Hello! I just finished my week-long tour of the north island of New Zealand and I wanted to put together a little recap post of all the places we visited. I spent a little over one week on the north island. A few days in Auckland on my own and then my organized tour started and made its way down to Wellington over the course of one week.
I didn’t realize this before I visited, but the weather and landscapes are completely different on the north island versus the south island. The north island is warmer and has volcanoes, hot springs, beaches, and rolling green hills. The south island is cooler with beautiful mountains, glaciers, and rivers.
I flew into Auckland from Los Angeles and spent three days in an Airbnb exploring the city. It was raining on and off the whole time so I’m glad I had my rain jacket with me.
New Zealand had a bad cyclone (hurricane) about a week before I arrived. As a result, my tour was rerouted from Cathedral Cove to Tauranga to avoid the damage done to the northern coast. Tauranga is a quite little beach town on the eastern coast of the north island. It was actually really nice so I didn’t mind the detour.
Next up we visited Hobbiton. I wrote a separate post on my visit to Hobbiton so you can check that out by clicking -> here.
After Hobbiton we headed to Rotorua. I also wrote a separate post on Rotorua that you can check out by clicking -> here.
After Rotorua, we visited Taupo. A city built around a lake that was formed from a volcanic eruption over 25,000 years ago. We were supposed to hike one of the volcanoes in the area on our free day in Taupo, but it was canceled due to the weather. So instead we stayed around town and went sailing in the crater lake and saw some native Maori carvings.
After Taupo, we headed to Wellington to essentially spend the night before our 6:15 AM ferry crossing to the south island the next day. Since we arrived late in the evening and left early we really didn’t explore much of Wellington.
Stay tuned for my posts on the south island coming up next!