Auckland and The North Island, New Zealand

My last post contained some of my favorite experiences of the South Island of New Zealand. I’ve also had great times on the North Island, which is where the majority of the New Zealand population lives. It enjoys the same contrasts in geography as the South Island with a tropical feel at the top, mountain ranges, rolling farmland, a volcanic plateau in the middle and beaches everywhere. The capital, Wellington, resides on the North Island, as does New Zealand’s largest city Auckland.

I know the three days has past for #Blog4NZ, but I have so much more to share in supporting New Zealand travel in the wake of the Canterbury earthquake. πŸ™‚ Some highlights of my time in Auckland and the North Island:

Sky Tower - Auckland

Sky Tower. In Auckland, it’s the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere and what most people would recognize from the skyline. There is a revolving restaurant up top, amazing views as far as the eye can see and of course there is the famous SkyJump, where you can base jump. You call also do a SkyWalk around the top.

Mt. Eden - Auckland

Mt. Eden. There are 50 extinct volcanoes and craters throughout greater Auckland. This is one of the more well-known ones. You can get great panoramic views of the entire area with walking areas aplenty.

Piha Beach

Piha Beach. Black iron sand and along the Tasman Sea, just west of Auckland it’s a popular day trip from the city. If you love to surf, try here. Also checkout just to the north Bethells Beach and the dark volcanic sand and sand dudes. Even saw some signs denoting quick sand so be careful.

Owharoa Falls

Owharoa Falls. Just like the south there are waterfalls everywhere. This one is within the Karangahake Gorge, near Waihi.

Kerosine Creek - Rotorua

Rotorua. A famous tourist destination and the heartland of New Zealand’s Maori culture. Maori are the indigenous people of New Zealand. The region around Rotorua contains numerous geysers, mud pools and thermal springs. Kerosine Creek, pictured above, is 30 km south of Rotorua. It’s a hot spring with a little waterfall free to all comers. A great place to relax, unwind and not think about anything.

Penguins at Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World - Auckland

At Kelly Tarlton’s Underwater World (aquarium) in Auckland you can see all kinds of fish, sharks, swim with giant stingrays and of course checkout the big king penguins. Lot’s of Antarctic history and artifacts too.

No matter where you’re at always have your camera out and ready. Check out some of my other photos of my time in Auckland and The North Island. The scenery and things to do New Zealand is never-ending. What will I check out next time, hmmm.

8 responses to “Auckland and The North Island, New Zealand

  1. Good post full of info. I would like to add a B&B we stayed in central Otago the Hawkdun Winery. Lovely people, great Pinot Noir and really fantastic food. I have no affiliation and we were fortunate to find this lovely retreat this past January.

    • Thanks and thank you for the addition. Wasn’t too far from there when I was in Queenstown and Cromwell. Great wine, food and and a place to stay, glad you guys found a great place. Need to check it out and some of the other wineries I passed aroiund Queenstown.

  2. NZ is awesome. I did not explore the north island as much as the south island but the Rotorua area and the Waitomo glowworm caves were my favorites spots in the north island. I missed Wellington and the beaches. Something for another visit πŸ™‚

    • NZ is unbelievable North and South. Lot’s more exploring to do. Wellington will be where I’m based on my next trip over. πŸ™‚ Hope to get to Waitomo sometime.

  3. These are the must visit attractions in Auckland. Beautiful city to visit. Thanks for sharing.

    • Yes indeed! No problem. πŸ™‚ Very beautiful city. Love all the greenery and the blue water. Can’t wait to get back.

  4. Glad to see you’re going to come to Wellington next time, we’re the coffee and culture capital for NZ (as well as the coolest little Capital per Lonely Planet a year or two ago)!

    • Yep, Wellington is still the place I will be going, next time I can get to NZ. πŸ™‚ I am excited to checkout the coffee scene there! From all the pictures I’ve seen of the area, a beautiful place.

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