North Island Travel Tips
A full exploration of the North Island's volcanic, river-swept landscape doesn't always occur to visitors, but a circumnavigation of this ragged island's secluded beaches and secret forests won't disappoint.
Depart Auckland for a snorkel off Goat Island Beach. Continue on to the iconic Bay of Islands to peruse the historic confines of Russell and to see where a landmark treaty was signed at Waitangi. After sprawling on the gorgeous sands of Matai Bay, swing north to the desolate dunes of Ninety Mile Beach.
Eight lanes wide and 3,300 feet long, the Auckland Harbour Bridge is one of the most iconic symbols of the city’s skyline. Whether viewing it while sailing on Waitemata Harbour, peering up at it ...
Written by Kyle, USA, January 2013
Similar in scope to the Whitianga Scallop Festival ,
the Auckland Seafood Festival was started in 2006 as means of
celebrating the abundant seafood culture so prevalent in this South
Written by Emma, Australia, January 2012
The Britomart heritage area in downtown Auckland has had fresh life breathed into it in recent years and now features some of Auckland’s coolest retail outlets, cafes and urban spaces. Editor’s ...
Set at the end of a 5-mile long peninsula, Cape Kidnappers is arguably one of the most scenic points found along the North Island’s rugged east coast. Despite being only 12 miles from the city of ...
Written by Emma, Australia, May 2012
Almost every city in the world has a creative quarter and, in Auckland , that title goes to the suburb of Parnell .
It is here that you will find Auckland’s biggest collection of
Written by Kyle, USA, November 2012
Cities, by their very nature, have a reputation for being expensive. Considering that Auckland is the largest city in New Zealand you might expect it requires a small fortune to enjoy yourself in ...
Written by Kyle, USA, March 2013
With a population that has swollen to well over a million residents, the city of Auckland is easily the largest metropolitan center in all of New Zealand. To most New Zealand travelers, Auckland ...
Written by Kyle, USA, June 2012
In a city with approximately 135,000 boats it’s an understatement to say that Auckland
is a great place to get out on the water. Known to the world as the
“City of Sails,” Auckland’s yachting ...
Written by Kyle, USA, October 2012
You have never seen grown adults dig in the sand with such vigor and excitement as at the natural hot springs on New Zealand ’s
Hot Water Beach. Set on the eastern coast of the Coromandel ...
Written by Emma, Australia, February 2012
It’s worth timing your trip to New Zealand’s capital to coincide with the NZ International Arts Festival.Taking place in Wellington from February 24 to March 18, 2012, the festival attracts ...
Written by Kyle, USA, December 2012
Since the holiday takes place during the middle of summer, many of the New Year’s Eve events in Auckland draw revelers outdoors to celebrate the festivities. One of the most popular tour options ...
Written by Kyle, USA, August 2012
Anyone traveling to New Zealand
must understand that rugby holds a nearly religious importance in the
hearts and the minds of the Kiwi people. The first official match took
place in the town of ...
Ask an Auckland old timer about Karangahape Road and they’ll tell you it’s the city’s red light district. Sure, there are still some adult rated shops and some seedy characters that linger around ...
Written by Tighthead Prop, Australia, November 2011
Okay, have to give some BIG wraps here to a fantastic restaurant that I dined at recently in Auckland. Took my wife to Merediths in the suburb of Mt. Eden, and had what would have to be one of the ...
Written by Emma, Australia, October 2011
New Zealand ’s fashion capital caters to shoppers of every budget. The key is knowing where to look! Here’s our quick guide to shopping in Auckland . Editor’s Note: This recommendation was taken ...
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