Nine things you MUST DO on the North Island

New Zealand’s North Island is brimming with fabulous eating, stunning scenery and friendly locals keen to say ‘Hi’

If you’re keen to fit the most amount of travel into the least amount of time, take a motorhome or campervan – these are one of the most popular ways to travel around New Zealand. The main reason is their convenience – you only have to unpack your things once! Companies such as Apollo Motorhome Holidays regularly offer great deals to ensure that this is also one of the most cost effective ways to travel. They also hire out mountain bikes – a perfect way to explore the smaller towns and regions you’ll visit on your journey.

Before you leave the capital city don’t miss #1 - Auckland Art Gallery – Toi o Tamaki. Housing the largest permanent collection of New Zealand art, it’s a visual feast of culture, history and the most modern art of today.

Walk in the footsteps of Mauri ancestors at Waipoua forest. #2 Footprints Waipoua runs guided tours through the home of some of the world’s largest remaining Kauri trees. Gain insight into the spiritual and ecological connections of these amazing natural wonders.

#3 Dive into the ocean off the shores of Whangarei where ocean tours are popular along with surfing, wakeboarding and charter fishing

See the world in one day and in one place at #4 Hamilton Gardens, then slather yourself with mineral rich mud at #5 Rotorua.

Celebrate the good life in #6 Hawkes Bay, home to some of the world’s finest wineries, and easily explored by bike.
Hike the #7 Tongariro Crossing – known as one of the best in the world, offering fantastic views across the North Island, dotted with amazing turquoise crater lakes.

Make it to #8 Wellington and take in one of the hundreds of art and culture, food and wine events which the city celebrates each year, before experiencing  #9 – a ferry crossing to the South Island, where more amazing experiences await!

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