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North Island

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Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a full-time chiller, there is something for everyone on the north island of New Zealand, and it’s a place that is certainly not one to be missed.

One minute you’ll find yourself on the shores of Manu Bay in Raglan, a world famous surf town with Byronesque beach atmosphere. Next minute, you’ll be shooting over to the East Coast to explore a town, home to the extinct volcano of Mount Maunganui, or over to The Coromandel for a swim at Hot Water Beach.

For the ‘Lord Of TheRings’ geeks out there, we recommend you release your inner hobbit by delving deep into the wonderful filming locations at Hobbiton. Grab a drink at the Green Dragon Inn and feel like one of the cast. With incredible scenery spanning edge to edge, it’s no wonder this place was used for filming Middle Earth.

Auckland

New Zealand’s largest city might not be comparable with the likes of New York or Tokyo, but what you will find here is so breathtaking with the incredible surroundings just a stone’s throw away.

Head north to the Bay of Islands and here you can bounce around from island to island aboard a water taxi or take the opportunity to visit top-notch snorkelling and diving locations. Explore further up to Cape Reinga where you can see the Pacific Ocean collide with the Coral Sea. This place is culturally significant to the Maori people. Get up here to take in the spectacular views and embrace the culture.

Waitomo Caves are a must-see for any adventure enthusiast. Whether you wanna keep it simple and explore these magnificent glow worm caves by boat or go the full ten yards by combining zip-lining, abseiling and tubing. It’s totally up to you.

Rotorua

The adrenaline hub of the north is known for epic adventures such as white water rafting. The Legends at Kaitiaki rafting will take you down the Kaituna River to the highest commercially rafted 7m waterfall drop. It’s also the birthplace of the Zorb.

Whilst visiting Rotorua, we highly recommend checking out the Geothermal Pools too. These things are next level. Part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, you can find bubbling hot pools absolutely everywhere. A definite worthwhile place to check out.

Tamaki Maori Village Experience is a must-do around these parts. Located amid an old rainforest, you’ll step back in time and connect with the Maori people and their history. Learn about their ancient traditions, enjoy a wonderful Hangi Feast, and stay the night.

Wellington

A trip to the southern end of the North Island isn’t complete without stopping off to take a hike across the famous Tongariro Crossing where they filmed Mount Doom (another one for our Lord Of The Rings fans). This 19.4k walking track is full of rugged New Zealand beauty. Just make sure you take a decent pair of hiking boots and a camera.

New Zealand’s capital of cool is filled with epic coffee, funky bars, and out-of-this-world food. For the best eats and treats, we recommend heading to Courtenay Place or Cuba Street to get amongst it. Leave the hiking boots at home and get ready for a decent night out.

Wellington for many is the final stop on the North Island before boarding the Interisland Ferry across the Cook Strait to the South Island. Many consider this ferry as one of the most beautiful in the world. Beautiful scenery is on offer, so just hope for good weather as ‘the windy city’ can make the water a little choppy.

Tongariro Alpine Crossing

A dual World Heritage area due to the unique landforms, including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing has been described as one of the best one-day hikes in New Zealand. It’s 19.4km long and an average trek takes between six to eight hours to complete. Many who complete the hike will tell you the climbs can be steep and the weather unpredictable, though worth it in every respect. The national park is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is rich in both cultural identity and dramatic awe inspiring natural scenery. Unique landforms including the volcanic peaks of Ngauruhoe, Tongariro, and Ruapehu ensure a world renowned trek.

Hamilton

Beware: more Lord Of Rings goodness. Head on over to Hamilton to really get the best fun filled nerdy day you could ask for and visit the Hobbiton film set, all constructed for the films. It is the only set that remains completely intact from The Hobbit and Lord Of The Rings trilogies. Visitors can fully immerse themselves in the wonders of The Shire as they fall in love with the Alexander family sheep farm, just as Peter Jackson did. On the tour, you will see the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining how the movie magic was made.

If you’re up for another cool site in Hamilton and want a taste of lush nature, head over to the Hamilton Botanical Gardens, showcasing different types of garden design through themed collections. Step into another world in their ‘Fantasy Collection’ or explore different civilisations in their ‘Paradise Collection’.

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Kiwi Experience Northern Round Up Bus Pass

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17 Day New Zealand Intro Tour

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Blended with touches of Maori culture, this trip offers it all, for both white water rafting enthusiasts and first timers. Snake through steep native bush clad canyons and over 14 awesome rapids & 3 waterfalls including world-renowned 7 metre Tutea Falls, the Highest Commercially Rafted Waterfall in the World! You will get to enjoy a 3 hour white water rafting tours with the legends at Kaitiaki Adventures who are all fully certified professionals and have a 100% rating in banter to make sure you have a fun filled day with all laughs and no brakes. You will find yourself winding,…

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Hobbiton Movie Set Tour

Step into the world of The Shire and experience the real Middle Earth at the Hobbiton movie set in the heart of the Waikato region, where you can step into lush pastures as seen in The Hobbit and The Lord Of The Rings trilogies. Everyone falls in love with the Alexander Sheep Farm, as will you, as you journey unequivocal beauty of the land, with the glorious Kaimai Ranges in the backdrop. Your guide will show you around the set, showing you the intricate detailing, pointing out the most famous locations and explaining the behind the scenes of the films…

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The Black Water Labyrinth

Float down an underground river, jump off waterfalls and take in the sights of the glow worms of Ruakuri Cave on this 3 hour rafting adventure Steeped in history, the Waitomo Caves are worth a visit for all but for the adventurous types The Black Water Rafting Company offers the most popular experiences. An adventure like no other, Black Water Rafting is a bucket list must-do and guaranteed to get your adrenaline pumping. Head 80-metres below ground, raft in tubes through underground rapids, jump off waterfalls and float below a sky of glow worms, all whilst exploring one of New…

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The Black Water Abyss

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Te Pā Tū Maori Village

Come and Visit New Zealand’s Most awarded cultural attraction the Te Pā Tū Maori Village. This is your chance to learn about the traditions and culture of the Maori people at the Te Pā Tū Maori Village. Follow their journey, how they live and follow traditions from their ancestors. The Te Pā Tū Maori Village Evening Experience will take you back generations so you can experience first-hand the ancient traditions of the Maori people. Located in the beating heart of the North island of New Zealand, Roturua, is where you will find this award winning cultural attraction. From the start…

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Frequently asked questions

Where is New Zealand's North Island?

The smaller of New Zealand’s islands, the North Island is located closest to Australia out of the country’s two main islands. The North Island is well known for its geothermal features like hot springs, geyers, and Tongariro National Park, as well as, film culture and laid back urban lifestyle in cities like Wellington and Auckland.

How long is it to fly to North Island?

From the East Coast of Australia, the flight to New Zealand is around 3.25 – 3.75 hours. From SA, it is 4.5 hours. From Perth, the flight is 7 hours. Darwin is 8 hours and Cairns in 5 hours.

What is the North Island's weather like?

The land of the North Island often has a far milder weather than Australia, often serving up to four seasons in one day. It has a sub-tropical climate, with the hottest days between December and February. North Island gets pretty cold as well, but it doesn’t get down to the same temperature of South Island.

Are there snakes in the North Island?

None. North Island doesn’t have any venomous snakes wrapping themselves around your ankles, nor deadly spiders ready to pounce, or fun crocodiles.

Is the North Island easy to get around?

Yes, it is! New Zealand has plenty of travel options that will keep it easy for you to get around this island from hop on hop off buses, renting a campervan, or travelling by trains,

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