Exploring New Zealand

3 North Island Destinations

By Marina Darling

If you’re planning your next getaway and are keen to see some seriously fantastic nature, New Zealand should be at the top of your list. New Zealand is a little country in Oceania, and sits in the Pacific Ocean. It has two main islands, the North and the South. New Zealand has moderate, mild temperatures, and is full of lush greenery, impressive mountains, and beautiful beaches. It may be far away from everything else in the world, but that’s probably part of the reason why it’s such a stunning example of natural diversity and beauty.

Exploring New Zealand: Great Barrier Island

By Marina Darling


Of all the places I’ve explored in New Zealand, my trip to Great Barrier Island is one adventure that I will treasure forever. Great Barrier is located off the east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, roughly 90 kilometres from Auckland. Great Barrier has a wildness to it that you have to experience first hand. The roads are narrow and unsealed. There are no traffic lights and shops are few and far between. As far as resources go, most people rely on rainwater and solar-power. There are many places on the island that can only be reached by walking or by boat. The island is quiet and in some places, there’s no cell coverage. It’s the ideal place to go to escape.

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