Our nighttime tour gave us a glimpse of our first kiwi (sadly not pictured - it was very dark)! And the daytime tour showcased some of the country's amazing birds, including the tekahe, one of the craziest-looking animals we've ever seen.
At low tide each day, you can dig a little pool in the sand on the beach and make your very own hot tub. It took about half an hour of prospecting before we found a spot with hot water, but once we struck geothermal activity, it was amazing!
After enjoying our DIY spa, we traveled further around the North Island, taking in the sights and meeting fascinating folks along the way.