Active volcanoes, island sanctuaries and history top the list when visiting New Zealand's North Island. From the far north where New Zealand's political history began, journey through landscapes that blend magnificent beaches, sprawling farmlands and geothermal wonders. Maori culture is rich and ever-present in many parts of the North Island.
1. Trek around edges of old lava flows and see green crater lakes on the Tongariro Crossing , a popular day hike over spectacular volcanic landscapes.
2. Body board down the massive Te Paki Sand Dunes by 90 Mile Beach in Northland at thrilling speeds.
3. Dig your own spa pool in the sand at the Coromandel’s Hot Water Beach , where naturally heated mineral water bubbles up from deep within the earth to emerge through the sand.
4. Go Black Water Rafting in Waitomo, home to a labyrinth of subterranean caves, underwater rivers, and millions of glow worms.
5. Swim with dolphins in the Bay of Islands, among 144 spectacular islands with pristine beaches and sparkling secluded bays.