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10 Must Do North Island Summer Activities

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Enjoy the summer with these must do North Island Summer Activities

This is a special post by a guest writer, Nicola Bones-Smallwood, an intrepid world traveller and a vocal supporter of New Zealand.  Nicola spends as much time as she can outdoors, this is her 10 Must Do North Island summer activities.

With summer just around the corner, it’s time to dust off the togs, slap on some sunscreen and start planning those outdoor North Island summer activities. We’ve got you covered with our top ten must-do’s for the North Island.

Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

Starting in the North, check out the newly opened Waitangi Mountain Bike Park for loads of adrenaline and smooth flowing trails. Suitable for Grade 2 riders upwards, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. This community-built project is sure to stoke the whole family. Just a 5-minute drive from the Paihia township, set yourself up for a few days to enjoy the stunning Bay of Islands. 


Learn more about Aotearoa’s capital city, Wellington on a self guided bike tour stopping at city spots, beaches and even go for a dip if you’ve worked up a sweat. This is a great one for locals too!

Explore New Zealand’s Capital city by bike


Always wanted to try surfing? We recommend heading to Tawharanui for a taste of white sand beaches, chilled out East Coast swell and that feeling the first time you stand on a wave! O’Neill Surf Academy is weekend only so perfect to time with a stop in at the Matakana Markets.

Waiheke Island

If you’re hanging out in the big smoke these holidays, Auckland still has loads of outdoor adventures to find. One of our firm favourites, is exploring Waiheke Island by bike. Only a short ferry ride away and you feel transported to a remote island that has low key vibes and produces some amazing wines. Insiders tip: buy a bottle of your fav vino and head to Dragonfired, a great little takeaway pizza spot on the beach!


Stand up paddle boarding has really grown in popularity and it’s easy to see why. It’s a great way to explore untouched coastlines and get up close to wildlife. There’s no better place than the sunny, tranquil waters of Whitianga. The team at Whiti Water Sports will host you like family. Enjoy!

New Plymouth

Looking for a family friendly bike option? Cruise the New Plymouth Coastal Walkway on bikes with the whole family, stopping for ice-creams, to build sandcastles and take in the stunning views.

New Plymouth Coastal Walkway Te Rewa Rewa Bridge

Lake Rotoiti

Hot pools only accessible by boat sounds like something out of a movie. But these gems are located on Lake Rotoiti and River Rats Rafting and Kayaking has the means to get there you. Take a guided tour or hire your own kayak and soon you’ll be enjoying a natural soak on the other side. You can thank us later for this one! 

Lake Taupo

Travellers have probably heard of this one but it’s about time us kiwis experienced it too join Canoe and Kayak Taupo for their Maori Carvings tour. Enjoy a dose of culture whilst paddling on the tranquil waters of Lake Taupo.

Wanganui River

So this one may take a little more planning but if you haven’t yet canoed the Wanganui River, this is your summer. Taumarunui Canoe Hire can help you plan your trip, give you a gear list and can tailor 1 to 5 days. This is definitely a NZ must-do!

Paddle along some of the most beautiful parts of the Wanganui River.

Hawkes Bay

Food, wine and architecture? Yes please! Head to Hawke’s Bay and be pleasantly delighted as you explore the region by bike. The team at Cycle Nation will point you in the right direction from wine tours to art deco or Te Mata Peak for some downhill action. Insiders tip: check out the oldest farmers market in the country on Sunday morning for local treats galore!

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