Even though Waiheke Island is only a 35-minute ferry ride from Auckland, you somehow feel as if you entered a time portal and traveled 35 years back in time. If the urban hustle of downtown Auckland ever becomes too much, taking a day trip to Waiheke Island is a a great way to simply slow down. Here, on this undulating island which is brilliantly blanketed in vineyards , the pace of life is a welcome change from frantic buzz of the city.
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As the largest city in New Zealand, and the site of an international airport, Auckland is the city where most travelers begin or end their vacation. Granted, every traveler who visits New Zealand will have a different budget for their trip, and while some travelers prefer high-end resorts and guided tours of Auckland, if you’re backpacking across New Zealand and eating on a budget, it’s also good to know some spots for where to camp in Auckland.
The Coromandel Peninsula—with its thick jungles of kauri trees, miles of hiking trails, hidden waterfalls, white sand beaches, and rural towns—might lead the North Island of New Zealand for number of adventures per square mile. Even though this small sprig of land only accounts for 3% percent of the North Island’s size, many of the best adventures on the North Island can be found on the Coromandel Peninsula.
Situated smack in the center of the North Island of New Zealand, Lake Taupo sits in a convenient location to many of the North Island’s best sights. On day trips from Taupo, you can either be swimming in the waters of the Bay of Plenty, or be hiking in Tongariro National Park through the breathtaking lunar landscape . You can spend a day touring the thermals of Rotorua, or jump out of an airplane while skydiving above the largest lake in New Zealand.
As you might imagine from watching the films, there’s nothing like the beauty of Hobbiton in the morning. The rolling green hills, the stumpy little hobbit holes, and the sunlight illuminating a fairytale world which is the utopia of Middle-earth. While the beauty and calm are reasons enough to visit, the only thing which could [...]