The Northern Islands offer Travellers ancient and native bush, rivers and mountain views. Sculptured gardens and architecture steeped in heritage and gourmet food and wine. Ideal for self- drive tours see the various Self -Drive tours offered by Carine Travel Bug. These tours can be customised to include your New Zealand destination and experience wish list. Destinations and attractions that you could choose to experience include;
Auckland Sky Tower
Auckland is a fantastic choice if you only have time for a short holiday, just a 3-hour flight from Australia's Eastern Coast. In just two days you could hike through the rainforest and experience a night out Auckland style. The next morning you could enjoy some shopping followed by a trip to see a volcano. Not to mention the culture, food, wine and accommodation options from budget to luxury.
Auckland Sky Tower is a must do experience, giving you a bird's eye view of New Zealand. The Sky tower offers views, dining and adrenaline activities. Are you up for a heart thumping SkyJump or SkyWalk? Or is sitting back enjoying good food and wine while taking in the view more your style?
More information and prices can be found here https://www.skycityauckland.co.nz/attractions/skytower/
If you have more than a few days to explore New Zealand the following destinations are well worth the visit.
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands is 144 islands and the best way to explore is by sea with vehicle ferry services available for self-drive tours. Spot amazing marine life with various cruise and kayak tours. Explore land treasures, find the imposing Kauri Tree and meet the Maori Islanders and experience a bit of history and culture at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Rotorua, Geothermal Wonderland
Sky, steam and lakes, a place for relaxation and adventure. You cannot miss the experience of Geothermal attractions. Spouting geysers, bubbling mud pools, hot pools, foot pools and sinter terraces. http://www.rotoruanz.com/visit/see-and-do/.
Northern Island Wineries
Most of New Zealand's wine is produced in the South Island but the Northern Islands produce some excellent wine. For example, a short drive from Auckland you can experience Matakana estate Winery and Kumeu River Wines. Most known for award winning Chardonnay, the Northern Islands produce several styles of wine.
Most holidays involve at least one trip to the regions museum to give visitors a sense of the history and evolution of a place. Te Papa gives a unique perspective on geological, biological, cultural and social
history. If you do not have a firm itinerary, a stop here might help you decide what things to prioritise on you New Zealand see and do list. Ride the cable car and explore and take in the view from Mount Victoria. Walk along Oriental Bay taking the time to visit café's and shop and Oriental Bay for a bit of sun.
For further inspiration try https://www.newzealand.com/au/trips-and-driving-itineraries/north-island/ and discuss how best to refine these ideas to create your perfect holiday with your local Carine travel bug agent, travel agents that specialise in New Zealand holiday planning.
If you don't have time this trip, why not start thinking about planning your next visit to New Zealand and exploring the Southern Island.