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  33 months ago

Toluna's ANZ Road Trip: New Zealand's North Island

Woo hoo, New Zealand's North Island - here we come. This place is just as stunning and diverse as its southern neighbour. There's Cape Reinga (Te Rerenga Wairua), Waitomo Caves, the hot springs of Rotorua, and even an active volcano off the Bay of Plenty!

But we can't visit the North Island without mentioning Hobbiton - the set for The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit trilogies. Have you been to Hobbiton? A prequel series for Lord of the Rings is underway and will also film in New Zealand, making this amazing country synonymous with J.R.R. Tolkien's stories. What's the first thing that comes to mind when we talk about New Zealand? You'll get 300 points for answering, and could also be featured in our upcoming video postcard!

Join us and win some points and prizes along the way! Keep track of our journey at our blog:

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  33 months ago
I have been fortunate to to visit newZealand twice when I was young. .rotorua. the bay of plenty. And cape reainga. .we're all part of my travels. .NZ is beautiful. .and rich in diversity. .put it in ya bucket list.


  33 months ago
I loved visiting Waitomo Caves and Rotorua in particular when I was on the North Island. What I appreciated the most is how there are so many varied and memorable things to do from region to region.


  33 months ago
I think about the beautiful scenery there. Looking forward to going next January


  33 months ago
Havent been to Hobbiton. The first thing I think of when I hear New Zealand is their accent, & the kiwi & tikis


  33 months ago
A few years ago I was on a cruise and visited ports on both North and South Islands. I loved Wellington - and it was not windy that day - the steep tram up to the botanic garden and then a walk down, admiring all the plantings. Parliament House was amazing, the hop on, hop off bus was perfect for sight seeing. We spent the whole day just exploring, enjoying the food and drink and clean air - and of course the friendly locals.


  33 months ago
I like the quaint town of Devonport. A quick ferry ride from Auckland, it's from there you can get the best view back over the city. But the town itself has much to offer and it's not to be missed.


  33 months ago
Kiwi bird..


  33 months ago
Loved One Tree Hill in Auckland and Wharaparoa - the trip out to the 'Hole in the Rock' in the Bay of Islands and watching a re-enactment of the signing of the Treaty of Wharangi with the Maoris. Then continue to the East Cape Lighthouse and watch the mingling of the two oceans, The Pacific and the Tasman sea which boil together. Down to the mud geysers at Rotorua as well as the healing thermal spring pools to rejuvenate those aching muscles after climbing up to take the scenic flyover to look out at the beautiful landscape.
Both North and South Island are wonderful to visit and well worth it. Wish I could go yet once again.


  33 months ago
You've arrived on the ferry from South Island and guess what Wellington is living up to it' name off being the windy city but you on holidays so you just grin and bear it. Places to see here are Parliament House and the Beehive Executive Wing. Off course this is the are where The Lord off the Rings was filmed in and around Wellington and surrounds there are tours you can take that show you where some off the locations were. There are a lot off these tours all over New Zealand because the films were not only filmed near Wellington but all over.
You can head from Wellington northwards via the World Heritage listed Tongariro National Park and Mt Ruapeho the tallest peak on the North Island, don't forget to head to Hawkes Bay for seafood and wine, and after a few days here onto Rotorrua and the thermal springs are well worth a visit to help your tired muscles rejuvenate. Off course you will smell the sulphur long before you get there some don't like it I did thought it relieved my sinuses wonderfully well. How long you send here is up to you.
You can visit a living Maori Village on the shores off Lake Rotorua go hiking in the Whakerewarewa forest or Rafting on the river, and when your done head to Auckland via the Waitomo Glowworm Caves. The Auckalnd Museum has a good history off the Maori people and there are plenty off local tours if you wish to take them. Hiking and other activities you can even go for a sail on the harbour or take a trip to the islands in the bay,
Head from there northwards towards the Bay of Islands which reminds me off Airlie Beach a lot off boats are moored here as people sail in from all over the world to visit this picturesque part off the world. CB has mentioned the Waitangi Treaty Grounds well worth a visit with the meeting house and learn the history off the treaty signing.
While your up that way head to the tip off the North island on an unsealed no exit road and stand on the East Cape Lighthouse grounds and look out on the meeting off two seas the Tasman Sea on the left and the Pacific Ocean on the right. The road to the lighthouse is right along the coastline, so you can swim or fish but remember to read up on the rules.
You'll find a lot to do in the North Island as you probably did in the South Island but both islands are well wroth the visit.


  33 months ago
The North Island is amazing.
Check out Wellington city and harbour and then move on to tour the rest of the island.
The volcanic sites Lake Taupo, Rotorua etc are amazing.
The Bay of Plenty and Bay of Islands are also a must to visit.
There are also many cultural heritage sites to visit. such as Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Make sure you get along to a Maori hungi cook out too.
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