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The North Island is home to lively cosmopolitan cities, including the country’s capital, as well as gorgeous beaches. Discover the active geothermal wonderland at its heart, which is quite unlike anything you will have seen before.
Nowhere reflects New Zealand’s fascinating mix of European and Māori cultures more than the North Island. Māori people first arrived on the island around 1,000 years ago, before it was discovered by the Dutchman Abel Tasman and then claimed by the British Empire. This past has resulted in a fascinating combination of Māori historic sites and colonial-era architecture.
Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a more in-depth glimpse at Māori culture and traditions. Enjoy traditional performances and dine on a hāngi meal, cooked in an earth oven.
Go dolphin spotting in the Bay of Islands, home to a large population of friendly dolphins. Take a coach tour along Ninety-Mile Beach, a stretch of sand that is officially classed as a highway.
Wander around multicultural Auckland, known to many as the “City of Sails” due to its vast harbor filled with boats. Head up to the viewing platform at the top of the Sky Tower, which looms over the city skyline at a height of 1,076 feet (328 meters).
Experience the geothermal activity of the city of Rotorua. In the surrounding volcanic area, the Pohutu Geyser erupts daily and the mud baths of Hells Gate bubble.
Drive through the landscapes that featured as backdrops in The Lord of the Rings movies and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. Take a boat tour into the glowworm caves of Waitomo, or stroll around the landscaped Hamilton Gardens.
Marvel at the exhibits of the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington. Walk around the waterfront area and immerse yourself in the city’s thriving coffee shop culture.
Most flights to the North Island arrive into Auckland International Airport. Ride the extensive public bus system, which connects all major towns and cities. Visit during spring for fewer crowds, temperate weather and long, light evenings.
The North Island is an invigorating combination of cities, beaches, volcanoes and history.
Excellent customer service in all respects. Wonderful beds. Great sleep. Quick and delicious room service meals.
Offered us an early check in after a long flight which helped with the children’s jet lag. Enjoyed the pool also!
Staff were so friendly & helpful. Breakfast was very good. Room was clean with a comfortable bed.
Great price for a lovely clean room with comfy beds, much better option with the shuttle service they offer than staying at the airport hotels as I also spent a night at the Novotel Auckland Airport and this place was nicer and half the price. Highly recommend staying here if you have an early or ...