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1. Posted by jamscunny (Budding Member 17 posts) 6y

top 5 things to do in north island before i leave.... please leave yours?

btw any one know where i can get cash in hand work in the north island. im running low on cashola [cheers]

2. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 6y

My top 5:

- The Tongariro crossing
- a trip to White Island (an active volcano off the East coast)
- Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga
- Rotorua
- The drive between Rotorua and Wellington - beautiful scenery along the way.

You should be able to get some cash in hand fruit picking work somewhere; also try these 2 sites for casual/backpacker work:

http://www.backpackerboard.co.nz/

http://www.seasonaljobs.co.nz

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Nov-2009, at 01:30 by bex76 ]

3. Posted by trainrider (Full Member 95 posts) 6y

I agree with the list above however id add

1. A wine tasting tour in Napier/Hastings by bike.
2. The Kauri forests inc Tane Mahuta, etc

bex76...... Im guessing that you mean the road between Hastings and Wellington on highway 2. I know I enjoyed the scenery there.

Have you considered doing some Wwoofing work? Check out www.wwoof.co.nz. Might be worth it if you cant get work at least you wont need to spend money if you wwoof.

4. Posted by Sander (Moderator 4808 posts) 6y

Quoting trainrider

bex76...... Im guessing that you mean the road between Hastings and Wellington on highway 2. I know I enjoyed the scenery there.

I'd guess she means the desert road (highway 1) skirting Tongariro National Park; Hastings would be a lot out of the way en route to Wellington if coming from Rotorua. (Plus the desert road is easily the nicest drive on the North Island, what with its views on the volcanoes.)

[ Edit: Edited on 22-Nov-2009, at 09:57 by Sander ]

5. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3713 posts) 6y

Quoting Sander

Quoting trainrider

I'd guess she means the desert road (highway 1) skirting Tongariro National Park; Hastings would be a lot out of the way en route to Wellington if coming from Rotorua. (Plus the desert road is easily the nicest drive on the North Island, what with its views on the volcanoes.)

Yes that's the one I mean Sander! The scenery is amazingly diverse along the way.

trainrider - I agree with your 2 additions. If I'd been able to put another 2 choices they would be the ones I would have chosen. The kauri forests are beautiful, and in Napier it's also worth doing an art deco walk.

6. Posted by patricia23 (Budding Member 8 posts) 6y

Lake Waikaremoana Track - as you walk to that track, you will see some of the bird species there and you can drive to Hawke's Bay for fabulous wineries. If you want another walkathon places, go to Tongariro Northern Circuit and Whanganui Journey where tourist usually prefer that places.

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