Head to the top half of New Zealand and enjoy some of the world’s most diverse scenery.

Vineyards, rolling hills, dense rainforests, wild coastlines and glorious white beaches are just some of New Zealand’s superb North Island landscapes, not to mention boiling mud pools and gushing geysers. Be sure to visit its two main port cities, Auckland - the 'City of Sails', and Wellington, its capital, as well as the beautifully unique Art Deco-style Napier and award-winning Hawke’s Bay wine region.

  • Head to Rotorua's geothermal wonderland with bubbling sulphur pools and erupting geysers at Wai-O-Tapu
  • Search for dolphins and whales on a cruise around the beautiful Bay of Islands
  • Climb to the top of Auckland's 328m-high Sky Tower for panoramic views over the city
  • Enjoy the relaxed café culture of New Zealand's hilly harbourside capital, Wellington
  • See incredible views on the Tongariro Crossing, repeatedly voted one of the world's Top 10 one-day treks

Good to know

Time difference:

GMT +12 hours (GMT +13 hours from the last week in March to the first week in October)

Capital:

Wellington

Currency:

New Zealand Dollar (NZ$) comprising of 100 cents.

Flying time to destination:

Auckland: 23 hours, Christchurch: 24½ hours.

More facts

When to visit North Island

Jan

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Feb

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Mar

Recommended

Good time to escape

Apr

Recommended

Good time to escape

May

Recommended

Good time to escape

Jun

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

Jul

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

Aug

Could be Recommended

might be time to escape

Sep

Recommended

Good time to escape

Oct

Recommended

Good time to escape

Nov

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

Dec

Highly Recommended

Perfect time to escape

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