Category: North Island

Whakarewarewa Living Maori Village 0

Whakarewarewa – The Living Maori Village

After an exciting day at Hobbiton and thrilling evening at the Tamaki Maori Village the rest of my tour group left for Taupo the next day. However, I had already booked another four nights in Rotorua and I was keen to explore this unique New Zealand town further. With the...

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Tamaki Maori Village, Rotorua

Following a day touring the Hobbit holes in Hobbiton we had an exciting evening ahead in the Tamaki Maori Village. Founded by Mike and Doug Tamaki, the Maori Village evolved from their original bus tours and concert performances in tents which educated visitors about Maori culture. As their vision evolved...

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour 0

Hobbiton and Wellington Movie Tour

The anticipation was killing me as my tour of the Hobbiton Movie Set was definitely something I was excited about! I have watched the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit films and it was one of the books I remember reading and learning about when I was at primary...

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Waitomo Glow-Worm Caves

Located in the southern Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island, the Waitomo Glow-worm Caves are 12 km northwest of Te Kuiti and about 2 hours south of Auckland, an hour south of Hamilton and 2 hours west of Rotorua by car. The local caves are made of limestone and...

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Hot Water Beach and Cathedral Cove

There was great excitement in anticipation of basking in the warm pools of Hot Water Beach which is located on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula in New Zealand just south of Mercury Bay. It was on our bucket list of New Zealand ‘must-dos’ and I was looking forward...

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Cape Reinga, Ninety Mile Beach and Dolphin Cruise

After a few days chilling in Auckland on arrival from Sydney and enjoying some of the awesome Irish Pubs in Auckland I headed north to Cape Reinga which is the northwesternmost point of the North Island of New Zealand. Rich in Maori culture and for the Maori the most spiritually...