On this edition of Kiwi Tripsters, spring road trips. We head to the birthplace of New Zealand tourism, Tarawera and the heartland of Maori tourism, Rotorua. Plus we embrace the elements of the Mackenzie Country and coast it around Palliser Bay.

Aoraki Mount Cook, New Zealand
Aoraki Mount Cook. Photo: Mike Yardley

It’s the birthplace of New Zealand tourism and our own mini-Pompeii. We take a trip to Tarawera, explore the lake, the incredible geothermal features and tour the Buried Village of Te Wairoa.

Mount Tarawera in eruption. Illustration: Charles Blomfield

Hot & Steamy in Rotorua. The wondrous tourist hot-spot is power-packed with a wealth of free-to-enjoy geothermal features. We highlight the best, plus we succumb to a mud bath at Hell’s Gate and check out the new night tour at Te Puia.

Hell's gate geo thermal walk, rotorua, new zealand
Hell’s gate Geo Thermal Walk. Photo: Cameron Mackenzie

The majestic Mackenzie District is tailormade for road trips. No matter how many times you take a ride through its alpine grandeur, everyday serves up a unique elemental experience. Chris reflects on his latest trip and the must-do experiences.

Lakestone Lodge, New Zealand
Lakestone Lodge. Photo: Chris Lynch

It’s the southernmost tip of the North Island and the land and sea can come to serious blows. Take a spring roadie through Palliser Bay, loaded with distinctive sights from the Putangirua Pinnacles to the North Island’s largest fur seal colony.

Cape Palliser Lighthouse. Photo: Rebecca Kempton
  • 01:30 Trip to Tarawera
  • 07:30 Rotorua
  • 13:30 Mackenzie District
  • 25:30 Palliser Bay

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