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.


What you’ll love most about New Zealand’s North Island

  • Begin your North Island adventure in Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, known for its vibrant culture, stunning harbor views, and diverse attractions. Visit the Sky Tower for panoramic views, explore the Auckland War Memorial Museum, and enjoy the city’s thriving dining and shopping scenes
  • Head north to the picturesque Bay of Islands, renowned for its beautiful beaches, historic sites, and abundant marine life. Take a boat tour to explore the 144 islands, visit the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and enjoy water activities such as sailing, snorkelling, and dolphin watching
  • Immerse yourself in the geothermal wonders of Rotorua, a city famous for its bubbling mud pools, geysers, and hot springs. Visit Te Puia to see the Pohutu Geyser, learn about Maori culture through traditional performances and hangi feasts, and relax in the therapeutic waters of the Polynesian Spa
  • Venture into the underground wonders of the Waitomo Caves, where you can see thousands of glow-worms illuminate the cave walls. Take a guided boat tour through the Glow-worm Grotto, explore the stunning limestone formations, and try black water rafting for an adrenaline-filled adventure
  • Visit Wellington, the capital city of New Zealand, known for its vibrant arts scene, waterfront location, and cultural attractions. Explore the interactive exhibits at Te Papa Tongarewa, New Zealand’s national museum, take a scenic ride on the Wellington Cable Car, and enjoy the city’s diverse culinary offerings
  • Relive the magic of Middle-earth with a visit to the Hobbiton Movie Set, located in Matamata. Take a guided tour of the beautifully preserved film set from The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies, explore the charming hobbit holes, and enjoy a drink at the Green Dragon Inn

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  • 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

Average temperature

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

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


When to Visit

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