Among the North Island's wine-growing areas, one of the oldest and best-known is Hawke's Bay, on the east coast about 140 miles from Tongariro...more
Although roughly a third of the North Island rests upon a geothermal hotbed, known as the Volcanic Plateau, its most active part stretches between the central...more
It's no coincidence that Auckland is nicknamed "the City of Sails." Hundreds of schooners, sailboats, yachts, and megayachts dot the harbor year-round, and its...more
Maori chef Charles Royal is the closest thing New Zealand has to an Alice Waters—a fierce advocate of sustainable local cuisine, indigenous produce, and...more
Both central North Island and Northland have stunning national parks that are perfect for hiking, or tramping, as it's called here. The World Heritage Tongariro...more
Author and angler Zane Grey put Northland's Bay of Islands on the map with his 1926 Tales of the Angler's Eldorado: New Zealand, about the monster fish he...more
North Islanders are big-time beachgoers, and the island's thousands of miles of coast give them plenty of thundering stretches and sheltered bays to choose...more
This Greek Revival museum, which sits atop the highest point of the sweeping Auckland Domain park, has the world's largest collection of Maori artifacts. Most...more
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