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Visit 5 places of interest on New Zealand's North Island
So many places to visit on the wonderful North Island of New Zealand. So many places to visit on the wonderful North Island of New Zealand. This is a little piece of New Zealand's east coast heaven that you would like to take some exploring of!
Featuring a variety of picturesque beautiful sandy shores, bordered by New Zealand's own variety of Christmas trees, the Pohutakawa, it would be no problem to enjoy a rotten weekend or more as you wind your way along this breathtaking coast. Though Wellington is not the biggest town in New Zealand (this honor is due to Auckland), Wellington is indeed the country's main town.
Located at the foot of the North Island, it is a great starting point to get to the South Island (car ferry service is available), to discover the North or to travel upwards. Wellington is much more than just a through town. Wellington is full of New Zealand cultures and sensations without the cliustrophobic feel of many capitals, and is excentric, funny and weird.
Stay in town for a full visit to Te Papa - The Museum of New Zealand, visit the filmmakers at Weta Studios (special effect master behind The Lord of the Rings films!), stroll through the different areas of Wellington Town, enjoy the atmosphere of creativity, or make your way to the Zealandia Wildlife Sanctuary to see some of New Zealand's most magnificent and threatened birds and lizards.
Motorhome parks are available downtown, but if you need a rest from the city's fairy tales, there are countless beautiful places to stay for a day or two outside Wellington, away from the hustle and bustle and the light of the big cities, if you wish: on the Kapiti Coast, in Porirua or in the Hutt Valley: all places where you will undoubtedly want to do more!
Just three north of Auckland City lies the Bay of Island with 140 sub-tropical offshore archipelagos, but the continent is just as fascinating and stunning! Considering so many sights on the map, the camper's liberty is perfect - i.e. you can incorporate them all into your own individual route and plan your visit to some of the most loved places later in the evening or early in the day before (or after) the crowd of tourists with their coaches back to their hotel!
Paihia is a beautiful coastal city, from which you can take daily trips to whales or dolphins, fish for deep-sea fish, or simply visit some of the amazing island attractions at your disposal. Waitangi is known as the birthplace of the nation where the Treaty of Waitangi was ratified - an accord between Maori natives and the English colonists.
Russell, a small village concealed on land, was New Zealand's first major city and pushed back New Zealand's past and cultural heritage from its early journeys of discovery. No matter whether you are interested in cultural events, local histories, nature, winetasting or game, the relaxed speed of the Bay of Islands has something for you. Part of the New Zealand Fire Ring, New Zealand is a relatively "young" nation by and large!
A wide range of spa gardens are open to the public where you can experience vulcanic craters, sparkling geysers, sparkling boiling sludge and more. One of the best places to find out more about Maori civilization is Rotorua: visit the Maori Villages of Whakarewarewa; Mitai Maori; take a trip to local medical, textile or sculpture courses.
Motorhome pitches on the shores of Lake Rotorua, or even in some of the spa gardens, allow you to dive into the rich historical and cultural heritage of this amazing place while enjoying the comforts of your own "home". You will want to stay here in the centre of New Zealand and take the opportunity to linger between Turangi, Ohakune and the National Park village to stop for a coffee and some breathtaking photo stops amidst the deep New Zealand marshland.
There are many camping sites to chose from in the region, so you are left with plenty of choices and can take the opportunity to explore this rugged, dramatic eco-system.