New Zealand: North Island in 10 pictures

Auckland city of sails

New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland, is known as the city of sails because of the hundreds of yachts that can be spotted near the harbour.

geothermal energy rotorua

Two things make Rotorua stand out as the second most visited city in New Zealand’s North island: geothermal energy has been used here as a natural resource for hundreds of years in all sorts of ways; from cooking, to heating to bathing and everything in between.

maori culture new zealand

Rotorua is also the best place in New Zealand to learn about Maori culture, deeply embeded in this isolated country.

tongariro national park

The Tongariro Alpine crossing is the most popular trek in New Zealand. It takes about 4 days and takes you to beautiful places like the Tama lakes featured in this photo, with Tongariro volcano covered by clouds in the background.

jetboat waterfalls new zealand

New Zealand is also known as the country of the extreme: skydiving, speedboating along waterfalls or bungee jumping are just some of the activities you can enjoy here. I’m not sure I would dare to skydive…would you?

sheep new zealand

New Zealand has 13 times as many sheep (about 47 million) as it does people and produces the finest wool in the world.

surfing new zealand

Ocean sports are a common hobby for New Zealanders. Surfing, windsurfing, diving, sailing, kayaking and many more sports can be practiced in great, unspoiled areas.

wellington new zealand

Wellington is the southernmost city in New Zealand’s North Island. It’s weather is usually unpleasant, but this didn’t keep these girls from jumping into the ocean to celebrate the end of their school year.

new zealand hills

With so many mountains and natural wonders it is New Zealand has some of the best sceneries you can contemplate in this part of the world. Traveling independently is highly recommended if you want to take a break and enjoy the views at a moment’s notice.

taranaki volcano new zealand

Often missed by travelers, Mount Taranaki on the West coast is a picture perfect volcano when the weather is good. The area has isolated beaches and Egmont Natural Park where trekking is very popular.

Have you visited New Zealad’s North Island?  What did you like most?  How did you travel around? Please remember to share this post if you liked it!

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