North Island experiences for your Kiwi itinerary. Distances included.
Head 40 kilometres west of Auckland to Piha Beach. New Zealand’s famous surf destination is known for its black iron sand. Take a tour of the region, which includes nearby rainforests, with Bush and Beach (bushandbeach.co.nz).
NAPIER 412 kilometres southeast of Auckland
Nestled in the hills of the Hawke’s Bay region, Elephant Hill (elephanthill. co.nz) is a lush oasis that overlooks the Te Awanga coast. The family-run winery makes just 21,500 cases a year. Stay for lunch (and wine) on the restaurant patio.
WELLINGTON 322 kilometres southwest of Napier
Bring home a piece of New Zealand from Kura Gallery (kuragallery.co.nz). This artistic hub sells works from the country’s artists, including members of its indigenous Maori population.
STILL IN WELLINGTON
Zealandia (visitzealandia. com) is an eco-sanctuary located a short drive from downtown Wellington that aims to return 225 hectares of forest and freshwater ecosystems to prehuman conditions.