The township of Opononi is testament to the adage, ‘less is more’. With a population of less than 700 and just a handful of shops, this is a place you can catch your breath, unwind, reconnect with nature, and enjoy simple pleasures. Claire Smith visits this northern gem.
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Video: Waimangu Volcanic Valley
The Waimangu Volcanic Valley in Rotorua is the youngest geothermal system in the world, formed as a result of the 10 June 1886 eruption of Mount Tarawera. The Earth ripped open, exposing a bunch of geothermal features but also wipping out all the plant and birdlife in the region. With beautiful volcanic craters, hot water springs, and geothermal features, it's one of the unique hidden gems you just have to visit. Check out the video.