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New Zealand Tourist Attractions
in the North Island

North Island New Zealand Tourist Attractions

Start planning your New Zealand Holidays with a visit to the North Island’s attractions. With so many options to choose from, let’s start with our recommendations for the best water, land and air attractions to explore.

WATER - New Zealand Tourist Attractions
Kelly Tarltons Antartic Encounter & Underwater World

One of Auckland’s premier marine attractions. Located along the picturesque waterfront along Tamaki Drive, it is just a few minutes away from downtown. This amazing interactive experience will give you an all weather close up of the Southern Oceans. Expect to find a rare mix of aquarium, zoo and museum. Experience close encounters with penguins, sharks, giant eels, stingrays and many other species of fish. Visit the Stingray Bay and see this magnificent animal with two-meter wingspan and long barbed tails. The massive 350,000 litre open-topped acrylic tank lets you get up close to this amazing creature and marine life. The Antarctic Encounter will take you on a snow cat ride through a colony of King and Gentoo penguins living in a simulated snow and ice Antarctic environment. Also visit a replica of Captain Scott's hut, the Antarctic explorer.

New Zealand National Maritime Museum

Located in the heart of Auckland’s vibrant Viaduct Harbor. Explore the museum’s collection of New Zealand’s best maritime heritage. Discover the history and spirit that shaped New Zealand as a seafaring nation. Sail the harbor aboard a heritage vessel and see a collection of original boats, objects and displays, enhanced by dramatic video footage and oral histories.

LAND - New Zealand Tourist Attractions

Rainbow Springs Kiwi Wildlife Park

One of New Zealand’s best and favorite attractions located within the city limits of Rotorua. Visit this unique 22 acre park and experience the native flora and fauna set amongst fresh water springs and streams. See wild Rainbow and brown trout, many of New Zealand’s native birds, the Tuatara, a living dinosaur and the national icon the Kiwi. Learn more about “Conservation in Action” with Kiwi Encounter, which is an insight into the process of kiwi conservation. A ticket to this park gets you unlimited entry for 24 hours so you can experience the nocturnal animals at night, a true magical evening.

AIR - New Zealand Tourist Attractions

Volcanic Air Safaris

Conveniently located in Rotorua at the city lakefront. Explore the many tour options available to experience the thrill of the helicopter or romance of a float plane tour to view the amazing geothermal landscape and crater lakes in this spectacular region. The favorite attractions fly you over the dormant volcano of Mt Tarawera and the active volcano of White Island. Imagine landing on White Island with time to explore this magnificent natural attraction.

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