North Island

The City Of Many Lovers sits on New Zealand’s North Island and is home such icons as Sky Tower, Mission Bay Beach and Auckland Domain.

According to Auckland's Maori name, this is the city of many lovers. And it more than earns this name, as there are just so many things to see, do, eat, and adore. Fall in love with Auckland’s rugged surf beaches, dense rainforest, magical thermal springs and wineries.

New Zealand North Island

Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands could be New Zealand’s best-kept secret. Located just a three-hour drive away or a 35-minute flight from Auckland, this destination is made up of over 140 islands with untouched beaches, Maori history, great food and plenty of things enjoy, such as enjoy a meal at 35° South, Paihia, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, go swimming with dolphins, Paihia and relax at Sullivan’s Beach, Paihia.

Wineries

The Auckland region is home to some of New Zealand’s oldest established vineyards. Their savvy cellar doors and distinguished restaurants are easily accessible from the city centre. But an innovative new batch of luxury offerings lifts the country’s wine experiences to a new level. The top five wineries that need to be added to your itinerary include Te Whau, Brick Bay Wines, Mudbrick Vineyard & Restaurant, Villa Maria and West Brook Winery.

Hikes

Auckland is best explored with a pair of hiking boots. Ranging in difficulty and distance, various hikes all have one main thing in common: outstanding views. At a range of distances and lengths, the trails are worth your while include Hunua Falls Track (time: 3-4 hours), Coast to Coast walk (time: 5-7 hours), Rangitoto Summit (time: 1 hour), North Shore Coastal Walk (time: 7 hours) and Tamaki Drive (2.5 hours.)

Romance

With scenery, scenery, and more spectacular scenery, Auckland immediately sets the mood for a romantic getaway. Hop aboard a private flight across Auckland, a romantic picnic with amazing views or get lost in love on a hike in the wilderness.

About North Island

  • Fast Facts

    Fast Facts

    Language

    English

    Maori

    Currency
    New Zealand dollar (NZD)
    Visa Requirements

    CIBTvisas

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  • Must Do's

    Must Do's

    • Sky Tower
    • Auckland War Memorial Museum
    • Auckland Harbour Bridge
    • Rainbow’s End
    • Waiheke Island
    • Auckland Botanic Gardens
    • New Zealand Maritime Museum
    • Auckland Domain
    • One Tree Hill (volcanic cone)
    • Goat Island Marine Reserve
    • Auckland Museum
    • Mt Eden
    • Rotoroa
  • Family Friendly Activities

    Family Friendly Activities

    • Kelly Tarlton’s Sea Life Aquarium
    • Auckland Zoo
    • Crystal Mountain
    • Wynyard Quarter
  • Key Festivals and Events

    Key Festivals and Events

    • The Big day Out (January)
    • Auckland Anniversary Day Regatta (January)
    • Hero Festival (February)
    • Auckland Wine and Food Festival (February)
    • Lantern Festival (March)
    • Pasifika Festival (March)
    • Auckland International Boat Show (May)
    • Auckland Home Show (September)
    • Ellerslie Flower Show (TBA)
    • Christmas in the park (December)
  • Off the Tourist Trail

    Off the Tourist Trail

    • Bay of Islands
    • Muriwai Beach
    • Waitakere Ranges