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top must see spots in North Island

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top must see spots in North Island

Maybe I should ask this question too...we are interested in sights, culture, some interesting historical spots, a museum or two and some easy to moderate walks... NOT really activities like sailing, boating, surfing etc.. we get enough of that elsewhere.. so

WHAT NOT TO MISS in two weeks on the north island? 2 mature adults, not fancy travelers... love serendipity, photographer husband!

Thanks for any suggestions!


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We thought rotorua was amazing very different to what we had ever seen. We also went to a cultural show while there. We only stayed one night as the smell of the town was truly unexpected for us as young and inexperienced adults/travellers as the smell got into everything.

However the experience far outweighed the consequence :)

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Many DEs read both Ni & SI Forums, but you might get better results if you repost in the NI Forum!

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Rotorua is definitely not to be missed, and I think the view of the volcanoes from the Desert Road (SH1 between Turangi and Waiouru) is one of NZ's best iconic scenes. The smell at Rotorua comes and goes, and it's something you get used to.

If you like museums, visit Auckland and Wellingtonand there's a new one opened up in Napier that might be worth checking out. Two weeks would give you enough time to visit the Bay of Islands, Waitomo (glowworm caves), Rotorua, Napier and Wellington. You could drive back to Auckland on the eastern side of the island or fly back from Wellington.

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Auckland Museum has a very good Maori history section, and there are twice daily concerts led by one of the nearby tribes performing authentic action songs.

Waipoua Forest with its ancient trees, is a not to be missed experience when visiting Northland.

The gannet bird colony on a rockface at Muriwai beach is a wonderful experience.

Both East Cape and the Far North (Cape Reinga) are remote spots with iconic & unspoilt North Island scenery.

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White island a must. Also northland kauri museums great. Bay of islands.

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In Wellington, both Te Papa and Wellington Museum of City and Sea are worth visiting. You might also like the Botanic Gardens, or a walk around the waterfront.

If you go to Napier, the Art Deco architecture and the gannet colony at Cape Kidnappers are worth looking at.

Rotorua is the North Island's no.1 tourist spot because of the geothermal activity and Maori culture.

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