Central North Island & West Coast
Population: Circa 522,800
Climate: Moderate with plenty of sunshine; a region of green, rolling farmland
Great for: Activities for all the family, Skiing, Snowboarding, Walking, Skydiving
From white sandy beaches to tropical rainforest – the Coromandel is unspoiled New Zealand at its best. This is one of the top holiday spots in the summertime, lots of kiwis have a “bach” (holiday home) up here and they go back year after year to really relax and enjoy the summer holidays.
Lake Taupo is New Zealand’s largest lake and a centre of geothermal activity, with its hot springs and volcanic plateau. Soak in the relaxing natural hotpools after a day on the ski slopes at Whakapapa.
Surf Highway 45
The “Naki”, as the locals call the Taranaki region, is fantastic if you love to surf and ski. Surf Highway 45 has some of the best surf breaks and wildly rugged coastlines in NZ. Head on down to the ‘Kumara Patch’ to find the perfect wave.
Explore the subterranean grotto of the Waitomo Gloworm Caves. You won’t find gloworms anywhere else, they are beautifully luminescent and an underground boat tour to see this extraordinary sight is simply breathtaking.
Head’s top tips
“For the cool, laidback vibe, you have to go to Raglan - the spiritual home for the kiwi surfer. With its black sand and untouched coastline, artist studios and little cafés and restaurants, it’s a real retreat from the hustle and bustle.”
“Take a Jet Boat to Huka Falls in Taupo and get a close up view of the largest falls on the Waikato River. I will guarantee you will not be dry by the end of it!”
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