These are the best things to do in the North Island of New Zealand:
The North Island is an idyllic landscape of rolling farmland, picturesque beaches, and geothermal activity. In addition, the North Island is perfect for a short vacation, since it packs great variety into a small space.
So you can begin planning your holiday, we have compiled a list of the best things to do in the North Island.
The area around Rotorua is packed with geothermal attractions, from jewel-colored mineral springs to geysers and naturally heated waterfalls. No visit to the North Island is completely without seeing at least one.
Top options include Hells Gate, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Te Puia, and Orakei Korako.
New Zealand’s unique glowworms cling to the ceiling of caves, creating a galaxy-like effect in darkness. This stunning phenomenon can be witnessed at any of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. Choose from a range of tours–for example, family-friendly boat tours, walking tours, and adventure tours with “blackwater rafting” (cave tubing) or abseiling.
The North Island has an abundance of beautiful coastline. Some of its most charming beaches are found in the Coromandel Peninsula and the Bay of Islands. The most popular beaches are invariably crowded. However, it’s easy to find a secluded stretch of oceanfront paradise.
Firstly, in the Coromandel Peninsula, Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach are well worth a visit. Secondly, in the Bay of Islands, Paihia is the most convenient base for exploring the region.
The Hobbiton Movie Set is charming enough to captivate even those who are not fans of The Lord of the Rings or The Hobbit. Each miniature house is lovingly built and maintained to a level of impressive realism, with vegetables and flowers growing in every garden.
The North Island is littered with volcanoes. However, some of these are more obvious than others. For instance, Auckland boasts 53 volcanoes, most of which have eroded to grassy hills. In addition, Lake Taupo sits in the remains of an old volcanic crater.
The most dramatic volcanoes are found in Tongariro National Park, where Mt Tongariro and Mt Ruapehu dominate the skyline.
Explore the volcanoes with a hike, a helicopter tour, or a floatplane flight.
New Zealand’s Maori heritage is alive and well on the North Island. Taking part in a heritage show is a valuable opportunity to experience this rich culture. Likewise, your business helps support education and the passing down of tradition.
Rotorua was and still is one of the most vibrant Maori communities on the North Island. As a result, many geothermal reserves were once historic Maori settlements. At Te Puia and Whakarewarewa, you can explore geothermal features while also learning about Maori songs, dances, and traditional crafts.
The North Island is home to many unique activities that you won’t find many other places in the world. For example, you can:
As you begin planning your North Island holiday, browse our itineraries to get an idea for your favorite routes. After that, our team will work with you to customize your holiday package to match exactly what you want.
We offer a wide range of holiday packages, from self-drive packages to privately guided tours. Some of these are available through our specialized brands:
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