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North Island Must-Sees

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North Island Must-Sees

Hi!

My family went on a road trip to NZ South Island last year and we loved it! We are looking to visit again next year in April , this time the North Island.

Any recommendations on the must-sees, must-visits, must-dos???

Is NI very different from SI?

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1. Re: North Island Must-Sees

Thermal activity and Maori Hangi at Rotorua. Some sort of glow worm experience (Waitomo) if you didn't do that in SI.

It might of been the time of year and places we went to, but NI feels more humid and tropical than SI.

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2. Re: North Island Must-Sees

Yes North island is much different from SI. Hot water beach, cathedral cove and karangaheke on coromandel. White Island tour a definite highlight. kauri museum in northland. if you like the outdoors Tongariro crossing, and whanganui river journey, or visit bridge to nowhere. Thermal acrivity in Rotorua and taupo.

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3. Re: North Island Must-Sees

Wellington is beautiful on a fine day - Zealandia, Te Papa & the Cable car

Napier for the architecture & the wineries

Tongariro NP for short walks

Taupo -Huka Falls

Rotorua of course

Raglan & Bridal Veil Falls

Waitomo -Spellbound

Hamilton Gardens

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Allow a minimum of two days in Rotorua. If you prefer to stay in one place, Rotorua is a good place to use as a hub and to make day trips from...Waitomo Caves, Hobbiton, White Island, Taupo, Mt Maunganui, Tauranga.

2/3 days in the Coromandel visiting Waihi Goldmine, Coromandel ( Brian Brickell's railway and Waterworks)

Tawhiti Museum in the Taranaki.

Without knowing your interests and whether you enjoy sightseeing, wineries, walking etc it is difficult to know what to suggest and what to leave out.

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5. Re: North Island Must-Sees

We really liked Rotorua. The 4wd experience, zorb and hells gate was great. Very family friendly

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I quite enjoyed all of the thermal walks between rotorua and taupo, just follow the "thermal explorers highway".

craters of the moon, wai-o-tapu, waimangu, orakie korako, camp at waikite thermal pools for a relaxing soak.

these will take you approx. 2-4hr each.

Edited: 01 June 2013, 15:38
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7. Re: North Island Must-Sees

skyline rotorua (the luge is great) and right next door is the kiwi sanctuary, both good entertainment for the kids.

have a hangi feast dinner + maori show at Tamaki maori village near rotorua

Edited: 01 June 2013, 15:41
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8. Re: North Island Must-Sees

Forgot about the thermal walks and geyser, nice way to spend a couple of hours walking around

We also did dinner at the skyline, very nice. Better than Queenstown.

Oh and the mud pools at the nearby city park where interesting as well.

Edited: 01 June 2013, 23:26
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9. Re: North Island Must-Sees

Forgot about the thermal walks and geyser, nice way to spend a couple of hours walking around

We also did dinner at the skyline, very nice. Better than Queenstown.

Oh and the mud pools at the nearby city park where interesting as well.

Edited: 01 June 2013, 23:26
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10. Re: North Island Must-Sees

Between Rotorua and Taupo see the Aratiatia rapids. The water is released at 10am , 12, 2 pm and 4pm. Off the main road but well signposted. Another free attraction in the area.