6 Best things to see & do in New Zealand’s North Island
A 30-million-year-old cavern system that’s famously home to millions of glowworms that dangle from the ceiling, creating a glittering sky of coloured stars.
Adult price: £30
Best for ages 4+
Duration: 1 night
Daily snorkel or boat-watching tours run to this beautiful wildlife-filled bay is home to common dolphins, orcas, humpback whales, penguins and fur seals. Purpose-built dolphin viewing vessels have swim bars; dolphins swim alongside you as you’re pulled along.
Adult price: £80
Min age 7
Best for ages 7+
Duration: 5 hours
New Zealand sits on a geothermal fault line, making it prime country for bubbling, geothermal hot springs known in Maori as waiariki. Although found across both islands, the Central Plateau region of the North Island, underlain by the Taupo Volcanic Zone, is particularly good, especially near Rotorua.
Best for ages 8+