New Zealand North Island | Designer Travel

North Island, New Zealand

New Zealand North Island

Spectacular scenery and so much more

It’s easy to be passionate about New Zealand due to the warmth of the people, the breathtaking scenery and with an entire Maori culture to absorb.

Head for the North Island where you will find the cosmopolitan cities of Auckland and Wellington. Auckland, known as the ‘City of Sails’ is home to approximately a third of New Zealand’s population so it’s a busy city with a bustling waterfront. Visit the Auckland Museum, take in the views from the top of the impressive SkyTower or take the ferry to the volcanic island of Rangitoto. Wellington, the capital of New Zealand, has a vibrant cafe culture and plenty of sightseeing opportunities.

For truly awe-inspring scenery, head to Taupo and Tongariro where you will see snowy peaks, rocky craters, rolling streams and emerald-coloured lakes. This is an extremely popular area with hikers due to the challenging and supremely enjoyable Tongariro Crossing one-day trek.  If beaches are more your thing, head to the east coast where you’ll find golden sands at Coromandel and beautiful long stretches of beach at Bay of Plenty.

Hawke’s Bay is the place to be if you love fine, fresh locally produced food and top class wine. This is an area that is famed for its wines and you can take your time to work you way around some of the region’s 72 vineyards including Craggy Range and the Te Mata Estate Winery. The farmers market is bursting with artisan products, local cheeses and meets and an abundance of fresh fruit – absolutely delicious! Make sure you take time to stop in Napier which is full of Art Deco architecture which you can take in by a guided tour in a vintage car or by road train.

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Key Highlights
  • See if you can spot a dolphin or whale when you cruise round the Bay of Islands
  • The top of the Sky Tower in Auckland allows you to see panoramic views over the city
  • Take the iconic red cable car to the Botanic Gardens in Wellington
  • Wine buffs will love the Hawke’s Bay wine region
  • Visit Tongariro National Park and take the challenging Tongariro Alpine Crossing hike
  • Lord of the Rings fans will love visiting Hobbiton
  • Enjoy a spot of surfing at Waihi Beach
  • Visit the gannets at Cape Kidnappers
  • Hike or bike up Te Mata Peak and take in the majestic views over the Hertaunga Plains
  • There are lots of cycle trails on the island making this island a great choice for keen cyclists
  • Getting around is easy in the cities on public transport but car hire is best for exploring further afield and more remote areas
  • A multi-centre itinerary is one of the best ways to see New Zealand and we can plan and arrange every detail for you if you wish
  • The Farm at Cape Kidnappers is our number one choice for a romantic and relaxing break

Travel Information

Time Difference: GMT +12 hours

Currency: New Zealand Dollar

Climate Information

New Zealand has a mainly temperate climate with the North Island experiencing subtropical weather during the summer months (December to February).

The average rainfall is high in New Zealand, ranging from 600 to 1500 mm spread across the year.

Summer temperatures average 20°C.

Leisure & Activities

New Zealand is home to The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit Trilogy, with more than 150 film locations spread out on both the North and South Islands. You can actually visit the Hobbiton Movie Set where Frodo and Bilbo Bagin’s escapades began. The complex is situated about 15km from the town of Matamata.

With more than 400 golf courses, New Zealand is a fantastic destination for golf enthusiasts. There’s stunning scenery, magnificent coastline and fabulous weather for you to enjoy the perfect round. Some of the top courses are Kauri Cliffs, Cape Kidnappers and Kinloch Club.

Lake Rotorua
One of the best ways to discover Lake Rotorua is by the breathtaking excitement on board a jet boat. You can speed along the waterways, stop to visit landmarks such as Mokoia Island and Sulphur Bay and take a relaxing swim in geothermally heated hot pools.

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