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North Island

With a landscape that is rich and fertile, filled with lush forests and towering mountain peaks, the North Island is also the heart of New Zealand’s Māori culture.

The North Island is home to lively cosmopolitan cities, including the country’s capital, as well as gorgeous beaches. Discover the active geothermal wonderland at its heart, which is quite unlike anything you will have seen before.

Nowhere reflects New Zealand’s fascinating mix of European and Māori cultures more than the North Island. Māori people first arrived on the island around 1,000 years ago, before it was discovered by the Dutchman Abel Tasman and then claimed by the British Empire. This past has resulted in a fascinating combination of Māori historic sites and colonial-era architecture. 

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds for a more in-depth glimpse at Māori culture and traditions. Enjoy traditional performances and dine on a hāngi meal, cooked in an earth oven.

Go dolphin spotting in the Bay of Islands, home to a large population of friendly dolphins. Take a coach tour along Ninety-Mile Beach, a stretch of sand that is officially classed as a highway.

Wander around multicultural Auckland, known to many as the “City of Sails” due to its vast harbor filled with boats. Head up to the viewing platform at the top of the Sky Tower, which looms over the city skyline at a height of 1,076 feet (328 meters).

Experience the geothermal activity of the city of Rotorua. In the surrounding volcanic area, the Pohutu Geyser erupts daily and the mud baths of Hells Gate bubble.

Drive through the landscapes that featured as backdrops in The Lord of the Rings movies and visit the Hobbiton Movie Set in Matamata. Take a boat tour into the glowworm caves of Waitomo, or stroll around the landscaped Hamilton Gardens.

Marvel at the exhibits of the Te Papa Tongarewa Museum in Wellington. Walk around the waterfront area and immerse yourself in the city’s thriving coffee shop culture.

Most flights to the North Island arrive into Auckland International Airport. Ride the extensive public bus system, which connects all major towns and cities. Visit during spring for fewer crowds, temperate weather and long, light evenings.

The North Island is an invigorating combination of cities, beaches, volcanoes and history.


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Grand Millennium Auckland £98
Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019
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Grand Millennium Auckland

Grand Millennium Auckland

71 Mayoral Drive, Auckland
     
    4.4 of 5
    4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

    absolutely a great place to stay and enjoy to the fullest. Service, food, and everything was great.

    Rydges Wellington Airport £70
    Reviewed on 19 Oct 2019
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    Rydges Wellington Airport

    Rydges Wellington Airport

    28 Stewart Duff Drive, Rongotai, Wellington
       
      4.5 of 5
      4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      It was new, so very clean and modern. Handy for early morning flight out and I'm sure for transit passengers it's great. It is an suitor hotel though so it is next to the airport and not much else around without getting transport to take you into town or Lyall Bay

      Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport £85
      Reviewed on 17 Oct 2019
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      Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport

      Jet Park Hotel Auckland Airport

      63 Westney Road, Mangere
         
        4.4 of 5
        4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        the free shuttle and car storage is great. the dinning are is being upgraded so a little disorganised.

        Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group £108
        Reviewed on 15 Oct 2019
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        Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

        Cordis, Auckland by Langham Hospitality Group

        83 Symonds Street, Box 2771, Auckland
           
          4.6 of 5
          5.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Always perfect. Service is great. Doorman is great, food is great , bed is great

          Auckland Harbour Suites £84
          Reviewed on 14 Oct 2019
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          Auckland Harbour Suites

          Auckland Harbour Suites

          16 Gore Street, Auckland
             
            3.7 of 5
            4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

            Great location. Close to harbour and lots of restaurants. Clean room and good service.

            Novotel Auckland Airport £143
            Reviewed on 13 Oct 2019
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            Novotel Auckland Airport

            Novotel Auckland Airport

            Ray Emery Drive, Mangere
               
              4.6 of 5
              4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              The convenience of this hotels location to the airport, after a late flight into Auckland. Exit the airport and cross the road. Very clean, comfortable and modern room.

              Heritage Auckland £104
              Reviewed on 6 Oct 2019
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              Heritage Auckland

              Heritage Auckland

              35 Hobson Street, Auckland
                 
                4.4 of 5
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                A very comfortable stay, the staff were very nice and the facilities were excellent.

                Sudima Auckland Airport £82
                Reviewed on 12 Oct 2019
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                Sudima Auckland Airport

                Sudima Auckland Airport

                18 Airpark Drive, Mangere
                   
                  4.4 of 5
                  4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Loved everything about our stay here, staff, rooms, meals, would not hesitate to recommend to others

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