Take a ferry back to Auckland and self drive to Rotorua, the country’s geothermal wonderland and the cultural heart of the nation. Spend three nights at Wildwood Lodge, nestled away on the shores of Lake Rotoehu. This is one of our favourite properties, where you can spot the island’s volcanic nature in action, with spouting geysers, boiling mud pools, and hissing fumaroles. Take a walk through the area in Hongi Hika’s steps to see the sight of the famous canoe battle of 1823. Alternatively, wander further afield for a quick dip in Soda Springs, a natural thermal spring renowned for its healing benefits.