Tubing in a cave – I can only think of another place that has this, which would be Kauai but what an adventure it is to float down a subterranean river.
This is a great spot for a hike, stunning trail, and beautiful beach and it’s free too!
It's a no-brainer for any Lord of the Rings fan, or as I learned from Alix polling our group, even for those that haven’t seen the movies. This is a nerd’s dream come true.
The hike itself takes 6–8 hours and features a dynamic range of landscapes that all originate from the volatile and volcanic pasts that created the twin peaks of Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro.
This experience typically consists of a welcoming ceremony (pōwhiri) with a warrior canoe (waka), a traditional greeting (hongi), the well-known war cry (haka), and a Maori feast (hangi).
Locals and tourists flock to this beach to get a soak in. You have to figure out where a good spot to dig is and also try to be quick enough to get a leg up on everyone else trying to dig up a pool.