Travel | New Zealand, the Middle-Earth

New Zealand’s North Island thoroughly engages the body and the spirit, often at the same time.

This island is known as Te Ika-a-Maui, or “the fish of Maui”, gaining this traditional Maori name from the story of the landmass’ formation. It’s  the 14th largest island in the world. The North Island spans ~830 km from the northern tip of Cape Reinga to Cape Palliser in the south west, and ~460 km from the Cape Egmont light house on the west coast to East Cape. The nation’s capital is Wellington – commonly referred to as ‘Windy Wellington’. The city is located on the Cook Strait in the latitudes of the Roaring Forties.

The North Island is the place to experience New Zealand’s culture, history, and beautiful beaches. From the far north where New Zealand’s political history began to Wellington, the southern most capital city in the world. There are vibrant cities to explore, coastal beaches to discover, and many adventures waiting to be experienced. I spent 14 days cruising all around and these are the photos that I came back with!