The North Island of New Zealand is warm, with scenery ranging from sandy beaches, through rolling farmland to active volcanic peaks. Although it is smaller than the South Island, it is more populous, with half of the New Zealand population living north of Lake Taupo, in the middle of the island.
Auckland - Is the primary arrival point for most people in New Zealand a large majority of those coming in through the Auckland International Airport (IATA: AKL, ICAO: NZAA) which handles 70% of all tourist air travel and is serviced by most major airlines. A significant number of people also arrive in Auckland by cruise ship.
Mt Bruce National Wildlife Center. This DOC center is a good place to see Kiwis and Kaka (kind of "bush parrot"), and also plenty of other native birds. 20 min drive from Masterton on the way to Palmerston North.