North Island travel ideas: Explore Auckland, the Bay of Islands and Rotorua

Researching a visit to New Zealand's fabulous North Island? Get inspired by this episode of the Tour the World travel TV series as we join Evergreen Tours on a stunning nine-day tour of the North Island. It's a journey full of majestic natural landscapes and wonderful urban experiences...

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Top things to see and do on the North Island – Tour the World TV

Looking for ideas for things to see and do on New Zealand’s North Island? In this episode of the Tour the World travel TV series, we join Evergreen Tours on a fabulous journey around New Zealand’s stunning North Island.

New Zealand’s North Island is the travel destination that really does offer something for everyone.

If you’re planning a visit to the region, this episode of Tour the World with Evergreen Tours — hosted by The Big Bus tour and travel guide’s editor Adam Ford — is packed with North Island travel ideas and inspiration, including culture, dining, history, shopping and relaxation must-sees and dos.

Whether you plan to travel with a tour group or independently, in this episode you’ll get information about Auckland, the stunning Bay of Islands, Rotorua and cosmopolitan capital Wellington.

The tour starts in Auckland with the opportunity to explore the magnificent City of Sails, before heading north towards Kauri country and the Bay of Islands — home to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds. One of the highlights here is a cruise to Cape Brett and through the famous Hole in the Rock.

Auckland travel guide

North Island travel ideas: Visit the iconic Sky Tower in Auckland.


Next we visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, which is a truly magical experience. Then it’s on to the city of Rotorua — a renowned centre for geothermal activity and the heartland of Māori culture. A morning gondola ride up the side of Mount Ngongotaha with Skyline Rotorua for a champagne buffet breakfast served with specular views is just one of the many highlights of our time here.

North Island travel ideas

North Island travel ideas. Image courtesy of Hobbiton Movie Set

We also visit the Rainbow Springs Nature Park and Kiwi Encounter to meet New Zealand’s elusive national bird, and explore the Te Puia geothermal park with its steaming vents, bubbling mud pools and spectacular geysers.

The tour finishes in wonderful Wellington — the home of the renowned Te Papa Tongarewa museum.

North Island travel ideas

North Island travel ideas: Wellington. Image: Photodune


If you have questions about any of the North Island travel ideas or experiences featured in this episode, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Do you have any North Island travel ideas to suggest? We would love to hear from you. Please leave a comment below.

Additional images: Bigstock

This episode of Tour the World was produced by Late Night Media Productions, under a co-production agreement with Peppercorn Productions, publisher of The Big Bus tour and travel guide. Copyright © Late Night Media Productions.


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