The incredibly varied landscape of the Rotorua, Taupo & Central Region is truly captivating. In Rotorua, nestled by a shimmering lake of the same name, you'll find the magical Redwoods Whakarewarewa Forest and the volcanic Kuirau Park. The town is famed for its wealth of hot thermal springs and bubbling mud pools earning it the nickname of Sulphur City. Visit the Pohutu Geyser, which shoots water up to 100 feet, immerse yourself in Maori cultural performances, try the geothermal spas, and hike Mount Tarawera. Taupo shares similar features to Rotorua, but with a much larger lake offering even more beaches and water based activities, like the superfast Hukafalls Jet Boat ride. Visit the giant Maori stone carvings at Mine Bay and journey to Huka Falls, a bright blue, thunderous waterfall. On the other side of the lake, the snow-capped mountain peaks of Tongariro National Park await, providing spectacular hiking and skiing opportunities. At Hawkes Bay, discover one of New Zealand's major wine producing areas famed for creating some of the country's finest award-winning wines. Tour the stunning vineyards here, and sample the local produce. It's not just wine the region's famous for, there's also breathtaking sandy bays, rolling green hills, an award-winning par 71 golf course, and the fantastic city of Hastings with its distinctive Art Deco architecture.