When you consider how hard it must have been to make the transition from their tropical homeland to the decidedly sub-tropical rigours of the New Zealand climate, you can immediately understand the attraction of the Whakarewarewa valley for the first Polynesian settlers in New Zealand. Read the story . . .
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. Read the story . . .
What have you got on the boil, friend? How about an epic roadie straight down the guts of the North Island of New Zealand to the land where the languid meandering of the mighty Waikato gives way to the hiss of steam in roistering Rotorua? Read the story . . .