North Island Sightseeing

Here are our top 10 Must Dos in the North Island

Hole in the Rock

10: Hole in the Rock

Join the Dolphin Seeker catamaran for a half-day Bay of Islands tour. Cruise to the end of the Cape Brett Peninsula, and the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. Watch out for dolphins, whales and other marine life. Stop off at Urupukapuka Island, relax on the beach, or walk to the top of the island for 360° views.

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9: Admission to Te Puia

Visit Te Puia, New Zealand’s living Maori cultural centre, in the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, five minutes form central Rotorua. 
With land steeped in ancestral history, and a guiding legacy dating back centuries, Te Puia extend their hospitality and heritage to visitors. Te Puia’s 60 hectares includes a live Kiwi enclosure, the world-famous Pohutu Geyser and over 500 other geothermal wonders.

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Te Puia Geothermal Valley
Waitomo Caves

8: Waitomo Caves

Our world-renowned Waitomo Glowworm Caves are a natural attraction, which have amazed visitors for over 125 years. This tour takes you through stunning underground scenery. The impressive acoustic Cathedral, the Tomo limestone shaft and a magical boat trip through the spectacular Glowworm Grotto. Thousands of glowworms radiate their luminescent light and our expert guides provide fascinating commentary along the way.

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7: Hobbiton

Discover Middle-earth and let your imagine run wild during this fun and fascinating, two-hour guided tour of the Hobbiton movie set. On picturesque private farmland you can visit the Hobbit Holes, The Green Dragon Inn, The Mill, double arched bridge and other features and structures built for the Lord of the Rings Trilogy and The Hobbit films.

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Hobbiton NZ Tours
Rafting Kaituna River

6: Rotorua Kaituna White Water Rafting

Join River Rats the rafting experts for an adrenalin rush as you ride the 
white water of the Kaituna River just a stone’s throw from central Rotorua. Imagine the exhilaration of foamy water followed by a seven metre drop! This grade 5 river offers a pattern of rapids followed by calm water, okay for most, even adventurous beginners.

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5: Hukafalls Jet

Experience the thrill of jet boating on the mighty Waikato River right to the base of the mighty Huka Falls. This half hour experience combines sightseeing with high-speed excitement. Shoot along the beautiful river, past sheer rock cliff faces and banks lined with picturesque native bush. Hang on during 360° spins which will take your breath away.

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Hukafalls Jet

4: White Island Tours

Dare to explore White Island, New Zealand’s only active marine volcano on an adventurous six-hour guided tour. Transfer by purpose built, luxury launch departing Whakatane Wharf on the 80-minute journey to the island. Learn about its history via expert commentary along the way. Reach the island by inflatable then follow our expert guides right to the hissing crater’s edge.

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3: Rainbow Springs

Rotorua’s Rainbow Springs is built around the largest Kiwi conservation centre in the world. Set in 22 acres of beautiful native trees and streams it is a conservation and breeding haven for many native animals, birds and endangered species including the Kiwi and Tuatara. Feed the giant wild trout, see the free flight aviaries and fascinating the Kiwi hatchery.

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Rainbow Springs
Rotorua Luge

2: Rotorua Gondola and Luge

For spectacular views over Rotorua, visit the Skyline complex at 
Mt Ngongotaha. Travel high up the mountain by gondola to see breathtaking scenery over surrounding lakes and geothermal areas. 
At the summit dine at the buffet and grill restaurant, several nature walks and the start of the Skyline Luge, a wheeled gravity ride, which zooms downhill through Redwood Forest.

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Our #1 North Island Must Do is…

1: Mitai Maori Village

Step back in time and immerse yourself in Maori culture at an authentic Maori village nestled in ancient Forest. Experience a sacred formal ceremony before being welcomed through fortifications and into the village. Learn about Maori art forms and traditions. See weaponry and craft displays, listen to villagers tell stories of ancestors, enjoy a Maori Hangi, songs and performances including the Poi dance and powerful Maori Haka.

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