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Whakaari / White Island, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand
When you catch sight of Whakaari, an island 48 kilometers (30 miles) off the coast in the Bay of Plenty, you'll find it easy to see how Captain James Cook dubbed it White Island after he spied its clouds of steam as he sailed around New Zealand in...
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Mayor Island, Waikato, New Zealand

The volcano on Tuhua, also known as Mayor Island, has been at rest for the last few thousand years. But volcanic activity still defines the island: Its name is a Maori word for the black obsidian glass formed by cooled lava, and the water around...

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Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, New Zealand
The massive sandbar extending from Tauranga's harbor leads to one of New Zealand’s most beloved beaches at Mount Maunganui, known locally as The Mount. The white sand ocean-side beach is a surfer’s dream, and while an artificial reef was installed...
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Ohiwa Harbour Rd, Waiotahi 3198, New Zealand
Bird-watchers are spoiled for choice in New Zealand, particularly along the coast of the Bay of Plenty. Ohiwa Harbour is an unspoiled estuary fronted by Ohope Beach just outside Whakatane, an 11-kilometer (seven-mile) stretch of white sand that...
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Moutohora Island, Bay Of Plenty, New Zealand

Nine kilometers (5.5 miles) off the coast from Whakatane, Moutohora (also known as Whale Island) was carefully cleared of pests and predators to create a sanctuary for wildlife and an area of thriving biodiversity. There are more than 200 plant...