New Zealand has become a family-friendly destination for travellers from all over the world. Its location and climate offer a wealth of fun activities for everyone to enjoy. Family holiday packages are becoming a hot commodity for families of all sizes. If you want to visit New Zealand’s North Island, here are five must-see activities.
Lord of the Rings Activities
Lord of the Rings was one of the highest-grossing film franchises ever created. Before that, its book series captured the hearts of millions of readers for nearly a century. Although filming for the movies has long wrapped, on New Zealand’s North Island, Lord of the Rings fever is still alive! Movie tours, filming sights, sculptures, and props from the movies are on display at various locations all over New Zealand’s North Island. Don’t miss a visit to Hobbiton, home of full-scale hobbit holes!
Some people enjoy an adrenaline rush when they travel. If you count yourself in this camp, then consider a visit to Skydive Auckland. Offering tandem skydiving opportunities from 9,000 to 16,500 feet, adventure seekers can see the North Island from a breathtaking height!
Cape Reinga is as far north on the North Island as one can venture. There, the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. This area is home to the Maori, the indigenous people of New Zealand, and they take pride in the land and the upkeep of their famous lighthouse. Along this coast, you will find the Ninety-Mile Beach which, not surprisingly, stretches approximately 90 miles along the coast.
We’ve already discussed experiencing the North Island of New Zealand from above, but now we can go below the earth to the Waitomo Caves. Waitomo is not just another cave experience, but an epic journey into a world of luminous creatures. Arachnocampa Luminosa are essentially glow worms that can only be found in New Zealand. Visitors can view the caves via a series of ziplines. If you’re even a bit more adventurous, opt for the black water rafting cave experience.
If enjoying time with animals is your idea of the perfect way to spend the day, Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary is for you. This multi-million-dollar conservation project is poised to create a predator-free sanctuary for animals. The project is determined to bring Zealandia Eco-Sanctuary back to its original state before man put their stamp there. Thus far, it has attracted countless visitors to see what it would be like if animals roamed free without human interaction.
New Zealand’s North Island is a gorgeous place full of breathtaking views and once-in-a-lifetime adventure. These are just a few of the many activities available to families and guests of all ages. Take your time exploring this visually stunning country and make sure to take plenty of pictures!