Auckland, the biggest city of the North Island of New Zealand, serves as a good base to explore the other interesting places in the North Island.
As more and more flights open up from Manila to Auckland, now more tourists from the Philippines will get to access this isolated city down under. From Auckland, you can practically explore many amazing sites that are just a couple of hours away by car. One of which is the famous Hobbiton, which I wrote about in my previous post. Aside from Hobbiton, there are actually other places that are worth the visit.
1. Rotorua, New Zealand
Personally, I loved Rotorua because it gave me a glimpse of the Maori culture. After days of scenic drives, mountains, and snows, I appreciated how Rotorua gave a different feel to my New Zealand trip. Rotorua is well known for its Watch geysers, boiling mud pools, hot springs, lakes, and most especially it’s Maori culture. In Rotorua, you can choose to visit any of the Maori villages, which are scattered across the city. We visited Te Puia, located in a geyser valley featuring one of the famous geysers (Pohatu Geyser) in town in addition to it’s Maori Village that gives you an idea of the Maori culture.
After checking out Te Puia, we headed to the Rotorua Museum located near the town center. Located in Government Gardens (another pretty garden I must say), the building itself is already a sight to behold. The museum houses both art and historical artifacts that showcase the history and culture of Rotorua and New Zealand. There are also nearby spas wherein you can enjoy a thermal bath in one of the many hot springs in the city.
We ended the day with a visit to Wai-O-Tapu Geothermal Valley, the youngest geothermal valley in the world. Geysers here are replica oakleys much more interesting and picturesque. In a way, it feels like you’re walking into a theme park, but instead of rides, you’re actually going around checking out the different types of geysers and walking through picturesque forests and trees.
2. Waitomo Glowworm Caves
Somewhere in the middle of Auckland and Hobbiton, an optional trip can be made to explore Waitomo and it’s world famous glowworm caves. Apparently, a distinct glow worm named, arachnocampa luminosa is unique to New Zealand, and Cheap Jordan Shoes thousands of these creatures illuminate the caves making it an unforgettable experience for travelers.
3. Hobbition, Matamata New Zealand
Last, but not the least, is the ever famouse Hobbiton. Whether you’re a big fan of the Lord of the Rings or the Hobbiton trilogy or not, it’s a place where you can cheap jerseys wholesale simply enjoy how beautiful New Zealand is. The scenery and the Hobbit homes make you feel that you’re somewhere else, lost in a different world.
All these places are relatively reachable by car from Auckland. Rotorua is actually the furthest away around a 3 hour drive from central Auckland. For our trip, we decided to go straight to Rotorua first and spent the night there before slowly making our way back to Auckland. New Zealand is all about nature and unique experiences, and these 3 places definitely fit the bill.