Sunset over Cape Reigna, the most northernly point of New Zealand
My New Zealand route was:
Day 1 Auckland – Day 2 Waiheke Island beaches and vineries by public bus – Day 3 bus to Pahia (Bay of Islands) – Day 4 day trip with Great Sights to hole in the rock and dolphin swimming – Day 5 day trip to Cape Reigna – Day 6 Morning bus trip directly to Rotorua followed by an evening bath in hot springs at The Polynesian Spa – Day 7 trip to the Rainbow Springs Nature Park to see kiwi chicks (one of the only places in New Zealand where you can) then Te Pui to see the volcanic geysirs and Maori dance and song show. I loved the dances and traditional Maori clothing. Evening bus to Auckland – Day 8 Waiheke Island to finish touring the beautiful vineries.
I like to travel cheaply and stay at hostels that cost $20 dollars per night, and book cheap bus routes to get from A to B. On the last eve, I splurged on a hotel night to end the holiday with a taste of luxury :)
New Zealand'd north Island was beautiful and I particularly recommend Waiheke Island, Bay of Islands and Rotorua - wow!
Onetanga beach, Waiheke Island
Lunch and wine at Cable Bay vineyard on the hill of Waiheke
Beautiful view of Auckland skyline from the vinery Mudbrick on top of the hill of Waiheke
The dolphin swim tour from Pahia was incredible
Dolphin swimming in Bay of Islands
Pretty little Russell. Ferry tickets are included with the dolphin tour to the original capital of New Zealand. I had lunch at the Marlaborough Tavern, sitting beside a fireplace with the beautiful antique interiors.
The Bay of Islands, Pahia, where I spent my fourth day was beautiful
The hole in the rock which the boat went through!
Stopping at a little beach on an Island on the Hole in the Rock dolphin boat tour
Old House in The Bay of Islands
Maori carvings on a old house in the Bay of Island
Sandboarding on the dunes before Cape Reigna
Beautiful Cape Reigna lighthouse. Cape Reigna is the most sacred place in New Zealand. In Maori culture it is believed that when you die your spirit leaves your body and travels to Cape Reigna ⚓️Good spirits sprout wings and fly to their ancestors. Naughty spirits fall into the sea and are eaten by a sea monster.
Bath at the wonderful Polynesian Spa in Rotorua. I upgraded to the luxury pools, and it was worth the extra cost for prettier pools and a better view of the lake.
Volcanic geysirs at Te Pui, with geothermal activity
Beautiful Maori dance show in Te Puia, Rotoria - a highlight of my trip
Kiwi chick viewing on this day in Rotorua.
Vineries on Waiheke Island