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Volcanoes in New Zealand

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You may have heard on the news in the last few days that New Zealand’s Mount Tongariro has erupted after over a hundred years of little seismic activity. This serves to remind us that New Zealand is located on the Pacific Ring of Fire, and it is for this reason that many of the country’s greatest natural attractions exist at all.

Mount Tongariro itself is part of Tongariro National Park – a popular destination for keen hikers, and home to the Tongariro Crossing long distance tramping track. Nearby Mount Ruapehu, one of the world’s most active volcanoes, is a popular ski field in the winter months (our summer months) and is also located within Tongariro National Park.

The geothermal activity on the north island – most famously in Rotorua, but also in the surrounding region – has created boiling mud pools, thermal springs, silica terraces and geysers, along with the distinct smell of sulphur of the escaping gases from the Earth’s core. Visit Wai-O-Tapu, Hells Gate Geothermal Park, Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Te Puia, and Whakawerawera – plus many more besides. Visit a spa – have a thermal mud treatment, relax in a mineral pool or thermal spring.

Another great attraction is White Island (names Whakaari by the Maori) – an active volcano and private scenic reserve accessed by sea or air from Whakatane in the Bay of Plenty. Here, one can walk inside the crater with its steam vents and smell of sulphur.

For more information on how these experiences can be included in a holiday to New Zealand, call us on 01323 446550, email us at info@experienceholidays.co.uk or see our website www.experienceholidays.co.uk. We can work together with you to create a tailor-made itinerary to suit your requirements for an unforgettable holiday to this stunningly beautiful and varied country.


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