New Zealand’s bubbling volcanic heart offers many authentic experiences. In terms of landscape, the North Island is well known for its geothermal hotspots and gorgeous coastline. There’s plenty of activities to keep you busy whether it’s treating yourself to a hot-mud spa treatment in Rotorua or learning about the rich Māori culture through song and dance, enjoying the vibrant café and bar scene in Wellington or spending the days relaxing on one of the stunning beaches along the Coromandel Peninsula.
You will find incredible beaches in the Bay of Islands, the Northland and around the Coromandel Peninsula, while the central region of the island around Rotorua is well known for hot springs and bubbling mud pools thanks to the geothermal activity.
Majority of the population lives on the North Island, which is home to the capital city of Wellington and the largest city/main international gateway – Auckland. Throughout the North Island there are plenty of great hikes you can do through the stunning National Parks, you can visit the famous Hobbiton film set from Lord of the Rings or even admire the unique glow worms that are exclusive to New Zealand. The opportunities are endless, have a browse through some of our hand-crafted itineraries that we know you will love!
When to visit
Generally, the North Island is warmer than the South Island, as its northernmost regions are subtropical. The far North of the country has an average temperature of 15°C, while the deep south has a cooler average of 9°C . January and February are the warmest months of the year, and July is the coldest.
The driest month in the North Island is February and the wettest month is July. For more details on the best time to travel to New Zealand click here