More things to do

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Soak in hot springs:

An hour’s walk along a beau­ti­fully main­tained board­walk and trail leads to the se­cluded Kaitoke Hot Springs, a nat­u­ral ther­mal spring sur­rounded by del­i­cate tree ferns.

Self-drive the art dis­cov­ery trail:

Car hire is a must to fully ex­plore this large is­land and its trail of arts and crafts pro­duced by creative islanders.

Hike the canyon:

A short and breath­tak­ing up­hill climb leads to spec­tac­u­lar Windy Canyon, with 360-de­gree views across O¯ kiwi Basin and Whangapoua Beach to the north, and Kaitoke Beach to the east.

Comb de­serted beaches:

You’ll never have to bat­tle crowds on Great Bar­rier’s surf beaches, which are dra­matic, wild and gen­er­ally de­serted. Slip into a kayak to ex­plore hid­den coves, or just med­i­tate to the sound of the crash­ing waves. Eat up:

The most pop­u­lar cof­fee shop on the is­land is My Fat Puku, and that’s ex­actly what you’ll get with its de­li­cious menu fea­tur­ing fresh, or­ganic pro­duce and ex­cel­lent cof­fee.

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