Discover classic and unspoilt North Island natural landscapes.
Take a trip to two of the most picturesque areas on New Zealand’s North Island. The Bay of Islands is known for its spectacular rock formations and diverse marine life, while the secluded Cape Reinga has a beautiful lighthouse and mesmerising views over the sea.
Bay Of Islands & Cape Reinga holiday highlights
The stunning Bay of Islands is off the north-west coast of North Island and has a rich Maori and European heritage. Pay a visit to this beautiful spot and you’ll find more than 140 islands and the famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ formation. It’s a 50-minute flight or a wonderfully scenic three-hour drive up the east coast to Auckland, and you can spot local marine life including dolphins, whales and penguins here.
We also recommend seeing Cape Reinga, the tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet. It’s over 60 miles north of the nearest small town, Kaitaia, and it’s an amazing secluded spot which gives you a sort of ‘end of the earth’ feeling when you’re standing on the bluff. Visit the unorthodox-style lighthouse, topped with a dome and a weather vane, and lap up the endless ocean views.