North Island combines the beauty of the beaches with the mystery of an active volcano, while nurturing most of New Zealand’s population north of Lake Taupo. There is a lot to do and see here: hike or ski in the mountains, soak in the sun or play water sports by the beaches, explore the untamed rivers, visit historic houses, taste the incredible wine and be amazed by the natural phenomena.
The main arrival point for most tourists in New Zealand is through the Auckland International Airport (AKL), located in Auckland on the North Island. The airport handles about 70% of tourist air travel. Tourists also arrive in Auckland by cruise ships.
Once on the North Island, it’s easy to visit the most important landmarks either by using the public transport or by renting a car.
This subtropical region is famous for the golden beaches, green forests and serene bays.
A very beautiful harbor welcomes the visitors. Auckland has an exciting urban life, offers great options for spending a day out on the water and a lot of things to see and explore if you interested in the culture.
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This region mixes the beach fun with the local culture in a very interesting and appealing way.
It’s the perfect place to explore the country life but you will also find interesting caverns to explore and a lot of unreal sights to visit.
This is one of the most fascinating places to visit. Be amazed by the geothermal phenomena but also experience the Maori culture.
Bay of Plenty
If you are interesting in an adventurous vacation, don’t miss this region.
This is another great place to experience the Maori culture.
The region has everything: mountain, water and culture. Spend your days hiking, practicing water sports or just learning about the local culture.
There are three active volcanoes in this region. You can enjoy your vacation skiing or hiking on the mountains or you can try some water sports.
You can do pretty much anything here, from exploring the nature in a calm or adventurous way, to just relaxing and soaking up the serene atmosphere.
Love the wine and the beaches? Then this is the place for you. Head to the bay and spend a relaxing vacation soaking in the sun and tasting the wines.
Manawatu — Wanganui
The wild river is perfect for extreme sports, while the forests are ideal for hiking. If neither appeals to you, then you can always spend some time on the beaches.
Wellington is proud to be located in stunning scenery. The town is famous for the art, music and theatre.
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This is a historic region where the vineyards are at their best. Visit the old houses but don’t forget to tour the villages and taste the wine.