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As New Zealand’s cultural hub, the North Island is drenched in history, brimming with natural wonders and filled with epic towns and cities. The North Island is absolutely bursting with variety, it’s must see for any trip to the land of the long white cloud.

As New Zealand’s cultural hub, the North Island is drenched in history, brimming with natural wonders and filled with epic towns and cities. The North Island is absolutely bursting with variety, it’s must see for any trip to the land of the long white cloud.

Whether you’re an adventure seeker or a full-time chiller, there is something for everyone on the north island of New Zealand, it’s 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 Byron-Esque beach vibes. Next minute you’ll be shooting over to the East Coast to explore a town, home to the extinct volcano of Mount Manganui, or over to The Coromandel for a swim at Hot Water Beach

For the Lord of the Rings 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. 

North Island 

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    Auckland

    New Zealand’s largest city might not be comparable with the likes of New York or Tokyo, but let’s face it. Not much does. What you will find so breathtaking about this place though are the incredible surroundings just a stone’s throw away.

    Head north to the Bay of Islands, 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, this is 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 ‘what the hell’ and go the whole hog 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. EPIC. It’s also the birthplace of the Zorb – Check out the video below.

    Whilst visiting Rotarua we highly recommend checking out the Geothermal Pools too. Yep, that’s right. Geo-thermal. These things are next level. Part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, here you can find bubbling hot pools absolutely everywhere. A definite worth-while 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 even 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 (just hope for good weather as ‘the windy city’ can make the water a little choppy).

    Sick of reading generic travel content? Does everyone promise sunshine, lollipops & rainbows? Turns out not all trips are suited to every individual. We say how it is. Giving you honest opinions. Getting you the information you need. That’s our promise.

    Trip of a life time, lake Mckenzie is breathtaking, Tony the tour guide had a wealth of knowledge about the island and driving around the island in a land cruiser was so much fun!!

    Matty Carey

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