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Why visit North Island
The North Island is home to the capital city of New Zealand, Wellington and the largest, most populous city, Auckland. These locations alone are multicultural hubs for you to become immersed in the food, music, the arts and much more. Going beyond the cities will transport visitors into a natural wonderland that promises to offer a different and even more fantastic landscape in every corner.
When to visit North Island
Of the two islands, the North Island is considered the warmer. The most-northern regions are in a subtropical zone, and the locals have labelled it the 'winterless north', with its relatively mild climate all year round. For the central and southern regions of the island, you'll feel it warmer in November to March and chillier from May to August. If you are looking for an outdoor adventure, the summer months are the best time for a camping or cross-country trip.
Getting around New Zealand's North Island
The North Island boasts a massive public transport network to keep you connected with all the popular cities and regions, including buses, trains and ferries. If you want to take your time and check out the sights, renting a car is a budget-friendly option. On the other hand, renting a motorhome or campervan can offer some mobile accommodation while exploring the beautiful landscapes.
Things to do on North Island
The main attraction of the North Island has got to be the Bay of Islands subtropical region that is perfect for those who love beaches and water activities like diving with dolphins or reef snorkelling. Stop by Rotorua and become immersed in the rich history of the Māori culture with performances and art and enjoying a steam hāngi. Nearby are the natural hot pools at Kerosene Lake, which contain therapeutic waters perfect for relaxation, health, wellness and beauty. Fans of Middle Earth will never want to leave the Hobbiton village featuring recreated locations from the much-loved film trilogy, and if you are near Wellington, you can see where the magic was made at Wētā Workshop, a special effects company.
Where to stay on North Island
You will find Accor accommodation in the following locations throughout the North Island:
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