North Island is quite simply the northern island of New Zealand and also the more populous of the two main islands. The city of Auckland on North Island is New Zealand’s most populated while the city of Wellington at the southwestern tip of North Island is New Zealand’s capital. North Island’s formal name is Te Ika-a-Māui, which means The Fish of Māui in Māori.
A volcanic plateau covers a large area of North Island and it has live volcanoes, lava plateaus and crater lakes. There are three active volcanoes which are Mount Ruapehu, Mount Ngauruhoe, and Mount Tongariro. Lake Taupo, a huge dormant caldera, is the main feature of this area. North Island lies in the path of the Pacific Ring of Fire and the boundary between the Indo-Australian and Pacific tectonic plates. As a result, some 20,000 earthquakes of various magnitude are recorded each year.
Earthquakes and volcanoes aside, North Island is a stunning travel destination for adventure seekers and even urbanites. Along the coastline are beautiful bays, rugged peninsulas, capes and islands. Within the island are wonderful nature parks, rivers, lakes and caves as well as vineyards which do well on volcanic soil.
Sky dive, hike, bike and drive through the wonderful terrain of North Island. Fans of Lord of the Rings will enjoy visiting elaborate movie sets like Hobbiton while those who enjoy cities will have lots to do in Auckland. Head to Rotorua for a mud spa or during winter, ski at Mount Ruapehu. Visit vineyards for leisurely wine tasting trips or head to Lake Taupo for the beautiful sights. Also head out to experience Māori culture and definitely learn the haka.
Fly to the Auckland International Airport and hop on the bus network to get around or just rent a vehicle. There are also short internal flights to areas like the Bay of Islands.
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