North Island

  • Champagne Pool, Wai-o-tapu, Rotorua.  Photo credit: Rhiannon DaviesChampagne Pool, Wai-o-tapu, Rotorua. Photo credit: Rhiannon Davies
  • Wellington cable car.  Photo credit: Rhiannon DaviesWellington cable car. Photo credit: Rhiannon Davies
  • Tongariro Crossing.  Photo credit: Rhiannon DaviesTongariro Crossing. Photo credit: Rhiannon Davies

Population: Around 3,250,000

Size: 113,729 sq km

Major Cities: Auckland, Wellington, Palmerston North, Hamilton

The landscape of New Zealand's North Island is gentler than that of the South but no less spectacular, ranging from the long golden sands of Ninety Mile Beach in the north through the rolling farmlands of the Waikato, Lake Taupo (which sits in the vast crater of an old volcano) and the lunar landscape of the Tongariro Crossing (shown here). The cosmopolitan cities of Auckland and Wellington are also located in the North Island - around two-thirds of New Zealand's total population lives here.

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