North Island

Travel ideas for the North Island of New Zealand

Rangitoto Island from Auckland beach New Zealand
Adventure Travel Ideas, City Break Travel Ideas, Family Travel Ideas, Hiking Travel Ideas, New Zealand, North Island

New Zealand: A day trip to Rangitoto Island, Auckland

It’s hard to miss Rangitoto Island when you visit Auckland. It forms part of almost every view you’ll see, its broad, volcanic shape draped gracefully along the horizon of the Hauraki Gulf. Usually with a few yachts decorating the foreground. Taking the half-hour ferry trip from the central Auckland waterfront […]

Nga-Tapuwai-o-Toi hike Whakatane New Zealand
Adventure Travel Ideas, Family Travel Ideas, Film & Literary Travel Ideas, Hiking Travel Ideas, New Zealand, North Island, South Island, Wine Tasting Travel Ideas

The ultimate one-month New Zealand trip itinerary

Here is my ultimate one-month New Zealand trip itinerary. I have included a mix of the main attractions and places that will not appear on a travel agent’s New Zealand itinerary! A few tips for planning your New Zealand trip itinerary Overall, when planning your New Zealand vacation, aim to […]

Family Travel Ideas, New Zealand, North Island, South Island

New Zealand with kids: A one-month itinerary for families

I am frequently asked to recommend New Zealand travel itineraries for family and friends so I thought I would share some of these with the rest of you! This itinerary is focused around ‘New Zealand with kids’ – for families travelling to New Zealand for one month. This is what I […]

Village Market Auckland
City Break Travel Ideas, New Zealand, North Island

Best shopping spots in Auckland, New Zealand

Auckland is a shopper’s dream. From upscale designer boutiques to colourful farmer’s markets, Auckland has it all. As the largest city in New Zealand, the geographical layout provides several distinct shopping centres, many just a short distance from the heart of the city. Malls in Auckland Westfield Malls are situated […]

Lake Wanaka, New Zealand
Film & Literary Travel Ideas, New Zealand, North Island, South Island, Unesco World Heritage Sites

Where was Lord of the Rings filmed in New Zealand?

I received a Christmas card from my mother-in-law in New Zealand that features a postmark “From Middle Earth”. Does that give you an idea of how big a deal the filming of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings movie series was for New Zealand? The landscapes of this little […]

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