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Introducing The King Country

Holding good claim to the title of NZ’s rural heartland, this is the kind of no-nonsense place that raises cattle and All Blacks. A bastion of independent Maoridom, it was never conquered in the war against the King Movement. The story goes that King Tawhiao placed his hat on a large map of NZ and declared that all the land it covered would remain under his mana (authority), and the region was effectively off limits to Europeans until 1883.

The Waitomo Caves are the area’s major drawcard. An incredible natural phenomenon in themselves, they’ve been sexed up even more with a smorgasbord of adrenaline-inducing activities.