New Zealand's North Island

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New Zealand's North Island Reviews

diza505 diza505
3 reviews
Huka Falls at Rotorua Apr 04, 2011
Its been so awesome my experience travel alone backpacking. Along the way from Auckland, Hamilton, Rotorua, Taupo, Palmy and end to Welington.
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Oct 19, 2007
While the South Island tends to be more popular with people, don't discredit the North. The North Island has its fair share of gems. You just have to know where to look.

The North Island houses the countries largest city: Auckland. And no that's not the capital of New Zealand. You'll have to head South to Wellington for that. Auckland didn't impress me much. Others might like its charm, but I found other cities and towns better to my liking.

A must stop is Rotorua. Rotorua can be easily distinguished by its sulfur smell. The area has a high level of geothermal activity. So while this can reek havoc on your nasal cavities, you can also expect to witness a number of fascinating sights.

In Rotorua, I would recommend Wai-O-Tapu. Wai-O-Tapu is an area of thermal pools and geysers. Simply put, it is one massive, colorful, volcanic environment. Another worth while venture is a walk through Waimangu. It wasn't as active as Wai-O-Tapu, but it does provide a good vantage point of some of New Zealand's landscape. Rotorua is also the birth place of Zorbing. Finally, in Rotorua you'll also find a variety of mud spas if thats your thing.

Taupo is another worthwhile spot to visit. It is very close to Rotorua, so if the sulfur smell of Rotorua is getting to you, Taupo is another place to sleep. It doesn't have as many sights as Rotorua, but it is a major launch point for some extreme, adventure sports. Here you can sign up to go skydiving, white water rafting, mountain boarding, bungie jumping, and off roading. This is also a good launch point if you want to undertake the Tongariro Crossing. This is a famous day hike. It was used to shoot the opening battle in Lord of the Rings. The weather changes quite rapidly in the crossing, so don't be surprised if you wake up to find your hiking trip to be canceled. They'll shut the park down if the weather is bad.

The last place I'll make note of is Paihia up North in the Bay of Islands. This charming little town is a great spot to kick back and relax. From here you can do a variety of water based trips. I'd recommend scuba diving around the Rainbow Warrior (a famous wreck dive). If you aren't the scuba type, you can charter a trip to go swimming with the dolphins. Most companies offer a guarantee that you'll see dolphins, and if you don't you'll get a free voucher for another trip. Bottom line is, if you are in the Bay of Islands, get out on the water! There are over 144 islands in the bay, and on a nice day its simply beautiful.

The great thing about New Zealand is that its small enough that you can get from town to town by bus in a relatively short amount of time. If you have the money, I'd also recommend renting a car and just driving. The landscape is amazing. It would make one of the most memorable road trips.

When I have time, I plan to write more indepth reviews of Wai-O-Tapu, Mountain Boarding, and some of the other places I mentioned. Keep checking out my profile!
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diza505 says:
It was great experience to travel alone..
But some of the felt bit bored.
Staying in hostel letting us to met friend sharing new experience and having a Kiwi experience together
Posted on: Apr 23, 2011
Minnien says:
Thanks for your review. I cant travel to south before I ve seen Rotorura and Tongariro.. thank you:)
Posted on: Nov 23, 2007
jessta says:
I didn't managed to do Tongariro Crossing and stopby at Paihia, thanks for the review and will make it next time!!
Posted on: Oct 26, 2007
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