North Island SightsNordinsel Places of interest
Cape Reinga - Located at the north tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga is a popular destination for lighthouses and Maori enthusiasts. South of Hahei on the Coromandel Peninsula, excavate your own private beach in the sand of the appropriately designated Hot Water Beach.
The Kauri Coastline - The often missed western coastline of Northland offers the opportunity to experience the magnificent Waipoua Kauri forest, country campsite and sunset over the Kai Iwi lakes. New Zealand - Te Awamutu, New Zealand's "City of Roses", is a favourite spot for gardeners between November and April - 2,000 roses and a November roses show each year.
The Taupo - With a breathtaking vulcanic platform in the background, New Zealand's biggest lakes, the Lake Taupo, provides a wide range of outdoor pursuits such as walking, angling, water sport, parachuting and much more. The Tongariro Nationalpark - New Zealand's oldest Nationalpark and World Heritage Site provides great possibilities for walking, mountain biking and wintersport.
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Known for its rugged and scenic scenery, New Zealand is also home to 36 sea preserves and a stunning selection of diving spots. These are some of the best on the North Island. Although New Zealand is known for its rugged and dramatically scenic terrains, it also boasts 36 sea preserves and a host of diving spots.
Featuring accessable shorelines and thousands of off-shore islets, New Zealand's best diving spots include wreck dives, sub-tropical coral reef dives and dives in deep sea wilderness to name just a few choices. There is so much to see that we had to split the best diving spots in New Zealand into two different areas, the North Island and the South Island.
Every island has places to offer that meet all diving needs and skills. Here is a selection of our North Island favourites. It is a favourite shipwreck diving site with colourful gemstones, John Dorie, kingfishers, morays and crabs. It is for experienced open waters diver or equal. Sea temperature ranges from 59 F (15 C) in cold winters to 22 F (72 F) in warmers.
Scuba diving will require at least 5 mm of exposition safety during the summers. Like every diving trip on a ship, we advise you to carry a flashlight and a diving blade. In Nordland Fuerteventura the gate to the Poor Knights Islands is located. As Jacques Cousteau once said, the Poor Knight Islands Marine Reserve is one of the five best diving spots in the whole hemisphere.
Located 23 km off the Tutukaka coastline, these beautiful and colourful archipelagos provide some of the most exciting diving in the world. There are also great snorkelling spots on the island for non-divers and a full days excursion to the Armen Knights for the whole familiy. Several diving spots in different deeps are suited for beginners as well as for advanced scubaists.
Sea temperature is similar to the Bay of Islands (see above) and diver should provide at least 5 mm of exposition control in the hottest area. Summers offer hotter weather, but the opportunity of limited view in comparison to wintersiving. There is a chance to swim with a large number of rays in spring while they meet to breed in the area.
Aldermen Island, the remains of a vulcanic compound, lies south-east of Mercury Bay. Elegant and rugged, these rocks provide passageways, battlements and a wide range of marine life, among them vast stocks of macaw. They are colourful diving and are similar in appearance to Poor Knights, making the island one of New Zealand's best diving spots.
Close by the Mercury Island offers morays, crabs, plenty of nudibranches and a breathtaking surface landscape with whitish sand coves and a jagged coast line. We have many diving spots at different deeps, so these island are ideal for beginners as well as advanced scuba diving. Aquatic temperature ranges from about 14 degrees Celsius (57F) in cold weather to 21 degrees Celsius (70F) in warm weather.
You will want at least a 5 mm neoprene suit in summers and 7 mm or more in winters, dependent on your coldness tolerances. Summers offer the best temperatures and climates to explore the beloved shoreline on arid weather conditions. It is New Zealand's first sea reservation and easy to reach from Auckland.
There are goatfishes, snapper, plentiful shoalfishes, and the possibility to see squids, black spotted eyelids, black spotted eagles and storks.
This includes land diving, several wrecks and the Taputeranga Marine Reserve. The Whitireia Park and Titahi Bay offers diving for beginners, with sting rays and sea horses in only 3 meters distance. In front of the front door of this pulsating town there are diving spots which are suited for all skills. Watertemperatures vary from 10°C (50 F) in cold weather to 17°C (62 F) in hot weather, and you will want at least a 7 mm neoprene suit.