New Zealand’s North Island

The more populous of New Zealand’s two islands, the North Island perfectly intertwines the culture and urban splendour of exciting, bustling cities with the famed picturesque natural landscapes recognisable for its ‘role’ in the Lord of the Rings film trilogy.

Start your New Zealand North Island holiday adventure with a visit to its largest, sprawling city of Auckland, home to the more than 30 per cent of the entire country’s population, or head to the capital Wellington, New Zealand’s cultural heartland for world-class museums and restaurants.

For the more adventurous, a trip up to the Bay of Islands offers superb sailing and fishing opportunities, while the powdery blue waters of Lake Taupo offer an unforgettably tranquil diversion. Better still, head towards the Maori-influenced Rotorua to bathe in one of its world-famous geothermal spas and marvel at its geysers.

Where to Book

  • Auckland City paddleboarding

  • Cathedral Cove, Coromandel boat trip

  • Mud scrub in Rotorua

  • Motu Trails, Eastland - New Zealand Tourism/Strike Photography for Motu Trails Charitable Trust

  • Piha Beach, Auckland

  • Rotorua Kerosene Creek

  • Taupo Bungy, North Island, New Zealand

  • Wharekaho on the Coromandel Peninsula

  • Cycling in the Redwoods Forest of Rotorua

  • Otumuheke Spa Park, New Zealand

  • Bell Rock view - Hawkes Bay Tourism

  • Kairiaki rafting

  • The Squeeze, Rotorua

  • Polynesian Spa, Rotorua

  • Rotorua Canopy Tours

  • Sailing in Auckland

Average temperature

Information below is based on average highest temperature for each month.

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  • 20℃
  • 18℃
  • 15℃
  • 14℃
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  • 22℃
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  • 10
  • 12
  • 15
  • 17
  • 18
  • 18
  • 18
  • 16
  • 17
  • 15
  • 14

Information above is based on the average number of days which experience some form of rainfall for each month.


When to Visit

Below gives you information and a rating of the best time of year to visit.













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