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Auckland to Cape Reinga - A Whirlwind Tour of New Zealand by Seb Jay

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[ 2008-03-22 01:34:42 ] - lizc

New Zealand's North Island is one of the most rewarding places to visit on Earth. From ancient volcanoes and rainforests to unbroken stretches of golden beach that fade out into the distance, the North Island is a breathtaking experience for all of your senses.
The grand city of Auckland is undoubtedly the best place to start a tour of the North Island. Known as the City of Sails, courtesy of it affinity with the ocean, Auckland is home to a third of New Zealand's cosmopolitan population, and offers a spectacular array of treats for tourists. Why not take a walk along one of Auckland's two harbours to the sound of yacht masts flapping in the wind, or discover Kelly Tarlton's Antarctic Encounter & Underwater World attraction. After a bite to eat in one of Auckland's many waterside restaurants why not drive up to the volcanic crater of Mt Eden from where some awesome views of the city and harbour can be enjoyed. Alternatively, there is a huge number of water sports activities to be enjoyed off Auckland's beaches and a wide choice of cruises out into the harbour and around the bay.

From Auckland, a tour of the North Island should head out north towards the Waipoua National Forest. Here you will discover Tane Mahuta - New Zealand's tallest Kauri tree. At 169ft tall the Tane Mahuta is thought to be more than 2000 years old. Close to Tane Mahuta is Te Matua Ngahere - "Father of the Forest", with a trunk that is an astounding 59ft in girth.

Continuing northwards to the far tip of the North Island we find Cape Reinga and the world famous Ninety Mile Beach. An untamed wilderness, Cape Reinga is one of New Zealand's best kept secrets. Wild horses roam across the white sands in a place that is spiritually sacred to the Maori. Watching the sun set across the ocean from the lighthouse is a moment in life that you will never forget.

Moving south again Doubtless Bay near Mangonui offers sweeping golden sands and spectacular views out east across the Pacific Ocean. The land around Doubtless Bay is perfect for exploration by mountain bike, and come nightfall the nearby Nocturnal Park near Taipa provides a glimpse of New Zealand's mascot - the flightless kiwi bird.

Practical Information

Auckland International Airport is New Zealand's biggest airport. It caters for flights from all around the world. Car hire can be booked in advance for pick up from Auckland airport at http://www.your-carhire.com .If you are planning to drive on the Ninety Mile Beach it is recommended that you book a 4x4.

About the author:

Seb Jay is a professional copywriter specializing in the origination of web content for http://www.your-carhire.com

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