21 Photos to Inspire you to Visit New Zealand’s North Island
Rewind back to 2011 and our road trip around the North Island for two weeks; exploring the stunning countryside, hiking the Tongariro Alpine crossing, being a hobbit for the day at Hobbiton, the rolling hills of Waikato and taking in the sights in the cool hip cities of Auckland and Wellington – memories I will never forget. These are just a few of the things to do on New Zealand’s North Island. To this day, Ian and I talk about New Zealand and the fun adventures we had there to our friends and how we will one day go back.
During our two weeks there, we noticed a contrast with the North and South Island. We absolutely loved exploring the South Island earlier, but we also loved what the North Island had to offer. Being huge fans of the film ‘Lord of the Rings’, we couldn’t resist visiting the locations where the film was set. Who would have thought at the time we were there, that Hobbiton was being prepared to film ‘The Hobbit’.
Here are a few things why we love the North Island:
- Rich in Maori culture
- Hike the Tongariro Alpine Crossing
- Black Water Rafting at Waitamo Caves
- Admire the giant Kauri trees at Tane Mahuta
- Chase waterfalls at Haruru Falls, Huka Falls and Bridal Veil Falls
- Explore various film locations
- Visit windy Wellington
- See the two oceans collide at Cape Reinga
We didn’t have time to do everything we hoped to do, so I’m afraid we’ll have to make a return trip to see the sights we missed 😉
Here are a few photos to hopefully inspire you to visit the North Island of New Zealand.
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