Get ready for a winter holiday full of amazing experiences in New Zealand's Central North Island. With so much to see along the way - there’s something special around every corner.

North Island winter holiday highlights

Ruapehu
Knoll Ridge Cafe, Ruapehu

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Rotorua
Pohutu Geyser in Te Puia, Rotorua

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Ruapehu
Taranaki Falls Track, Ruapehu

By Visit Ruapehu

Lake Taupo
Sailing on the lake, Lake Taupo

By Destination Great Lake Taupo

Rotorua
Hell's Gate, Rotorua

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Lake Taupo
Huka Falls Trails, Lake Taupo

By TNZ

Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Ruapehu - a winter playground like no other.

Highlights

  • Ski, ride and play in the snow
  • Buzzing après scene
  • Happy Valley Snow Farm for learners

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Rotorua

Rotorua

A geothermal wonderland and Maori culture await in Rotorua 

Highlights

  • Pohutu Geyser
  • Maori culture
  • Soak in thermally heated waters

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Ruapehu

Ruapehu

Discover our natural heritage in our national parks.

Highlights

  • Tongariro National Park
  • Taranaki Falls
  • Pristine rainforest

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Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo

Unlimited fun on and around the lake in Taupo.

Highlights

  • Mine Bay Maori Rock Carvings
  • Listen to tales of the land & its people
  • Beautiful sailing on the lake

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Rotorua

Rotorua

Relax & unqind in Rotorua's spas.

Highlights

  • Bathe in a bubbling mud pool
  • Journey through Redwood forest
  • Visit Mitai Maori Village

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Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo

Glide by rivers like these in Taupo

Highlights

  • Cycle by the Waikato River
  • Visit the thundering Huka Falls
  • Experience thrilling adrenalin sports

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