NORTH ISLAND OVERVIEW

A fusion of Maori, Polynesian, Kiwi and European cultures, Auckland is bursting with charm and culture. Climb the tallest free-standing tower in the Southern Hemisphere and explore museums, art galleries and Maori memorabilia. Venture northwest into the Northland region to visit the Bay of Islands – the cradle of New Zealand’s history - and kick back on Ninety Mile Beach or visit spiritual Cape Reinga. South of Auckland, the green hills and farmland of Waikato give a taste of real rural life, with Hamilton a top destination for cuisine and culture, and the glow-worm caves at Waitomo, truly magical. Further inland, the thermal wonderland of Rotorua is not to be missed and, a finger of rainforest east of Auckland, the Coromandel Peninsula is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and the gateway to stunning offshore islands.  On the extreme southern tip, the capital city of Wellington is enveloped by a harbour and hemmed in by hillsides. Natural landscapes sparkle alongside a buzzing film industry, café culture and thriving arts scene here. Take the cable car up to the Botanic Gardens and explore the Observatory Crater or stroll down Cuba Street to see the stylish side of the city.

ABOUT NORTH ISLAND

GMT: +13 hours
FLIGHT TIME: Approximately 26 hours
CURRENCY: New Zealand Dollar
CLIMATE: New Zealand has mild temperatures, moderately high rainfall, and many hours of sunshine throughout most of the country. Its climate is dominated by two main geographical features: the mountains and the sea. Largely temperate, the far north has subtropical weather during summer, and inland alpine areas of the South Island can be as cold as -10 C in winter, most of the country lies close to the coast, which means mild temperatures, moderate rainfall, and abundant sunshine.

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