Mount Egmont which is located on the West Coast of the North Island is an andesite (mineral rock) volcano characterised, like Fujiama in Japan, by its symmetrical cone. Mount Egmont is regarded as a dormant volcano having last erupted about 350 years ago. The peak rises to 2518 metres from the plains of the surrounding province, Taranaki.
Cooks Bay is a popular summer resort situated on the Coromandel Peninsula on the East Coast of the North Island. Locally, the sandy cove is known as Cooks Beach. The whole area is picturesque with golden beaches, sparkling water and native pohutukawa trees.
Lake Matheson is a small bush-surrounded moraine lake on the north side of the Clearwater River near Fox Glacier on the South Island's West Coast. The lake was formed by the retreat of Fox Glacier some 14,000 years ago which left behind a massive slab of "dead" ice insulated by a deep layer of moraine gravel. In time, this separated from the mainstream of the glacier, the ice melted and the lake was created.
Lake Alexandrina is a small and beautiful satellite of Lake Tekapo in South Canterbury. These lakes are just two of a number of glacial lakes in the South Island McKenzie country. Lake Alexandrina is a wild life refuge, an exceptional trout fishing resort, and home for the South Island Acclimatisation Society.