New Zealand North Island

New Zealand N Island 24 3I just returned from New Zealand and my first comment to anyone thinking about travelling there is don’t think about it-book it. I experienced the North Island exclusively this trip and loved every minute of it. Auckland, Waiheke Island, Rotorua, Taupo, and Wellington were the areas I explored and they have so much to offer-from leisurely food walks and boat rides to extreme sports like Ziplining, Zorb, and Velocity Valley. Waiheke Island is a 45 minute ferry ride from Auckland and is great for a day trip, but I would recommend staying a night or two if your schedule permits. Don’t miss the Timmy Smith Shop for unique jewelry and mixing your own tea. Auckland is a vibrant city with many activities to experience-don’t just make this a landing spot from your international flights-stay at least two or three nights here.

Rotorua is the North Island’s playroom. You could spend a week here and still not enjoy all the activities. Some exciting experiences on the way from Auckland to Rotorua were The Hamilton Gardens and Hobbiton. In Rotorua I enjoyed Secret Spot Hot Tubs for a “Shinny Dip” (and best Smashburger I have ever tasted), Waimangu Volcanic Valley, Wai Ariki Hot Springs & Spa, Redwoods Nightlights Tree Walk, and of course, my favorite activity of all time-Zorb. Imagine rolling down hill in an inflatable ball-that’s what Zorb is.

On to Taupo, where I experienced beautiful Lake Taupo by boat charter. Lake Taupo is the largest freshwater lake in New Zealand and was formed from one of the largest volcanic eruptions the Earth has seen in the last 5000 years. On the way, I took a thrill boat ride to Huka Falls, stopped by Lava Glass, and Wairakei Terraces for a hot springs soak.

Wellington, the capital of New Zealand houses the amazing national museum, Te Papa. I could spend days in this museum! Entrance is free, but I recommend starting out with a guided tour-the guides are so knowledgeable and humorous. The Wellington Cable Car was a sweet treat, and Weta Workshop is always interesting-this time I learned how to make a scar on my hand from a makeup artist.

There is no reason not to explore New Zealand now. Our dollar is strong there, Delta Airlines now has non-stop flights from Los Angeles to Auckland, the people are welcoming, the food is out of this world-oh, the butter!-and the size of this country is so manageable. Contact me and I will make your New Zealand adventure a trip of a lifetime.

Thanks to Delta Vacations, Tourism New Zealand and the Local City Tourism Boards, and ANZCRO DMC for an unforgettable experience!

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