6 Sights You Can’t Miss in North Island New Zealand

written by beaniesandbikinis September 18, 2016

 North Island New Zealand is EPIC! There are 6 places that you especially cannot miss when heading over there. Yes, Hobbiton is one of them! Check them out!

Cape Reigna

Cape Reigna is a gorgeous lookout point at the very of top New Zealand. It’s 100km North of a small town called Kaitaia making it a drive your positive you want to commit to, since there’s not too much in between. The Ninety-Mile Beach is on the West, there are loads of sand dunes to sandboard down, I’ve also heard of people driving their 4×4 down the Ninety-Mile Beach, unfortunately Torin would not be able to safety complete that trip with his non-4×4 self! Nonetheless the drive was absolutely breathtaking and worth the drive.

Showing off one of my Live Lokai bracelets at Cape Reigna.

Their story is:

Mud from the Dead Sea (the lowest point on earth) – Sometimes you’ve hit a low, stay hopeful.

Water from Mount Everest (Highest point on earth)Sometimes you’re on top of the world, stay humble.

Cathedral Cove

Cathedral Cove is located in the Coromandel near Hahei, a 10 minute drive from the famous Hot Water Beach.  Getting to Cathedral Cove is a 2.5km easy walk through the lush forest, so always pack food, water and of course your camera! I suggest heading there for sunrise or sunset, we all know everything always looks better then (especially for photos!) The view leaves you speechless, making you take about 1000+ photos because you can’t handle it! Make sure you walk down the beach and get photos from different angles, all views are amazing!

The Largest Kauri Tree - Tane Mahuta

Tane Mahuta, the largest Kauri tree is in the heart of the Waipoua Forest. The walking track is about 5 minutes one way, and showcases the most beautiful tree you’ve ever seen! Surprisingly my friend and I walked to the end of the track and could not find the tree. We were asking ourselves ” is this the tree?”, or “is that one?”. Suddenly we turned around and screamed at the top of our lungs! It was the largest thing I’d seen, at first I thought it was a giant haha! This tree is must if your heading down the West Coast of the North Island New Zealand.

Hobbiton Movie Set

Hobbiton is the movie set for the movie “The Hobbit” and “The Lord of the Rings“. The houses are adorable, me being short I was thrilled to have found a door that was my size! An extremely picturesque and cute tour, but one thing I was expecting was to enter one of the hobbit houses. Unfortunately the parts filmed inside the hobbit houses were filmed somewhere completely different because of the filming conditions. The tour was about $80 NZD and totally worth it! Definitely a must when going to North Island New Zealand!

Tongariro Alpine Crossing Hike

Tongariro Alpine Crossing is a the best one-day trek in New Zealand and is world renowned for being beautiful and encompassing 3 beautiful volcanoes Ngauruhoe, Tongariro and Ruapehu. The trek is 19.4 km with many beautiful views, sometimes very steep and cold at the top, but definitely a trek to tick off the list when traveling to New Zealand. There are loads of amazing hikes in the South Island as well. I’ll do a separate post on the, but check out Fox Glacier if you’re curious.

Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland

Wai-o-tapu Thermal Wonderland is North Island New Zealand’s most colorful volcanic area having many beautiful views like the Mud Pool, Lady Knox Geyser and my favorite, the Geothermal Area where the colors range from green to orange, and the smell is purely of rotten eggs! Other than being extremely stinky, Wai-o-tapu was beautiful! The entry fee is approx. $35 NZD. One tip: I suggest walking in the opposite direction of everyone else, that way you get to be completely on your own (because I hate being in crowds).

As you can definitely tell, North Island New Zealand is amazing! You’ve got to plan a trip to New Zealand, it’s probably the best place on earth.

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