Like cafés? Get away to romantic North Island!

From its live volcanic interior to its beautiful, empty coastlines and pristine forests, the North Island is a nature-lover’s dream. Choose between spectacular hikes up stunning mountains, adrenaline-fueled activities like skydiving or whitewater rafting or calmer pursuits like spending a day by yourself on a perfect, empty beach.

Auckland and Wellington are the island’s two major cities. They provide everything that the modern culture buff could desire. Visit great galleries, eat international cuisine in superb restaurants and experience the excellent festivals and events throughout the year. Both cities are surrounded by water and offer stunning walks around their respective harbors and coastlines.

You can’t visit New Zealand without leaving the city though; the North Island’s best features are beyond the suburbs. The east coast has endless picture-perfect beaches with pristine white sand draped by pohutukawa trees. Northland and the Coromandel are especially blessed in this regard. On the west coast, surf the world-famous breakers at Raglan or Piha or walk alone for miles on empty black-sand beaches.

The North Island is where Maori culture still thrives. Attend one of the cultural shows and enjoy a hangi feast (pork and vegetables cooked underground) when you visit the volcanic region of Rotorua. For a less staged introduction to Maori life, take a drive around the beautiful East Cape, where many Maori communities have been built.

Because it is a long, thin island, the climate ranges from the “winterless north” to the more unpredictable and damper south, with Wellington particularly famous for its rain and wind in the colder months. Summers are hot and sometimes humid, while autumn can often bring long spells of crisp, dry weather.

A good network of buses will transport you around the major sites, but to really experience the best of the North Island attractions, you should rent your own car. Beautiful beaches, pristine lakes and countless other treasures are waiting to be enjoyed.

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Where to stay in North Island

Auckland Central Business District
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Auckland Central Business District

Ports, Shopping, Dining

Explore Auckland’s inner-city hub to find historic architecture alongside contemporary designs, the revitalised Auckland Waterfront and a busy shopping precinct.

Parnell
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Parnell

Friendly People, Natural Parks, Ports

Parnell is known for its ample dining options, and you can make a stop by Auckland War Memorial Museum and Auckland Domain while in the area.

Te Aro
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Te Aro

Friendly People, Theaters, Walking

A noteworthy feature of Te Aro is its popular shops. While you're in town, be sure to stop and check out Cuba Street Mall and Courtenay Place.

Mount Eden
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Mount Eden

Walking, Friendly People, Bars

Unique features of Mount Eden include the bars and shopping. Make a stop by Mt. Eden or Eden Park while you're exploring the area.

Mount Albert
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Mount Albert

Golf, Family-Friendly, Cafes

You'll enjoy the restaurants and monuments in Mount Albert. You might want to make time for a stop at Westfield St. Luke's Shopping Centre or St Mary's Cathedral.

Oriental Bay
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Oriental Bay

If you're spending some time in Oriental Bay, Oriental Parade and Embassy Theatre are top sights worth seeing.

Top Hotels in North Island

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
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Naumi Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
153 Kirkbride Road, Mangere, Auckland
¥8,028/night
Sep 8 - Sep 9
4.3/5Excellent! (1,205 reviews)

Situated near the airport, this luxury hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of JKs Driving Range, Treasure Island Adventure Golf, and Butterfly Creek. Westfield Manukau ...

4.3/5Excellent! (1,205 reviews)

"Bright and interesting. Only stayed overnight with an early morning so did not have the full experience but would definitely stay there again."…"

Reviewed on Aug 20, 2019

Naumi Auckland Airport
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Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
4.5 out of 5
63 Westney Road, Mangere
¥8,872/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.4/5Excellent! (3,089 reviews)

This family-friendly Mangere hotel is located near the airport, within 3 mi (5 km) of Butterfly Creek, Villa Maria Estate and Crater Hill. Otuataua Stonefields ...

4.4/5Excellent! (3,089 reviews)

"Nice quite room and service for one night stay.Good food and wine selection"…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport
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SkyCity Grand Hotel
5 out of 5
90 Federal Street, Auckland
¥12,577/night
Sep 1 - Sep 2
4.6/5Wonderful! (3,139 reviews)

Located in Auckland Central Business District, this luxury hotel is steps from Sky Tower and SkyCity Casino. Auckland Ferry Terminal and University of Auckland ...

4.6/5Wonderful! (3,139 reviews)

"location, facilities, staff, food it is a great place to have a get together!"…"

Reviewed on Aug 19, 2019

SkyCity Grand Hotel

Popular things to do in North Island

Sky Tower
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Sky Tower

Enjoy fine dining in a rotating restaurant, dive off the tower on a cable-controlled jump or simply enjoy the views from New Zealand’s tallest tower.

Mt. Eden
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Mt. Eden

Take a walking trail that visits a volcano crater, a 19th-century prison and the historic buildings of this quaint village.

Te Papa
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Te Papa

See, smell and touch the exhibits at New Zealand’s hi-tech and interactive free national museum.

Auckland Zoo
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Auckland Zoo

Encounter rare and endangered species from New Zealand and across the globe, including the pygmy marmoset and the huge white rhino.

Piha Beach
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Piha Beach

Clear waters, rolling surf and black sand shores are surrounded by emerald cliffs and sub-tropical rain forest at this remote beach.

Auckland Domain
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Auckland Domain

This park was once an active volcano, and today it features exotic trees, sculptural artworks and a museum.