North Island

Things to Do & Attractions in North Island

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Mount Victoria Lookout

4 star rating: Recommended 1 Review

One of the best places to get your bearings in the city of Wellington is from the Mount Victoria Lookout. The panoramic views stretch from the harbor islands ...  Read more

Aratiatia Rapids

Just 13km outside of Taupo, the Aratiatia Dam offers one of Taupo’s most visited free attractions and makes a popular day trip combined with a visit to the ...  Read more

Craters of the Moon

An otherworldly landscape of bubbling mud pools and steam-puffing vents, Taupo’s Craters of the Moon park offers a dramatic introduction to the region’s ...  Read more


Ohinemutu was the first settlement in the region established by the Ngati Whakaue people. Originally used as an entry hub for visitors and food headed to the ...  Read more

Wairakei Terraces

One of New Zealand’s most famous geothermal attractions, the dramatic Wairakei Terraces have become an iconic postcard image – a magnificent expanse of silica ...  Read more

Tongariro National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 22 Reviews

Made a UNESCO World Heritage site in 1993, Tongariro earned its status for a combination of both cultural and natural features. The oldest national park in New ...  Read more

Hawke's Bay

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

There’s no doubting that New Zealand is one of the world’s most desirable destinations. After all, this is the land of Middle Earth—where the landscape is ...  Read more

Lady Knox Geyser

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 63 Reviews

Named for Lady Constance Knox, a daughter of the 15th governor of New Zealand, Lady Knox Geyser is located in the North Island's Taupo Volcanic Zone. While ...  Read more

Tiritiri Matangi Island

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 57 Reviews

Tiritiri Matangi Island is an open wildlife sanctuary devoted to the protection of local endangered species. The island is tightly controlled to keep out ...  Read more

Kaituna River

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 28 Reviews

Every paddler and whitewater enthusiast has heard of the Kaituna River. Though the river itself is relatively short at 28 miles in length, the site is home to ...  Read more

Bay of Islands Cruise Port

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 11 Reviews

The Bay of Islands is a corner of the world that was meant to be explored by boat. This was the first part of the North Island to be settled by Europeans, and ...  Read more

Waimangu Volcanic Valley

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 7 Reviews

When the North Island of New Zealand’s Mt Tarawera erupted in 1886, it forever changed the Rotorua landscape into a valley of steaming wonder. This is a ...  Read more

Te Puia

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 6 Reviews

When you first catch a glimpse of Pohutu Geyser thundering up from the Earth and crane your neck skywards at a column of water that’s nearly 100 feet high, you ...  Read more

Maori Arts and Crafts Institute (Te Puia)

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Te Puia, the Maori Arts and Crafts Institute was established by the New Zealand Parliament to guard and preserve Maori culture, housing the national schools ...  Read more

Mitai Maori Village

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Travelers don’t need to venture all the way to the bush for a taste of traditional New Zealand life thanks to the conveniently located Mitai Maori Village. ...  Read more

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