The North Island of New Zealand, despite its small size, is packed full of things to do and see and each of the regions offers its own unique experiences, so if you are planning a campervan holiday, by far the best way to see the country , here are some of the regional highlights worth checking out.
The 'Winterless North', as it is dubbed, is where you can see the northern most point of New Zealand at Cape Reinga. You can walk out to one of the tips of the North Island and see where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea meet. These two bodies of water create and awe inspiring clash of power and nature. Northland also offers visitors a great historical experience with many quaint historical villages with some of the county's oldest building.
Whilst many people instantly think of Auckland City when they hear the name, the Auckland region offers visitors not only the experiences of any international metropolitan city, such as designer shopping, award winning restaurants and wonderful nightlife, but it's urban areas too offer many wonderful things to discover. If you enjoy spending time on the water there are two harbors to play in, and several islands within just an hour to discover.
Bay of Plenty
As the name suggests, this region offers visitors plenty of things to see and do. The most well known city is Rotorua, which is not only part of the geothermal belt of New Zealand but is also known as the cultural capital. You'll find incredible geothermal activity in the area and you'll also be able to attend genuine Maori cultural entertainment and activities, a very unique and memorable experience to take home.
Situated on the West Coast, this region is dominated by its namesake mountain, formerly called Mount Egmont, and is complemented by its stunning coastline which really shows the regions incredible sun, sand, and surf lifestyle. The region also boasts an incredible park – Pukekura, an awarding winning walkway which wraps around some of the coast and offers visitors some incredible views while taking in a bit of exercise, and many other attractions, activities, and events.
Home to the nation's capital, the Wellington region is also a Mecca for Arts and Culture aficionados. It hosts the annual World of Wearable Art, showcases much of New Zealand's past, present, and future in the national museum Te Papa Tongarewa. You'll also find a fabulous wine region located just 65kms east of the city in Martinborough, which is home to some of New Zealand's favorite labels such as Craggy Range, Palliser Estate and Ata Rangi which are all showcased in the annual Toast Martinborough event, well worth attending.