10 Surreal Experiences In NZ's North Island You Must Add To Your Bucket List

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Tongariro Alpine Crossing - The Alpine Crossing is one of NZ’s most famous day walks. The hike will lead you past Mt Ngauruhoe and over Mt Tongariro. The panoramic views of active volcanic areas and crater lakes are pretty spectacular.

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Polynesian Spa - Set on the shores of Lake Rotorua, the Polynesian Spa’s geothermal waters and decadent therapies will rejuvenate your soul through ancient and modern techniques.

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Mine Bay - Towering 14-metres above Lake Taupo, the Mine Bay carvings never fail to amaze. If you want to get up close and personal, jump aboard a cruise across the lake or take a scenic kayak tour.

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Mitai Maori Village - Rotorua’s Mitai Maori Village is an authentic introduction to Maori culture. Highlights include witnessing Warriors in traditional dress paddling an ancient waka down the Wai-O-Whiro Stream & a traditional hangi meal.

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The Waitakere Ranges - The ‘Waitaks’ are home to famous black sand beaches like Piha and Kare Kare. Situated 30 minutes west of Auckland, there are countless walks to explore and sightseeing opportunities including Karekare Falls.

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Waiheke Island - Just a 40 minute ferry ride from Auckland, Waiheke’s scenic vineyards and five-star restaurants make the island a shoe-in for the bucket list. The EcoZip is a great way to sightsee, while zooming down ziplines above the grape vines.

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Hobbiton Movie Set- Everyone who lives in NZ has either visited or wanted to explore Hobbiton, which lies just outside of Matamata. The movie set is a pretty spectacular place for LOTR & The Hobbit fans to visit.

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Huka Falls - Huka Falls is a sight to behold. The surging waters are fed by New Zealand’s longest river, the Waikato, which travels 425 kilometres north from Lake Taupo. The Huka Falls Jet offers an incredible view.

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Waitomo Glowworm Caves - In the heart of NZ’s North Island lies an ancient subterranean world. The glow-worm grotto is one of the the country’s most popular attractions, and visitors often travel by boat to witness the light from thousands of glow-worms.

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SkyWalk - Auckland’s SkyWalk will certainly test your fear of heights. Visitors can go one step further from the safety of the viewing deck and inch around a narrow walkway, 192 metres above the city.

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