Quick guide to a New Zealand vacation
New Zealand consists of two major islands, North and South, which besides the cities both feature many exciting attractions. However, here we look at some of the off-the-beaten-path locations in North Island and the best way to see them. One of the most convenient and exciting ways to tour the country is to rent a campervan, hit the road and stop wherever you please.The area from the bustling capital city of Wellington up to Auckland in the country’s tropical north is known as Northland. Meanwhile, locals dub this area the “Winterless North” due to the wonderful temperatures enjoyed there. Here are white and golden beaches, overlooking warm seas, and surrounded by flourishing vineyards and fruit plantations.
One nation, two islands and two oceansEven more exciting is that Northland stands between the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. Due to this, travelers can visit the spot where these two mighty oceans meet in Cape Reinga, a beautiful place accessible to visitors on the sands of the Ninety Mile beach.
Meanwhile, the east coast of Northland hosts more striking headlands where a series of peaceful coves are ideal for a quiet day on the beach. However, this is not so on the west coast, with its strong Tasman breakers crashing onto the beaches, making it dangerous to swim.
Coromandel Peninsula, New ZealandFor those seeking a city experience, New Zealand’s northernmost city is Coromandel, a beautiful town nestling under the craggy mountains at Coromandel Harbor. However, while the town is exciting to visit, travelers should explore the gorgeous Bay of Plenty which lies from the Coromandel Peninsula through to the East Cape.
For those who love kiwi fruit, this area of New Zealand is where they are grown and which led to the locals getting their famous nickname. Meanwhile, this area features warm summers and mild winters, making it a year-round attraction for visitors.
Tauranga, North Island, New ZealandAnother worthy visit is the city of Tauranga and nearby Mount Maunganui, famous for its great restaurant scene and lively nightlife. The city is popular not only with international travelers but also with locals who head there in the summer.
At Tauranga, visitors can enjoy boat trips off the coast, including a chance to swim with the dolphins. Heading inland are some pretty picnic spots featuring swimming holes, like McLaren Falls, perfect for a day out in the country.In the same area, Whakatane is a great place to be, where day trips can be taken to the volcanic White Island. Moreover, birders will enjoy the bird reserve on nearby Whale Island.
These are only a few choice locations to visit on North Island in New Zealand. Learn more about this unique and fascinating country on its official tourism website. Also, keep an eye out for upcoming city guides for North Island in New Zealand.