N E W Z E A L A N D H A S B E AU T Y A N D adventure in spades and the Treetops Lodge & Estate, a luxury resort surrounded by forest on the North Island, is no exception. Sightseeing options start with a helicopter ride to White Island for a visit to an active volcano, or an hour’s drive to the Huka Falls where the Waikato River – largest river in the country – thunders through a narrow gorge before plunging over a nine-metre waterfall. Animal lovers can opt for a dolphin safari in the Bay of Plenty or simply drop in at the nearby kiwi breeding facility. Besides the sightseeing, there are mountain biking, horse trekking, caving, surfing and rafting activities for more active types. Half the population of Rotorua, 20 minutes away from the resort, is Maori so this also a great place to learn about these indigenous people. There are displays of Maori carving and weaving at the Te Puia Cultural Centre, and one-hour shows of song and dance too. Ohinemutu is a must-see too as the site of the original Maori settlement in the region. Treetops offers eight villas, four chalet apartment suites, a family cottage and the Pheasant Cottage, with wilderness spa and Maori healing treatments completing guests’ days. Go to www.treetops.co.nz to find out more about the experiences and special offers.