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The New Zealand Holiday

Coromandel, Auckland, Russell, Bay of Islands, Rotorua and the Ski Fields

If you are an overseas visitor planning your New Zealand holiday, the top half of the North Island has all the sights and activities that you need for a wonderful vacation. The Coromandel Peninsula is a top holiday destination situated centrally to Rotorua, the Bay of Islands, the Ski Fields, Lake Taupo and Auckland. And remember, the Coromandel is just over one hour's drive from the Auckland International Airport.

Tick the Coromandel Peninsula for your next holiday and then add some of these holiday areas:

Auckland City Holiday

Auckland is built around the shores of the Waitemata Harbour and the Hauraki Gulf, a spectacular marine playground. This setting and the natural vitality of Auckland City where one third of New Zealand's people live, make it a great place to spend part of your New Zealand holiday. Enjoy sightseeing, shopping, fashionable Ponsonby, Kelly Tarltons Aquarium, Sky City Casino, take a ferry trip to Waiheke Island or just find somewhere nice, relax and enjoy.

Northland and Bay of Islands Holiday

Heading north, the Bay of Islands and Northland have all types of scenic attractions, boating, big game fishing, endless beaches, tours and dolphin trips. The small township of Russell has New Zealand's longest history of European settlement and today retains colonial charm in a beachfront setting.

The Rotorua Holiday

Just over two hours south from the Coromandel you will find the amazing sights of the Rotorua thermal region and Lake Taupo, New Zealand's largest lake. Rotorua is famous as New Zealand's oldest holiday destination. Check out the shooting steam geysers, the weird pools of boiling mud, the unique scenery and Maori culture. Then relax in one of the many natural thermal spa baths, indoors or in a pool out under the stars.

Skiing in New Zealand - Tongariro National Park

On the other side of Lake Taupo is the Tongariro National Park with the three mountains: Tongariro, Ngarahoe and Ruapehu. Mount Ruapehu is an active volcanoe with steam and sometimes ash and red hot lava flows.

During the winter months (normally July to October) several of the top New Zealand ski fields operate on these mountain slopes. At other times visitors flock to enjoy the crisp clean alpine air, the awesome scenery and some of New Zealand's best walking tracks.