North Island of New Zealand
New Zealand’s North Island is an island of diverse landscapes and scenery.
Known as Te Ika a Maui (Maui’s fish) in Maori, the North Island of New Zealand offers a full spectrum of sights and experiences. From the velvety-green hills of Wellington to the metropolitan atmosphere of Auckland; the smoking craters of the Ruapehu Region to the sub-tropical rainforest of the Bay of Islands. The North Island of New Zealand is constantly captivating.
North Island Destinations
Northland & Bay of Islands
Northland & Bay of Islands are maritime playgrounds, home to some of NZ's best scenery and key historical sites.
New Zealand's largest city, Auckland is known for its cultural diversity and superb maritime experiences. International events, thrilling activities and scenic excursions abound in Auckland - so get out there and enjoy NZ's big city buzz!
The Waikato region is a varied and surprising destination, rich in farmland, Maori heritage and outdoor adventures aplenty.
The stunning Coromandel Peninsula is a sensational coastal getaway primed for outdoor adventure or laid-back living.
Bay of Plenty
One of New Zealand’s first and most fascinating tourist destinations Rotorua never fails to enthral and excite. This geothermal wonderland treats guests to bubbling mud-pools, gushing geysers and captivating culture with a healthy serving of thrilling adventure activities and indulgent beauty therapy treatments on the side!
Boasting natural beauty and a rich Maori history, Eastland is serene, striking and largely undisturbed. First place in the world to see each new day, Eastland is known for its sunrises, surf and seafood! Check out the main town of Gisborne.
Known for its Art Deco architecture and exceptional wine and food, Hawke's Bay is a gourmet destination, as pleasing on the eye as it is on the taste buds. Outdoor opportunities and unforgettable wildlife encounters make Hawke's Bay an ideal family destination as well. With a multitude of locations visit, such as Napier, Hastings and Havelock North, you won't run out of things to do!
Taupo is a hub of adventure and intrigue, with ski areas, lake activities, volcanic history and exceptional walking all rolled into one vibrant region.
The Ruapehu Region
The Ruapehu Region is a hub of adventure and intrigue. With ski areas, a rich volcanic history and unparalleled natural wonders, this is one area of the country that you need to visit! Mt Ruapehu contains the only ski areas in the North Island.
Dominated by the iconic peak of Mount Taranaki, this region promises unspoilt scenery, iron sand beaches, a warm climate and stunning gardens and parks. Strongly rural, but sporting the best in both surf and alpine recreation, Taranaki quite possibly has it all!
Whanganui & Manawatu
From the bush-clad banks of one of New Zealand’s great rivers, to the steep ravines of the Manawatu Gorge, the regions of Whanganui and Manawatu have long fascinated visitors with their opportunities for exploration and adventure. Visit the main centres of Palmerston North and Whanganui, or go rural and head to smaller towns such as Fielding or Levin.
The beautiful Wairarapa is only a stone's throw away from the bustle of Wellington, but promises the best in rural tranquillity, relaxation and wine! Check out the hidden gems of Greytown and Martinborough for some great wine and boutique shopping.
One of the most compact cities in the world, Wellington is a bustling urban paradise surrounded by a glistening harbour and rolling green hills. Small in size, but bursting with attractions, this is one city you definitely do not want to miss!