NZ’s North Island – Top Places to Visit

1. Auckland. This cosmopolitan city has an excellent dining scene, unique shopping, pristine beaches, a scenic harbour and the iconic Sky Tower.

2. Northland. This is the birthplace of New Zealand and a great place to experience Maori culture. A boat cruise to the Bay of Islands is not to be missed.

3. Coromandel & Bay of Plenty. Enjoy fresh seafood, pristine beaches, sub-tropical forests and historic relics.

4. Rotorua. There’s plenty of extreme sports on offer here, as well as Maori culture and traditions, bubbling mud and explosive geysers.

5. Hamilton & Waikato. This is the land of mysterious caves and the magic of Hobbiton. The lush land here was the location for The Shire in the ‘Lord of the Rings’ films.

6. Lake Taupo. This volcanic landscape is full of steaming craters, geothermal pools and clear alpine lakes. Huka Falls is not to be missed with more than 220,000 litres of water falling over the cliff face every second.

7. Tongariro & Taranaki. This area is all about the great outdoors. Go river rafting, surfing or winter snow sports. Take a one-day hike along the Tongariro Crossing, scenic flight over the volcanoes, walk along the Ruapehu Crater Lake or jetboat the Whanganui River.

8. Hawke’s Bay & Eastland. The wineries and Napier, the Art Deco capital are the main features of this area. We recommend taking an Art Deco Guided Walk, and also the Gourmet Food and Wine Odyssey Tour.

9. Wellington & Wairarapa. Wellington has a dynamic cultural scene, plenty of funky bars and eateries and an inner-city golden sand beach – something for everyone! Wairarapa is a wine-growing region and there is so much on offer in this region. Visit the ‘Lord of the Rings’ filming locations, a seal colony or take a ride on the cable car for incredible views over the city.