Haven’t you always wanted to trace the stunning Lord of the Rings route? North Island in New Zealand is home to some of the most diverse, and scenic landscapes on earth. Whether you want to immerse yourself in the rich Maori culture, or enjoy a spa experience at one of the geothermal sites of the country, North Island won’t disappoint. New Zealand holiday packages can be customized to your interests, and there is something for everyone in this beautiful country.
Begin your journey in Auckland, the country’s largest city that always buzzes with activity. Visit the Auckland museum and enjoy some retail therapy, because Auckland is a shopper’s heaven. Stop by at Parnell village for some original Kiwi art. Visit one of Auckland’s wine districts and sample some world-class vino while you take in the excellent views of hills and the sea.
The Waikato region is for all you hiking enthusiasts, and you can even climb a volcano on the Karloi Summit Track. Satisfy your “Lord of the Rings” hunger with a visit to Matamata, the home of the hobbits. A guided tour of Hobbiton is a great option for all LOTR fans.
As a next stop, head to the Rotorua region with its geysers and its craters of boiling mud. A must-try is the Hangi feast cooked the traditional Maori way. Pamper yourself with a luxurious spa treatment at one of the excellent spas in the area. Some other Rotorua attractions that entice travelers are the excellent mountain biking circuits and the skydiving and zorbing activities.
Stroll along Lake Taupo, and while you’re there, take a boat cruise along the Western Bays. Trek through the Kalmanawa Forest Park and watch out for some rare fauna like the blue duck. Finally explore the nation’s capital, Wellington. Walk along the Wellington Waterfront, and make sure you visit Bree and Minas Tirith.
The North Island is a great place explore by yourself, so if you can drive along this circuit, it will be well worth your time.
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