Destination guide

The friendly city of North Island awaits you

Experience the unique character of North Island with a stay in a vacation home rental. Travelers like the shopping, cafés 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 accommodations 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.

Activities

Sightseeing in and around North Island

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

  • 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 traveler or just want to take in the scenery, you'll be sure to find the perfect setting for your vacation in North Island. These are some of the area's most enchanting features, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city center:

  • 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

Transportation to and around North Island

Fly into Hamilton (HLZ-Hamilton Intl.), the closest airport, located 27.1 mi (43.6 km) from the city center. 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 traveling by train, Pukekohe Station, Papakura Station and Takanini Station are the main stations that serve the city.

How many vacation rentals are available around North Island?

Our 2019 vacation rental listings offer a large selection of 7,455 house rentals around North Island. From 5,044 Houses to 671 Cottages, find unique vacation rental for you to enjoy a memorable holiday or a weekend with your family and friends. The best place to stay around North Island is on HomeAway.

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

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Auckland Region: 1,751 vacation rentals
  • Auckland City: 1,240 vacation rentals
  • Nelson: 283 vacation rentals
  • Napier: 253 vacation rentals
  • Mount Maunganui: 290 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in North Island! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in North Island?

Whether you're travelling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in North Island:

  • Auckland City: 1,240 rentals
  • Nelson: 283 rentals
  • Napier: 253 rentals
  • Waiheke Island: 426 rentals
  • Rotorua: 378 rentals

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

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when travelling by plane to North Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of lodging choices in North Island are:

  • Auckland International Airport (AKL): 588 home rentals
  • Hamilton Airport (HLZ): 139 home rentals
  • Paraparaumu Airport (PPQ): 198 home rentals

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

Near which points of interest can I spend my holiday in North Island?

HomeAway offers a large selection of lodging choices near lovely places in North Island. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Collingwood Recreation Ground: 136 vacation homes
  • Off Road NZ: 321 vacation homes
  • Piha Beach: 432 vacation homes
  • Paraparaumu Beach: 197 vacation homes
  • Hobbiton Movie Set: 68 vacation homes

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

Explore destinations around North Island

Auckland City
1,240 vacation rentals
Nelson
283 vacation rentals
Napier
253 vacation rentals
Waiheke Island
426 vacation rentals
Rotorua
378 vacation rentals
Kerikeri
320 vacation rentals
Gisborne
58 vacation rentals
Whangamata
301 vacation rentals
Wellington City
170 vacation rentals
New Plymouth
190 vacation rentals
Whakatane
84 vacation rentals
Marlborough
469 vacation rentals
Turangi
141 vacation rentals
Abel Tasman National Park
150 vacation rentals
Castlepoint
20 vacation rentals
Picton
94 vacation rentals
Russell
255 vacation rentals
Ohope
92 vacation rentals
Collingwood
69 vacation rentals
Matakana
210 vacation rentals