’ or the more gentle ‘constant splashing’.

Te Papa Tongarewa: Museum of New Zealand

Te Papa: its location alone is a treasure.

Queen Charlotte Track: camp, bike, walk... if you can tear your eyes away from the views

This is becoming a hugely popular walkway, so you’ll need to watch for and be nice to the other folk.

Te Waikoropupū Springs Scenic Reserve: spectacular freshwater springs

Just out of Tākaka, in gorgeous Golden Bay, on the way to Farewell Spit, lie the Te Waikoropupū Springs.

Hokianga Harbour: the most laid-back harbour hub imaginable

You come from the south along State Highway 12, you crest the hill and bam!

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