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.


2014-09-04T04:51:01+12:00By |North Island Towns|

In New Zealand the most striking near-desert experience you can have is on the road to Waiouru. State Highway One winds through a bleak windswept tussock plain called the Rangipo Desert. This is a unique alpine semi-desert, with the forbidding appearance of a wild desolate wasteland.


2014-08-31T22:05:00+12:00By |North Island Towns|

To experience the North Island’s ‘Alpine Country’ on the seismically sensitive Central Volcanic Plateau, there’s no better place to go than Turangi. Turangi has the pulse of this volcanic heartland, with New Zealand’s largest lake (Lake Taupo) on its front doorstep and the vast Tongariro National Park.


2016-11-26T18:57:44+13:00By |North Island Towns|

Paihia began as a peaceful mission station on the gentle shores of the Bay of Islands. This is where the foundations of Maori and European life in New Zealand were laid. Today it is a town that expresses the lively holiday spirit of an increasing throng of international visitors and Kiwis.


2016-11-26T18:57:44+13:00By |North Island Towns|

Ohakune has been called the ‘après ski capital of the north’. This new image of a party town may be seen as an alternative to its traditional role as the ‘Carrot Capital’ of New Zealand. The town is strategically placed at the foot of Mountain Road leading directly to the Turoa Ski Resort on Mt. Ruapehu.


2014-08-30T12:51:44+12:00By |North Island Towns|

Kaitaia is New Zealand’s most northerly service town and the commercial heart of the Far North. The word Kaitaia means ‘abundance of food’ in Maori, chosen for the prolific bird life in the ancient Kauri forests and the plentiful supply of fish and shellfish along the 90 Mile Beach.

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