This is (the very badly named) Craters of the Moon, Taupo, middle of the North Island. Steam rising out of the ground, a little bubbling mud. Great place for a walk on a cold day.
It's cold cos of the snow on the mountains. Beautiful. That's Lake Taupo, Mount Ruapehu and Tongariro in the distance.
You can't go to Taupo without going to Huka Falls.
And it's just a couple of hours drive to Waitomo. Extraordinarily beautiful limestone caves.
Those tiny straw stalactites? See them? They're thousands of years old, so don't go breaking any.
Big. It's all big. Big skies, big big lake, big mountains, big caves, big long low waterfall. Little NZ does beautiful in a big big way.