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Things To Do In North Island

The North Island has an amazing climate and terrain that attracts people from all over the world. Many amazing attractions on offer are just waiting to be explored. The North Island showcases spectacular snorkelling and diving, unforgettable bush walks and hikes, exquisite views to experience while skydiving, on a c... Show More

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Buried Village Experience

Buried Village Experi...

Stories of survival and resilience are told throughout our museum exhibits and i ......

Family Friendly Caving Adventure!

Family Friendly Cavin...

30 million years ago Mother Nature worked her magic and began to form some of th ......

Single Kayak Hire at Days Bay

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Hire a single sit-on-top kayak and enjoy a relaxing paddle around Days Bay. Suit ......

Glass bottom boat Tour

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EXPERIENCE GOAT ISLAND WITH OUR GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR Located in Leigh, nort ......

Coach House Museum

Activity LocationPalmerston North, Manawatu

Welcome to our world class museum, home to an outstanding collection of rural New Zealand heritage, showcasing over 140 ...

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Omni VR

Activity LocationNorth Auckland, Auckland

You’ll actually walk or run through your virtual world on the Omni Treadmill. Equipped with special shoes, Omni VR is ...

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Original Pioneers Caving

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

With Raglan Rock caving sometimes on your knees and perhaps at times on your belly, but however you journey through our ...

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Martinborough Foodie Delights Tour

Activity LocationWairarapa, Wellington

Savour the fabulous tastes and sights of the beautiful South Wairarapa region. Enjoy a guided full-day Food & Wine ...

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Urban Axe Throwing at Sweet Axe Throwing Co.

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

Unleash your inner Viking! Get ready to get pumped ​with an axe-perience unlike any other! Sweet Axe Throwing Co is Ne ...

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Stand Up Paddle Adventure

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Come and journey with us on a SUP Adventure to explore and connect with our moana (sea) and whenua (land).

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Tauranga Harbour Cruise

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

Join the friendly crew on the iconic 70 year old Kewpie shes been lovingly restored and is Tauranga's original harbour c ...

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Bay of Many Coves Heli-lunch

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

Fly to the Marlborough Sounds to Bay of Many Coves Resort. Discover world-class cuisine, breathtaking scenery and a sens ...

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Waiheke Island Double Headland Coastal Walk

Activity LocationWaiheke Island, Auckland

Experience the twin headlands of Matiatia and Church Bay, walking in a small group with an expert local guide. The north ...

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Waiheke Island Bush & Beach Walk

Activity LocationWaiheke Island, Auckland

Fabulous coastal views, seabird nesting grounds and lush forest trails will make this an adventure to remember! Based ar ...

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Rotorua Jade Carving Studio Tour

Activity LocationRotorua

Step inside our Rotorua Jade Carving Studio for an exclusive, behind-the-scenes experience. Meet local artists, see live ...

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Odyssey Sensory Maze

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

Odyssey is an a-maze-ing adventure where while trying to find your way out you will experience darker challenging spaces ...

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Introducing Te Papa Tour

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

Beginning over one hundred million years ago, join your guide on a journey through New Zealand’s rich history and cul ...

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Iconic Guided Tour

Activity LocationRotorua

Explore an authentic living Māori village where people live on a daily basis, using natural geothermal resources to coo ...

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MOUNT TARAWERA VOLCANIC LANDING - ERUPTION TRAIL TOUR AND LANDING - 3B

Activity LocationRotorua

Fly to and land on the site of the largest eruption in New Zealand’s living memory. Standing on Mount Tarawera offers ...

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Escape Rooms Takapuna Auckland

Activity LocationNorth Auckland, Auckland

Escape rooms are real-life games whereby you and your team will be placed in a themed room of your choice. In order to � ...

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Cabin in the Woods - Escape Room Experience

Activity LocationTaupo

Venture into a creepy forest to investigate for yourself the ghost stories that have been circulating about the lady in ...

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Karioi Canyoning

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Come and experience the adventure everyone is talking about. Karioi Canyoning is an adrenaline-pumping journey that happ ...

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Escape HQ Hamilton

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Prepare for an exhilarating hour of fun and entertainment! Choose your game and then expect to be challenged, as you fin ...

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Epic Tandem Kayak Tours

Activity LocationRotorua

Tandem kayaking is a niche/specialty activity compared to traditional rafting trips in the area. There is nowhere else i ...

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100% Pure NZ - Raft the Kaituna River - Grade 5

Activity LocationRotorua

We’re passionate about continually providing world-class adventure tourism products in Rotorua. Infused with a unique ...

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Matakana Art & Wine Escape

Activity LocationNorth Auckland, Auckland

Explore Auckland’s countryside, where art meets winemaking. This day trip including return transfer from Auckland i ...

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Bay of Islands Day Cruise

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Relax in comfort as we sail through the Bay of Islands and stop off in one of its many idyllic islands. Enjoy lunch aboa ...

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Waitangi Mountain Bike Park Experience

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Get ready for an adventure like no other! Discover the exhilarating trails of Waitangi Mountain Bike Park with Paihia Mo ...

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The Hunting Lodge - Escape Room Experience

Activity LocationTaupo

Your neighbour's late-night escapades have sparked your suspicions. Those odd hours and mysteriously large bags raise qu ...

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V8 Trike Tour - The Ultimate V8 Experience!

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

Kia Ora! Welcome to V8 Trike Tours, New Zealand... 2021 Traveler's Choice Award - Top 10% Attraction Worldwide and voted ...

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History And Culture Tour Of Tauranga

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

To get a feel for the history of Tauranga you will experience the stories of an ancient Māori fortified village and the ...

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Domestic Air Travel

Activity LocationGisborne

Domestic, regional air travel throughout the upper North Island, including Great Barrier Island.

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MOUNT TARAWERA VOLCANIC ADVENTURE - 3C

Activity LocationRotorua

Combine the thrill of landing on Mount Tarawera with a flight that includes spectacular aerial views of our stunning cr ...

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FLOATPLANE CRATER LAKES FLIGHT PLUS HOTPOOLS– 2AH

Activity LocationRotorua

Enjoy spectacular views of our hidden lakes district, distant volcanoes and local geothermal activity. Landing on the la ...

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Wētā Workshop Unleashed Tour

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

A global award-winning movie-making tour. Wētā Workshop Unleashed is our latest tourism product that we launched in ...

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Ultimate Combo Cruise - Dolphin Eco Cruise including Hole in the Rock

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Experience the best of the bay on our full day ultimate cruise combo combining the best of Discover the Bay and our Dolp ...

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Wine Tasting & Lunch Adventures

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

We visit three (3) vineyards : offering some unique wine varieties only grown in Northland Tastings can include w ...

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Waiheke Island Ziplining & forest walk tour

Activity LocationWaiheke Island, Auckland

Join us for our award-winning, zipline and native forest experience featuring a Waiheke Island highlights tour, spectacu ...

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Hangi and Concert

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Sample Maori culture and cuisine at its best. Enjoy a captivating, live performance and hangi dinner.

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Lunchtime cruise. Fish & Chips optional

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Come enjoy complimentary light refreshments or treat yourself to some fish & chips from Raglan Fish. Set off from ...

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Full Day Scenic Rafting on the Rangitikei River, Family Friendly

Activity LocationWhanganui

With over 30 Grade 2 (easy) rapids, amazing scenery and a riverside picnic lunch, the 13 km section of the Rangitikei Ri ...

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Silent electric boat hire on the Kerikeri River, Bay of Islands

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Explore the beautiful Kerikeri river on a silent electric boat. No boating experience required!

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3D Trick Art Gallery

Activity LocationRotorua

Immerse yourself into 2D paintings posing and acting, when you take a photo it changes to 3D photos.

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Family Fun Raft Trip

Activity LocationHawkes Bay

Come rafting on the beautiful Mohaka River and have fun with the whole family. This grade two section has small rapids w ...

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Ocean Adventure

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Experience the thrill of Ocean Adventure - the fastest boat to the Hole in the Rock on this 1.5hour experience.

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Hole in the Rock Helicopter Landing Experience

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

For many years visitors have come to the Bay of Islands to venture through this top New Zealand icon the Hole in the Roc ...

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Scenic Kāpiti Coast Tour

Activity LocationKapiti Coast, Wellington

Enjoy a guided full day tour of the stunning Kāpiti Coast covering some of the best tastes and sights of the Coast. ...

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E Bike Hire

Activity LocationGisborne

Cruise around the city and surrounds on an e-bike and discover all that Tairāwhiti Gisborne has to offer - the environm ...

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Axe Throwing in Brewtown (Group of up to 12)

Activity LocationUpper Hutt, Wellington

Come and join us for something a little different! Our Axe-Perts will have you in touch with your inner Viking and slayi ...

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Rum , craft beer & kombucha tour

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

We are the only commercial Kombucha manufacturer brewing in the traditional manner using Ceramic crocks. No plastic or s ...

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Martinborough Half Day Winery Tour

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

Take in the spectacular view from the Remutaka Summit at 555m as we cross the Remutaka Ranges into the Wairarapa region. ...

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Best of Napier & Hawkes Bay (half day)

Activity LocationHawkes Bay

This very popular 4 hour minibus tour includes fantastic scenery, a sculpture garden and of course the world-famous Art ...

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Bay of Islands Wine Tour

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Kerikeri is a place to indulge and have fun. On this tour experience some of New Zealand’s finest quality wines. The c ...

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Karioi Glowworm Canyoning

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

As the sun goes down, begin your journey into the ancient lava flow flowing off Mount Karioi. Wrapped up in the latest c ...

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Adrenalin Forest - 3 Hour Full Course Access!!

Activity LocationSouth Auckland, Auckland

Adrenalin Forest is a multi-level aerial obstacle course that is designed to progress you higher and higher into the tre ...

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Cycling Adventure - The Gold Rush Tour

Activity LocationWaihi, Coromandel

Interested in Gold? Ride from the historic town of Paeroa through most popular section of the Hauraki Rail Trail, the aw ...

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Wild Dolphin Encounter

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Experience the trip of a lifetime on the on the Bay of Plenty's premier dolphin eco-tour. Dolphin Seafaris provide an or ...

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Canoe Safaris Whanganui River Journey

Activity LocationWhanganui

Canoe the Amazing Whanganui River with Canoe Safaris New Zealand. We offer a range of multi-day guided and all inclusiv ...

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Kiwi North: Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park

Activity LocationWhangarei, Northland

You will find Northland's only Kiwi House here at Kiwi North. This Whangarei attraction is set on 25 hectares of rolling ...

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Jet Boat Ride

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Xtreme Jet Bay of Islands is the Bay’s newest and fastest thrill ride. With speeds of up to 80km/h you’re in for an ...

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TARAWERA FALLS VOLCANIC HELI HIKE - 6D

Activity LocationRotorua

From lofty volcanic heights, to a magical waterfall, this extraordinary day out showcases a variety of scenery not found ...

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Full Day Wairarapa Winery Tour

Activity LocationWairarapa, Wellington

Pinot Noir to Pinot Gris and everything in between! Enjoy a guided full day winery tour to the Wairarapa region. Explo ...

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Wine and Wild Coast Tour

Activity LocationWairarapa, Wellington

An epic tour covering everything the wonderful Wellington and Wairarapa regions have to offer from ancient rainforest, a ...

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Wellington Craft Beer Tour

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

Welcome to the spiritual home of New Zealand Craft Beer! Visit up to 5 breweries on your private tour of some of the fi ...

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Discover Scuba Dive

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

If you have never dived before, this is the experience for you! Join our instructors on a day trip out into the Bay of I ...

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Remutaka Rail Trail Mountain Bike Explorer Day Trip

Activity LocationUpper Hutt, Wellington

Discover the Remutaka Ranges' rich rail history & natural beauty on a mountain bike. The flagship daytrip of the Rem ...

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Race Car Simulator

Activity LocationNorth Auckland, Auckland

Our DX Race Simulator will transport you right into the drama and white-knuckle excitement of real track racing! It’s ...

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Ernest Kemp Cruises

Activity LocationTaupo

Take a relaxing boat trip aboard Ernest Kemp. One of the world’s largest freshwater volcanic craters, Lake Taupō is h ...

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The Moa Goa: 2 Night E-Bike Package

Activity LocationWhanganui

Explore the Laughing Moa cycle trail, on a scenic e-bike ride. Relax and enjoy 2 nights of deluxe lodge accommodation a ...

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Waiheke Island Cultural Experience

Activity LocationWaiheke Island, Auckland

Experience Waiheke Island from a Māori perspective. Enjoy stunning sea views over the Hauraki Gulf and white sand beach ...

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Lodge to Lodge Luxury 2 Day Rafting Trip on the Rangitikei River

Activity LocationWhanganui

Looking for a multi-day river trip with a touch of luxury? Explore a beautiful section of the Rangitikei river without c ...

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The Hells Gate Experience

Activity LocationRotorua

Hell's Gate is the most active geothermal reserve in New Zealand and home to its only mud spa. Due to the composition of ...

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Horse Riding Trek & Wine Tasting Tour from Auckland

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

Combine a unique horse ride trek with tasting some of New Zealand’s Luxurious wines in this amazing return trip from A ...

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WHITE ISLAND/ MOUNT TARAWERA 'VOLCANIC EXTREMES' HELICOPTER - 4D

Activity LocationRotorua

Experience “Volcanic Extremes” flying over the active crater of “Whakaari” White Island before landing on the n ...

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Daily Surf Lessons

Activity LocationMangawhai, Northland

Our surf lessons run all year round and are available for surfers of all skill levels. Our home turf, the beautiful Te A ...

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Premium Wine Tour

Activity LocationWaiheke Island, Auckland

Best Wine Tasting Tour in Waiheke, New Zealand. We have worked hard to make sure our wine tasting tour is the best that ...

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Mt Ruapehu Vista

Activity LocationTaupo

Flightseeing at its best! Discover NZ’s most scenic & spectacular vistas. Enjoy a unique flightseeing experience ...

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Axe Throwing in Brewtown (Individuals)

Activity LocationUpper Hutt, Wellington

Come and join us for something a little different! Our Axe-Perts will have you in touch with your inner Viking and slayi ...

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Scenic Cruise to the famous Ngātoroirangi Māori Rock Carvings

Activity LocationTaupo

Chris Jolly Outdoors has been looking after you for 40 years and that continues during COVID-19. Our ability to socially ...

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New Zealand Maritime Museum

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

The Museum is open every day except Christmas day from 10am - 5pm (final entry 4pm)

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Glow Worm Cave Tour

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Visit Glow Worm Cave enjoy a guided tour thru the cave with a family member Scenic Sights & Commentary as you trav ...

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Parasailing in the Bay of Islands

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

New Zealand's highest parasailing at 1300ft over the stunning Bay of Islands. We offer Single, Tandem and Triple fligh ...

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Wellington Full Day Tour

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

Witness the best sights of New Zealand's capital city up close and personal, before experiencing the beauty of the coast ...

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Thunder Trike Tours - Bay of Islands V8 Adventure

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Have awesome thrills on a V8 350 Chev Trike with a 30 or 60 minute tour from Paihia. For those that love adrenaline, exp ...

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Cathedral Cove Glass Bottom Boat

Activity LocationWhitianga, Coromandel

Approximately 2hrs scenic and marine viewing tour. Visit Cathedral Cove, sea caves and volcanic rock formations. Look th ...

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A FUN Family Segway Experience in Devonport Auckland

Activity LocationNorth Auckland, Auckland

Looking for new Auckland activities for families that both adults and children will enjoy? Your search is over! Our ...

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Sledge the Kaituna River - Grade 3

Activity LocationRotorua

We’re passionate about continually providing world-class adventure tourism products in Rotorua. Infused with a unique ...

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Mokai Canyon - 3 day river rafting holiday, family friendly

Activity LocationWhanganui

A 3 day river holiday, suitable for all the family. Tear the children away from the TV and head off for 3-days of rivers ...

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Full Monty Tour - Cathedral Cove Boat Tour

Activity LocationWhitianga, Coromandel

Ocean Leopard Tours is based in beautiful Whitianga, Coromandel. Our scenic boat tour showcases Mercury Bay’s stunning ...

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Mauao Walk and Workshop

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

Our Mauao Walk and Workshop allows you to experience cultural history and learn the environmental significance of our an ...

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Cultural Performance

Activity LocationRotorua

Take a glimpse into our world of performing arts while partaking in one of our daily Cultural Performances. Let our loc ...

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Glass Bottom Boat Tours to the Hole in the Rock

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Check out the Hole in the Rock and the Fish through the Glass Bottom at Otehei Bay!

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4WD Bush Safari Experience - Self Drive

Activity LocationRotorua

Buckle in behind the wheel of one of Off Road NZ’s 4WDs. The terrain is like nothing you’ve encountered before and t ...

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Wine Tasting & Scenic Adventure

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

A land based tour in the beautiful Bay of Islands area including Wine Tasting, Lunch at a Vineyard, Historic Buildin ...

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Dinosaur House Museum

Activity LocationMt Ruapehu & Tongariro

Raetihi's Dinosaur House holds New Zealand's largest collection of privately owned dinosaur skeletons, fossils and life- ...

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The Candy Cottage - Escape Room Experience

Activity LocationTaupo

A group of you have gathered for a picnic at the forest's edge. It was all laughter and fun, but little did you know tha ...

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Big Kanu Glowworm Tour- Tauranga

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Appreciate the beautiful scenery, birdlife and Glowworms from your seat in our Big Kanu. Launch the Big Kanu from the la ...

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Wellington Scenic Full Day Tour

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

Experience the best of Wellington on a guided private 7-hour scenic drive around our beautiful capital city. Take in th ...

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Double Kayak Hire at Days Bay

Activity LocationLower Hutt, Wellington

Hire a double sit-on-top kayak and enjoy a relaxing paddle around Days Bay. Suitable for kids and adults up to a combine ...

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Waikato River EBike tour

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Start your ebike ride in the small regional town of Ngaruawahia. Ride beside the breathtakingly beautiful Waikato river ...

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Martinborough Winery Tour

Activity LocationWairarapa, Wellington

Short on time? Enjoy a guided private 6 hour winery tour to the Pinot Noir Capital of the North Island – Martinboroug ...

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Martinborough Wine Tour

Activity LocationWairarapa, Wellington

Sit back and relax with all your transport and tasting fees covered on your Martinborough winery tour A trip through re ...

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Waiheke Island Art Walk

Activity LocationWaiheke Island, Auckland

Waiheke supports a lively creative community – on this walk you’ll visit galleries, sculpture parks, artist studios ...

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Tourist Information About North Island

The North Island has an amazing climate and terrain that attracts people from all over the world. Many amazing attractions on offer are just waiting to be explored. The North Island showcases spectacular snorkelling and diving, unforgettable bush walks and hikes, exquisite views to experience while skydiving, on a cruise or scenic flight, and so much more! The North Island also has a lot of history to explore, such as the oldest survivng stone building in New Zealand, the Stone Store.



Skydive over crystal clear blue waters.

Skydiving is one of the top things to do in the North Island for adrenaline seekers. Imagine the rush of wind as you freefall at exhilarating speeds before gliding peacefully under a parachute while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the region. Skydiving is a unique way to see the North Island from a whole new perspective, and it's an experience you'll never forget.

Luxury fishing charter in Northland.

Days Out fishing Charter: The Days Out Fishing Charter is a great way to explore the beautiful North Island coastline and islands in style. Charter a luxury boat and take in the sights and sounds of the region while enjoying fishing. This is a perfect way to spend a day with friends or family while enjoying the sun and sea.

 

Tour the Coromandel by boat.

Cathedral Cove Boat Tour: Cathedral Cove is a famous spot in the North Island, known for its natural beauty and crystal clear waters. Take a scenic boat tour to the cove and enjoy the stunning views of the white sandy beach, the towering cliffs, and the surrounding marine life. This is a perfect way to spend a day exploring the North Island's natural beauty.

Indulge in a luxury mud spa.

Hells Gate Luxury Mud Spa: Hells Gate is a geothermal area in Rotorua known for its natural hot pools and mud pools. The luxury mud spa is a perfect way to relax and rejuvenate in the middle of this geothermal wonderland. Indulge in a mud bath, a steam bath, and a massage while taking in the natural beauty of the area.

 

Epic Tandem Kayak Tours down the Kaituna River in Rotorua

Tandem kayaking is a niche activity compared to traditional rafting trips in the area. There is nowhere else in the world that you can tandem kayak a river like this! The ‘Epic Tandem Kayak Tour’ is the most hands-on, head-first approach to conquering the mighty Kaituna River!



Top fun activities in the North Island


The North Island has so many activities on offer. Here is a list of the most fun activities and things to do in the North Island for all ages, price ranges, and durations.
 

Fishing in the Bay of Islands for all experience levels.

Days Out Fishing Charters Bay of Islands: The Bay of Islands is known for its excellent fishing opportunities, and a Days Out Fishing Charter is the perfect way to enjoy it. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, the Days Out team will take you on a fishing adventure you'll never forget.

 

Hole in the Rock Helicopter Ride and Landing.

Take a helicopter tour to the famous Hole in the Rock in the Bay of Islands and enjoy the breathtaking views of the region. The tour includes a landing on the rock, which is a unique and exciting experience.

 

Thrilling VR experience. 

If you're looking for something a little more high-tech, check out the best VR Escape experience. This is a virtual reality gaming place where you can experience a wide range of virtual reality games and simulations.

 

Tandem Skydive over Lake Taupo.

Lake Taupo is one of the most beautiful spots in the North Island, and a tandem skydive over the lake is a perfect way to enjoy the views. Experience the rush of freefall and the peaceful glide under a parachute while taking in the stunning scenery of the region.



Fun things to do with kids and children's activities in the North Island

Many activities in the North Island are kid-friendly, yet memorable for everyone. Check out the list below for some ideas of activities to do with kids and with the whole family.

3D Trick Art Gallery with puzzles and illusions.

The 3D Trick Art Gallery is a fun and interactive way for kids to experience art. With a variety of puzzles and illusions, the 3D Trick Art Gallery will keep kids engaged and entertained for hours.

 

Odyssey Sensory Maze for all ages.

The Odyssey Sensory Maze is another fun and interactive activity for kids. It is filled with illusions and interactive exhibits, providing hours of entertainment for kids and people of all ages. This is a cheap and memorable activity with the option to purchase illusion glasses.

 

Stargazing Tours

Explore southern night sky treasures; Milky Way, Moon and planets from our pristine dark sky site using research grade telescope in rotating dome. Handle meteorites older than Earth, sit inside giant sundial, take a journey through our scale model solar system. Unique family activity. Free self-contained campervan parking overnight. Bookings essential. Boutique B&B onsite.

 

Kiwi North: Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park

You will find Northland's only Kiwi House at Kiwi North. This Whangarei attraction is set on 25 hectares of rolling farmland, forest & bush, with views that overlook the city and the Whangarei Heads the site features a museum, a nocturnal kiwi house and gift store, and unique Victorian heritage buildings. 

Alpaca Feeding Farm.

Alpaca feeding trail is a unique experience for kids and adults alike; it allows you to feed and interact with these friendly animals while learning about their behaviour and habits. Many farms offer a guided tour and a chance to take a photo with the Alpaca, making it a fantastic family-friendly activity.



Things to do in the North Island when it’s raining.

The weather in the North Island is not always perfect, so having a few rainy-day activities up your sleeve is a good idea. Below is a list of rainy-day activities and fun things to do in the North Island when its raining.


VR Escape

This is a virtual reality gaming venue where you can experience a variety of immersive games and simulations. You'll have the opportunity to explore virtual worlds, solve puzzles, and engage in thrilling adventures.

Weta Workshop Unleashed 

This tour will take you behind the scenes of Weta Workshop, the special effects studio behind the Lord of the Rings and other films. You'll get to see how the movie magic is made and learn about the creative process behind the movies.

Odyssey Sensory Maze

This is an interactive maze with illusions where you can explore a variety of different environments and test your senses. The maze is designed to challenge your perception and test your ability to navigate confusing spaces.

Wellington's Cocktail Tour 

This tour will take you to some of the city's best bars and cocktail lounges. You'll get to sample delicious cocktails and learn about the history and culture of Wellington's drinking scene.

 

Race car simulator.

This experience will allow you to experience the thrill of racing without leaving the comfort of indoors. You'll get to drive a virtual race car on a variety of tracks, and the simulator will give you a realistic sense of the speed and excitement of racing.

Escape rooms in Auckland.

This escape room in Auckland offers many different fun themes and time ranges. This activity can take anywhere from 30 to 90 minutes! This is a great and cheap way to fill in a rainy day in Auckland.




Best day trips in the North Island


The North Island has a spectacular coastline and terrain that allow for many day-long excursions that are cheap and memorable. Check out the list below to find the most amazing all-day activities.


Tandem Skydive over Lake Taupo

This is a once in a lifetime experience where you can jump out of a plane and freefall at 200km/hr before your parachute opens and you float down to the stunning Lake Taupo. The views of the lake and surrounding areas are breathtaking and make for an unforgettable experience.

 

America's Cup Sailing Experience in Auckland harbour.

Get a taste of what it's like to sail a high-performance racing yacht on the Waitematā Harbour, Auckland. The America's Cup Sailing Experience allows you to take the helm, grind or trim the sails, and work as part of a team to sail the yacht to its maximum potential.

 

Hobbiton Express Tour of the hobbit movie set


Visit the Hobbiton Movie Set, the location of the Shire from the Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Take a guided tour of the set, see the hobbit holes, the Mill and the Green Dragon Inn, and enjoy a drink at the end of the tour.

 

Half Day Natural Horsemanship & Ride

Learn about horse behavior and communication as you work with a horse on the ground, learning how to safely and effectively handle, lead, and groom them. Once you have formed a bond, you will then have the opportunity to take a horse out for a ride.

 

Half Day Rafting on the Rangitikei River

Experience the thrill of white water rafting on the Rangitikei River. With rapids ranging from grade 2 to grade 4, this is a great way to test your limits and get your adrenaline pumping. The scenery along the river is also beautiful, with lush native bush and wildlife.



Great Experiences in the North Island

There is a range of great activities in the North Island, here is a list of all the top-rated activities that everyone will enjoy.


Skydiving in the North Island.

Skydiving is one of the top things to do in the North Island for adrenaline seekers. Imagine the rush of wind as you freefall at exhilarating speeds before gliding peacefully under a parachute while taking in the breathtaking panoramic views of the region. Skydiving is a unique way to see the North Island from a whole new perspective, and it's an experience you'll never forget.

 

Prvate Fishing Charter for all skill levels. 

The Days Out Fishing Charter is a great way to explore the beautiful North Island coastline and islands in style. Charter a luxury boat and take in the sights and sounds of the region while enjoying fishing. This is a perfect way to spend a day with friends or family while enjoying the sun and sea.

 

Cathedral Cove Boat Tour.

Cathedral Cove is a famous spot in the North Island, known for its natural beauty and crystal clear waters. Take a scenic boat tour to the cove and enjoy the stunning views of the white sandy beach, the towering cliffs, and the surrounding marine life. This is a perfect way to spend a day exploring the North Island's natural beauty.

 

Hells Gate Luxury Mud Spa in Rotorua.

Hells Gate is a geothermal area in Rotorua known for its natural hot pools and mud pools. The luxury mud spa is a perfect way to relax and rejuvenate in the middle of this geothermal wonderland. Indulge in a mud bath, a steam bath, and a massage while taking in the natural beauty of the area.

 

Scenic Cruise in Lake Rotorua.

Take a leisurely cruise on the picturesque Lake Rotorua and enjoy the stunning views of the surrounding geothermal area. This is a great way to spend a relaxing afternoon while taking in the natural beauty of the region. The boat tour you can enjoy the sights and sounds of native birds like the Tui, Kōkako, and the Kererū.

 




Best hikes and walking tracks in the North Island

The North Island is made up of spectacular coastline and beautiful rolling hills that make for the most amazing walks. There are a variety of walking tracks on offer, from coastline tracks and bush walks to mountain ranges for serious hikers. The tracks can range from one hour to complete to several days. Hikes are one of the best ways to explore the stunning and vast North Island.



Bay of Islands Coastal Walkway

This track is an advanced walking track that is great for exploring the Bay of Islands as it is a full-circle track around the bay that takes 8 hours to complete. This hike is very versatile with many different options for where in the loop to start and end.


Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway

This track is great for all skill levels as it covers beaches, cliff tops, native forests and farmlands with a gentle track. The Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway hike takes 2-3 hours to complete and is a total of 5km long. This makes the track a great option for a morning or evening excursion.

 

Rangitoto Summit Track

While Auckland may seem like a crowded city, it has spectacular secluded beaches all around it that offer amazing hikes. Rangitoto Island is just off the coast of Auckland and is a great place to visit for a day trip. The spectacular 2 hour easy hike on the Island has views of Auckland city, stunning beaches and native bush.

 

Coast to Coast Walk

This walk, located in Auckland, takes you across the width of the country in 4 to 5 hours! The highlights of this walk include heritage sights, volcanoes and a beautiful urban landscape. This walk starts at the Auckland ferry terminal, so a great way to start the walk would be after a day excursion outside Auckland!  


The Cathedral Cove Walk

The Coromandel, known for its stunning world-renowned coastline, is the perfect place for walking and hiking in New Zealand. The Cathedral Cove Walk is an easy track that showcases everything to love about the Coromandel. This walking track takes 1.5 hours to complete and features the well-known gemstone and stingray bays, and stunning natural rock formations and caves.


Tongariro Alpine Crossing

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing track is one of the most popular tracks in New Zealand for a good reason. This track showcases an active crater, lava tracks, huge geothermal steam vents, stunning emerald lakes high in the mountains, and breathtaking views. This hike takes 8 hours to complete, it is an advanced track but the views the entire way make it a good investment.

 

Taupō Lakeside Walks

Lake Taupō is a stunning large lake in the middle of the North Island. Around the outside of the lake is an easy-going, peaceful walking track. This track crosses paths with sandy beaches, picnic spots and stunning cliffs.





Best beaches in North Island to visit


The North Island of New Zealand harbours some of the most amazing, world-renowned beaches. Beaches in the North Island are all worth visiting as each one is unique and beautiful. From surf beaches, black sand beaches and rocky beaches to geothermal beaches, the North Island has something for everyone.




Piha Beach

Famous for its black sand and powerful surf, Piha Beach is a popular destination on Auckland's west coast. It's surrounded by rugged cliffs and iconic rock formations like Lion Rock, making it a must-visit for beach lovers and surf enthusiasts.

Hot Water Beach

Located on the Coromandel Peninsula, Hot Water Beach is known for its geothermally heated water that bubbles up through the sand. Visitors can dig their own hot pools during low tide, creating a unique and relaxing beach experience.


Cathedral Cove

Accessible by a picturesque walking track, Cathedral Cove in the Coromandel is famous for its stunning natural archway and crystal-clear waters. The beach is surrounded by white cliffs, creating a breathtaking setting.


Ninety Mile Beach

Stretching along the west coast of the Aupouri Peninsula, Ninety Mile Beach is a vast and seemingly endless expanse of golden sand. It's known for its beauty and provides a unique driving experience for those looking to explore its length.



Mount Maunganui Main Beach

Nestled at the base of Mount Maunganui, this beach is renowned for its golden sands and excellent surf conditions. The iconic Mount Maunganui summit offers panoramic views of the beach and the Bay of Plenty.


Raglan Beach

A laid-back surf town on the west coast, Raglan is known for its long left-hand surf breaks and black sand beaches. Ngarunui Beach is particularly popular for both surfers and those seeking a relaxed coastal atmosphere.


Tawharanui Beach

Located within Tawharanui Regional Park, this beach offers pristine white sands and clear turquoise waters. It's an excellent spot for swimming, snorkelling, and enjoying the coastal beauty of the Hauraki Gulf.


Orewa Beach

Just north of Auckland, Orewa Beach is a family-friendly destination with a long stretch of golden sand. The beach is ideal for swimming, picnics, and enjoying the relaxed seaside atmosphere.

 

Waihi Beach

Situated in the Bay of Plenty, Waihi Beach is known for its long, flat stretch of white sand and great surf conditions. It's a popular destination for water activities, beach walks, and enjoying the coastal scenery.


Whangamata Beach

A favourite holiday spot on the Coromandel Peninsula, Whangamata Beach is renowned for its excellent surf conditions and vibrant summer atmosphere. The beach town offers a range of water activities and a relaxed coastal vibe.


Castlepoint Beach

Located on the Wairarapa coast, Castlepoint Beach is known for its unique lighthouse on Castle Rock. The beach offers a mix of sandy shores and rocky outcrops, providing a scenic and peaceful coastal retreat.


Oakura Beach

Tucked away in Taranaki, Oakura Beach is a local gem with black sand, good surf, and a laid-back atmosphere. Surrounded by scenic landscapes, it's an ideal spot for both relaxation and water sports.

 


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