New Zealand Tourist Attractions
North Island

New Zealand tourist attractions north and south are ruled by picturesque landscapes, great walks and adrenaline rushing adventure activities.

Auckland CBD

A majestic isolated mountain, enormous sand dunes, geysers, hot springs, an active marine volcano, 150 islands in one bay are only some of nature’s creations on the North Island of New Zealand. Often man makings are as unique as the land. A stroll through a collection of New Zealand posters will give you an idea.

Many overseas travellers arrive at the Auckland airport. As the largest city, Auckland central shows at first glance no difference to metropolitan areas in other countries. Skyscrapers, high volume of traffic, and the hustling and buzzing of a cultural hub dominate the scene.

At second glance Auckland photographs clear the first impression and you will find that there is a lot more to Auckland City. Take the chance to explore outdoor things to do around Auckland.

The city centre of Auckland is also starting point for guided tours and activities to New Zealand tourist attractions. Highlights include:

  • City tour
  • Coastal tour, rainforest walk, and wilderness experience
  • Scenic day tour by land to the Bay of Islands with visits to the Waitangi grounds where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840, Paihia, and Russell
  • An off shore perspective of a Bay of Islands tour focuses on one hundred forty four islands forming inlets and bays, the hole in the Rock, and the lighthouse on Cape Brett.
  • Meanwhile a dolphin discovery sets marine mammals in the centre of interest

A over multiple days sets the base for engaging actively in the visited area.

Swimming on beautiful beaches, cycling, hiking, or sand dune sliding at the Opononi Dunes at Te Paki Stream paired with a ride along the Ninety Mile Beach Road to the light house at Cape Reinga are some. This way certainly bears advantages opposing to what we experienced on our adventure tour to the top of Northland.

An alternative for independent traveller is a self contained motor home rental. The positives are clearly to react spontaneously to pace and place.

Whangarei the major city of Northland is inviting to take a touring or yachting break. The city centre is nestled around an attractive basin surrounded by cafes, restaurants, and galleries with shopping areas in walking distance. With time at hand there are many more New Zealand tourist attractions on the North Island past Auckland to experience.

Coromandel Peninsula is picturesque showing off natural and scenic highlights like the 'Cathedral Cove' and the hot water beach. The latter requires the right timing to indulge a hot bath on the beach.

At low tide hot water springs are exposed. With a spade and a bit of digging you can form your own hot pool and take a relaxing bath. Most promising to succeed are 2 hours on both sides of low tide.

Rotorua New Zealand is famous for one of NZ geographic features. New Zealand tourist attractions revolve around the region's geothermal activity. Both Maori and Europeans knew to value this. With its hot springs, geyser displays and the opportunity to bath in hot or mud pools it was the earliest tourist and wellness metropolis in New Zealand. Maoris valued these qualities too. Today it is still an important centre for Maori culture and performances.

The map of Rotorua is helpful to find your way around the city, while Rotorua posters give  a first impression geothermal sights, activities and attractions.

Whakatane is known for a special New Zealand attraction : Whakaari or White Island. Boat or helicopter tours leave daily to transport tourist to this active marine volcano. On the way to the island often pods of dolphins cross the path so you could be lucky to watch a dolphin encounter in addition.

Mt. Taranaki also called Mt. Egmont dominates the Taranaki region. The mountain is one of the wettest spots in the range of New Zealand tourist attractions. The rain recorded exceeds four times the amount of New Plymouth.

Kapiti Island is an island sanctuary off the Kapiti Coast that is largely managed by the Department of Conservation. Day trips leave from Paraparaumu. The coast between Paraparaumu Beach and Waikanae Beach is a marine reserve that is popular under snorkellers and scuba divers.

Wellington is the capital of New Zealand. The city is famed for its rich cafe culture and night-life that come with being a centre of theatre and film industry as well as the arts scene.

Some very distinct architectural buildings are the "Beehive" where the New Zealand government has its seat and the "Te Papa Tongarewa" The Museum of New Zealand.

On our first visit in the capital we spent three whole days exploring the museum, which was quite remarkable since the children were only six years old. It is always worth to set some time aside to explore the things to do in Wellington while staying in affordably priced Wellington hotels. A Wellington map might come handy to plan and find your way around.

All in all New Zealand tourist attractions are manifold. New Zealand travel gives the best ideas on how to discover our beautiful islands in a very short period of time or more extended on a working holiday visa to sponsor your gap year, idependent or pre-organized and guided.

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