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In New Zealand, there are two major islands, and the North Island is second largest amongst the two. The size of the North Island is 113,729 sq. Km and it is the land of volcanic eruptions, cosmopolitan cities, and national parks. The county's largest city, i.e., Auckland is in the northern part of the North Island and about three-quarters of the population of New Zealand lives here. Starting from here to other tourist attractions in New Zealand North Island, there is more to the eyes than you can think of. In this post, we shall take you for a short trip to unique places.
Main tourist attractions in New Zealand north island: Bay Of Islands
Bay of Islands is towards the north of Auckland, and it takes just a few hours drive to reach this beautiful paradise of islands. Bay of Islands, the popular tourist destinations in New Zealand is one of the most visited locations in New Zealand. There are over 144 islands that look like dots and create a beautiful view, especially for people who love yachting and sailing. The fertile and clear water bodies present here are home to the dolphins, penguins, marlins, and whales.
Fishing is a sport here, and people from everywhere come here to participate and enjoy the feeling. People visiting the Bay of Islands can explore their interests in kayaking and take a hike to the small islands through the short trails.
Other beautiful places that one must not miss here are tour Cape Brett, Hole in the Rock, the sub-tropical forests the home of Kauri trees. There are many charming towns in the Bay of Islands like Opua, Paihia, Russell, and Kerikeri. The people who are interested in exploring places must visit this New Zealand North Island's attractions.
Lake Taupo and Tongariro National Park
The glittering Lake Taupo and few km from here, the Tongariro National Park together create a beautiful site. The Tongariro National Park is one of the most visited tourist attractions in New Zealand North Island. Here you will get a unique view of the volcanic landscape and what significance it has with the traditional Maori culture. To preserve the sacredness of the volcanoes, in 1887 the Maori chief presented the peaks of volcanic Ngauruhoe, Tongariro, Ruapehu area, and Ngauruhoe to New Zealand and its people.
The Tongariro National Park is among the world’s oldest parks. The beauty is of this place is one of its kind, and the volcanic towers, lakes with very clear water and turquoise color, hot springs, arid plateaus and alpine meadows create a dramatic scenery. The Alpine Tongariro Crossing is the most famous spot in this area, and it is also most popular track walks in New Zealand.
The world's active geothermal area lies in the Rotorua. Here you will see boiling pools of mud, volcanic craters, thermal steaming springs, and hissing geysers. The earth speaks here because of these different phenomena. If you come to visit this place you can do things like taking a tour through the geothermal wonders present here.
Another tourist attraction in New Zealand North Island is to relax you can even soak yourselves in the springs which are full of healthy minerals. You can also learn more about the diverse and rich culture of the Maori people.
If you are an adventure lover, you can please yourself with various activities like luging, trekking, mountain biking, and skydiving. The Knox Geyser and Champagne pool are a must visit tourist attractions in New Zealand North Island. You can also enjoy trout fishing in Rotorua.
Napier in Hawke's Bay
Napier lies in the sunny area of Hawke Bay and is very popular for serving amazing gourmet food and the famous architecture of Art Deco. The town was destroyed in an earthquake in 1931 but was again built in the Art Deco and Spanish Mission style. The next in line is Miami beach which is also another place famous for its Art Deco architecture. You can take a self-guided tour of all these buildings.
Some of the buildings still have Maori motifs embellished inside. A famous statue named Pania Reef which is taken from the Maori Mythology is on the Marine Parade. If you are a foodie, then this places is your haven. The Gourmet restaurants have the specialty of using only the fresh produce grown in the region itself. The town itself hosts a market for the farmers, and it is also very popular. The other nearby attractions here in Napier are at Cape Kidnapper’s gannet colony and various other short hikes.
If you love adventure and want to visit a unique terrain, don’t miss out on these tourist attractions in New Zealand North Island to give yourself the experience of lifelong. There’s plenty to explore, visit and just relax and if you are looking for some peace time with your folks get you bags up north to Te Koha Lodge, for the luxury private stay next to the ocean.
by Wayne Charles Olsen, Manager & Chef @tekohalodge.com