Unwind at Mapua Wharf Relax and rejuvenate with a day at Mapua. The wharf is the hub of a vibrant visitor experience. Once the wharf housed apple stores and pack houses is now a bustling destination to while away
History buffs do not forget the treasure trove of information to be read on old gravestones. The reason for the death, from drowning in fast flowing rivers, diseases such as fever or childhoold ailments banished by modern medicine.
Ghost cottages, relics and abandoned machinery echoes of the gold rush days of the 1800's make Cromwell a magical place to explore the gold mining fever heritage of Otago. The reborn heritage precinct is the place to start. Cafes,
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
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
Hamilton is the underdog city in Aotearoa NZ. Banter, wry humour is often Hamilton’s calling card. Think again, New businesses are popping up, the food scene is booming, and the natural beauty of the mighty Waikato is stunning. Don’t skip town, Hamilton