North Island, New Zealand
Much more than mud pools and geothermal springs. There is little doubt that Rotorua is special. Take a look at the soaring volcanic peaks, geyser-filled landscapes and, in beautiful counterpoint, tranquil lakes in broad, fertile valleys and you will begin to understand why. No wonder it’s where they decided to create the hobbit holes, dubbed Hobbiton, for the movie The Hobbit.
Situated in the middle of the North Island, it’s an easy-on-the-eyes three-hour drive from Auckland. It’s world renowned for its geothermal activities… but also for its white-water rafting and mountain biking. Both are exciting enough on their own, but when you take into account the sheer beauty you’re travelling through while you enjoy your chosen adventure it lifts into that special category once again.
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