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Sparkling harbours and volcanic hills

The heart of the North Island, Auckland is a vibrant, multicultural city set around beautiful twin harbours studded with white sails and surrounded by spectacular volcanic hills. Explore the Auckland Domain nestled in the extinct volcano Maungawhau, catch a ferry to Waiheke Island, and discover Auckland’s cool bars and renowned restaurants.


Art Deco heritage and boutique shopping

Rebuilt after an earthquake in 1931, the city of Napier is a homage to the Art Deco era with its beautifully-preserved architecture and heritage. Located in beautiful Hawkes Bay, Napier is also home to stellar wineries, restaurants and boutique shopping. Stroll the grand streets and discover an eclectic mix of art, fashion and antiques, as well as local wines and artisan goods.


Waterfalls and natural wonders

Situated near the centre of the North Island, Taupō is a bustling lakeside resort inside the vast caldera of the Taupō Volcano. Visit the thundering magnificence of Huka Falls, discover intricate Māori rock carvings at Mine Bay on Lake Taupō or relax in naturally-heated geothermal pools at Wairakei Terraces.

Palmerston North

Vibrant arts and culture

On the banks of the beautiful Manawatū River, the dynamic city of Palmerston North is packed with arts, culture and heritage to explore against the stunning backdrop of the Tararua and Ruahine mountain ranges. Discover urban street art, contemporary galleries and the New Zealand Rugby Museum. North of the city, you’ll find the spectacular Manuwatu Gorge.

Top things to do ON THE NORTH ISLAND