New Zealand is a coveted destination by many and in the two main landmasses that comprise it, it’s no news that the South Island (Te Waipounamu) typically steals most of the tourists’ attentions — however, there a lot of amazing things to do in North Island (Te Ika-a-Māui) that everyone should NOT miss out on too!

In fact, apart from the usual sublime combination of forests and mountains, the North Island is highly known for its wild surf beaches (particularly on the west coast and Coromandel Peninsula), geothermal activity (as per Taupo and Rotorua’s wonders), cultural concentration (given that the Māori are primarily concentrated there), and LOTR origin (think of the famous Hobbiton and Weta Workshop).

Clearly, there are an array of spectacular activities that you can check off your bucket list here. In fact, to make it a whole lot easier for you, I have listed below the top must-do’s and must-see’s for your New Zealand adventure in the North Island!

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