Where to go in North Island
List of regions
Dramatic volcanic landscapes and Maori culture are the key reasons to visit the North Island's central thermal region. Rotorua offers geysers and hot springs, while sacred Mount Ruapehu, trout-filled Lake Taupo and the surging Huka Falls nearby provide more essential New Zealand experiences.
Napier and Hawke's Bay are popular for their rolling pastures and fertile vineyards and you could easily spend your entire New Zealand holiday enjoying the attractions of this one region alone.
You're never far from the water in Auckland, a city that has more recreational boats per capita than any other city in the world, earning it the name the ‘City of Sails'.