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Discover The Most Epic Thing To Do In New Zealand North Island

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A surfer, a photographer, traveler, and ocean lover Chris discovers the most epic thing to do in New Zealand North Island, home to active volcanoes, island sanctuaries, amazing beaches, thrilling walks with breathtaking views.

The crew of Cathedral Cove Kayaks will take you on a guided trip around this beautiful part of NZ teaching you about its history, Maori legends, and even make you a hot coffee at Cathedral Cove itself.

If you’re lucky, you’ll be joined by some of the local dolphins or if you’re REALLY lucky, the area is often frequented by orca whales too!

Kayak Around Cathedral Cove
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The aptly named Hot Water Beach has a network of natural hot springs bubbling out of the sand and at low tide, you can grab a spade, dig a hole, and let it fill with the volcanic waters – a perfect way to warm up and relax!

Chill In Your Own Beach Spa At Hot Water Beach
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Join the crew of Kaitiaki Adventures on their Kaituna Rafting trip which includes the highest commercial waterfall in the world – an adrenaline-inducing 7m drop!

Your half-day trip winds through some stunning New Zealand native rainforest so make sure you take the time to look around and appreciate it in between throwing yourself down rapids and waterfalls!

Tackle The World’s Highest Commercial Waterfall
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Whether you’re a fan of movies or not the guided tours here will teach you heaps of behind the scenes trivia, fill your camera with amazing photos and you’ll even get to enjoy a cold pint at the famous Green Dragon pub. Easily the most popular thing to do in New Zealand’s North Island – with over 500,000 visitors last year alone!

Discover Real Middle Earth At Hobbiton
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NZ is covered in volcanoes (in fact the whole of Lake Taupo is the product of a huge volcanic eruption), and with so much underground activity going on, it’s bound to bubble to the surface. So check out some of the weird and wonderful geothermal sites in and around Rotorua like Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland – from bubbling mud pools and erupting geysers to orange rimmed sulfur lakes.

Geothermal Fun
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