North Island Vacations

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North Island Hotel Deals

ibis budget Auckland Airport
ibis budget Auckland Airport
3 out of 5
2 Leonard Isitt Drive, Auckland, 2150
The price is $75 per night from Jun 20 to Jun 21
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,099 reviews)
"Walking distance to supermarket, shops, and eatery."

Reviewed on May 12, 2022

ibis budget Auckland Airport
SkyCity Hotel
SkyCity Hotel
4.5 out of 5
Corner Victoria and Federal Streets, Auckland, 1010
Fully refundable
The price is $127 per night from Jun 13 to Jun 14
4.4/5 Wonderful! (1,092 reviews)

Reviewed on May 16, 2022

SkyCity Hotel
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
4.5 out of 5
147 The Terrace, Wellington, 6011
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is $83 per night from Jun 6 to Jun 7
4.2/5 Excellent! (972 reviews)
"Clean room, easy access and fast service."

Reviewed on May 15, 2022

James Cook Hotel Grand Chancellor
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

North Island

With a landscape that is rich and fertile, filled with lush forests and towering mountain peaks, the North Island is also the heart of New Zealand’s Māori culture.

The North Island is home to lively cosmopolitan cities, including the country’s capital, as well as gorgeous beaches. Discover the active geothermal wonderland at its heart, which is quite unlike anything you will have seen before.

Nowhere reflects New Zealand’s fascinating mix of European and Māori cultures more than the North Island. Māori people first arrived on the island around 1,000 years ago, before it was discovered by the Dutchman Abel Tasman and then claimed by the British Empire. This past has resulted in a fascinating combination of Māori historic sites and colonial-era architecture.

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a more in-depth glimpse at Māori culture and traditions. Enjoy traditional performances and dine on a hāngi meal, cooked in an earth oven.

Go dolphin spotting in the Bay of Islands, home to a large population of friendly dolphins. Take a coach tour along Ninety-Mile Beach, a stretch of sand that is officially classed as a highway.

Wander around multicultural Auckland, known to many as the “City of Sails” due to its vast harbor filled with boats. Head up to the viewing platform at the top of the Sky Tower, which looms over the city skyline at a height of 1,076 feet (328 meters).

Experience the geothermal activity of the city of Rotorua. In the surrounding volcanic area, the Pohutu Geyser erupts daily and the mud baths of Hells Gate bubble.

Drive through the landscapes that featured as backdrops in TheLord of the Rings movies and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. Take a boat tour into the glowworm caves of Waitomo, or stroll around the landscaped Hamilton Gardens.

Marvel at the exhibits of the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington. Walk around the waterfront area and immerse yourself in the city’s thriving coffee shop culture.

Most flights to the North Island arrive into Auckland International Airport. Ride the extensive public bus system, which connects all major towns and cities. Visit during spring for fewer crowds, temperate weather and long, light evenings.

The North Island is an invigorating combination of cities, beaches, volcanoes and history.

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