North Island

Beautiful beaches, wild coastlines and urban delights


The South Island tends to get all the attention, but the North Island has some pretty spectacular experiences of its own. Beautiful beaches, rugged coastline, ancient kauri forests, Māori culture, geothermal pools, giant redwood forests, splendid day hikes and cosmopolitan cities are just waiting to be explored.

In Northland witness the Tasman Sea collide with the Pacific Ocean, walk along the famous Ninety Mile Beach (or the longer but lesser-known Ripiro Beach), play in the sun in the Bay of Islands and explore beautiful secluded coves and coastal walkways. Auckland and the islands of the glittering Hauraki Gulf offer wildlife encounters, sporting events, world-class wineries, beachside cafes and panoramic views atop volcanic cones. Then you've got fabulous art deco architecture in Napier, award-winning wineries in Hawke's Bay, epic sunrises at East Cape, wild black sand beaches along the west coast, quirky culture in New Plymouth, the geothermal wonderland of Tongariro National Park, the lakeside playground of Taupo, and cuisine and culture in the capital Wellington.

That's just the tip of the iceberg - the North Island has so many experiences for all kinds of traveller. Let our expert travel consultants help you plan the perfect itinerary that will show you the delights of your own backyard. 

Things you should know about the North Island

Approximately three-quarters of New Zealand's total population live in the North Island.

Mt Ruapehu is the highest point on the North Island, standing 2,797m tall.

The name of the North Island in te reo is Te Ika-a-Māui, meaning "the fish of Māui." 

Tips and advice from our travel advisors

Drive up Te Mata Peak in Havelock North for a fantastic rural view. Definitely check out a local winery or two (there are over 70 in the Hawke's Bay region!), drive along Marine Parade and through town to check out the Art Deco buildings, and perhaps visit Hot Chick for some yummy rotisserie chicken by the beach.
Michelle Rook
World Travellers Galaxy Travel
My favourite spots to go in Hamilton are the Hamilton Gardens, Hamilton Zoo, the Sculpture Park at Waitakaruru Arboretum, Waikato Stadium to see the Chiefs play, the Riff Raff statute, Waitomo, Fly with Kiwi Balloon Company, as well as Raglan and Hobbiton which are both close by.
Kiri Hill
World Travellers Hamilton

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