A working archaeological village is New Zealand’s Pompeii, a village buried under the ash and pyroclastic flow of the 1886 Mt Tarawera volcanic eruption. The eruption ended the lives of over 120 people as well as destroying settlements and villages.
Ohinemutu is a heritage village with occupation reaching back hundreds of years. The warm geothermal waters provided steam to cook, bath and heat houses. The village is a living community and a short flat 10 minute walk from
The quiet province that is a detour. The place is a rounded bump on the east coast of the North Island, it is very easy to simply continue straight down the middle of the island with its exciting hot
Wahi and Paeroa are fascinating with detours into gold mining history, the only active gold mine in the country and it has visitor tours, quirky shops and a spectacular forest on its doorstep. There is a vibrant cultural scene
Kawakawa is often bypassed by traffic on State Highway intent on reaching Northland. It is a mistake as it is the coolest place in New Zealand for its quirky cultural interpretation of New Zealand life and times. Kawakawa
Northland gate for human occupation reaching back hundreds of years. Whangarei and its rivers was fertile ground supporting large fortified pa (village) sites, the area where coal was mined and quarries crushed limestone. Natural landscapes narrate the Aotearoa
A mission station is a location for religious Christian activity, schools, church work and supporting the health of local populations. In the early nineteenth century Aotearoa experienced an influx of European religious values and a differing world view. The