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Interested in travelling to learn more about different cultures? New Zealand’s North Island offers a fascinating look at traditional Maori culture with an abundance of urban and historical towns each with their own unique heritage rich with history and wonder.

The North Island provides the perfect opportunity for tourists to appreciate many spiritual locations, unique with varying myths and legends surrounding prominent villages, forests and sacred grounds.

Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga is one destination that combines a stunning view of oceans colliding with iconic Maori history. Legend says the joining of the Tasman Sea with the Pacific Ocean is also the place where Maori spirits leap to return to their homeland.

Wellington

Wellington (located at the southern end of the North Island) is another outstanding choice. Its vast array of attractions from Parliament buildings in Labton Quay to the Victorian Gothic Library makes the city a cultural arts capital. Wellington, New Zealand’s capital city, earns its status as a popular tourist destination in the North Island, with its combination of waterfront views and deep connection to Maori culture.

Wairarapa

A drive north of Wellington will bring you to the Wairarapa Wine region – a perfect place for some R&R whilst tasting award-winning wines.

There’s a wide range of activities and local heritage sites accessible for visitors that’ll ensure you have great opportunities to tour the natural environment and appreciate its picturesque scenes.

But if you prefer to stay a little more local, why not take a trip on the iconic red cable car to Wellington’s very own Botanical Gardens? The blossoming 25 hectares of land creates a stunning backdrop for an exceptional view over the city. A a site not to be missed by those who appreciate the native scenery of New Zealand’s North Island.

Auckland

Or if you’re used to the hustle and bustle of a busy city, consider visiting Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city and a cosmopolitan traveller’s dream.

Auckland is home to many landmarks beyond its prime shopping locations, including its very own Harbour Bridge and the Auckland Domain – perfect for a picnic during the balmy seasons from September through to March. The iconic Sky Tower is another attraction you might consider with expansive views of Viaduct Harbour, one of two spectacular harbour locations with hundreds of vessels creating a striking display.

If you’re interested in learning more about New Zealand’s unique Maori heritage, the North Island features many prominent museums that can satisfy your curiosity. The National Museum in Wellington and the War Memorial in Auckland are two historical locations filled with rare artifacts. The knowledgeable tour guides love sharing intriguing details with visitors regarding the country’s culture and interesting facts about the history of local towns.

But if you’re after something truly memorable – also in keeping with your cultural tour of New Zealand, perhaps some time relaxing in New Zealand’s finest hot springs is more your style. Volcanic activity in Auckland has led to centuries old, geothermal hot pools, providing a different opportunity to be pleasantly submerged in the natural waters. Visiting these sites allows travelers to gain a strong understanding for the heritage of the country, as its culture is rooted deeply within its origins and brought to life by locals indigenous to the land.

Regardless of your choice, New Zealand’s North Island is a landmark for the unique indigenous heritage of the Maori culture, with breathtaking views of the native lands.

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