Things to do in North Island

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Hit the race track at Hampton Downs

Unleash your inner racer on the go-kart track at Hampton Downs in Waikato Read the story . . . 

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Soak in the free hot springs at Otumuheke Stream

Where the Waikato River meets Otumuheke Stream in Taupō you’ll find free outdoor hot pools.   Read the story . . . 

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Ride around New Zealand’s largest lake in Taupō

An 83km, one- to three-day grade three ride, the Great Lake Trail forms part of the Ngā Haerenga New Zealand Cycle Trail.  Read the story . . . 

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Helm your own Doughboat on Lake Taupō

One of the latest and most striking additions to the Taupō waterfront are Doughboats – inflatable doughnut-shaped boats with room for up to six people to cruise the inner reaches of the Great Lake. Read the story . . . 

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Art, science and rugby in Palmerston North

In Palmerston North, you can visit the first-ever public museum devoted to rugby. Read the story . . . 

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Take on the Rangitīkei River at your own pace

While whitewater rafting is undoubtedly an adventurous activity, on the Rangitīkei River you can choose to raft at a much more leisurely pace. Read the story . . . 

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Walk or cycle the He Ara Kotahi pathway in Palmerston North

He Ara Kotahi means ‘the path that brings people together’ which is a fitting name for Palmerston North’s newest walkway.  Read the story . . . 

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Get a glimpse of rural New Zealand at the Feilding Sale Yards

Bustling, noisy, smelly and fascinating, the Feilding Sale Yards provide a dynamic insight into the workings of New Zealand’s farming industry. Read the story . . . 

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Pukekura Park: flora, fauna and festivals

Right in the heart of New Plymouth you’ll find the multi-faceted Pukekura Park.  Read the story . . . 

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Visit one of New Zealand's fastest-changing beaches in Taranaki

Tongapōrutu Beach in northern Taranaki is one of New Zealand’s most rapidly evolving pieces of coastline.  Read the story . . . 

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Tawhiti Museum: immersive history

One of New Zealand’s best and most innovative private museums, Tawhiti Museum in South Taranaki recreates the region’s history in vivid 4D detail.  Read the story . . . 

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Wander amongst the blooms at Pukeiti Gardens

Taranaki’s expansive Pukeiti Gardens have one of the largest and most varied collections of rhododendrons in the world.  Read the story . . . 

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Ride from the mountains to the sea

Beginning on the slopes of Mount Ruapehu and winding for 231km to the wild west coast at Whanganui, the Mountains to Sea Cycle trail is one of the North Island’s most dramatic rides.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Take an alpine walk to Taranaki Falls

Taranaki Falls are one of the Tongariro National Park’s most impressive and accessible waterfalls.  Read the story . . . 

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Catch the Sky Waka to New Zealand’s highest café

Take New Zealand’s longest gondola ride to the highest café in the country. Read the story . . . 

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Admire the vibrant hues of Hamurana Springs

Rotorua’s Hamurana Springs are the deepest natural freshwater springs in the North Island.  Read the story . . . 

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