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North Island Destinations-NZ

The North Island offers huge variety through both surf and swimming beaches, ski fields, walking tracks and the two largest cities in the country.  All of this is within easy driving distance meaning the North Island allows you to tick many items off your ?°to do?± list in quick succession. Wellington (the capital) and Auckland are the two largest cities, and both offer a great night life and quality restaurants.  Auckland is the largest pacific city in the world and displays an eclectic mix of cultures and beliefs. 

The golden beaches of the Hauraki Gulf (just off the coast of Auckland) are beautiful and unspoilt.  A trip to one of the many islands dotted around, especially during summer, will clearly explain why Auckland owns the nickname of ?°The City of Sails?±.

The Central North Island is the play ground of the North Island.  You can go from skiing, to surfing to a quality golf course all within 3 hours of each other.

The main wine regions of Hawkes Bay and the Wairarapa, have achieved world recognition for their wines, especially Savignon Blanc.  However boutique areas such as Martinborough more than hold their own, with a reputation for some of the best Pinot Noirs in the world.

From Cape Reinga at the tip of the North Island down to Wellington, it is able to offer a truly extensive range of activities, sights and experiences.

 

New Zealand Coastline - Piha at sunset


Your North Island regional information includes:

Auckland

Auckland is New Zealand??s largest city and its landscape is dominated by volcanic hills. However, it is the twin harbours and scattering of bays, beaches and islands that define travelling in Auckland as a water-lover??s utopia.

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands natural beauty is a sight to behold and is one of the most beautiful New Zealand travel destinations.  This aquatic playground, lavishly furnished with 144 islands and a myriad of secluded beaches, keeps visitors entertained for days.

Cormandel Peninsula

Rustic, relaxed and unspoilt, The Coromandel Peninsula is one of the best-loved New Zealand travel destinations.  The attractions are plentiful, with spectacular coastline, beautiful beaches and rugged volcanic hills cloaked in native rainforest.

East Coast

The East Coast is situated on State Highway 35, part of the Pacific Coast Highway. This touring route offers some of New Zealand??s most spectacular coast scenery, with numerous white sandy beaches and hidden bays.

Gisborne

Gisborne is the most easterly city in the world and the first place to welcome the sunrise. The city is situated on the shores of the Pacific Ocean and is renowned for its excellent surfing breaks, perfect swimming beaches and miles of untouched coastline.

Great Barrier

Great Barrier Island is an unspoilt haven on the outer edges of the Hauraki Gulf and gives visitors a rare chance to experience eco-tourism.

Hamilton

Hamilton is New Zealand??s fourth largest urban area and the hub of the Waikato region. Set on the banks of the mighty Waikato River, Hamilton is home to around 120,000 people.

Lake Taupo

As the largest fresh water lake in Oceania, Lake Taupo is a dominating presence in this region. At 616 square km, it is as big as Singapore Island and was created in 181AD, by one of the largest eruptions the world has ever seen.

Martinborough

Nestled in a river valley beneath the Tararua and Rimutaka mountain ranges, the Martinborough area produces some of the world??s top wines, particularly the Pinot Noir variety.

Matamata

Matamata is an important bloodstock region and a thriving farming area. The town??s many attractions include Hobbiton Movie Set Tours, Wairere Falls, Firth Tower Museum and the Opal Hot Springs.

Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui is New Zealand??s premiere beach location. Nestled on the east coast of the North Island, and surrounded by over 100kms of white sand and surf beaches, Mount Maunganui is the perfect destination for beach lovers.

Mount Ruapehu

The 80,000-hectare Tongariro National Park dominates the Ruapehu District, with its centrepiece, Mount Ruapehu, rising dramatically from the surrounding countryside.

Napier

Napier is renowned for its superb 1930s Art Deco architecture and each year the town celebrates its heritage with the Brebner Print Art Deco Weekend. Napier has a vibrant cafe culture amongst the splendour of Art Deco buildings.

New Plymouth

The official sunshine capital of the North Island, with the finest inner-city park in the country. New Plymouth has several safe family beaches and excellent surf spots.

Pauanui

Pauanui is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Nestled into the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, Pauanui is essentially a spit which has formed at the conjunction of wave and river. The beaches are perfect for safe swimming and surfing in most conditions.

Rotorua

Rotorua's reputation as the ??natural spa destination of the South Pacific?? began 160 years after word of the Pink and White Terraces spread worldwide. Minutes from the city centre, geysers of steaming water roar from the ground and pools of bubbling mud gurgle.

Tairua

Tairua is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Nestled into the East Coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, Tairua is essentially a spit which has formed at the conjunction of wave and river. The beaches are perfect for safe swimming and surfing in most conditions.

Tauranga

Home to some of New Zealand??s best beaches and surf spots, Tauranga is one of New Zealand??s fastest growing regions. Tauranga has two large marinas holding over a thousand yachts and launches, and numerous charter boat operators.

Waiheke Island

Waiheke Island, with a population of 7,500, is one of the larger Hauraki Gulf islands. The unique climate and soil conditions produce consistently excellent wines, and Waiheke artists and craftspeople are credited with producing some of the country??s most respected work.

Waitomo

Waitomo is home to a small population of just 300, but it attracts thousands more visitors to its exceptional limestone caves, glowworms and adventure caving activities. Beneath the surface of this ancient limestone region is a series of vast cave systems decorated with stalactites, stalagmites and glowworms.

Wellington

Wellington, New Zealand??s capital city, is nestled between a beautiful harbour and forested hills. Wellington is home to national treasures, galleries, museums, boutique shopping, a superb caf¨? and restaurant culture - and great nightlife.