North Island Towns

Welcome to our Small Town Travel Guide compiled by New Zealand’s Information Network to help you plan your visit to our beautiful land.

Bay of Islands, Cape Reinga, Great Barrier Island, Hokianga, Kaitaia, Kerikeri, Masterton, New Plymouth, Ohakune, Paihia, Russell, Taihape, Tauranga, Mt Maunganui, Turangi, Waiheke Island, Waikaremoana, Waiouru, Wanganui, Whakatane and Whitianga.

Waiouru

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In New Zealand the most striking near-desert experience you can have is on the road to Waiouru. State Highway One winds through a bleak windswept tussock plain called the Rangipo Desert. This is a unique alpine semi-desert, with the forbidding appearance of a wild desolate wasteland.

Turangi

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To experience the North Island’s ‘Alpine Country’ on the seismically sensitive Central Volcanic Plateau, there’s no better place to go than Turangi. Turangi has the pulse of this volcanic heartland, with New Zealand’s largest lake (Lake Taupo) on its front doorstep and the vast Tongariro National Park.

Taihape

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The small market town of Taihape lies on the southern edge of the Central Volcanic Plateau and promotes itself as the ‘Gumboot Capital of New Zealand’. It takes a certain degree of boldness and fierce independence of spirit to claim such a title for your town.

Paihia

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Paihia began as a peaceful mission station on the gentle shores of the Bay of Islands. This is where the foundations of Maori and European life in New Zealand were laid. Today it is a town that expresses the lively holiday spirit of an increasing throng of international visitors and Kiwis.