Native Maori—like their fellow Polynesians—use hot stones and an earthen oven to cook and prepare their food. Known as a “hangi” here in New Zealand, this underground oven can cook meats, poultry, sweet potatoes, and seafood with just the right temperature and taste. Visiting a hangi in Rotorua is an authentic (and tasty!) experience, and a hangi is usually a part of the evening at cultural sites in Rotorua.
It’s no surprise that the Bay of Islands was where New Zealand was settled. The climate is mild, there are lots of resources, and the beaches and coves stretch for dozens of miles in a turquoise procession of beauty. Naturally, anyone who happens upon the Bay of Islands runs the risk of getting stuck.
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In many ways, you could almost say that the city of Taupo is the North Island equivalent of Queenstown. Both of these cites are set on a lake, both are at the base of the island’s best ski slopes, and both are full of adventure activities that will leave you high on adrenaline. Taupo, however, doesn’t see nearly as many international visitors as its famous cousin to the south, although many of the outdoor activities in Taupo are just as enjoyable as Queenstown.
Whether you are a marine life lover, shutterbug or a thrill seeker, the Bay of Islands catamaran cruise to Hole in the Rock is an OMG “YOLO” experience.
If there is one thing you can count on Kiwis for it’s knowing how to have a good time. The country is constantly hosting festivals—from the Toast Martinborough Festival in November to September’s Whitianga Scallop Festival—and even in the depths of the winter months there is always a reason to celebrate. As the nation’s capital, Wellington is never left out on the action that brings New Zealanders together, and the Wellington On A Plate Festival is one of the country’s hottest activities for August.