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...
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 regular contributor Jade Harrison — 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 visiting 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 to the Bay of Islands — home to the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
One of the highlights of our stay here is a cruise to Cape Brett and through the famous Hole in the Rock. We also journey further north to Cape Reinga to see where the Tasman Sea officially meets the mighty Pacific Ocean.
Heading back down the island, we drop by the magical Hobbiton Movie Set, before making our way to Rotorua — a renowned centre for geothermal activity and the heartland of Māori culture.
A gondola ride up the side of Mount Ngongotaha with Skyline Rotorua is one of the region’s top attractions. We also visit the Rainbow Springs Nature Park to meet New Zealand’s elusive national bird, and explore the Te Puia geothermal park — complete with bubbling mud pools, steaming vents and spectacular geysers!
The tour finishes in wonderful Wellington, where we take in the collection of contemporary Māori art at the Te Papa Tongarewa museum.
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.
Cover image: Auckland. Image courtesy of Tourism New Zealand. Image: Chris-McLennan. Additional images: Bigstock