Top 5 North Island Sightseeing Activities
Ready your eyes for an unrivalled extravaganza, as the North Island of New Zealand rolls out the green carpet and gives your senses the royal treatment. You will be awed, you will be thrilled, you’ll be so enraptured by sweet aromas and full-bodied wines, that home will feel like another time entirely. You’ll still be you, but relaxed, happy and stimulated. We know, we’re promising a lot, but New Zealand delivers all of the above and more – let’s tick off five things you must do during a spot of New Zealand sightseeing.
- Wine on Waiheke
You’ve arrived. North Island New Zealand. You’re ready to tease your tastebuds with the pleasures of Waiheke, beginning with the world-renowned wine tour – travellers traverse the globe for the vistas of Waiheke Island, paired with the fine produce of the local vineyards. You’ll follow a trail well-trodden – as all the best trails are – stopping at Mudbrick, Cable Bay Vineyard and Te Motu Vineyard for reds, whites and snacks. Indulgent, delectable and visually arresting, it’s hard to argue with a fine pinot gris while looking out over the Hauraki Gulf.
- Kayak Coromandel
Limber up those arms and legs, and loosen the cobwebs of day to day life with a kayak cruise around the gorgeous Coromandel Peninsula. Forget the river paddles you’ve been on before or seen on TV, you’ll be immersed in an ocean playground, complete with stunning beaches, local marine life and sea caves. Get up close and personal with sheer rock walls and ancient channels, as you’re taken for a tour that is unlike anything else you’ll ever experience.
- Hole in the Rock
Jump in the car, start your engine and drive an easy three hours north of Auckland to the small coastal town of Paihia, located in the bountiful Bay of Islands region. Between chowing down deliciously large local oysters and planning your next parasailing session, book passage on the Hole in the Rock Tour, departing from the town docks. Sit back and relax as your captains commentate their way around the islands and inlets that characterise the region, before pulling up to the famous Hole in the Rock – a rough passage that requires experienced drivers and the best conditions.
- Hop into Hobbiton
Are you Lord of the Rings fan? Yes? No? Not really fussed either way? No matter where you stand, you need to visit Hobbiton. A set-engineering masterpiece, this farmstead turned permanent mini village is packed with quirk, charm and film-making facts sure to please the movie-lover in everybody. The landscape alone is worth a visit, as lush, rolling hills host hundreds of fluffy white sheep, almost guarding what lies beyond. If you’ve nursed a strong desire to partake in a feast to end all feasts, the dusk tour may be for you, as the movie set tour runs into a considerable feed at the Green Dragon, the tavern favoured by Frodo and his loyal crew.
- Mitai Maori Village
Arriving in New Zealand, you can’t help but sense the deep connection its people have with the land around them, as Maori culture stands prominent in everything from naming, to museums and cuisine. If you do nothing else on this list, making sure you make the journey to Rotorua, and spend time at the Mitai Maori Village. The peaceful leafy setting acts as a backdrop for a range of authentic experiences, from songs and dances to communicate the customs and traditions of the local Maori people, to the sacred fairy spring and the glistening glow worms.
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