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Top fun things in North Island New Zealand - to enjoy a road trip on the cheap

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A road trip on the North Island of New Zealand in 3 words: amazing, authentic, unforgettable. If these three words makes you dreamy, stay with me for a few minutes.

Be aware, this bucket list is made for adventure lovers who want to explore North Island New Zealand without tourist tours. Let’s start and Don’t forget to get extra travel tips at the end of the article!

1. Mix experiences in Auckland

Auckland is the perfect start for a road trip in North Island New Zealand. Even if the city doesn’t seem special at first sight, there are actually fun things to do there… and each one different from the others. Visit the markets at night, chill on the city’s beaches, find music events and festivals all around the year or just appreciate New Zealand’s peaceful way of life. Free activities are easy to find and that’s a good start!


Some fun things to do in Auckland

Free events (music, arts, Maori culture), night markets, volcano mount Eden (climbing and lookout), black-sand and surf beaches, sky tower (panoramic restaurant).Travel resource: all top things to see in Auckland

My extra travel tips -

To do a road trip in new Zealand, nothing better than renting a car or a van! All the places below are best accessible by car. But the busses on the North Island are also very good. Most must-do places can be reached by bus as well. InterCity is one of the most recommended public bus company – they also offer rates for backpackers.

Map Of North island New Zealand – top places and fun things to do for free


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I am made of photography, travels and a good dose of passion. I am Ophélie, French-born traveler always on the go. My articles are about sharing my travel experiences with you and giving tips on how to explore countries on your own… as a cultural traveller.

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