North Island of New Zealand. North Island Sights.

North Island of New Zealand. North Island Sights.

When it got deep, we started floating on a paddleboard. And then even ducked under a rock, where the distance to the face of a maximum of 10 centimeters. All this action was associated with the cold, darkness and uncertainty. At some point my fingers began to fall off: the water was freezing!

The sense of time was lost. An hour seemed to have passed since we had begun our adventure.

And then, at last, the command: “Turn off the flashlights. My eyes slowly began to get used to the absolute darkness. The guide explained that we now had to get a grip on each other. When a kind of “steam train” was ready, he pulled us all somewhere in one fell swoop.

And we saw real magic! Thousands of emerald dots lit up the cave. Each dot was the size of a bead, but their number made it feel like a starry sky.

The glow effect is due to a special enzyme that the glowworm larva uses to attract food. Oh, great nature!

That’s the end of the fairy tale. After the cold cave, my fingers went numb and remembered the adventure for another three days. But the worms were amazing!

Huka Falls.

On the evening of day four, on our way out of Waimangu, we passed Huka Falls, the waterfalls touted as the most visited attraction in the country.

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Huka Falls.

I don’t know how they count, as there’s just an entrance on a path off the road with no detectors of any kind. After the majestic Iguazu, I can’t call Huka a powerful waterfall. The story goes that the water would fill an Olympic swimming pool in 11 seconds. Iguazu fills three in a second! But the color of the water is oh-so-beautiful!

Taupo Lake.

At the center of the North Island is the largest freshwater lake in Australasia, Taupo. The local Maori tribe calls it the inland sea of New Zealand.

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Lake Taupo

The lake is usually very calm, but its creation was one of the most spectacular natural phenomena in history. Giant eruption of Oruanui, 27,000 years ago, shot a column of volcanic debris 50 kilometers high, covered the North Island with a thick layer of volcanic ash and created a caldera, which is now a lake.

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing

Tongariro National Park is the oldest national park in New Zealand and a World Heritage Site.

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Before starting the Tongariro Alpine Crossing trek

The Tongariro Alpine Crossing trekking route is one of the top ten treks in the world. We covered it in 6 hours including stops. The route of medium difficulty is so famous that at the beginning you will even have to push yourself: in addition to tourists, you will meet New Zealand schoolchildren here.

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View of Mount Ngauruhoe

On February 19, 1975, Ranger Herb and a group of schoolchildren were hiking near Mount Ngauruhoe. They were in the Red Crater area when an eerie cracking sound was heard. Smoke billowed from the crater and a mixture of gas, ash, and rock, heated to 800 degrees Celsius, began descending the mountainside at breakneck speed. This phenomenon is called pyroclastic flow.

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The red crater

There is an opinion that the pyroclastic flow was the main cause of death in Pompeii.

Then the volcano became even more active and the wind changed direction. Boulders began to fall near the group, exploding as they fell and splintering into burning fragments. The boys couldn’t turn back, so they ran toward the Central Crater. Already seemingly safe 3.7 km away from the mountain, everyone was swept off their feet by the blast from the Ngauruhoe eruption.

Fortunately, no one was injured on that distant day. Even though Mount Ngauruhoe has been asleep since 1977, no one knows what will happen tomorrow.

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Volcanoes are beautiful, but you should know that danger always exists.

Unfortunately, volcanic eruptions are still happening these days. The most recent one occurred on December 9, 2019 on White Island. This area is very popular with tourists, but it is not a state reserve. Therefore, private companies neglected to warn of increasing activity. There were 47 people on the island that day, 19 of whom died.


Wellington was named the “Coolest Little Capital in the World” by Lonely Planet.

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Wellington is the southernmost capital in the world!

It’s a compact city with a powerful mix of culture, history, nature and cuisine. Don’t forget to load up on flat white coffee, which was invented here!

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There are many things to see and do in Wellington, but we chose an unusual attraction – the Parliament of New Zealand. It’s completely free to not only take a tour, but you can also attend a daytime session.

Parliament of New Zealand.

I so wanted to see Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern and she didn’t show up! Some other guy was answering questions instead.

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Greetings from New Zealand.

They say the South Island is cooler than the North Island, but I say you have to visit both!

To summarize, here are the best places on the North Island of New Zealand in our opinion:

⭐️ Hobbiton, the set of Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit ⭐️ Waitomo Caves with its magical fireflies ⭐️ Rotorua and Waimangu Thermal Springs ⭐️ Tongariro National Park and Walking Trail ⭐️ Wellington, the capital of New Zealand and home to the best flat white

Attractions in the North

Lake Taupo Caves Waitomo Volcano Ruapehu Falls Hooka Cape East Volcano Tarawera Cottage Triti House Hamilton Airport

This site compiles the sights of North – photos, descriptions, and travel tips. The list is based on popular travel guides and presented by type, name and rating. Here you’ll find answers to what to see in North, where to go, and where the popular and interesting places in North are.

Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo (photo)

Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand. The lake is located in the central part of the North Island. The lake is 44 kilometers long and 33 square kilometers in area. It is the largest natural freshwater reservoir in the entire South Pacific.

Two thousand years ago, the North Island of New Zealand was shaken by a volcanic eruption – so powerful that its ash covered the sky over China. The result was a colossal crater of 616 square kilometers. Gradually it filled with water. Lake Taupo was formed.

The local fauna includes the northern coho (river crayfish) and kokopa (white smelt). The lake is known for its huge populations of brown and rainbow trout, imported from Europe and California, respectively, in the late 19th century. Large colonies of sponges and other invertebrates live around the underwater geothermal sinkholes at the bottom of the lake.

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The natural uniqueness of the lake makes it one of the most beautiful and popular vacation spots for New Zealanders and tourists from other countries. Approximately 1.2 million people visit it each year.

Taupo offers a variety of recreational activities: lake cruises (the most popular), speedboat rides, visits to a shrimp farm and observatory, rafting on the mountain rivers, bungee jumping in the Waikato River.

Coordinates : -38.81911400,175.91239900

Waitomo Caves.

Waitomo Caves (photo)

The Waitomo Caves are estimated by some scientists to be more than two million years old. They are world famous for their stunning stalactites and stalagmites whose facets play intricately in the light emanating from a large colony of fireflies.

All this has made the Waitomo Caves a popular center for tourism and speleology. Initially, tourists were offered impromptu guided tours by locals. Since 1904, however, the place has been placed under government control.

Waitomo caves will be interesting to visit as ordinary tourists and athletes. The fact that for a visit is open to both easily accessible areas, as well as inaccessible cave systems, suitable for extreme sports speleologists.

Coordinates : -38.26067200,175.10361000

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Ruapehu Volcano.

Ruapehu volcano in the North (photo)

The Tongariro National Park in New Zealand is home to one of the highest and most active volcanoes in this amazing country, Mount Ruapehu, whose name in the New Zealand Maori language means “rumbling abyss”. The volcano is the highest point on the North Island, with its three peaks of Tahurangi, Paretaitonga, and Te Heuheu rising to 2,800 meters above sea level. Every few decades Ruapehu wakes up from its long sleep, the last time it did so was in 2007.

On the snow-capped peak of Ruapehu, in its crater is a beautiful unfrozen lake, which forms anew after each volcanic eruption. The temperature of its water periodically reaches thirty-nine degrees Celsius.

Tongariro National Park offers tourists a fascinating hike on the slopes of the volcano, and in winter there are two excellent ski resorts Turoa and Wakapapapa.

Coordinates : -39.28349300,175.56726100

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Hooka Falls

Huka Falls (photo)

Hooka Falls, a series of waterfalls, is one of New Zealand’s most popular natural attractions. They are located within the Wairakei Park and present a host of stunning opportunities for photographers and water scenery enthusiasts.

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The Falls are a popular attraction around Taupo and are easily accessible.

Although there are much higher waterfalls in New Zealand, Hooka Falls consistently attracts masses of tourists precisely because of its spectacular view. A fast-moving motorboat can take tourists right up to a few meters from the falls into the river. A boat tour ticket costs about $90.

Hook Falls is an amazing place to witness the incredible power of nature. The waterfalls are a phenomenon of natural hydroelectric power – because the volume of water pouring down from the falls in one second is close to 220,000 liters.

Coordinates: -38.65990800,176.08179700

Eastern Cape

Cape Oriental (photo)

Cape East is at the eastern end of New Zealand’s North Island. It is here that the world’s easternmost lighthouse, discovered in 1900, is located. Its height is 154 meters above sea level.

Once this place was the center of social life of the indigenous Maori population, with a large number of marae and villages. But in the 19th century the Maori way of life came to an end: the settlement was destroyed and settled by the British colonists.

When you come here, you can enjoy the beauty of these places: on sunny days, you can see the shimmering turquoise on the sea, and in cloudy weather – the view of the green-covered and misty rocky slopes. You can also wander through gorges of clear mountain rivers and, most importantly, climbing the lighthouse, the first to meet the sunrise.

Coordinates: -37.64050500,178.46452500

Volcano Tarawera

Tarawera volcano (photo)

Tarawera is an active volcano in New Zealand, located on the North Island. Before its largest eruption in 1886, the base of the volcano was called the “Pink and White Terraces” and was recognized as one of the Eight Wonders of the World.

In 1900 the largest geyser ever observed on Earth was created here. Its column of boiling water, rocks and mud reached a height of 400 meters. Now at the site of the geyser stretches boiling Lake Vaimangu.

Geoscientists thought the terraces had collapsed after the explosion, but in 2011, 2 terraces were found at the bottom of Lake Rotomahana. The last volcanic eruption was recorded 95 years later in 1981. One can only dream of a stable peace in this part of the island.

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Coordinates : -38.22666000,176.50666900

Tritie House Cottage

Triti House Cottage (photo)

Triti House Cottage, located on the North Island of New Zealand, near the picturesque Bay of Islands, is the home of the Treaty of Waitangi, the agreement that laid the foundation for the creation of a state in New Zealand.

The Treaty takes its name from the site of Waitangi in the Bay of Islands, where it was made between representatives of the British Crown and Maori tribal leaders and first signed on February 6, 1840.

Triti House Cottage was owned by James Busby, a famous winemaker who later became a British resident. The house has now been fully restored and is one of the most visited tourist spots in New Zealand.

A visit to the house on 6 February will coincide with the Royal Navy’s Flag-raising Ceremony and various Maori cultural performances with dancing and singing.

Coordinates: -35.26581300,174.08160900

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Hamilton Airport

Hamilton Airport in the North (photo)

Hamilton Airport is an international airport located in Hamilton. It serves both regional and international airlines such as Air New Zealand and Pacific Blue with flights to Brisbane and Sydney.

The airport’s first runway was built in 1935. It was then used by military aircraft. Over time, with the development of tourism the airport began to accept commercial flights, and the second runway for takeoff and landing of passenger aircraft was built in 1965. In 1995, a passenger terminal was opened to accommodate domestic flights between Hamilton and Wellington. Over time, the terminal was expanded and modernized and now the airport authorities plan to expand the runway to 2,720 meters (now its length is 2,195 meters).

Coordinates : -37.86666700,175.33194400

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