Kiwi es­capes

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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.tree­ to find out more about the ex­pe­ri­ences and spe­cial of­fers.

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