Best of the North Island

Going through my photos the other day for my Top 10 NZ Photos post, I realized just how many photographs I have of New Zealand that I’ve never shared on this site. I visited so many amazing places, that trying to limit them to 10-15 really was a hard task, so I gave up and posted as many as I felt like! The photos here aren’t necessarily of my favourite places, but they are some of my favourite snaps that I took of the North Island.

Auckland and region

This is Piha, and it was the very first place I was taken to on the day I arrived in New Zealand. Talk about an amazing welcome!

This is Piha, and it was the very first place I was taken to on the day I arrived in New Zealand. Talk about an amazing welcome!

Auckland Harbour, taken from a ferry on my way to the Coromandels.

Auckland Harbour, taken from a ferry on my way to the Coromandels.

Upside-down pine trees! I don't know what they are really called, so if any of my Kiwis know please let me know =)

Upside-down pine trees! I don’t know what they are really called, so if any of my Kiwis know please let me know =)

Wild flax at Tawhranui beach, about an hour and a half hour drive north of Auckland.

Wild flax at Tawhranui beach, about an hour and a half hour drive north of Auckland.

The Coromandels

Gorgeous vista of the Coromandel peninsula

Gorgeous vista of the Coromandel peninsula

The Far North

The Giant Te Paki Sand Dunes: you can climb to to the top and sandboard your way back down again!

The Giant Te Paki Sand Dunes: you can climb to to the top and sandboard your way back down again!

Cape Reinga, the northwesternmost tip of New Zealand

Cape Reinga, the northwesternmost tip of New Zealand

Napier and Hawke’s Bay

Tugboat in Nelson

Tugboat in Nelson

Pohutukawa trees in Hawke's Bay

Pohutukawa trees in Hawke’s Bay

Rotorua

A sulphur lake at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

A sulphur lake at Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, Rotorua

Maori carving, Rotorua

Maori carving, Rotorua

Street art on Lake Rotorua

Street art on Lake Rotorua

Mangakino and Taupo

One of my favourite sunsets, anywhere. Taken outside Mangakino on a beer run during Kiwiburn.

One of my favourite sunsets, anywhere. Taken outside Mangakino on a beer run during Kiwiburn.

Maori rock carvings, Lake Taupo.

Maori rock carvings, Lake Taupo.

Wellington and area

My favourite city in New Zealand, taken from Mount Victoria

My favourite city in New Zealand, taken from Mount Victoria

Courtenay Place downtown Welly

Courtenay Place downtown Welly

A winery at the Taste Martinborough festival

A winery at the Taste Martinborough festival

Author: Kelly Knights

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