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Pohutu Geyser

Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

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Pohutu Geyser

The largest geyser in the southern hemisphere, it reliably ‘erupts’ up to twenty times per day, sending hissing jets of sulphurous steam up to 30m (100 feet) into the air.

Adult price: £35

Best for ages 6+

Duration: 1 night

Frequency: monthly

Waitomo Caves

Waitomo, North Island, New Zealand

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Waitomo Caves

A 30-million-year-old cavern system that’s famously home to millions of glowworms that dangle from the ceiling, creating a glittering sky of coloured stars.

Adult price: £30

Best for ages 4+

Duration: 1 night

Frequency: monthly

Swim with dolphins in the Bay of Plenty

Bay of Plenty, North Island, New Zealand

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Omanu Beach viewed from the top of Mount Maunganui, Bay of Plenty, North Island New Zealand

Daily snorkel or boat-watching tours run to this beautiful wildlife-filled bay is home to common dolphins, orcas, humpback whales, penguins and fur seals. Purpose-built dolphin viewing vessels have swim bars; dolphins swim alongside you as you’re pulled along.

Adult price: £80

Min age 7

Best for ages 8+

Duration: 5 hours

Natural spas and hot springs in New Zealand’s North Island

North Island, New Zealand

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Woman staring out to a landscape from a hot spring thermal pool

New Zealand sits on a geothermal fault line, making it prime country for bubbling, geothermal hot springs ­known in Maori as waiariki. Although found across both islands, the Central Plateau region of the North Island, underlain by the Taupo Volcanic Zone, is particularly good, especially near Rotorua.

Best for ages 8+

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Arikikapakapa Rotorua Golf Course

Rotorua, North Island, New Zealand

Arikikapakapa Rotorua Golf Course

One of New Zealand’s most memorable courses, built on a unique landscape of geothermal activity. Course features include geysers, hot springs and bubbling pools of mud (bunkers you won’t get out of).

Adult price: £50

Best for ages 13+

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Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Napier, North Island, New Zealand

Cape Kidnappers Golf Course

Set on a rugged stretch of land wedged between a sheep station and a range of mighty cliffs, this is one of the most dramatic stretches of holes most people will ever play. New Zealand’s answer to Pebble Beach.

Adult price: £160

Best for ages 13+

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