North Island, New Zealand
Explore New Zealand’s exquisite North Island, with its endless coasts, pristine forests and thermal wonders, visiting cities that resound with a friendly welcome normally felt in small towns. Travel into the rustic, unspoilt coastal regions of the Coromandel and the Bay of Islands, where dazzling white beaches and historic villages are the norm. Then unearth cultural treasures as you travel into the Māori heartland of Rotorua. Experience the wonder of a meal cooked underground in a traditional Māori hangi, uncover a part of New Zealand’s war history, and even spot a kiwi bird at Rainbow Springs.
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The Bay of Islands has captivated explorers, adventurers and modern day travellers alike for hundreds of years. Once considered the ‘edge of the world’ Captain James Cook gave the bay its modern name, Bay of Islands, in 1769 when he was exploring the region. With white sandy beaches, sky blue waters and abundant marine life, the Bay of Islands is a paradise where you’ll feel like you’re sitting on the edge of the world.Read More
New Zealand’s largest city is also referred to as the ‘City of Sails’, as it reportedly has the most boats per capita in the world. It is situated on a narrow peninsula between two harbours and built around 49 volcanoes, thereby providing some spectacular harbour views. It also has the world’s highest concentration of Polynesians.Read More
Rotorua’s main attractions are the boiling mud pools, hot springs and geysers. This geological activity is due to the fact that the earth’s crust is very thin in this area, allowing pressures from deep within the earth to be released to the surface. For many years, these features were used in everyday life by not only the Maori people but also the early European settlers. Rotorua, meaning ‘the second lake’, is also of cultural significance, with one-third of the 70,000 strong population being of Maori descent.Read More
Wellington has been New Zealand’s capital since 1865, when the seat of government was moved here from Auckland. As Wellington is only 2km wide, it is explored easily by foot. Located between a beautiful harbour and rolling green hills, Wellington has excellent shopping, professional theatre and cafés and restaurants all close to untouched nature spots.Read More