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North Island

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Discover North Island

Waterfront sights & award-winning attractions

Journey through rich landscapes of the North Island, New Zealand. A land that blend beaches, farmlands, national parks and geothermal wonders. Experience the Māori culture that is ever-present in many parts of the North Island and explore the countless things to do in Auckland.

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Auckland is your starting point for most international flights and a cosmopolitan city. Based on the harbour, make sure to enjoy the sights of the waterfront, take in the award-winning Auckland museum, and catch a ferry over to nearby Waiheke Island for a day trip to relax on the beach and enjoy some local wine.

Beyond Auckland you have many difficult choices in terms of which direction to head. North you will find the stunning Bay of Islands, and some fantastic diving/snorkelling at Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. The Coromandel Peninsula to the east is not-to-be-missed with native forests, and the famous Hot Water Beach. Travel south to visit Hobbiton at Matamata and then journey on to Rotorua with a multitude of attractions. Other locations to consider are: The Bay of Plenty, Taupo, Tongariro National Park, the art deco city of Napier, the nation’s capital Wellington and of course, the caving adventures to be had in Waitomo.

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Auckland

More than just a beautiful harbour city, Auckland is the main transport hub for international flights. The city has become increasingly popular for its mild year-round climate, cuisine from around the world, fine wines and great art. This cosmopolitan city is an ideal starting point for any New Zealand holiday.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Explore a cluster of cool cafes & boutiques at Britomart
  • Learn about New Zealand history at the Auckland Museum
  • Enjoy a cruise on the harbour
  • Don’t miss a day exploring nearby Waiheke Island

Coromandel Peninsula

Only 2 hours east of Auckland, the Coromandel is renowned for its natural beauty – misty rainforests and pristine golden beaches. Famous for Cathedral Cove and the Hot Water Beach, the peninsula is blessed with hundreds of natural hideaways, making it an ideal place to slow down, relax and unwind.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Kayak or cruise the picturesque Cathedral Cove
  • Dig yourself a spa pool at Hot Water Beach
  • Enjoy a short trek along the Coromandel Coastal Walkway
  • Experience a unique ride at Driving Creek Railway

Northland & Bay of Islands

3 hours north of Auckland is Northland and the popular coastal playground of the Bay of Islands. The entire area is rich in historical sites and the crystal-clear waters make it a favourite for holiday-makers on both land and sea.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Spend a day at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Cruise or sail in the sheltered Bay of Islands
  • Catch a ferry to Urupukapuka Island for some great kayaking & treks
  • Take a scenic drive to Cape Reinga

Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty is a little over a 2 hour drive south-east of Auckland. The region is home to spectacular beaches, juicy kiwifruit and New Zealand’s only active marine volcano. A great place to swim with dolphins, kayak to see Glowworms & hike Mount Maunganui for some fabulous views.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Hike the Mount Maunganui summit track
  • Swim with dolphins in the bay
  • Kayak to see the Glowworms
  • Visit Kaiate Falls in the nearby Forest Reserve

Rotorua

Rotorua is located in the very heart of the North Island and is a 3 hour drive south east of Auckland. It is the centre of Māori culture and is also the main geothermal centre (think bubbling mud pools, shooting geysers & natural hot springs). Plus the Rotorua Canopy Tours is a must-do. Rotorua delivers many iconic New Zealand experiences and is a must see.

Our top 4 highlights:

  • Mountain Bike or do the night walk at the Redwoods Forest
  • Don’t miss the Pohutu Geyser at Te Puia
  • Visit a local Māori Village
  • Have some fun with the myriad of adventure activities

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