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Ranked #1 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Islands; Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Ranked #2 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Zoos/Aquariums
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Ranked #3 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Hiking Trails; Outdoors
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World of WearableArt (Wellington)
Ranked #4 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Theaters; Performances
Owner description: The World of WearableArt™ (WOW®) Awards Show is the only event of its kind in the World.WOW®'s mission is to take art off the... more » Owner description: The World of WearableArt™ (WOW®) Awards Show is the only event of its kind in the World.WOW®'s mission is to take art off the wall and out of static display to adorn the body in wildly wonderful ways. WOW® celebrates this creativity in lavish and unique spectaculars which inspire all. The WOW® Awards Show is New Zealand’s largest arts event, a theatrical two-hour show held annually in Wellington, New Zealand. The audience of WOW® reaches nearly 50,000 per season. First shown in 1987, Nelson sculptor and WOW® Founder Dame Suzie Moncrieff had the vision to take art off the wall and exhibit on the human form.See what people are saying about WOW®: #beWOWdinWLG « less
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Ranked #5 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Hiking Trails; Sports
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Coastal Walkway (New Plymouth)
Ranked #6 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Scenic/ Historic Walking Areas; Sports

The Coastal Walkway is a spectacular broad, boulder-edged promenade in New Plymouth extending along the Tasman Sea for over 7km. It's the perfect place for walking, biking... more »

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Hauraki Gulf (Auckland)
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$43* and up
Ranked #7 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Islands; Outdoors
This area comprises 47 islands, the most popular of which is Waiheke for its excellent beaches and bays.
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Tawhiti Museum (Hawera)
Ranked #8 of 951 attractions in North Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Museums
Owner description: Tawhiti MuseumWidely acclaimed as one of the most innovative museums in New Zealand, Tawhiti uses life size exhibits and... more » Owner description: Tawhiti MuseumWidely acclaimed as one of the most innovative museums in New Zealand, Tawhiti uses life size exhibits and scale models to capture the past in a series of super-realistic displays. All the displays – including the life size figures created from moulds cast from real people – are designed and built on the premises. Whether the subject is shipping, farming, railways, or just a small corner of a colonial kitchen, the attention given to research and detail is the same. “I hope my enthusiasm for local history comes through the displays. I’m particularly aware of drawing children into our exhibits – they mustn’t feel museums are old buildings, full of old dusty junk. Historical display should be exciting and relevant – I’m always looking for more creative ways of making it just that” Nigel Ogle. « less
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Pukekura Park (New Plymouth)
Ranked #9 of 951 attractions in North Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Gardens; Parks; Zoos; Outdoors
Owner description: Pukekura Park covers 52ha (128 acres) right in the heart of New Plymouth, Taranaki and is one of New Zealand's premier... more » Owner description: Pukekura Park covers 52ha (128 acres) right in the heart of New Plymouth, Taranaki and is one of New Zealand's premier botanical gardens. The park has an international Green Flag award and is a Garden of National Significance. With a diverse range of landscapes, the park features bush walks, formal gardens, lakes, children's play areas, a sports area and a Tea House. The park includes the Fernery and Display Houses as well as the adjacent garden estate area of Brooklands, home to the acclaimed TSB Bowl of Brooklands and Brooklands Zoo. As a popular destination for locals and visitors alike, Pukekura Park lights up over the summer as the backdrop for the annual TSB Bank Festival of Lights. The park is free to enter and can be accessed from various streets including Liardet Street, Brooklands Road, Fillis Street, Rogan Street, Kaimata Street and List Street. « less
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Ranked #10 of 951 attractions in North Island
Owner description: If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most... more » Owner description: If you love the outdoors this area is for you! Escape into the beautiful Whakarewarewa Forest, one of Rotorua’s most spectacular natural assets. Famous for its magnificent stands of towering Californian Coastal Redwoods it is just five minutes drive from the city centre. Here you can experience some of the finest walking and mountain bike trails in the world. Not to mention taking in superb panoramic views of Rotorua City, Lake and surrounding district. Entry to the forest, tracks and Gift Shop & Visitor Centre is FREE. There is lots of parking and toilet facilities available. Gates open at 5.30am and close at 8.30pm. Maps and information is available at the Redwoods Visitor Centre. Plus there is an i-site staff member available most of the time to help with accomodation and attraction bookings. Coffee cart on site and snacks and ice-creams too. Fantastic range of giftware specialising in native wooden gifts and NZ made products. Profits support track and facility maintenance. « less
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Ranked #11 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Volcanos; Outdoors
Owner description: An extraordinary experience of sight, sound and smell awaits you at this active New Zealand marine volcano, where the always... more » Owner description: An extraordinary experience of sight, sound and smell awaits you at this active New Zealand marine volcano, where the always present white cloud lends a mystical touch. Travel to the Island is either by boat or helicopter and tour guides outfit you for an adventurous trek on the island where signs of volcanic activity are everywhere. « less
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Te Mata Peak (Napier)
Ranked #12 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Mountains; Lookouts; Outdoors
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Escape Masters (Auckland)
Ranked #13 of 951 attractions in North Island
Owner description: Escape Masters is New Zealand's first real-life escape game. The aim is to escape by finding the code to the exit door before... more » Owner description: Escape Masters is New Zealand's first real-life escape game. The aim is to escape by finding the code to the exit door before time is up. The key to success is to spot hidden clues, solve brainteaser, work out puzzles, crack codes, find keys and link them together in a logical way. « less
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$141* and up
Ranked #14 of 951 attractions in North Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Museums
Owner description: Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national... more » Owner description: Experience the whole of New Zealand in one building! Te Papa is New Zealand's bold, innovative and interactive national museum. Explore the great treasures and stories of this country, its unique natural environment, Maori culture and taonga (treasures), dynamic art heritage, and its fascinating history. Te Papa is located on Wellington's spectacular waterfront. Open every day from 10am to 6pm and until 9pm on Thursdays. General admission is free. « less
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Hamilton Gardens (Hamilton)
Ranked #15 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Gardens; Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens. Transport yourself through time and to far-flung corners of the world.... more » Owner description: Explore an enchanting world of secret gardens. Transport yourself through time and to far-flung corners of the world. Meander through a lush tropical jungle, visit ancient China and indulge yourself in a Renaissance Prince's 16th century garden. Five garden collections have been created to delight the senses, with some garden concepts reaching back 4,000 years. Hamilton Gardens is a conceptual garden based in the Waikato that explores the context, history and meaning of gardens through time, and from around the world. It is internationally recognised for its unique concept and is the Waikato region's most popular tourist destination. Only five minutes drive from Hamilton's CBD, the Gardens is open 7 days a week during daylight hours and entry and parking is free. Access is off SH1, alongside Cobham Drive on the southern side of Hamilton. « less
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Footprints Waipoua (Waipoua Forest)
Ranked #16 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Tours; Outdoors
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Maunganui Beach (Mount Maunganui)
Ranked #17 of 951 attractions in North Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Beaches
Category: Beaches; Outdoors
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Ranked #18 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Hiking Trails; Sports
Owner description: We are Northland's first three-day private unguided walk. Situated at Whangarei Heads our boutique walk encompasses private... more » Owner description: We are Northland's first three-day private unguided walk. Situated at Whangarei Heads our boutique walk encompasses private farmland, stunning ocean and harbour beaches, rural roads, recreational reserves and public walkways. Start each day from our immaculately presented lodge and walk through an amazing variety of landscapes. At the end of the day return for a delicious dinner prepared by us and cooked by you. This outstanding natural experience will leave you with lasting memories. « less
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Ranked #19 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Islands; Outdoors
Owner description: Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island surrounded by the world's longest pest-proof fence. It's... more » Owner description: Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari is a mainland ecological island surrounded by the world's longest pest-proof fence. It's located between Matamata and Waitomo in the North Island of New Zealand. At Sanctuary Mountain you can experience New Zealand the way it used to be - an ancient, vibrant pest-free forest alive with native wildlife such as birds, skinks, geckos, frogs, bats and insects. Step through the pest-proof gate into another world where ancient New Zealand forest towers majestically above well maintained walking tracks and the air is filled with birdsong. « less
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The Kauri Museum (Matakohe)
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$1,610* and up
Ranked #20 of 951 attractions in North Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: History Museums; Museums
Owner description: The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty kauri tree, its fascinating gum and pioneering past. The Kauri tree is the... more » Owner description: The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty kauri tree, its fascinating gum and pioneering past. The Kauri tree is the focal point and theme of this museum, showing the different stages of how this giant wonder fueled industries that sustained communities of the early settlers. The Museum has over 4,500 sq mtrs of undercover attraction, and is a 'Must See'! Visit our heritage Museum en route to the ancient kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest. Visitor Information Centre on site with main focus on the western route of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway and Northland. Disabled friendly, lots of free parking spaces available, accommodation and cafes nearby. Location: 5 Church Road, Matakohe, New Zealand 0593 Hours: Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Open every day except Christmas Day) « less
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Ranked #21 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Bodies of Water; Outdoors
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Ranked #22 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Nature/ Wildlife Areas; Outdoors
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Waitakere Ranges (Auckland)
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$173* and up
Ranked #23 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: National Parks; Scenic Drives; Outdoors
This scenic drive takes you past bush scenery, to observation points for spectacular views and to gorgeous beaches.
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$54* and up
Ranked #24 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Forests; Outdoors
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Mount Taranaki (New Plymouth)
Ranked #25 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Mountains; Outdoors
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Ranked #26 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Historic Sites; Gardens; Outdoors
Owner description: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand's most important historic site, is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the... more » Owner description: Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand's most important historic site, is where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the British Crown and the indigenous Maori in February 1840. Set on a stunning site overlooking the Bay of Islands, Waitangi is an absolute must-see for all visitors to the North, international and New Zealanders alike. Attractions include the historic Treaty House, a giant flagstaff, a unique fully carved Maori meeting house and the the world's largest single-hulled canoe (waka). Guided tours and cultural performances run at regular intervals throughout the day. Open daily except Christmas. « less
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Cornwall Park (Auckland)
Ranked #27 of 951 attractions in North Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Parks; Outdoors
Owner description: This lovely urban park offers an escape from the city hustle and bustle with oak tree-lined roads, winding paths and grazing... more » Owner description: This lovely urban park offers an escape from the city hustle and bustle with oak tree-lined roads, winding paths and grazing sheep and cattle. « less
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Kawiti Caves (Northland Region)
Ranked #28 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Caverns/ Caves; Outdoors
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Southward Car Museum (Paraparaumu)
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$181* and up
Ranked #29 of 951 attractions in North Island
Travelers' Choice™ 2014 Winner Attractions
Category: Specialty Museums; Museums
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Ranked #30 of 951 attractions in North Island
Category: Specialty Museums; Cultural
Owner description: After more than 130 years away, Mataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's only repatriated and most travelled Maori meeting house -... more » Owner description: After more than 130 years away, Mataatua Wharenui - New Zealand's only repatriated and most travelled Maori meeting house - stands once again as the unifying soul of the Ngati Awa (one of the Maori tribes of the Bay of Plenty) New Zealand. Built in 1875, it travelled to Sydney, Melbourne, Victoria & Albert Museum and South Kensington Museum (London), Dunedin and Otago (South Island) before being rebuilt back in its place of origin, Whakatane, in 2011. Your journey at Mataatua (The Face of God) will Ignite the Soul within, as you discover the extraordinary story of the house that has travelled through time. Mataatua is a living and breathing being and our experience provides an opportunity for intimate engagement with the people of Ngati Awa. Be enthralled as the carvings and legends of Ngati Awa are brought to life through world-class digital technology. A spine tingling experience, HIKO; Legends Carved in Light, is the 2011 GOLD Nga Aho award winner from the New Zealand Designers Institute. « less
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