They like wild things in New Zealand and the boardwalk is no exception. It is about 5 miles long, with half being the centre of the town and the other half a beautiful bay. With its wooden walkway that runs parallel along the sea you can view fantastic sunsets.
This visitor center is well organized and explains the history of the valley and logging operations that occurred in the ancient Kauri forests, which includes the construction of a railway to move the huge trunks.
This is a very interesting hike of about 7 hours. The return can be made on a slightly longer but very interesting road. Here you will pass the the ruins of a railway built to carry Kauri tree trunks.
One should carry plenty of water as it can get very hot, however the reward is a a spectacular 360 degree view from the top of the summit. The summit is reached after climbing an iron staircase and iron hooks attached to the rocks.
A very comprehensive shopping center next to the Thames waterfront. It has all kinds of shops, and many restaurants, especially Asian food. Here you can shop at Pack and Save, which is the cheapest big supermarket in New Zealand.