North Island is the more populated of New Zealand's two islands and many visitors will enter via either Wellington which has a delightful café culture, or Auckland – ‘the city of sails’, which although isn’t New Zealand’s capital, it certainly feels like it. Home to the country’s largest urban population, Auckland sprawls as far as the eye can see and has a cosmopolitan feel, a great waterfront peppered with yachts and lively bars and restaurants.
North Island also has its pick of the long and sandy beaches, including those at the Bay of Islands – a dazzling area comprising 144 islets, with a marine park, sandy beaches and historic towns. There is a strong Maori culture (moreso than the South Island) too and it visitors should take time to delve into what lies behind this unique race. The Maori influence is felt most clearly in and around the town of Rotorua which is also the place to discover steaming geysers, bubbling mud pools and hot springs. If you get the chance, do try a hangi, the traditional Maori meal cooked in an earth oven. Discover more striking natural scenery at attractions including the lunar-like landscape of Tongario National Park, Huka Falls and Lake Taupo – all accessible from Taupo. Palliser Bay meanwhile lies on the shore of the Cook Strait and is surrounded by an expansive wilderness comprising mountains and lakes.
In the Hawke’s Bay wine region you’ll find vineyards, including the historic Mission Vineyard, while those with an adventurous side can enjoy mountain-biking, fishing, hot-air ballooning, kayaking and paragliding. Nearby, you can explore Napier – Hawke’s Bay’s Art Deco City – dine at one of the superb eateries and indulge in a spot of retail therapy at the farmers’ market and artisan jewellers and ceramic art galleries.
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• Ascend the Sky Tower for incredible views and sky-top dining at the revolving restaurant or head to Queen Street for some retail therapy.
• Chill out on a relaxing scenic trip to Mission Bay and Auckland’s finest shoreline.
Bay of Islands
• Visit the beautiful marine park for diving, sandy beaches and boat trips to look out for the local pod of dolphins.
• Explore the historic towns scattered along the coast, each with an individual character.
• Stunning Lake Taupo offers water-skiing, parasailing, jet-skiing, kayaking and excellent trout fishing.
• The lake is actually a flooded volcano and if you visit the ‘Crater of the Moon’, you will see a valley of geysers and steaming craters.
• Visit the Huka Falls, the Aratiatia Rapids or the Tongaririo National Park World Heritage Site for more spectacular scenery.
• Discover the strong Maori culture and browse the craft shops for traditional Maori crafts.
• Take a guided tour by 4x4 to the edge of the volcanic crater of Mount Tarawera.
• Discover the great outdoors with a host of activities and adventures such as horse-riding, walking trails or fishing.
• Take a helicopter flight to Cape Palliser where there is a colony of Brown Fur Seals or visit geographical sites including the Pinnacles.
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