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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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Exclusive Sailing Charter ex Waiheke

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Charter our 41-foot catamaran for a day and set sail on your own adventure. Most ......

4.5hr // Hole in the Rock Cruise & Island Tour

4.5hr // Hole in the ...

Embark on a captivating 4.5-hour cruise and island tour in the Bay of Islands, N ......

Omni VR

Omni VR

You’ll actually walk or run through your virtual world on the Omni Treadmill. ......

Escape HQ Hamilton

Escape HQ Hamilton

Prepare for an exhilarating hour of fun and entertainment! Choose your game and ......

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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Waka Ama Adventure (Outrigger Canoe)

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

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

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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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Vigilant Yacht Charters - Day Sailing Bay of Islands

Activity LocationRussell, Northland

The Bay of Islands is an ideal sailing playground. Step on board our stunning 42ft classic cutter rig yacht to experienc ...

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MOUNT TARAWERA / ORAKEI KORAKO 'THERMAL EXPLORER' DUAL LANDING - 5A

Activity LocationRotorua

From above Mount Tarawera impressive views include vast volcanic rifts, distant national parks and our treasured lakes. ...

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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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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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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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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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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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Auckland Harbour Dinner Cruise

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

A unique opportunity to dine on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour under sail on this 2.5 hour experience.

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The Sea Kayak Excursion

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Explore New Zealand's ancient coastline on this boutique guided sea kayak excursion. Enjoy hot drinks and decadent treat ...

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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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Wellington's Cocktail Tour (Walking Tour)

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

Get away from the tourist trap, enjoy the local and quirky atmosphere and sample some of Wellington’s best cocktail cr ...

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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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Glass bottom boat Tour

Activity LocationNorth Auckland, Auckland

EXPERIENCE GOAT ISLAND WITH OUR GLASS BOTTOM BOAT TOUR Located in Leigh, north of Auckland, our Glass Bottom Boat ope ...

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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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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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Buried Village Experience

Activity LocationRotorua

Stories of survival and resilience are told throughout our museum exhibits and in over 1km of heritage excavations. Wand ...

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MOUNT TARAWERA / ORAKEI KORAKO 'THERMAL EXPLORER' DUAL LANDING FLOATPLANE - 5B

Activity LocationRotorua

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

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Waiheke Island Vineyards & Bush Walk

Activity LocationWaiheke Island, Auckland

This spectacular walk has a little bit of everything – bush, beach, headlands and vineyards. We start with a walk thro ...

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Tauranga Scenic Harbor Cruise

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Looking for things to do in Tauranga? Bay Explorer has several years experience showcasing the Tauranga Harbour. Join ou ...

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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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Rotorua Canopy Tours Ziplining Forest Adventure

Activity LocationRotorua

Voted TripAdvisor’s #1 Nature Activity on the planet, Rotorua Canopy Tours is an unforgettable and enlightening advent ...

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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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Stand Up Paddleboard Hire at Days Bay

Activity LocationLower Hutt, Wellington

Hire a stand up paddleboard (SUP) and enjoy a relaxing paddle around Days Bay. Suitable for kids and adults up to 100kg

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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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Family Friendly Caving Adventure!

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

30 million years ago Mother Nature worked her magic and began to form some of the most incredible and beautiful caves th ...

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Cathedral Cove Boat Tour - Departs Hahei

Activity LocationWhitianga, Coromandel

Embark on an extraordinary journey through Hahei’s ancient volcanic coastline, where awe-inspiring geography and Māor ...

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Evening Glowworm Kayak Tour- Tauranga

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Start your Evening Glowworm Tour at Waimarino alongside the Wairoa River. Enjoy delicious refreshments while watching th ...

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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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Island Hopper Sailing Cruise

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Join the Barefoot Sailing crew for a magical sailing experience in the Bay of Islands. Specialising in small groups, you ...

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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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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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Russell Mini Tours

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Romantic Russell – Steeped in history with a very checkered past. Bus tour departing from Russell Wharf, spend a comfo ...

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing return shuttle from Taupo

Activity LocationTaupo

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing is the best one-day trek in New Zealand. It is 19.4 km (12 mile) through volcanic alpine ...

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America's Cup Sailing Experience

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

Join our crew sailing this authentic America's Cup Yacht on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour with this 2 hour experience.

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Sustainable sailing to the Maori Rock Carvings.

Activity LocationTaupo

Step aboard, explore Lake Taupō, and discover its natural beauty and hidden wonders with an eco-friendly cruise with Sa ...

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VR Escape

Activity LocationNorth Auckland, Auckland

Introducing Virtual Reality Escape Rooms. You'll be fully immersed in a mind-blowing, virtual reality world where you’ ...

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Private Sightseeing Tour + Wine Tasting Experience

Activity LocationHawkes Bay

Private tour for groups of up to 5 pax in our luxury Mercedes-Benz wagon with full leather interior, climate control and ...

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Skydive

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

Start your adventure with a 20/25-minute scenic flight with breathtaking views of Mount Maunganui and golden beaches exp ...

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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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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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Escape Rooms Tauranga

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

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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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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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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Scenic Lake Rotoiti Kayak Tour - Rotorua

Activity LocationRotorua

Embark on an extraordinary adventure with our Scenic Lake Rotoiti Day tour, granting you access to one of New Zealand's ...

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Alpaca Feeding Trail

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Walk the alpaca trail and feed them over the fence. This option runs for ±25 minutes on the half-hour between 10 am - 4 ...

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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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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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Sundowner Evening Sailing Cruise

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Fancy an evening cruise? Sail the inner area of the Bay of Islands, making the most of our beautiful sea breeze on o ...

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Snorkeling Trip

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

We are lucky in the Bay of Islands to have some of the best snorkelling in New Zealand. We have a marine reserve in Deep ...

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Beauty & Spa Treatments

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Relax and unwind at La Spa Naturale as our professionally trained Beauty and Massage Therapists offer you the ultimate i ...

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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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Paintball package

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Experience the Bay of Plenty’s top choice for paintball fun! An exciting and adrenaline-pumping activity!

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Real Rock Climbing Experience

Activity LocationHamilton & Waikato

Climbing is the fastest growing adventure sport in the world, and luckily for us, it’s our passion! Climbing indoors i ...

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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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R Tucker Thompson

Activity LocationRussell, Northland

A tall ship sailing adventure in the Bay of Islands! Join R Tucker Thompson for a Day Sail or Sundowner Sailing! Help as ...

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Auckland Half Day Ebike Tour

Activity LocationWest Auckland, Auckland

Choose from three scenic Auckland tours. Fully guided, ebikes and morning/afternoon tea provided. See parts of Auckland ...

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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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Wellington Foodie Delights Tour

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

Savour the fabulous tastes and sights of the stunning capital city of New Zealand – Wellington. Enjoy a guided Foodie ...

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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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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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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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Remutaka Rail Trail eBike Explorer Day Trip

Activity LocationUpper Hutt, Wellington

Discover the Remutaka Ranges' rich rail history & natural beauty on an eBike (electric bike). The flagship daytrip o ...

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Mountain to the Sea

Activity LocationMount Maunganui, Bay Of Plenty

Immerse yourself in true Tauranga culture from the Mountain to the Sea, escorted by our local guides on waka ama canoes, ...

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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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Action Bug

Activity LocationRotorua

Riverbugs mixed with generous portions of whitewater in a breathtaking gorge on the Rangitāiki river in the Eastern Bay ...

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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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Northland Golf Resort

Activity LocationDoubtless Bay, Northland

Play... Take a swing at Carrington Estate’s championship golf course. Crafted by renowned American course designer, M ...

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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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Rotorua Escape

Activity LocationDowntown Auckland, Auckland

Day Trip to Rotorua to see the geyser, learn about the Maori history and other interesting sights

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Mount Tarawera Guided Volcanic Crater Hike

Activity LocationRotorua

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

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Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour - Tauranga

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

The tranquil expanse of Lake McLaren embodies serenity in its purest form. Immerse yourself in a blissful journey as you ...

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Drivers Obsession

Activity LocationRotorua

Two Experiences in One Pass - Bush Bash in our 4WD Plus Raceline Karting!!

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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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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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Skydive in the Bay of Islands

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Blue skies, blue waters, golden sands and sunshine is what we’re all about. Oh, and we LOVE skydiving! The thrill, the ...

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Canoe Hire & Jet Boat Tours Whanganui River

Activity LocationMt Ruapehu & Tongariro

Whanganui River Canoe hire and Jet boat tours. Experience the thrill.

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Geothermal Trails

Activity LocationRotorua

Geothermal Trails

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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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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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Dolphin & Wildlife Eco Cruise

Activity LocationTauranga, Bay Of Plenty

Watch dolphins swimming up close as you explore our big blue backyard! Enjoying an amazing half-day cruise along the pri ...

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Dolphin Eco Cruise

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Experience the spectacular natural beauty of the Bay of Islands and its abundant wildlife. Spot marine mammals in their ...

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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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Eco Sailing Adventure ex Waiheke

Activity LocationHauraki Gulf, Auckland

Discover the stunning natural environment of the Hauraki Gulf Marine Park aboard our 41-foot sailing catamaran. You’ll ...

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Hologate

Activity LocationNorth Auckland, Auckland

Immerse yourself in the fully-realised future of entertainment with Hologate VR, a one-of-its kind single or multi-playe ...

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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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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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Monster 4X4 Thrill Ride

Activity LocationRotorua

Strapped into your seat with helmet and protective gear on, brace yourself for the power and brute force of an all-terra ...

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Full Day Wellington Food Tour

Activity LocationWellington City, Wellington

The Full Day Wellington Food Tour is the best way to see and taste your way around the worlds Coolest Little Capital and ...

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Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Journey to the very tip of the North Island and uncover a region of rich Māori tradition along the way on an unforgetta ...

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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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Hole in the Rock Cruise

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Cruise out through the Bay’s pristine islands and along the Cape Brett Peninsula. See the historic Cape Brett lighthou ...

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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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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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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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WHITE ISLAND/ MOUNT TARAWERA 'VOLCANIC EXTREMES' FLOATPLANE ADVENTURE - 4A

Activity LocationRotorua

Fly over New Zealand’s only permanently active offshore volcano, White Island and enjoy amazing aerial views of the is ...

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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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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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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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