The 10 Best Things to Do in North Island, New Zealand

Discover the best top things to do in North Island, New Zealand including Sky Tower, Mount Eden, Auckland War Memorial Museum, Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland, Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa), Karekare Beach, Huka Falls tracks, Auckland Botanic Gardens, Tamaki Maori Village, McLaren Falls Park.

1. Sky Tower

Victoria Street | Corner Federal Streets, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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4.5 based on 10590 reviews

Sky Tower

Auckland's Sky Tower is the tallest structure in the Southern Hemisphere, this tower is more than 300 metres high. Offering stunning views, along with award winning restaurants, a gift shop and an opportunity to push your limits by walking the outside of the viewing platforms, or by jumping off from 192 metres above Auckland's CBD. Off Peak Season - (1st May - 31st Oct) 9:00am - 10:00pm daily - Last tickets sold at 9:30pm Peak Season - (1st Nov - 30th Apr) Sun - Thurs: 8:30am - 10:30pm - Last tickets sold at 10:00pm Fri & Sat: 8:30am - 11:30pm - Last tickets sold at 11:00pm

Reviewed By DiscerningTourist - Nottingham, United KingdomNottingham, United Kingdom

Great views of the city day & night

What fantastic views we experienced whilst visiting the Skytower both day and night. Having bought a 24 hour pass we visited in both daylight and at night-time and it enabled us to obtain a great orientation of the city. Was impressed too by the choice of

2. Mount Eden

Access off Hillside Crescent | Mount Eden Road, Auckland Central, Auckland 1024, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Volcanos
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4.5 based on 3585 reviews

Mount Eden

A trip up the highest volcanic peak in mainland Auckland offers striking views of the downtown area and harbor.

Reviewed By Nicholas T - Melbourne, AustraliaMelbourne, Australia

Worth the Effort

Drove here on our way to Rotorua and were glad we did. Views of Auckland and surrounds were excellent. The crater to the extinct volcano is huge. Definitely worth the effort to go there. You need to have a degree of fitness as it is a bit of a climb from

3. Auckland War Memorial Museum

| The Auckland Domain, Parnell, Auckland Central, Auckland 1010, New Zealand Museums, Specialty Museums, History Museums, Military Museums More
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4.5 based on 6246 reviews

Auckland War Memorial Museum

Discover the history and culture of New Zealand through this memorial to those who sacrificed their lives in wartime.

Reviewed By 494PatriciaS - Monmouth Junction, New JerseyMonmouth Junction, New Jersey

Impressive Collection of WWI and WWII Artifacts

We were surprised at the extensive collection of memorabilia and exhibits documenting all the wars New Zealanders participated in, and the roles played by other countries who helped defend New Zealand — such as the U.S., Canada and the U.K. There is an im

4. Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

201 Waiotapu Loop Road | Rd 3, Rotorua 3073, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Hot Springs & Geysers
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4.5 based on 8060 reviews

Wai-O-Tapu Thermal Wonderland

"One of the 20 Most Surreal Places in the World" Trip Advisor THOUSANDS OF YEARS IN THE MAKING, explore spectacular nature at New Zealand's most colourful natural volcanic area. Walk at your own pace - view the unique Champagne Pool, Sinter Terrace formations, Steaming Ground, Bubbling Mud, Expansive Vistas, Huge Volcanic Craters. The Lady Knox Geyser erupts daily at 10.15am. Excellent facilities at modern Visitor Centre.

Reviewed By Dale K - Sydney, AustraliaSydney, Australia

Great place to see thermal activity

This place was a bit of surprise. You see a great selection of thermal sites with colours of blue, green , yellow and orange. The smells and steam are all part of the experience especially when the steam blows into your face. The cafe and gift shop are al

5. Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

55 Cable St, Wellington 6011, New Zealand Museums, Specialty Museums
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4.5 based on 13126 reviews

Museum of New Zealand (Te Papa Tongarewa)

Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Maori culture and taonga (treasures), dynamic art heritage, and its fascinating history. Te Papa is located on Wellington's spectacular waterfront. Open 10am to 6pm every day except Christmas Day. General admission is free.

Reviewed By costaricatravel09 - Battle Ground, WashingtonBattle Ground, Washington

A Quality Museum Not to be Missed

This is New Zealand’s National Museum. More than one and a half million people visit every year and I can see why. The museum is in an inviting setting with interactive exhibits. We learned so much about New Zealand’s natural environment. We were particul

6. Karekare Beach

126 Lone Kauri Rd, Auckland 0772, New Zealand Outdoor Activities, Nature & Parks, Beaches
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4.5 based on 134 reviews

Karekare Beach

Reviewed By Mightymurph - Auckland, New ZealandAuckland, New Zealand

Romantic Getaway!

My girlfriend bought me here and it was stunning. Everything around this beach. Gorgeous black sand, crashing waves, walks all around. Incredible.

7. Huka Falls tracks

| Huka Falls Road, Taupo, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Outdoor Activities, Hiking Trails, Waterfalls More
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4.5 based on 5949 reviews

Huka Falls tracks

Always check the website for changes that might affect your trip.

Reviewed By twinkle22222 - Auckland Central, New ZealandAuckland Central, New Zealand

Huka Falls

Breathtakingly beautiful. The waters thunder down the different levels, and the day we were there, there were these two very adventurous (not sure if they were brave or daft) people canoeing through this wild water. The wonder of nature never ceases to am

8. Auckland Botanic Gardens

102 Hill Rd, Manurewa, Auckland 2105, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Gardens
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4.5 based on 319 reviews

Auckland Botanic Gardens

"Where ideas grow'. Explore a garden of national significance that can delight, inspire, entertain and relax your senses. The collections of natives and exotics are complimented by lakes, the award winning Potter Children’s Garden and a growing collection of large scale outdoor sculpture by New Zealand artists. Pack a picnic or enjoy lunch at Cafe miko, located in the Huakaiwaka Visitor Centre with views out over the gardens. Enjoy the changing centre displays introducing you to the beauty and fascinating facts about plants. View many of our sustainable initiatives from vegetated swales to green roofs. Only 20 minutes from the city or airport Auckland Botanic Gardens is open every day of the year and entry is free.

Reviewed By Jana R

A free, lovely place to visit in the city

We were lucky to have a gorgeous day for our visit to the gardens, but I think it would be beautiful just about anytime of year. We brought a picnic and spread out a blanket in one of the many gardens, and pretty much had that area all to ourselves. It wa

9. Tamaki Maori Village

1220 Hinemaru St, Rotorua 3010, New Zealand Sights & Landmarks, Historic Sites
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4.5 based on 5175 reviews

Tamaki Maori Village

Tamaki Maori Village – Evening Cultural Experience. New Zealand’s Most Awarded Cultural Experience! Experience an evening of ceremonial ritual, powerful cultural performance, storytelling & hangi feasting. Share in the Powhiri, our ancient ceremony of welcome before entering our pre-European Maori Village nestled within a native Tawa Forest. The village comes alive with sights, sounds & activity of days gone by including haka, poi, tattooing, weaving, carving and arts of warrior training. You will have the opportunity to participate in these activities. Witness the earth being scraped away from the hangi pit to reveal baskets of food cooked beneath the ground on hot stones. Enter the ancestral meeting house and enjoy a powerful cultural performance before dining the traditional hangi buffet feast!

Reviewed By Mike L - Hanoi, VietnamHanoi, Vietnam

Rotorua at its best

From pick up by Dennis the bus driver (menace? No. Mad? Yes) to return to the hotel was action packed. Good to learn about rather Maori culture but it was hard to follow the individual presentations due to over crowding. Also the bar had only one attendan

10. McLaren Falls Park

Tauranga, New Zealand Nature & Parks, Waterfalls
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4.5 based on 383 reviews

McLaren Falls Park

Reviewed By Barbara H - London, United KingdomLondon, United Kingdom

A Lovely place to visit

This park consists of falls and lakes and you can drive and park around the many different areas and then get out and walk along some of the beautiful paths along little streams or lakes with lots of native bush plants in evidence. It is also quite shady

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