Active volcanoes, island sanctuaries and history top the list when visiting New Zealand’s North Island. From the far north where New Zealand’s political history began, journey through landscapes that blend magnificent coast, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders. Maori culture is rich and ever-present in many parts of the North Island.
North Island's largest city and main gateway is Auckland which is set around two large harbours. A laid-back city well situated for a range of sight-seeing activities. Auckland, home to the America's Cup, is a modern, vibrant city with a fantastic harbour dotted with sub-tropical islands, and boasting a skyline which is dominated by the Sky Tower. The 144 islands making up the Bay of Islands are renowned for their marine activities such as whale watching and swimming with dolphins and are home to the historic Waitangi Treaty House.
Bay of Islands
The sup-tropical north is a land of rolling, sometimes rugged countryside, sparkling bays and pristine beaches. An ideal playground for lovers of water based activities, the area is renowned for diving, boating, swimming and big game fishing. Waitangi is the site which saw the signing of the treaty that joined Maori and European as one nation. With 144 Islands and secluded bays, The Bay of Islands region has the finest coastal scenery in New Zealand. The Bay has an abundance of marine life, including whales, penguins and dolphins.
The stunning Coromandel Peninsula boasts dramatic coast, native trees and white sandy beaches. With a unique combination of rainforest and beaches the coastline has great surf and safe swimming.
Napier & Taupo
Napier is renowned for having some of the best preserved Art Deco architecture in the world. While at the centre of the North Island lays New Zealands' largest lake, Taupo.
The thermal activity of the Rotorua region is awesome with its boiling mud pools, geysers and active volcanoes. The geothermal city of Rotorua, with its fascinating hot springs, geysers and spas is also an important Maori cultural centre.
Wellington is a picture perfect city set between a magnificent harbour and rolling green hills. The sophisticated culture of New Zealand's capital city ensures the visitor will have a delightful stay. Shopping opportunities abound, relax at one of the many cafes and bars, take in some performing arts. Also a must see is Te Papa the museum of New Zealand with its impressive collection of cultural artefacts.