North Island

 

Taranaki catches the eye of Lonely Planet

Destinations - North Island

The tranquil, beautiful Taranaki region has joined such locations as The Azores in Portugal, Choquequirao in Peru and The Tuamotus, French ...

 

Tūroa Ski Area

North Island - See & Do

Tūroa Ski Area offers varied terrain and features both Australasia’s longest vertical descent and New Zealand’s highest lift, the six-seater ...

 

North Island Itinerary

Destinations - North Island - Travel Guides

The South Pacific’s largest city, Auckland, is the arrival point for many to the North Island, a place of endless natural beauty and fascinating ...

 

Tukino Ski Field

See & Do

Nestled on the eastern slopes of Mount Ruapehu, Tukino offers the combination of adventure and lack of crowds, coupled with the friendliness and ...

 

Exploring Whanganui

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Whanganui is a pleasant town on the banks of the Whanganui River. A busy main street lined with rustling green trees and colourful flower ...

 

Exploring Wellington

North Island - Food & Drink - Shopping - Stay - See & Do

Wellington is not only the nation’s political centre but in many ways the cultural centre. It contains numerous museums, galleries and theatres, ...

 

Exploring Waikato & Waitomo

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

At the heart of the Waikato is Hamilton, a riverside city that’s close enough to Auckland for some commuters. The Waikato River bisects the ...

 

Exploring the Wairarapa

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

The Wairarapa is increasingly known as a gourmand's little paradise. Modern Wairarapa has embraced wine in a big way, and enthusiasts will find ...

 

Exploring The Coromandel

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

A rustic and unspoilt landscape, The Coromandel boasts rich heritage, rainforest and a spectacular coastline. Built on gold, it's now a famous ...

 

Exploring the Bay of Plenty

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Separated by a glistening harbour, Tauranga and Mount Maunganui offer an idyllic lifestyle in a region bathed in sunshine. Tauranga Harbour is a ...

 

Exploring Taupō

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

The main centre of the Central North Island is Taupō, a lakeside resort offering an excellent range of accommodation, dining and activities. ...

 

Exploring Taranaki

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Presided over by the majestic, conical Mount Taranaki, the region combines the gentle charms of rural New Zealand with the surprisingly ...

 

Exploring Ruapehu

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Thrust up by the Earth’s powerful forces, the active volcanic triumvirate of Ruapehu, Tongariro and Ngāuruhoe watch over the central North ...

 

Exploring Rotorua

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

You’ll smell Rotorua before you see it – a distinctive sulphur smell identifies this as an active geothermal area. The geothermal activity ...

 

Exploring Northland & Bay of Islands

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Northland offers a spectacular coastal and marine environment with excellent beaches, truly world-class diving and hundreds of islands to ...

 

Exploring Manawatū

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Manawatū's main centre, Palmerston North, houses the cultural home of New Zealand rugby, but adventure also awaits outside the city itself. Do ...

 

Exploring Hawke's Bay

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Hawke’s Bay’s Art Deco capital of Napier is a sophisticated coastal town full of fascinating architecture. The abundance of Art Deco-style ...

 

Exploring Gisborne & Eastland

North Island - Food & Drink - Stay - See & Do

Attractions and activities around Gisborne and Eastland make the most of the region’s natural charms, deep cultural history and seaside ...

 

Exploring Auckland

North Island - Culture - Food & Drink - Shopping - Stay - See & Do

Straddling two harbours and draped over 48 volcanic cones, Auckland occupies a stunning natural landscape. Known as the ‘City of Sails’, when ...

 

Backpacking off the Beaten Track: Whitianga & The Coromandel

Destinations - North Island - See & Do

With a history as a timber port but now very much a beachside resort town, Whitianga in Mercury Bay is popular as a base from which to explore ...

 

Rotorua – there’s a lot to do!

North Island - See & Do

This week I have been checking out Rotorua. This Kiwi city is well known for its mud pools and unique sulphurous aroma, but the place is much ...

 

Whitford and the Pohutukawa Coast: Auckland's rural treasures

North Island - See & Do

Next time you're visiting Auckland, don't limit yourself to the urban areas – New Zealand's largest city is surrounded by off-the-beaten-track ...

 

Bay of Islands & Northland

Destinations - North Island

Discover the roots of New Zealand’s human history in Northland, a region blessed with a spectacular range of coastal scenery and bathed in ...

 

Dunedin & Coastal Otago

Destinations - North Island

The city of Dunedin and the coastal Otago region offer an unforgettable blend of natural and human heritage – world-class wildlife encounters on ...

 

Whanganui

Destinations - North Island

From high in the rugged hills of Whanganui National Park, where the Whanganui River begins its long journey, to the charming historic town of ...

 

Wellington

Destinations - North Island

New Zealand’s much-loved political and cultural capital of Wellington lies on a sparkling harbour at the bottom of the North Island, not far ...

 

Wairarapa

Destinations - North Island

The Wairarapa is a picturesque rural region of holiday cottages and vineyards alongside a rugged coastline. Masterton is the main centre. ...

 

Waikato & Waitomo

Destinations - North Island

Explore pretty rural villages, rolling green hills and tranquil oak-studded countryside, then venture underground to a remarkable cave network. ...

 

The Coromandel

Destinations - North Island

Explore gold-mining history in rugged rainforest-clad gorges and snorkel in the sparkling waters off pōhutukawa-fringed beaches. This is a ...

 

Lake Taupō

Destinations - North Island

In the Taupō region you can base yourself on the shores of New Zealand’s largest lake in the centre of an area that offers myriad outdoor ...

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