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Days 5 and 6 – Tongariro National Park

Collect your rental car and drive South across the rolling farmlands of the Waikato to Rotorua.En

route visit the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves, time to explore Rotorua’s attractions, including Te Puia, the Maori Arts & Crafts centre, and thermal springs area.Enjoy a marvellous day’s outing to the Waimangu Valley, created by the eruption of Mount Tarawera in 1886.The walk passes such attractions as the Waimangu Cauldron (a pale blue lake steaming quietly at 53˚C), Echo Crater, Frying Pan Lake and Cathedral Rock, before reaching the shores of Lake Rotomahana (Distance: 4.5km / 3 miles).Cruise to Lake Tarawera and take a walk to the buried village of Te Wairoa. In the evening, attend a concert and traditional Maori ‘Hangi’. Leave your car at your accommodation and take the coach from Nelson to Kaiteriteri.From the protected beach at Kaiteriteri, you’ll enjoy a scenic cruise along the spectacular Abel Tasman coast with its forest-fringed bays, sculpted granite headlands and off-shore islands. Disembark at Medlands Beach.A 10 minute stroll takes you to popular Bark Bay. Swim in calm azure waters, sunbathe or relax in the shade of native forest trees. A forested track around the estuary (4 kms or 2.5 miles) takes you to Bark Bay Falls and Swing Bridge (approx. 1 hour return). Return by coach to Nelson.
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