A Photo Tour – New Zealand North Island

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Photo Tour of New Zealand North Island

After five weeks of housesitting in Auckland (our first reentry into the Western world), we set out to explore the scenic wonders of New Zealand in a weathered ’90 Toyota minivan.

The North Island is as diverse a landscape as you will find. Views are filled with palm tree lined beaches, dense forests and sand dunes. In the centre of the country you’ll find rolling green hills, colourful thermal pools and majestic volcanoes. While in the South you’ll find sprawling vineyards, rugged limestone hills and wave battered shorelines dotted by fur seals.

We had a lot of fun in the North Island where we got to try some really cool things like spot kiwis in the wild, swim in a thermally heated waters, watch an All Blacks rugby game at Eden Park and come face-to-face with hundreds of seals.

Beginning with Cape Reinga as our first stop, which is recognized as the northern most part of the island, we take you now on a photo tour of New Zealand’s North Island.

Cape Reinga Lighthouse which is typically used as the marker for the northern most tip of New Zealand.

Cape Reinga Lighthouse

Do you see that little tree on the right of that rock? Ok good. That tree is a Pohutukawa tree, believed to be over 800 years old, and according to Maori faith, the spirits of deceased Maori leap from this tree into the ocean to return to their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki.

Pohutukawa tree

Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes

Te Paki sand dunes

The All Blacks play the opener of the Steinlager Series in legendary Eden Park

New Zealand All Blacks versus England

Thermal pools in Rotorua

Thermal pools Rotorua

Florescent thermal pool in Rotorua

Yellow thermal pools Rotorua

Sheep as far as the eye can see across most of the North Island’s countryside

Sheep stare down in New Zealand

Vineyards at Mission Hill, the oldest vineyard on the island

Mission Hill vineyards

Mount Ruapehu

Mount Ruapehu

The world famous Hobbiton Movie Set just outside Matamata

Hobbiton Movie Set

 Sprawling views in the central North Island. One of New Zealand’s nicknames should be “The land of rainbows”

New Zealand rainbow

Cathedral Cove by Coromandel

Cathedral Cove New Zealand

The beach at Cathedral Cove in Coromandel

Cathedral Cove beach

Hot Water Beach in Coromandel where you can dig your own thermal bath

Hot water beach Coromandel

Rocky New Zealand riverbeds like this can be found all over the North Island. This one was located an hour southeast of Wellington.

Riverbed New Zealand

A few of the friendly seals at Cape Palliser

Seals at Cape Palliser

The Putangirua Pinnacles

Putangirua Pinnacles

Movie magic at The Weta Cave in Wellington a.k.a. Wellywood

Weta Cave Wellington

We hope you enjoyed touring around the North Island of New Zealand and that it has inspired some wanderlust inside you!

Make sure to check out our photo tour of New Zealand’s South Island!

Cheers,

Ross & Alyse

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