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Top 6 Natural Highlights To Visit On North Island, New Zealand

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If you’re planning a trip to the North Island of New Zealand, be prepared to encounter volcanoes, coastlines, and hot springs. Before you start planning your trip, it’s essential to learn about the six must-visit natural highlights on the North Island of New Zealand.

The Coromandel Peninsula, located about 120 kilometers east of Auckland, is abundant in forests, stunning rock formations along the coast, and beautiful beaches. One of its most impressive features is the Cathedral Cove, a massive limestone rock formation that resembles a carved inlet. Exploring the Coromandel Coastal Walkway will lead you through enchanting forests, white sand beaches, and bays.

The Waitomo Caves are no ordinary caves. They are home to unique and extraordinary creatures in New Zealand, including an abundance of glow-worms that create a magical light show on the cave’s ceiling. Visitors can experience this enchanting spectacle by taking a boat ride or walking through the caves.

Huka Falls is a sight to behold, with the Waikato River’s massive volume rushing through a narrow passage, creating a compelling and rapid waterfall that drops about 11 meters. You can view the falls from a walking bridge over the Waikato River or trek through the dense forests on a tramping trail from Spa Park directly to the falls.

Mt. Taranaki, with a height of 2518 meters above sea level, bears a striking resemblance to Mount Fuji in Japan and Mount Mayon in the Philippines. Its stunning beauty can be admired from various vantage points and trails, with Lake Mangamahoe offering one of the best views. For a closer look, the Pouakai Circuit, a 25-kilometer tramp around the mountain, provides a spectacular perspective.

Rotorua is a resort town located within a vast caldera famous for its geysers, hot springs, and mud pools. Visitors can enjoy the hot springs by paying a fee, with Kuirau Thermal Park showcasing the impressive environment created by volcanism. The Rainbow Mountain Scenic Reserve also offers vibrant blue crater lakes and hiking opportunities in the Rotorua region.

Cape Reinga, situated at the northernmost tip of the North Island, is where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet. At this unique location, a striking lighthouse marks the end of the road in New Zealand. It holds cultural significance for the Maori, who believe that the spirits of the deceased Maori reside in the pohutukawa tree at its end. A visit to Cape Reinga should also include a trip to Tapotupotu Bay, a rustic camping area with lush vegetation, rolling hills, and white sand beaches.

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