Destination guide

The friendly city of North Island awaits you

Learn about the unique charm of North Island with a stay in a holiday home rental. Travellers especially like the shopping, cafes and local tours in this welcoming and romantic city. For a bit of culture, visit Auckland War Memorial Museum, SheepWorld or Te Papa. If you're looking for accommodation options with space to entertain friends and family, HomeAway has plenty of options to choose from. Many rental homes offer full kitchens and laundry facilities, perfect for big groups.


Sightseeing in and around North Island

Are you hoping to find things to do while you're in town? Venture out of your holiday home and check out everything that makes North Island a fun spot to go on holiday. These are some of the most popular attractions to put on your list, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Mangakino Golf Club (15.3 mi / 24.6 km)
  • Te Waihou Walkway (15.5 mi / 24.9 km)
  • Monavale Blueberries (21.8 mi / 35 km)
  • Hobbiton Movie Set (21.9 mi / 35.3 km)
  • Kiwi House Native Bird Park (22.2 mi / 35.8 km)
  • Avantidrome (22.8 mi / 36.8 km)
Natural features

Exploring the natural landscape of North Island

Whether you're an adventurous traveller or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your holiday in North Island. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari (9.5 mi / 15.3 km)
  • Lake Moana-Nui (13 mi / 21 km)
  • Dunham Park (13.8 mi / 22.1 km)
  • Mangakino Recreation Reserve (15.1 mi / 24.4 km)
  • Lake Karapiro (17.3 mi / 27.8 km)
  • Founders Park (27.4 mi / 44.1 km)
How to get there

Transport to and around North Island

Fly into Hamilton (HLZ-Hamilton Intl.), the closest airport, located 27.1 mi (43.6 km) from the city centre. If you can't find a flight that works for your travel itinerary, you could also fly into Rotorua (ROT-Rotorua Regional), which is 38.2 mi (61.4 km) away.

If you're travelling by train, Pukekohe Station, Papakura Station and Takanini Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How many holiday rentals are available around North Island?

Our 2020 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 8,060 holiday lettings around North Island. From 1,074 flats & apartments to 673 cottages, find unique self catering accommodation for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends for a long holiday or a weekend break.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in North Island?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in North Island. From travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Nukuhau: 169 holiday homes
  • Paihia: 271 holiday homes
  • Auckland City: 1,294 holiday homes
  • Nelson: 256 holiday homes
  • Karkari Peninsula: 182 holiday homes offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in North Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of self catering accommodations available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in North Island?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in North Island with the largest selection of holiday lettings for a perfect city break:

  • Paihia: 271 holiday lettings
  • Auckland City: 1,294 holiday lettings
  • Karkari Peninsula: 182 holiday lettings
  • Waihi: 212 holiday lettings
  • Oakura: 33 holiday lettings

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to North Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of self catering accommodations near to airports. Airports with a large selection of self catering accommodations in North Island are:

  • Auckland International Airport (AKL): 716 self catering accommodations
  • Wanganui Airport (WAG): 27 self catering accommodations
  • Masterton Airport (MRO): 113 self catering accommodations

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available.

What are the most popular points of interest and landmarks to stay near in North Island? offers a large selection of holiday lettings near great places to visit in North Island. From travellers, the top popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • New Zealand Film Archive: 1,235 holiday rentals
  • Paraparaumu Beach: 200 holiday rentals
  • Little Kaiteriteri Beach: 251 holiday rentals
  • Tokerau Beach: 195 holiday rentals
  • Paihia Beach: 325 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around North Island listed on where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday accommodations.

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