Holidays in North Island

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Top hotels in North Island

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
4.5 out of 5
76 Napier-Taupo Road, SH 5, Taupo
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$83 per night from 17 Oct. to 17 Oct.
4.4/5Excellent! (890 reviews)
"Good, clean cabin. All facilities beautifully maintained"

Reviewed on 26 Jun. 2021

Taupo DeBretts Spa Resort
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
4.5 out of 5
147 The Terrace, Wellington
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$144 per night from 22 Oct. to 22 Oct.
4.2/5Excellent! (1,078 reviews)
"Staff are very nice. There is dust on the cupboard. Toilet flush button is not working properly."

Reviewed on 28 Aug. 2021

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Rydges Wellington
Rydges Wellington
4.5 out of 5
75 Featherston St, Wellington
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is AU$183 per night from 3 Oct. to 3 Oct.
4.2/5Very Good! (1,072 reviews)
"Wonderfully comfortable bed, shower was dated and water pressure inconsistent. Slightly disappointed with room service breakfast options - a continental option with fixed price would be great"

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2021

Rydges Wellington
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Top activities in North Island

North Island

With a landscape that is rich and fertile, filled with lush forests and towering mountain peaks, the North Island is also the heart of New Zealand’s Māori culture.

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 harbour 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 metres).

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.

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