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The North Island of New Zealand is, according to Maori legend, a giant fish caught by demigod Maui as he was fishing in his canoe, also known as the South Island. It is the smaller but more densely populated of the two islands, and plays host to Wellington, the capital, and Auckland, the "City of Sails". Eco-tourism is important in this spectacular natural landscape of geo-thermal spas and exotic wildlife, while taking some time to encounter the still vital indigenous Maori culture is a must. Finally, Lord of the Rings fans can check out volcano Mt. Ngauruhoe, which appeared as Mount Doom in the film trilogy. New Zealanders, called Kiwis after the native bird, enjoy a culture influenced both by the native Maoris and their own quirky developments, like gumboot dancing, the meringue dessert “Pavlova” and the ability to supposedly do anything provided they have a bit of Number 8 wire, not to mention a highly developed tourism industry, making this an easy and fun place to travel on any budget.
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Te Papa Tongarewa
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  • North IslandPro 2014
    Nally
    5 Jan 19, 2013

    The North Island is the perfect introduction to the beautiful country of New Zealand. It is the smaller but more populous of the country's two main islands. With mild weather, vibrant small cities, wine regions, small seaside towns, sailing, surfing, hiking, thermal spas, adventure sports galore, and glimpses into Maori culture, the North Island has a lot for everyone to explore.

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    Toby Gardner
    5 Jul 05, 2012

    just came back from there could have spent more than 2 weeks at auckland piahia rotarua

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    Terry Gardner
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    5 Jul 04, 2012

    Although most people have heard of Wellington and Auckland, there are a slew of fun destinations on North Island, including the Bay of Islands (sailing, scuba diving, etc.), Rotorua (Maori culture and Zorbing) and Zealandia (a bird reserve near Wellington where they are trying to recreate New Zealand as it was before mammals arrived).

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    Craig Kellar
    5 Jul 27, 2011
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    5 Oct 23, 2011
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The North Island of New Zealand is, according to Maori legend, a giant fish caught by demigod Maui as he was fishing in his canoe, also known as the South Island. It is the smaller but more densely populated of the two islands, and plays host to Wellington, the capital, and Auckland, the "City of Sails". Eco-tourism is important in this spectacular natural landscape of geo-thermal spas and exotic wildlife, while taking some time to encounter the still vital indigenous Maori culture is a must. Finally, Lord of the Rings fans can check out volcano Mt. Ngauruhoe, which appeared as Mount Doom in the film trilogy. New Zealanders, called Kiwis after the native bird, enjoy a culture influenced both by the native Maoris and their own quirky developments, like gumboot dancing, the meringue dessert “Pavlova” and the ability to supposedly do anything provided they have a bit of Number 8 wire, not to mention a highly developed tourism industry, making this an easy and fun place to travel on any budget.
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