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Best places to visit on New Zealand’s North Island

Renowned for its picturesque landscapes and stunning scenery, the North Island of New Zealand is the perfect place to holiday. Famous for its gorgeous lakes, active volcanos, cycling trails, adventure activities and rugged rock formations, this region has something for everyone. The only challenge is deciding what to do, so here are our favourite attractions on the North Island.

Auckland’s West Coast

Most visitors exploring the North Island start in New Zealand’s biggest (and most famous) city – Auckland. The city offers all the cosmopolitan attractions you’d expect, such as great night life and fabulous restaurants. It’s also close to many attractions, making it the perfect base for your New Zealand camping or touring holiday. The west coast boasts epic beaches, rugged rock forms and legendary surf. Whether you long to trek through rainforests, dream of sailing, or are thirsty for local wines, you can experience it all while staying in Auckland.

Cathedral Cove, Coromandel

The Coromandel Coast, lined with majestic limestone formations and golden sand, is one of New Zealand’s most famous spots. Cathedral Cove makes up part of this natural beauty; its glorious arch is as an epic photo backdrop. Several scenic walking tracks are open to visitors; plus, there are kayaks and boat cruises nearby. Whether you wish to explore on foot or relax on the water, you won’t be disappointed.

Geothermal Wonders, Rotorua

No North Island trip is complete without a visit to Rotorua, famous for its spectacular thermal parks. Years of volcanic activity have left behind spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools and colourful sinter terraces. Kuirau Park is just minutes from Rotorua’s city centre, and comprises mud pools, hot pools and public foot pools. We definitely recommend adding it to your bucket list!

Hobbiton Movie Set

Do you remember the rolling green hills featured in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit film trilogies? Parts of these blockbusters were filmed in lush Waitako countryside. Tour the Hobbiton Movie Set to learn about the filming process and history of the area – you’ll be enchanted.

Waitomo Caves

The village of Waitomo is home to a labyrinth of underground caves, rivers and sinkholes, inhabited by glowworms and native wildlife. To explore the caves, we suggest taking part in a guided boat tour or trek on foot. If you’re adventurous, we recommend blackwater rafting – you’ll float through the caves on a rubber tube.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro Alpine Crossing is rich in cultural identity and awe-inspiring scenery. The Crossing is a world-renowned trek, surrounded by unique landforms, volcanic peaks and stunning emerald lakes. Wear some comfy shoes and bring your camera, there’s a whole new world to be discovered!

Wellington’s Seal Colony Nature Safari Tours

Wellington’s Seal Coast Safari is the ultimate place to connect with the real New Zealand. Referred to as ‘nature’s playground’, you’ll embark on a 3-hour safari, offering extensive city and coastal views. Plus, you’ll enjoy an up close and personal seal encounter. Seal the deal and commit to this tour.

Taupo Bungy Jump & CliffHanger

If you’re up for a challenge, a thrill seeker at heart and aren’t afraid of heights, this activity is perfect for you. The Taupo Bungy and Extreme Swing is a feet-first free fall, usually completed in a seated position. Reaching speeds of up to 70 kilometres per hour, your adrenaline will be pumping!

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