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North Island, New Zealand

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The North Island of New Zealand offers an exhilarating mix of adventure sport, easy going culture and Maori tradition – endless opportunities for entertainment and discovery. While the South Island’s reputation for all things extreme may seem intimidating to the average thrill seeker, the North Island provides a more balanced mix of adrenaline inducing landscape and calm inducing cities, with airy sidewalk cafes to sit in and slow yourself down to island time.

Along with the dramatic landscapes New Zealand is famous for, the North Island houses some of New Zealand’s most important cultural institutions. The Auckland Museum’s exhibitions explore not only New Zealand’s Maori culture, with traditional crafts and art forms, but the city’s current cultural pulse as well.

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Coromonadel is definitely one of a special place in New Zealand. When you think you have seen all the beauty has to offer, there will be another magnificent landscape. I would also like Whangamata on tour, it is a beautiful town in the south of the peninsula, to surf big waves. We usually come because it is convenient to travel on both sides.

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