Top 10 Things To Do In New Zealand’s North Island

With so many things to do, what I’ve done is put together a list of my top favourite places and activities that you have to do to check off your bucket list.

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Black Water Rafting

Tubing in a cave – I can only think of another place that has this, which would be Kauai but what an adventure it is to float down a subterranean river.


This is a great spot for a hike, stunning trail, and beautiful beach and it’s free too!

It's a no-brainer for any Lord of the Rings fan, or as I learned from Alix polling our group, even for those that haven’t seen the movies. This is a nerd’s dream come true.



The hike itself takes 6–8 hours and features a dynamic range of landscapes that all originate from the volatile and volcanic pasts that created the twin peaks of Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Tongariro.

Māori Cultural Experience

This experience typically consists of a welcoming ceremony (pōwhiri) with a warrior canoe (waka), a traditional greeting (hongi), the well-known war cry (haka), and a Maori feast (hangi).

Hot Water Beach

Locals and tourists flock to this beach to get a soak in. You have to figure out where a good spot to dig is and also try to be quick enough to get a leg up on everyone else trying to dig up a pool.

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