new zealand mountainsNew Zealand is the ultimate destination for nature lovers. You are never too far from the beach and you often get those majestic views of grandiose, snow-capped mountains. If you’re planning to visit this picturesque country, explore the ecotourism of the North Island through these top nature spots.

The Coromandel

The pristine beaches, scenic highlights, and the general laid-back atmosphere in The Coromandel make it a favourite among both locals and tourists. You can explore the Cathedral Cove and its Marine Reserve here. Hike to the Owharoa Falls, camp at the New Chums Beach, and discover the sea caves in Hahei. Take a tour on the Driving Creek Railway and visit the gold mining relics for a fantastic first stop.

Waitomo Glowworm Caves

You can hire rental cars Tauranga Airport services offer and drive to the famous Waitomo Glowworm Caves with your friends. You can’t have this experience elsewhere, after all. You can also take a side trip to Hobbiton and indulge your inner geek. You can also go kite surfing in Waikato for a fuller experience.

Lake Taupo

Can you believe that Lake Taupo is as big as Singapore? This popular body of water in North Island offers a wide range of activities for tourists. You can swim in Mine Bay and check out the intricate Maori Rock carvings, enjoy a cruise, and take photos of the splendid Huka Falls. There are even geothermal mud pools and spas in the area for your relaxation.

Tongariro National Park

This 80,000-hectare national treasure encircles the Tongariro, Ruapehu, and Ngauruho volcanoes. You can spend hours traversing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Considered one of the greatest walking trails worldwide, this remarkable place offers contrasting landscapes of lava flows, steam vents and the famous emerald lakes. Explore this World Heritage site and you’ll be in for the trip of a lifetime.

New Zealand takes good care of its natural resources. There are hundreds of exciting places in North Island alone where you can relax, drink in the fresh and healthy surroundings, and ponder your place in the Universe. Visit these wonderful ecotourism spots to maximise your vacation.