Gems

Rotorua Eastern Lakes

Rotorua Eastern Lakes

Defined by a series of volcanic lakes, the area that forms the Rotorua Eastern Lakes Virtually on Track gem is the home of adventure tourism in New Zealand. From the 1880s onwards, visitors made the intrepid journey across Lake Tarawera by waka to marvel at the geothermal wonders of the Pink and White Terraces. Now long buried under ash and Whakarewarewa’s forest of exotic trees - known as one of the world’s leading mountainbike destinations - this is nonetheless still a rich playground for anyone who likes their sports to have a...

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Whakatane & Ohiwa Harbour

Whakatane & Ohiwa Harbour

Whakatane and Ohiwa Harbour Virtually on Track Gem is a sparkling landscape of ocean and harbour, dense with sporting opportunity from foot to cycling and paddling, cradled by the headlands of Whakatane to the west and Onekawa to the east. Heading east from the lazy Whakatane River, a bird flying over the gem first encounters the bush clad hills of the headlands which tower over the town and then yield to Ohope Beach. These were among the earliest places inhabited by Maori and today, thanks to community efforts, hold a significant population...

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