north bound

The North Island is where over 70% of Kiwi's live so a lot of the cultural and social aspects of New Zealand are found here. While it may lack the quantity of eye candy the South Island has to offer, it still packs a huge punch and will give you a very different but equally awesome experience.

Most people will arrive in Auckland near the top of the north and begin their journey of New Zealand. If you can, head north to Northland including the Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga. In the The heart of the North Island is Tongariro, a volcano, and one of the best one day walks in the world. Lord of the rings fans will also recognise it as Mt Doom. 

north island strengths

With high amounts of geothermal activity and abundance of Maori culture, with Rotorua a particular highlight in this respect, it’s warmer weather also make this part of New Zealand a far better experience for the beach lover’s among you. Scuba Diving is also a speciality here, with quality sites such as Poor Knights Islands, offering treats for the underwater adventurer.

claims to fame

Lest we forget, we all know Lord of the Rings was shot in New Zealand for very obvious reasons, it’s stunningly beautiful. While the South Island is generally known more for it’s stunning views, that quaint little town of Hobbiton, home of Bilbo and Frodo is actually based on the North Island, near the farming community of Matamata.

north island excitement

For the adrenaline junkies out there, the North Island has plenty to keep you occupied and terrified. There is the Sky Tower Bungy in Auckland, blackwater rafting in Waitomo caves, zorbing in Rotorua, skydiving and bungee jumping in Taupo and even volcano skiing in Ruapehu or Taranaki

That is a brief overview of the North Island & below is the best bus pass you can get to travel through New Zealand North Island from Stray. Below that, feel free to check out all the most important areas for you to visit on the North Island.

The North Island HotSpots!