Escape into the forest and the high-end accommodation of this lodge, secluded in the trees at Rotorua, around two hours from Auckland. Soft adventure and activities abound, from hiking and horse riding to fishing and archery. The villas overlook wooded valleys, and are classic and simple.
This land of geothermal rocks is the best place for an introduction to Maori culture. Though many people visit, the wide open spaces here mean you never feel crowded, and you can explore the huge lakes at your leisure.