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Victoria on the River - Hamilton Citylink

Victoria on the River is an expansive amphitheatre-style park on Victoria St, in the heart of Hamilton’s central business district.
Offering fantastic views of the Waikato River and connections to the city’s popular river path network, the space has hosted a number of great events including outdoor movies, yoga workshops and music and cultural performances and is home to Te Tatau ki Kirikiriroa sculpture and ‘A Love Story’ mural.

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The Dinosaur Houselink

Visit Ruapehu
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

The Dinosaur House is a small dinosaur museum located in the historic town Raetihi. See dinosaur skeletons, walk among life-size reconstructions including the always popular T-Rex and Spinosaurus, and learn about the enthralling world that they lived.

Housed in a beautiful 1922 heritage building in the centre of the historic town of Raetihi. It is a traditional museum using the beauty and majesty of more than 100 specimens to show the public the exciting and wonderful world of fossils and dinosaurs.

You’ll be transported back to prehistoric times to explore our carefully curated exhibits which will expand your mind.

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne Winerieslink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Tairāwhiti Gisborne is home to a mix of large producers, boutique wineries, and entrepreneurial growers, who are continuously exploring new varieties and vineyard sites.
Chardonnay is the dominant variety and enjoys great success, with the region known around the country and world as the Chardonnay Capital of New Zealand. The Viognier, Gewürztraminer and Chenin Blanc are world-class too.
The mix of high sunshine, verdant landscapes, fascinating history and the exciting range of wine styles makes Tairāwhiti Gisborne a beguiling wine destination.
The region is home to The First Light Wine and Food Festival and the Chardonnay Affair, attended by wine lovers from all over the country and the globe.

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Tolaga Bay Wharflink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

A Category One Heritage NZ Site and one of the top 100 historic sites to visit in the country, Tolaga Bay Wharf is believed to be the longest wharf of its type in the Southern Hemisphere, standing where Captain Cook sailed to meet the Te Aitanga a Hauiti tribe when the Endeavour first reached New Zealand.

Today the wharf is world-famous and reaches out into the blue Pacific for 660 metres, itself dwarfed by the massive cliffs of the nearby headland. It’s a rite of passage to walk the length of this historic pier. Camping ground at the wharf site and a safe, sandy beach for swimming, surfing and walking, and is an excellent place to catch a fish.

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East Cape Lighthouselink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Stand at the edge of the earth at the East Cape Lighthouse, a highlight of the State Highway 35 pilgrimage, as the most easterly point in New Zealand. The lighthouse was originally constructed in 1900 on nearby East Island but in 1922 the was relocated to the main land. It was manned by three lighthouse keepers, then became fully automated in 1985, and is now controlled from Maritime New Zealand headquarters in Wellington.
Accessed by 800 odd 'easy' steps it's a steep climb but really worth it once you get to the top for the spectacular views, and is stunning place to see the first light of the new day.

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Eastwoodhill Arboretumlink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Eastwoodhill is an arboretum of national and international importance. It holds the most comprehensive collection of woody plants in New Zealand and the largest collection of Northern Hemisphere trees south of the equator, including 170 species currently on the International Union for Conservation of Nature (I.U.C.N.) world endangered list.
The arboretum displays over 4000 different taxa of trees, shrubs and climbers, gathered by the late Douglas Cook, the founder, and since augmented by the Eastwoodhill Trust Board.
Located 35 kilometres from Tairāwhiti Gisborne this unique forest and garden is set among 135 hectares of hills, valleys and ponds with a network of easy walking tracks.

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Rere Falls & Rere Rockslidelink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Rere Falls is where the Wharekopae River transforms from a slow moving body of water to an incredible cascade more than 20 metres wide and 10 metres tall. Located 45 minutes from Tairāwhiti Gisborne, the falls is a perfect swimming and picnic spot or just sit and experience the natural beauty of this place.

Down the road natural forces have conspired to create an epic and truly unique experience in the Tairāwhiti Gisborne countryside at Rere that attracts thousands of local and visiting thrill-seekers each summer. The Rere Rock Slide is 60 metres of sheer exhilaration as the waters of the Wharekopae River race down a giant slab of moss-covered sandstone into a naturally-formed freshwater pool.

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Tairāwhiti Gisborne Surfinglink

Sam Cameron
+64 6 867 2000
+64 27 726 2266
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Tairāwhiti Gisborne has some of the most consistent surf in New Zealand. A strong swell passes our coast, moving from south-west to north-east, and there’s a steady sea breeze, creating many different types of breaks for new and expert surfers.

Popular surf breaks include Roberts Road/Waikanae, Gizzy Pipe/Midway, Sponge Bay,The Island, Wainui Beach, Pines/Okitu, and Makorori Beach.

Rebecca Evans
+64 7 843 0056
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Hamilton City is one of the nation’s best spots for café culture and boasts many award-winning restaurants and eateries. Dine with a view of the mighty Waikato River at Gothenburg or head to the new Victoria on the River precinct which is home to Bahn-Mi, Mr Pickles and Duck Island Ice Cream.

Rebecca Evans
+64 7 843 0056
Groups and Free Independent Travelers

Just outside Waitomo Village is the Mangapohue Natural Bridge.With a 17m high limestone arch; the remains of an ancient cave system. Take an easy 5 minute stroll along the boardwalk as it weaves its way through the impressive limestone gorge bringing you underneath the stunning natural bridge. You can then continue along the track for a 20 minute loop walk that takes in superb views of the natural bridge and gorge, stalactite-like formations, farmland and 25 million year old fossilised oysters that are exposed in the limestone outcrops.