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Ready-Made Trips to North Island New Zealand
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North Island – New Zealand
Kauri forests meet beautiful beaches, endless miles of walking/biking trails, rich in Maori culture, wine, gourmet food, adventure and wildlife all await you in The North Island! Both New Zealand’s largest city of Auckland, as well as the country’s capital city of Wellington are in the North Island. Auckland, located in the Northern region of the Island, is New Zealand’s major point of international arrivals and departures. Steeped up a gradual hill from the harbour where stunning coastal views are not hard to come by, the city offers travellers a thriving nightlife, restaurant and coffee shop scene.
To the North of Auckland is the Bay of Islands resort town area where the lush forest meets the gorgeous beaches, a common theme throughout New Zealand. The subtropical micro-region is a prime holiday hot-spot known for its incredible beauty and is home to the country’s most important historic site, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
No trip to New Zealand’s North Island would be complete without a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set! In the heart of the Waikato region, on a massive sheep farm, partake in a truly Middle‑earth™ adventure on a fully guided tour around the 12-acre set.
Rotorua, the cultural capital of New Zealand, is a small town located to the Southeast of Auckland, just a 2-hour drive. The city is rich in history and tradition, while also surrounded by many natural wonders to discover. Part of the Taupo Volcanic Zone, the city of Rotorua draws in visitors for its location – situated in a geothermal field featuring volcanic crater lakes, geysers, bubbling mud pools – offering visitors 100% pure spring water in the country for that truly, natural thermal bathing experience!
Napier, on the central east coast, is the start of the North Island wine trail as well as being an immaculately-kept Art Deco City. A must-do in this area is partaking in an Art Deco Trust 2-hour walking tour. The city is distinguished for its beautifully preserved 1930s architecture following a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that rocked Hawke's Bay in 1931. Once rebuilding began it has retained its architectural look of that decade.
Wellington is located at the bottom of the North Island, at the ferry port that leads to the South Island (a 3.5 hour journey across the Cook Strait). Wellington is home to the unique Bee Hive shaped parliament buildings and the nation’s largest museum, Te Papa. We recommend a minimum of 10 days in the North Island to discover the key unique sights. A thriving art and culture scene, Wellington is known for its foodie treats and tours, as well as it’s many galleries and theatre performances.
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New Zealand is known as the land of many options for all kinds of adventure for all different types of travellers. Looking to explore the country’s fascinating landscapes? The breathtaking coastlines? Be on some great cycling and walking trails… or partake in aquatic activities like kayaking, sailing or diving. Whatever you fancy, this is the destination that will never be dull.