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Best Places To Visit on New Zealand’s North Island

By Twothirstytravellers @2thirstytrav

New Zealand is well-known as one of the most breathtaking and majestic natural locations on earth. And for good reasons! With its soaring mountain ranges, crystal blue waters, and endless fjords, you’re bound to have one of the most magical experiences of a lifetime here. Start your trip with a car rental Auckland service on the North Island and you’re on your way to adventure! This more populated island is full of spots filled with sights and activities for individuals, couples, and families alike. Read on to find out where some of the best places to visit exist on the Kiwi island.

1. Tongariro Alpine Crossing, Ruapehu

As one of New Zealand’s most popular hiking areas, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing spreads over 19.4 km of sublime volcanic activity. You can encounter splendid turquoise lakes, snow-topped dales, volcanic peaks, and amazing viewpoints from this well-known ascent. If you’re less of a thrill seeker, there’s still plenty to see from lower heights: just request a guided tour or some easier pathways from the nice folks at the neighboring Chateau Tongariro Hotel.

Cape Reinga Lighthouse, north edge of New Zealand

2. Auckland’s West Coast

Epic shorelines, incredible surfing spots, rugged rock formations, and great Kiwi shoreline culture – Auckland’s wild west drift feels a world far from the pent up city life. Hit the waves, go climbing, watch untamed wildlife, or unwind on the dark sand beaches and shorelines. Karekare, Muriwai, and the surfing spot of Piha with its symbolic Lion Rock are some of the best spots to kick back and relax.

3. Coromandel Coastal Walk, The Coromandel

The Coromandel Coastal Track takes you through plain farmland, waterfront timberland, and gorgeous views. The very sight of Coromandel Pinnacles, Cuvier Island, Port Charles, and Great Barrier Island will take you back into both natural and human history. This is a trail path that continues between Fletcher Bay and Stony Bay, and you can choose from a number of excellent hotels that overlook the incredible shorelines that sit right in between.

4. Blue Lake Track, Rotorua

The astounding Rotorua Blue Lake area is full of the unique flora and fauna of the Whakarewarewa Forest. When you’re not identifying new species of plants and animals, this is an excellent location to relax and take care of your well-being. There are plenty of natural hot springs and pools in the area, and many are used in what some consider the world’s best spas. Savor the experience of a back rub at the lakeside Polynesian Spa, or take a dip in recuperating mud at what is called Hell’s Gate. You can even find natural and nearly untouched hot spring pools covered up among the woods at Kerosene Creek.

5. Cape Reinga/Te Rerenga Wairua

Hardly any travels are as otherworldly as Northland’s Twin Coast Highway, which follows endless shorelines and harbors until its final destination at Cape Reinga. Called by the Maori people as Te Rerenga Wairua, this extraordinary location is the place where spirits are said to jump off on their last adventure: right over the whirling waters where two seas meet.

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