North Island Things to Do

  • Indian Char Bagh Garden
    Indian Char Bagh Garden
    by Tom_Fields
  • Mission Bay Fountain
    Mission Bay Fountain
    by Kitty82
  • A Good Show
    A Good Show
    by rabbit06

North Island Things to Do

  • Queen Street & Downtown

    Auckland Things to Do

    Queen Street starts from Auckland Harbour and runs for nearly three kilometers in a virtual straight line. As the commercial as well as shopping hub area, there are a full range of shopping option the souvenir shops are mainly concentrated at the harbour end and there are a number of arcades and side streets with boutique stores and eateries

    more
  • Wai-O-Tapu

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Even if you have been to Yellow stone park, here is still a must see wonder. The large area covered with various geothermal craters and hot springs and unlike in Yellow Stone, the color come from minerals instead of bacterias. NZ$32 an adult, well worth it.

    more
  • Parliament Buildings & Beehive

    Wellington Things to Do

    Take a guided tour and learn about how New Zealand's government works. You'll see how laws are passed. Bills are introduced into the democratically elected House of Representatives, who then vote on them. When a Bill is passed, it then becomes an Act. New Zealand remains a constitutional monarchy, officially under the Queen, represented by the...

    more
  • Marine Parade

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Napier Things to Do

    Marine Parade, as the name suggests, runs along the sea front. The area is very nice. The fountain here, we only saw in the day time, but at night it is lit, I think in different colours. THE NEW NAPIER ARCH (1938) commemorates the rebuilding of the city, is not very new any more! There is a colonnade, with two smaller arches, the Veronica...

    more
  • Oneroa

    Waiheke Island Things to Do

    Every Saturday morning 8.00am - 1.00pm, the Island holds a community market at the RSA in Ostend. Lots of gifts, arts and crafts, second-hand goods, and even entertainment, organic produce, books, plants, jewellery. This is a popular activity on a Saturday morning, showing typical flair of a lot of Islanders. Experience the character of Waiheke...

    more
  • Hole in the Rock

    Paihia Things to Do

    The 'Hole in the Rock', properly known as Piercy Island is a rocky island at the northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. This natural feature has been caused by years of water and wind erosion. It is a popular trip for visitors to the Bay of Islands and on calm days some boats will drive through it. The weather on the day I took the...

    more
  • The Big Sheep Wool Gallery.

    Tirau Things to Do

    When it comes to big sheep, I'm reminded of the one on the outskirts of Goulburn in N.S.W. but this is certainly a worthy challenger. Situated right beside the tourist centre it offers all sorts of woollen items, even ones with possum fur mixed in.

    more
  • Climb the mount

    Mount Maunganui Things to Do

    One thing that is great to do at the mount is walk up it, but why not try and run it. Locals every day are running up and down , faster than i can walk up it , and with a steep incline you will surely tone up fast. Watching the sun go down was also my favorite, with all the lambs grazing around the edge, you wouldn’t tell your in a town.

    more
  • Hobbiton Movie Set

    Waikato Things to Do

    Waikato is the home to Matamata, the city where Peter Jackson created the Hobbiton Shire for his movie Lord of the Rings. It is located on a sheep farm just outside of the town, and tours are available to go visit the frame sets that have not been destroyed. There are still markers up where the sets once stood, and there are also story board...

    more
  • Te Papa Museum

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    New Zealand's Te Papa Mueseum opened on the 14 February 1998. The Museum is located in Wellington the capital city. With waterfront views and a unique architectural design, Te Papa is one of the city's most visted attractions. Te Papa challenges the concept of what museums should be. Many of the exhibits celebrate & educate what it means to be a...

    more
  • Taupo

    North Island Things to Do

    I would not call it the number one jetboat experience in New Zealand - this clearly is the race through the narrow gorge of the Shotover River near Queenstown. Still the Huka Jet ride is a nice adventure, and they perform 360° spins and race at a speed of 80 km/h along the rocks as close as possible to make you scream. The main difference to the...

    more
  • Cathedral Cove

    Coromandel Things to Do

    We had seen Cathedral Cove on many documentaries, so we had to see it for ourselves! Cathedral cove is only accessible by walking or boat and it is a MUST VISIT if you feel you can handle the walk. It is uphill and down dale, so you need to be reasonably fit without leg or knee problems. It is about 2hrs return, it seemed a lot longer than that...

    more
  • Waitakere Range Regional Park.

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    See the beach where the Piano was filmed. Just a short 45min or so drive from Auckland CBD in the stunning Waitakere Ranges is Karekare. Beautiful black sand beach set in from dramatic cliffs and stunning scenery.

    more
  • Ninety Mile Beach...

    Northland Things to Do

    The reason why rental companies do not allow you to drive on 90 Mile Beach (which is only 90km or 55 miles long) is simple: The cars are not insured. Often cars get stuck in the sand and have to be left behind. No emergency service is close enough to save the cars from the flood. Mobile phone coverage does not exist in most parts of the area. So...

    more
  • Skytower Complex and Casino

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Auckland Things to Do

    It's a tourist activity, I know, but there are great views of Auckland, and where else can you go to get a good sense of vertigo? (Actually, in New Zealand, there are lots of places to get vertigo...) It's part of a casino, but I don't think you need to gamble to get the view.

    more
  • Te Puia

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Rotorua Things to Do

    A visit to the Pohutu Geyser is a must when staying in Rotorua.It is situated in the Whakarewarewa thermal valley.The largest of several geysers within the valley which erupts on average once or twice each hour and can reach heights of up to 30 meters.Pohutu Geyser is a complex spring which discharges water in a cyclic manner.It is believed that a...

    more
  • Mt Victoria

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    If Wellington is like San Francisco, then Mt Victoria is like Twin Peaks. It's the best place within the city to enjoy a panoramic overview of the harbour, the city centre, and the nearby suburbs. Incidentally, the slopes of this hill provided one of the settings for Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy.

    more
  • Te Mata Peak

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Napier Things to Do

    From Napier, head to Hastings, then Havelock North, and follow the signs to Te Mata Peak, about 30k's. The Peak, is 400 metres above sea level, and was named after a Maori Chief Ta Mata O Rongokako, a giant of a man, who, acccording to legend, had the misfortune to fall for the beautiful daughter of the Heretaunga chief. Amongst the challenges...

    more
  • Russell

    Paihia Things to Do

    Across the bay from Paihia is the town of Russell. It was originally called Kororareka and was the first Europesan settlement in the area. The local Mâori people very soon realised that there was valuable trade to be had with the European and American ships and the town flourished but, as a place without laws, soon earned teh nickname 'Hellhole of...

    more
  • Castle Pamela

    Tirau Things to Do

    Private collection of Dolls, Toys and Royal Albert China well displayed in this unique castle built to house these. Situated in a really nice spot overlooking lovely rolling farmland, not far from the centre of town. They have a nice large Cafe with nice food and drinks, including Devonshire Teas. The theme is regal and you can buy trinkets if you...

    more
  • Saltwater Hotpools

    Mount Maunganui Things to Do

    Hot Saltwater Pools I love to go here, especially at night, and soak in the naturally heated salt water pools. Set outdoors with lovely furns overhanging and of course the dominant presence of Mt Maunganui looming above, it's a really enjoyable experience. For people staying in either the apartments or the campground the pools are merely a few...

    more
  • Beehive & Parliament Buildings

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    Free tours of Parliament Buildings operate every day, on the hour. Tour duration is 1hr. Weekdays commencing 10am, last tour 4pm; Saturdays and most public holidays commencing 10am, last tour 3pm; Sundays 12noon, last tour 3pm. Contact the tour desk, ground floor, Parliament House.

    more
  • Auckland

    North Island Things to Do

    If you take the bus, it is a gentle slope walk to the Museum. Daily 10am to 5pm except Christmas and Anzac Day (April 25). Admission: NZ$5 appreciated (hence optional if you are on a tight budget) At 10:30am there is a guided tour, NZ$10 (adult), $5(children) Great place to discover the rich natural flora and fauna as well as about Maori...

    more
  • Hot Water Beach

    Coromandel Things to Do

    "You really must go to Moko." Our host at Tairua said so on many more than one occasion. So, on our last full day we made the effort. Jenny (from Colonial Homestay) hit the nail on the head. It was worthwhile. This wonderful eclectic mix of art almost seems out of place in this dead end setting but it has become almost as large an attraction as Hot...

    more
  • Cornwall Park

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    Make sure u visit one of the many volcanoes around Auckland....there aren't too many Cities around the world where suburbs and remnants of volcanoes intermingle... Maungkiekie (or One Tree Hill) is a cool place to see views of Auckland....u can drive all the way to the summit....and it's free!

    more
  • Cape Reinga

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Northland Things to Do

    Cape Reinga is popularly regarded as the country's northernmost point but in fact the Surville Cliffs (formerly: Kerr Point) on North Cape at the eastern tip of the land up there are almost five kilometres further north. As Cape Reinga is better accessible and surrounded by the old Maori legend of the spirits heading back home it has become the...

    more
  • Mt Eden

    Auckland Things to Do

    Our JumpingTwins loved this place!!! It is the highest non-manmade point in Auckland and as such, it gives great photo opportunities for travelers. I believe we took a cab to go to the area, and then we climbed up to the walkways of the dormant volcano ( a scoria cone). It is not that strenuous...the only thing is that our hyperactive son went to...

    more
  • Te Whakarewarewa

    Rotorua Things to Do

    The highlight of our visit here was to see the Maori show, performed as always with plenty of passion. You get a better view of the Geysers from Te Puia, but there's still plenty of geothermic activity going on here as well.

    more
  • Wellington Cable Car

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Wellington Things to Do

    With over 110 years of service to the City of Wellington, the Wellington Cable Car allows easy access for pedestrians between Lambton Quay (downtown Wellington) and the Botanic Garden and Kelburn lookout where great views can be enjoyed over Wellington. There are three intermediate stops which allow easy access to local residences and business...

    more
  • Cape Kidnappers.

    5 out of 5 stars

    Napier Things to Do

    There are a lot of coastal wineries next to Cape Kidnappers, Elephant Hill, Clearview, Te Awanga Estate, and Beach House Winery. There's a good range from modest to not so, we had a fantastic day cycling around them (rent bikes from www.winecycles.co.nz) after our Gannet Safari. Very flat, easy ride no problem for us "mature" cyclists!

    more
  • Haruru Falls

    4 out of 5 stars

    Paihia Things to Do

    They're not really high falls by any means, but they are in a horseshoe shape, which is evidently rare, Niagra Falls being cited as the only other horseshoe shaped falls known. Beware of your belongings in the carpark - there are serious danger signs, I guess because it's a bit of an out of the way, secluded place, without a view of the main road....

    more
  • Tirau Information Centre.

    Tirau Things to Do

    Tirau Information Centre built (1998) to look like a dog. This is no ordinary dog, but the traditional sheep dog that helped develop the area in years gone bye. At night his eyes and nose are lit with small lights. You can find very nice, clean toilets here at the Information Office, for your convenience, open 9am - 5pm daily. A great place to stop...

    more
  • Cable Car

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    One of Wellington's most popular tourist attractions. The journey begins at Lambton Quay, in the heart of the city. The cable car runs past the university and Kelburn Park to the top of the Botanic Gardens where the Cable Car Museum, Carter Observatory and the Planetarium are to be found. The views span out over the harbour from the Hutt Valley to...

    more
  • Rotorua

    North Island Things to Do

    Just got back from NZ and Rotorua, I agree with the reply about the Sheep Shearing demo at the Agrodome being great. Just the Host's greeting to the crowd is a show in it's self. Take your video camera. Also spend some time in the Polynesian Spa, for $20 NZ you can soak in 7 pools of varying tempetures from 37 to 42 degrees with a view of the Lake....

    more
  • Port Jackson

    Coromandel Things to Do

    Definitely worth doing especially if you want away from the crowds, I'm not saying its COMPLETELY isolated up here but it is pretty nice. I haven't done this walk in years but heres a photo of my Mum and her friend doing it. You can walk round the coast one way and back over the hills the other way or get someone to drive to pick you up - although...

    more
  • Auckland Zoo.

    Auckland Region Things to Do

    The Auckland Zoo has certainly cleaned up its act over the years and the animals are now exhibited in more humane conditions. The day of the cage has gone replaced with enclosures called Pridelands, Primate Rainforest, Hippo River, Native Bird Avery, The Beach .....its very well set up and one of my favourite places to visit. Make a day of it,...

    more
  • Bay of Islands.

    Northland Things to Do

    There are not many place left in the world these days where you can board a steam train AND go down the main street of the town. Not only that, this town's main street is also State Highway 1! The Kawakawa trains run every day of school holidays and public holidays and the weekends for the rest of the year. These trains are also the fore runner...

    more
  • Auckland Museum and Domain

    Auckland Things to Do

    This is Auckland's premiere site. Make sure to reserve plenty of time for this great museum. It is really 3 museums in one site. A Maori/NZ cultural museum, a natural history museum and a war museum. Each museum has its own floor. The museum has no entrance fee but Maori Cultural shows (3 performances in a day) charges $25 NZD for adults. Admission...

    more
  • Skyline Gondola & Luge

    Rotorua Things to Do

    Take a leisurely uphill Gondola ride and enjoy the extensive views of Rotorua, the surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. At the top, the thrill of the Luge, our relaxing buffet and grill restaurant, beautiful nature walks and exciting adventure activities all await you.

    more
  • Waterfront

    Wellington Things to Do

    This is the best place to learn all about Wellington's past, especially the maritime history. It's full of ship models, sea memorabilia, and exhibits on local life in the past. Of particular interest are exhibits from the ill-fated inter-island ferry T.E.V. Wahine, which was lost at sea with heavy loss of life. Note: The waters off Wellington are...

    more
  • Pania of the Reef statue

    Napier Things to Do

    I actually stumbled unwittingly upon this bronze in the seaside park though I have to admit I did suspect it had some significance. Now considered one of New Zealand's national treasures, the statue was erected in 1954 to commemorate the Maori legend of the sea maiden who captured the heart of the chief's son but the sea people kept calling her and...

    more
  • Dolphin Adventure

    Paihia Things to Do

    The following day, I went aboard a King's boat that took us on an awesome tour of the Bay of Islands. Paihia, the beach town I?ve grown to love these past few days, is situated in the Bay of Islands. To start the day, the captain took us to see some dolphins. The tour offered a swim with them, but since there were a few young ones on the pack we...

    more
  • Kapiti Coast

    Wellington Region Things to Do

    FISHING ON OPEN SEA Interesting??? Ah the whole experience was interesting. From the fact that I never ever fished in my entire life. Graham took me out with his big boat around the Kapiti Island (a protected island on the Kapiti Coast). But before I say took me out...I had to work as well: 1. You pick up the boat with your 4-wheed drive car....

    more
  • Driving Creek Railway

    Coromandel Things to Do

    One thing you can't fail to notice here and there are embankments made of empty bottles. The rumour around is that Barry drank most of them and the paintwork reading "Barry's" emblazoned across a couple of hundred bottles embedded in one probably reflects that . The railway employs around a dozen people these days. It zig-zags up the slopes at...

    more
  • Wellington

    North Island Things to Do

    The main reason for me to go there was the fact that they have some birds we do not have on the South Island, especially the Kokako, a blue-greyish bird with striking blue wattles beside the beak. But what struck me most were the 80 wild kaka (parrots, similar to the kea of the South Island) which fly in every afternoon for a snack, having a party...

    more

North Island Hotels

See all 1224 Hotels in North Island

Top North Island Hotels

Auckland Hotels
1049 Reviews - 2313 Photos
Matamata Hotels
26 Reviews - 131 Photos
Wellington Hotels
594 Reviews - 1297 Photos
Gisborne Hotels
41 Reviews - 86 Photos
Waiheke Island Hotels
59 Reviews - 147 Photos
Rotorua Hotels
482 Reviews - 1218 Photos
Paihia Hotels
123 Reviews - 294 Photos
Whangarei Hotels
66 Reviews - 86 Photos
Palmerston North Hotels
34 Reviews - 94 Photos
Napier Hotels
187 Reviews - 484 Photos
Wanganui Hotels
30 Reviews - 49 Photos
Tongariro National Park Hotels
81 Reviews - 218 Photos
Hamilton Hotels
55 Reviews - 225 Photos
Whangamata Hotels
18 Reviews - 50 Photos
Lake Wairarapa Hotels
See nearby hotels

Instant Answers: North Island

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

14 travelers online now

Comments

North Island Things to Do

Reviews and photos of North Island things to do posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for North Island sightseeing.
Map of North Island