New Zealand's North Island is home to active volcanoes, stunning national parks, top-tier museums and the country's two largest cities - Auckland and Wellington. If you're planning a trip to New Zealand, you can't miss out on this famous region. There's always something to do.
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New Zealand is famous for its scenic tramps, and the heart of the North Island is an excellent area to stretch your legs. Discover volcanic peaks and craters while doing the guided hiking experience on Mount Tarawera, or get soaring views on the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. The shuttle bus takes you to the start of the trail in a breeze!
The North Island is also famous for its enchanting caves. The Ruakuri Cave Tour and the Waitomo Glowworm Caves tour display the best of the island’s underground world. In both cases, you’ll be stunned by the light show of the mysterious glowworms.
Whether you’re a hardcore fan of the Lord of the Rings movies or you simply want a typical Kiwi experience, a Hobbiton Movie Set Tour from Auckland is hard to beat. Walkthrough the rolling hills of the Shire, and have a drink in the Green Dragon Inn where Frodo and his friends made a toast regularly!
In terms of variety in activities and hair-raising experiences, the North Island can absolutely compete with the South Island!