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Video guide: North Island travel ideas, New Zealand

Researching a visit to New Zealand? Get inspired by this episode of the Tour the World travel TV series as we join Evergreen Tours on a nine-day tour of the North Island. Highlights include bustling metropolis Auckland, the shimmering Bay of Islands, geo-thermal wonderland Rotorua, and a stop in magical Middle-earth at the Hobbiton Movie Set...

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 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.

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North Island travel ideas: Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Image: Bigstock

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.

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North Island travel ideas. Image courtesy of Hobbiton Movie Set

Heading back down the island, we drop by the fabulous 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!

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North Island travel ideas: Wellington. Image: Photodune

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

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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