Things to do in North Island

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Get up close with native falcons in Rotorua

At Wingspan, New Zealand’s National Bird of Prey Centre, you can get up close to our native falcons, or kārearea. Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Find archaeological relics at the Buried Village

Discover New Zealand’s most famous archaeological site at the Buried Village in Rotorua.   Read the story . . . 

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Spend the day on Urupukapuka Island

Urupukapuka Island in the Bay of Islands is ringed by dreamy white sand beaches, warm, clear water for snorkelling, beachside campsites and walking tracks winding through long grass. Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Te Paki Coastal Track: a taste of the Far North

Following the rugged coastline of Cape Rēinga, the Te Paki Coastal Track takes in some of the best beaches in the Far North Region.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Climb Mount Parihaka

Rising 241 metres above Whangārei, Mount Parihaka is a significant Māori pā site, with spectacular views across the city.  Read the story . . . 

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Get away from it all at Kai Iwi Lakes

Summer camping at Northland’s Kai Iwi Lakes is a quintessential Kiwi experience.  Read the story . . . 

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Surround yourself with exotic trees in Gisborne

Eastwoodhill, the National Arboretum of New Zealand, is home to 135 hectares of beautiful exotic and native trees Read the story . . . 

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Food and drink

Sample the best of food and wine in Hawke's Bay

It’s no secret that Hawke’s Bay is renowned for its fine wine and vineyard dining but there are plenty of other unique options for eating out around the region, too.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Get wet at New Zealand’s only water theme park

A never-ending river, a water-fuelled pirate fortress and a tangle of twisting slides can all be found at New Zealand’s only water theme park in Hawke's Bay.  Read the story . . . 

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Explore the unique geology, wildlife and waterfalls of Boundary Stream

Find Hawke’s Bay’s highest waterfall, rare birdlife and intriguing geology at the ‘mainland island’ of Boundary Stream. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Try cable wakeboarding in Hawke’s Bay

Backpaddock Lakes in Central Hawke's Bay is a purpose-built lake equipped with two cable and pulley systems that mean you can have a go at wakeboarding, boat-free Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Wharfs and walks at Tolaga Bay

Gisborne’s Tolaga Bay Wharf is the second-longest in New Zealand.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Take to the rails on a Gisborne Railbike Adventure

Just outside Gisborne you can cruise along a coastal railway line – by bike.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Hike or bike The Coromandel Coastal Walkway

Explore the northern tip of The Coromandel Peninsula on foot or mountain bike along the spectacular Coromandel Coastal Walkway.  Read the story . . . 

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Head to the hidden kauri stand and waterfall in The Coromandel

A short walk from The Coromandel’s inland 309 Road will take you to a majestic grove of kauri trees and the nearby Waiau Falls are a popular summer swimming spot. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Travel through native bush via train or zipline in The Coromandel

At Driving Creek on The Coromandel Peninsula, you can choose between chugging through native forest on New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway or zooming above it via zipline.  Read the story . . . 

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