The North Island of New Zealand offers loads of unforgettable experiences. Whether you’re looking to chill out, conquer some adrenaline-fuelled activities, or anything and everything in between, New Zealand’s North Island’s got it.

Have a read of these 5 sweet as places to visit in New Zealand’s North Island.

1. Skyline Rotorua 

Only a three-hour drive from the centre of Auckland, Skyline Rotorua has everything a thrill-seeking traveller is searching for.

The adventure centre offers zip lining, luging, mountain biking and its infamous Skyswing. Eeeek.

And if adrenaline isn’t your thing, Skyline Rotorua also has gondola rides and stargazing adventures to get stuck into.

2. Geothermal Valley 

Te Puia, home of the Whakarewarewa Geothermal Valley, spans over 70 hectares.

Here you’ll find mind-blowing natural wonders from bubbling mud pools to crystal hot springs and silica formations.

The Valley is also home to the most active geyser in the Southern Hemisphere: Pōhutu Geyser. It erupts up to twice an hour!

3. Cathedral Cove

It comes as no surprise that Cathedral Cove is a super popular attraction in New Zealand’s North Island.

With its clear, shimmering water, soft sand and awesome natural formations, Cathedral Cove deserves the attention it receives.

Hiking or taking a boat / kayaking are the only methods of reaching the Cove, although the journey is a treat in itself.

4. Waitomo Glowworm Caves

waitomo caves New Zealand places to visit in new zealand's north island

Take an excursion into the depths of the Waitomo Glowworm Caves and experience the magic.

You’ll learn all about the interesting history and science behind these beautiful caves. You can even take a boat ride and look up to see the stars (aka the glowworms glowing all over the place).

This really is a super unique experience.

5. Hobbiton

Calling all The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit fans – Hobbiton is waiting for you!

Visit the location where the movies were filmed, revel in behind the scenes nuggets of information from your guide and settle down to a beer at The Green Dragon Inn.

Even if you’re not the biggest fan of the movies, you’ll still really enjoy this unique attraction in New Zealand’s North Island.

Excited to visit some of these places in New Zealand’s North Island? Check out our Northern Explorer and Sweet As North trips. 

Why not take a look at our other trips to New Zealand too 😍

Nicholas Hastie
Nicholas is a travel and health writer based in Brisbane. He’s driven by his hunger for all things travel, and enjoys documenting his journeys through writing and photography. Nicholas loves inspiring others to experience new adventures and create unforgettable memories.