20 kilometre Tongariro Alpine Crossing goes by quickly because the view is so great. In the end of the day, every single trekker is tired, happy and covered in dust.
New Zealand consists of active volcanos: it is constantly boiling and steaming underneath the pretty surface.
Cathedral Cove, familiar to some from the Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian, is only a short walk away from Hahei.
The drop to the ocean on the left is over 20 meters. A few straws of hay play the part of a fence in between the drop and the skinny road. A hasty Audi driver takes over a truck between the curves. This is the Coromandel.
Biking is a great way to explore Auckland. You can get away from the very centre of the city without being restricted by Hop on Hop off bus timetables and routes.
What could be a better way to start a trip in New Zealand than arriving in the middle of a Maori Heritage Festival?