Category: North Island Towns

Welcome to our Small Town Travel Guide compiled by New Zealand’s Information Network to help you plan your visit to our beautiful land.

Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga, Great Barrier Island, Hokianga, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Masterton, New Plymouth, Ohakune, Paihia, Russell, Taihape, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Turangi, Waiheke Island, Waikaremoana, Waiouru, Wanganui, Whakatane and Whitianga.

Waiheke Island

From downtown Auckland a fast ferry can whisk you over to Waiheke Island, the ‘Suburb on the Sea’. Waiheke has…

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Mt Maunganui

‘The Mount’ is the colloquial term of affection for the volcanic cone that rises abruptly on the long sandy peninsula…

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Waiouru

In New Zealand the most striking near-desert experience you can have is on the road to Waiouru. State Highway One…

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Turangi

To experience the North Island’s ‘Alpine Country’ on the seismically sensitive Central Volcanic Plateau, there’s no better place to go…

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Waikaremoana

Lake Waikaremoana is a scenic gem in the heartland of the mystical Te Urewera National Park in the Central North…

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Whakatane

Where can you stand on an active volcano, swim with dolphins and catch a marlin, all in one place? Offshore…

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Wanganui

The longest navigable river in New Zealand gave birth to Wanganui - a town that proudly proclaims itself ‘The River…

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Tauranga

Discover the ‘Coast with the Most’ in sunny Tauranga, the fastest growing city in New Zealand. Captain Cook found abundant…

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Taihape

The small market town of Taihape lies on the southern edge of the Central Volcanic Plateau and promotes itself as…

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Paihia

Paihia began as a peaceful mission station on the gentle shores of the Bay of Islands. This is where the…

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Russell

Russell’s seaside setting and ‘Old World’ charm makes it a pleasure to stroll along the esplanade. Quaint colonial buildings line…

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Ohakune

Ohakune has been called the ‘après ski capital of the north’. This new image of a party town may be…

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New Plymouth

Where can you climb to the summit of a dormant volcano in the morning and surf a world-class break in…

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Masterton

Masterton is the commercial heart of the Wairarapa farming area, the archetypal ‘true blue’ Kiwi sheep country. Expansive plains and…

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Kerikeri

Arriving in Kerikeri you are suddenly aware of stately rows of towering shelterbelt trees lining the roadside. Fruit stalls appear…

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Whitianga

A limestone cathedral archway and a bubbling hot spring are just two of the surprises you will find on beaches…

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Kaitaia

Kaitaia is New Zealand’s most northerly service town and the commercial heart of the Far North. The word Kaitaia means…

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Hokianga

The view of Hokianga Harbour from Omapere Hill is both surprising and breathtaking. It takes a little while to survey…

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Great Barrier Island

Great Barrier is an enchanted island of perfect peace, solitude, wild beauty and warm hospitality - just the place for…

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Cape Reinga

A lonely lighthouse and a gnarled, twisted pohutukawa tree on a windswept cliff top on the northern tip of New…

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