Blue Spring at Te Waihou Walkway

The Blue Spring located along the Te Waihou walkway is so pure that it supplies 70% of New Zealand’s bottled water.  This hidden gem can be found in the Waikato region of New Zealand’s North Island. There are two trail access points depending on how much time you want to spend. The longer walk starts at White Road in Putaruru or the Leslie Road car park has a shorter lead in.  Our girls were better suited…

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Hot Water Beach

Hot Water Beach is one of New Zealand’s most talked beaches due to your ability to dig your own spa pool in the sand.  Unfortunately, we did not visit at the correct time of the day. The best time to visit is within two hours each way of the low tide.  The waves were rough at this beach and could easily knock a person down.  I know from experience! The view from the top of…

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Rapaura Watergardens

On the way home from our trip to Whitianga, we decided to take a detour and see the other side of the Coromandel Peninsula.  (side note: “wh” is pronounced with the sound of a “f” here in New Zealand which is something I had to get used to when attempting to pronounce the town names) The Rapaura Watergardens are located down a gravel and curvy road as we made our way west.  The 64 acres…

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Hot Water Brewery

Hot Water Brewery in Whenuakite, New Zealand is the perfect place to stop following an afternoon on Hot Water Beach.  This brewery is family-friendly with a playground near the restaurant patio. Little did we know they are also a holiday park with overnight accommodations available. Looking back we would have preferred to stay here considering their proximity to some of the best beaches and activities in the area. Hot Water Brewery, by Don and Dawn Walker…

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Whiti Farm Park

The Whiti Farm Park can be found in New Zealand’s Coromandel region. A short drive from Whitianga brings you to this delightful animal park situated on 8 acres of land. If you are looking for a break from the beaches (like we were) and need a place to spend a 1/2 day then I highly recommend this place. What we did not realize was how cute the grounds would be with play areas and lots…

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Huka Prawn Park

The Huka Prawn Park is located along the banks of Waikato River only a short drive from Taupo’s main town center.  Prawns (for my friends that do not know) are similar to shrimp and often found on menus around New Zealand.  Sure they are different species but they have a lot of similarities. Since my girls are obsessed with eating shrimp this placed seemed to be right up their alley. Shawn, the prawn mascot, greeted…

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Huka Falls

The Huka Falls is one of the more popular waterfalls in New Zealand. The waterfall itself drops only 11 meters; however, the power behind this waterfall is impressive. The Great Lake Taupo site says “The sheer volume of water flowing through the rock face of the mighty Waikato River amounts to 220,000 liters per second; enough to fill one Olympic sized swimming pool in 11 seconds!” There is a walking trail that starts at Spa…

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Taupo Volcanic Activity Center

Perfectly situated in Taupo, one of New Zealand’s most active geothermal regions, the Volcanic Activity Center is an interactive and educational facility for all ages. We spent time here while it was raining outside. The facility is small and easy to complete in short time. Andrew took his time reading through displays with Aubrey and she was particularly interested in learning about the rocks. The information covered past volcanic eruptions that occurred in the region….

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