Why You Shouldn’t Ignore The North Island When Traveling New Zealand
This coastal city has a unique charm to it that I haven’t experienced in most cities. It’s lined with sailboats and yachts which is why its coined “the harbour city”. It has two large harbours from which you can explore nearby islands by boat. Head west of the city and experience “take your breath away” beaches. Auckland is also surrounded by multiple wine regions that are just a short 30-minute car drive away. Auckland has the feel of a quaint coastal town spread out through a large city.
Rotorua is a must-go destination for many reasons. To start, it is home to New Zealand hot pools and geothermal mud baths. Rotorua is a centre for M?ori culture which influences these mud baths. Experience traditional M?ori healing rituals and massages. After enjoying these parts of the M?ori culture, explore their other traditions at one of their villages. You can view the performances of their traditional war dance the Hakka. Have dinner cooked traditionally from the steam of the hot springs. Rotorua is rich in Kiwi culture, here you can relax and appreciate a different way of life from what you’re used to.
The North Island isn’t short of adrenaline-pumping activities. Skydive over Lake Taupo overlooking snow-capped volcanos. You can also Bungee jump or go white water rafting if that’s more your style. Experience zorbing in Rotura where you roll down a large hill in a giant inflatable ball!
Calling all Lord of the Rings fans! Explore the movie set of Hobbiton on a guided tour. Explore twelve acres of hobbit holes and permanent movie set. Make sure to research special events that could be going on during your visit!