The North Island is a lush and inviting place, where you'll discover breathtaking natural and manmade wonders. Pay a visit to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in the northeast to explore waterfalls, dramatic black sand beaches and scenic spots at every turn. Head along to Takatu Peninsula in the northeast, home to a thriving coastal wine industry, for a fun day out and be sure to try a few of the locally-made specialities. For shopping, great places to eat and plenty of luxurious spas, head along to the North Island’s central city and New Zealand’s former capital Auckland. This welcoming harbour town is surrounded by stunning volcanic cones, which provide a beautiful backdrop to the city as well as many opportunities for hiking and exploring. Head south to unwind in a natural setting with the hot mud spa treatments of Rotorua. While you’re here, find out more about New Zealand’s Maori culture by checking out cultural performances like the haka war dance or tuck into a traditional hangi (feast) when dinner time rolls around.