Where to go in New Zealand's North Island
List of regions
The North Island’s central region is shaped by millennia of volcanic activity. Summit volcanic peaks and dive down into tranquil troughs and sandy beaches as you take in a world of geothermal delights, from hot-spring beaches to hikes among still-smoking calderas.
Hawke's Bay is well-known for its rolling pastures and fertile vineyards, and you could easily spend your entire New Zealand holiday enjoying the attractions of this one region alone. Expect Art Deco treasures, historic wineries and plenty of sunshine.
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'. Head out from its bustling harbour to discover islands and wineries in the Hauraki Gulf.