East Coast and the Volcanic Zone

We’ve compiled the best of the best in East Coast and the Volcanic Zone - browse our top choices for the top things to see or do during your stay.

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  • 1. Craggy Range Winery

    Situated by a small lake with the towering Te Mata Peak beyond, this vineyard has a stellar backdrop. The wines include single-varietal chardonnay, merlot, and...Read More

  • 2. Esk Valley Estate Winery

    Winemaker Gordon Russell produces merlot, syrah, and blends with cabernet sauvignon, merlot, cabernet franc, and malbec in various combinations, including a rare and expensive red...Read More

  • 3. Hobbiton

    Even if you’re not an aficionado of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies, a delve into this magic, pretend world of the Shire...Read More

  • 4. Mission Estate Winery

    Surrounded by gardens, this classic winery—the country's oldest and set up by Catholic missionaries—stands in the Taradale hills overlooking Napier. Dating back to 1851, it...Read More

  • 5. Mitai Māori Village

    Rewind time by spending an evening at Mitai Māori Village, where you can listen to the harmonious chant of traditionally clad warriors as they paddle...Read More

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  • 6. MTG Hawke's Bay

    This complex, also known as the Hawke's Bay Museum, is home to a museum, a theater, and an art gallery. The museum component's curatorial team...Read More

  • 7. National Aquarium of New Zealand

    Stand on a moving conveyor that takes you through the world of sharks, rays, and fish. Environmental and ecological displays showcase tropical fish, sea horses,...Read More

  • 8. Te Mata Estate

    This is one of New Zealand's oldest and best family-owned wineries. Coleraine, a rich but elegant cabernet–merlot blend named after the much-photographed home of the...Read More

  • 9. Te Urewera National Park

    Remote Te Urewera National Park is rugged and mountainous. This park's outstanding feature is glorious Lake Waikaremoana ("sea of rippling waters"), a forest-girded lake with...Read More

  • 10. Waimangu

    When Mt. Tarawera erupted in 1886, destroying Rotomahana's terraces, not all was lost. A volcanic valley emerged from the ashes, extending southwest from Lake Rotomahana....Read More

  • 11. Aratiatia Dam

    The Waikato River is dammed along its length; the first construction is the Aratiatia Dam, 10 km (6 miles) northeast of Taupo. The river below...Read More

  • 12. ASB Bank

    One of Napier's more notable buildings is at the corner of Hastings and Emerson streets. The Māori theme on the lintels is probably the country's...Read More

  • 13. Brookfields Vineyards

    One of this region's most attractive wineries features rose gardens and a tasting room that overlooks the vines. The chardonnay and pinot gris are usually...Read More

  • 14. Buried Village of Te Wairoa

    At the end of the 19th century, Te Wairoa (tay-why-ro-ah, "the buried village") was the starting point for expeditions to the pink-and-white terraces of Rotomahana,...Read More

  • 15. Cape Kidnappers

    This outstanding spot is believed to be the only mainland gannet sanctuary in existence. It was named by Captain James Cook after local Māori tried...Read More

  • 16. Cook Landing Site National Historic Reserve

    This place has deep historical significance and contestation for New Zealanders. A statue of Captain James Cook, who first landed here on October 9, 1769,...Read More

  • 17. Craters of the Moon

    The construction of the local geothermal project had an impressive—and unforeseen—effect. Boiling mud pools, steaming vents, and large craters appeared in an area now known...Read More

  • 18. Eastwoodhill Arboretum


    Inspired by the gardens seen on a trip to England in 1910, William Douglas Cook returned home and began planting 160 acres. His brainchild became...Read More

  • 19. Elephant Hill Estate & Winery

    Blending contemporary architecture with the traditional aspect of wine making, this stunning estate overlooks jagged rows of vines with expansive views from the terrace taking...Read More

  • 20. Gisborne–Opotiki Loop

    Soak in the beauty of Eastland by driving the Provincial Highway 35 loop between Gisborne and Opotiki—it's one of the country's ultimate roads-less-traveled. The 330-km...Read More

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