10 Should-See Pure Highlights of New Zealand’s North Island

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New Zealand's South Island is praised for its striking nature. From the Southern Alps to extensive glaciers and turquoise glacial lakes, the South Island has many admirers among travelers. But the more populous North Island should not be underestimated either.

If you plan to travel north, you can expect hot springs, breathtaking coastlines and volcanic cones. These really show the beauty of nature. Before you pack your bags for a trip to Down Under, read our list of 10 natural highlights worth visiting on the North Island of New Zealand.

Tongariro National Park

Tongariro was the first area to be declared a national park by the New Zealand government in 1887 for good reason. It has some of the most dramatic landscapes in all of New Zealand, with moon-like craters, imposing volcanoes, and endless hiking opportunities.

This reserve contains winter sports areas such as Ruapehu Mountain. In summer, the Tongariro Northern Circuit and the Tongariro Alpine Crossing are breathtaking hikes. Highlights include Mount Ngauruhoe (Mount Doom in the films "The Lord of the Rings"), the enchanting emerald green lakes near the Red Crater and the Tama lakes. The Taranaki Falls and Tawhai Falls are amazing places and testament to the diversity that Tongariro has to offer.

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Huub Lakerveld

Writer and Traveler

Huub has been traveling around the world as a digital nomad since the beginning of 2018 while working as a travel writer. His passion for travel is shaped by contacting locals and looking for different landscapes. Always accompanied by his favorite travel companions: a camera and a notebook. [Read full bio]

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