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North Island

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The Fish of Māui
Home to both New Zealand's capital city and its most populous one, North Island remains the more urbane and modern of the country's two main islands. With a wealth of museums and places of historical importance, the island tells the story of New Zealand's inhabitants, from the native Maoris and European settlers to the cosmopolitan and inclusive population of the modern era. Away from the industrial and cultural centers, a tour of North Island can take you through the impressive and world-renowned landscape of deep gorges, rolling rivers, enormous lakes, and areas of volcanic activity--home to an amazing biodiversity of terrestrial and marine animal and plant life. Active vacationers on North Island may appreciate the extreme sports, and don't miss a chance to relax in its hot water springs. Plan your visit to North Island and other destinations in New Zealand using our New Zealand trip itinerary website.
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Places to visit in North Island

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Historic Site
Waitangi Treaty Grounds Paihia
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
Tongariro Alpine Crossing ©
Hiking Trail
Tongariro Alpine Crossing Tongariro National Park
4.8
Duration: 8 hours
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Adrenaline / Extreme Tour
Adrenaline & Extreme Tours Taupo
4.9
Duration: 3 hours
Huka Falls Walkway
Waterfall
Huka Falls Walkway Taupo
4.7
Duration: 1h 30 min

Kid-friendly things to do in North Island

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SkyTower ©
Observation Deck
SkyTower Auckland
4.4
Duration: 1h 30 min
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa
Specialty Museum
Museum of New Zealand Te Papa Tongarewa Wellington
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Action World
Theme Park
Action World Paihia
3.8
Duration: 2 hours
Huka Prawn Park ©
Theme Park
Huka Prawn Park Taupo
3.4
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in North Island

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Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland ©
Hot Spring
Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland Rotorua
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Waitomo Glowworm Caves ©
Cave
Waitomo Glowworm Caves Waitomo Caves
4.1
Duration: 30 minutes
Te Puia ©
Hot Spring
Te Puia Rotorua
4.4
Duration: 2h 30 min
Te Mata Peak ©
Mountain
Te Mata Peak Hastings
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in North Island

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Boat Tour
Boat Tours & Water Sports Whitianga
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Pukekura Park ©
Zoo
Pukekura Park New Plymouth
4.9
Duration: 2 hours
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Dolphin / Whale Watching
Dolphin & Whale Watching Paihia
4.2
Duration: 8 hours
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Scuba / Snorkeling
Scuba & Snorkeling Paihia
4.9
Duration: 2 hours

Wildlife in North Island

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Phantom Sailing ©
Scuba / Snorkeling
Phantom Sailing Russell
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
She's a Lady Sailing Adventures ©
Scuba / Snorkeling
She's a Lady Sailing Adventures Bay of Islands
5.0
Duration: 4 hours
Paihia Harbour ©
Wildlife Area
Paihia Harbour Paihia
4.6
Duration: 2 hours
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Swim with Dolphins
Swim with Dolphins Paihia
4.3
Duration: 4 hours

Trails in North Island

Horsemtrails ©
Hiking Trail
Horsemtrails Tongariro National Park
5.0
Duration: 8 hours
Tongariro Northern Circuit ©
Hiking Trail
Tongariro Northern Circuit Tongariro National Park
4.9
Duration: 4 hours
Rotopounamu Track ©
Hiking Trail
Rotopounamu Track Tongariro National Park
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Silica Rapids Track ©
Hiking Trail
Silica Rapids Track Whakapapa
4.6
Duration: 2h 30 min
The Range ©
Fun & Games
The Range Kerikeri
4.5
Duration: 3 hours
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe ©
Landmark
Fancy Meow Cat Cafe Rotorua
4.6
Duration: 30 minutes
Taupo Wake Park ©
Waterskiing / Jetskiiing
Taupo Wake Park Taupo
5.0
Duration: 2h 30 min
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours ©
Bike Tour
Happy Ewe Cycle Tours Rotorua
5.0
Duration: 3 hours

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