Things to do in North Island

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Climb Whangārei’s steep and seriously scenic Mount Manaia

Mount Manaia towers over Whangārei Harbour in a cluster of majestic craggy peaks, irresistible to anyone who appreciates a dramatic view. Read the story . . . 

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Take in the views from Te Mata Peak

On a clear day you can see the whole of Hawke’s Bay from the top of Te Mata Peak. That alone is worth the climb.  Read the story . . . 

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Ride the Hauraki Rail Trail through the stunning Karangahake Gorge

One of the easiest Great Rides, the Hauraki Rail Trail, is a gentle cycle through New Zealand’s gold mining history.  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Get spooked at Napier Prison, New Zealand's oldest penitentiary

Set on suburban Bluff Hill, Napier Prison housed dangerous and violent criminals for more than 150 years.  Read the story . . . 

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Lake Waikaremoana: a Great Walk

Lake Waikaremoana is one of New Zealand’s Great Walks, set in the heart of Te Urewera, the largest area of untouched bush in the North Island.  Read the story . . . 

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Visit Cathedral Cove, The Coromandel's star attraction

A beach that you can only get to by foot or by sea is a little bit special. Cathedral Cove is one of those beaches.  Read the story . . . 

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Visit New Zealand’s most-loved beach, Ōhope Beach

It's a pretty big achievement to be rated the best bit of 14,000km of coastline, but Ōhope managed to take the crown.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Drink in the view from the top of Mount Maunganui

Mount Maunganui is the iconic landmark of the Bay of Plenty region – standing sentry over white sand, turquoise surf and happy holidaymakers.  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Whangamatā Beach Hop: a rock n’ roll revival

A celebration of all the style and sass of the1950s and 60s, Repco Beach Hop is about music, fashion and fun. But mostly it’s about the cars. Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Join the party at the Auckland Lantern Festival

Ring in Chinese New Year in Auckland at the bright, colourful, cultural extravaganza of the Lantern Festival. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Take a trip back in time on the Forgotten World Highway

It’s rugged, rural and remote, but despite its name, you’ll definitely remember the Forgotten World Highway.  Read the story . . . 

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Ride through history on the Ohakune Old Coach Road

Take an easy ride along a historic road that winds through native forest in Ruapehu. Read the story . . . 

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Take the plunge at the Taupō Across the Lake Swim

Lake swimming is a particularly refreshing experience. Go big at Taupō, New Zealand’s largest lake. Read the story . . . 

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Get up close with the native avian wonders of Kāpiti Island

Kāpiti Island is one of the few easily accessible offshore nature reserves in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Climb Mount Tarawera

Despite its destructive history, Mount Tarawera today is a sleeping giant. Read the story . . . 

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Cycle the vines in Martinborough

Flat country roads make the perfect terrain for easy cycling in between vineyards – no lycra required! Read the story . . . 

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