Aotearoa is the Maori name for New Zealand. The literal translation of Aotearoa is "land of the long white cloud".
Pack a picnic, follow the coastal trail and enjoy an idyllic day at The Coromandel's Cathedral Cove. Go for a swim, snorkel, kayak or just relax in the sand. From beautiful Hahei Beach you can walk to Cathedral Cove, where a naturally formed archway deserves photographic attention.
Rafting rivers in the North Island are mostly found in the central and east coast areas of Lake Taupo, Bay of Plenty and the Hawke's Bay. Lake Taupo's Tongariro River is home to three sections of white water, ranging from Grade 2 to Grade 4. In the South Island, you’ll get the chance to try rafting around the resort town of Queenstown, Christchurch and on the wild West Coast.
You’ll hear the Huka Falls well before you see the them – it’s the sound of nearly a quarter of a million litres of water per second erupting from a natural gorge and thundering 11m into the Waikato River below.
Mount Ngauruhoe is an active stratovolcano or composite cone in New Zealand, made from layers of lava and tephra. It is the youngest vent in the Tongariro volcanic complex on the Central Plateau of the North Island, and first erupted about 2,500 years ago. Although seen by most as a volcano in its own right, it is technically a secondary cone of Mount Tongariro.
The volcano lies between the active volcanoes of Mount Tongariro to the north and Mount Ruapehu to the south, to the west of the Rangipo Desert and 25 kilometres to the south of the southern shore of Lake Taupo.