North Island – New Zealand.
*This blog is going to be set out differently than the others blog posts as I’m going to be talking about more than one city in the North Island-New Zealand.*
Location: The North Island is one of the two main islands of New Zealand. New Zealand is located is the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The North Island has a population of around 3,596,200.
Below is the North Island map.
I have been to the North Island many times in my life, as I actually live in the South Island of New Zealand. I personally fly with Air New Zealand as they are always really good with my wheelchair and they have great service!
Transportation around the North Island:
Taxi – You can easily find a taxi in the main cities in the North Island.
Examples – Blue Bubble Taxis, Combined Taxis.
Shuttles (good for getting from airports to motels)
Examples – Super Shuttle (cheaper option than Taxis).
Auckland, New Zealand.
Located near the top of the North Island. It is one of New Zealand’s busiest international airports. Auckland airport has daily domestic flights every hour of every day.
Where to stay:
Domain Lodge – Located right in the city of Auckland, close to shopping malls and restaurants. It has a star rating of 4.7. It is very clean and they have great service.
Auckland Rose Park Hotel – Great place to stay, the rooms are really nice and clean, service is good! They have a bar and a breakfast buffet. This hotel is located in Parnell which is reasonably close to the city centre. For more information about the hotel, click the link below.
Where to eat:
Ebisu – I love this restaurant! They have really good food and the service is awesome! This is located in the city centre of Auckland.
Click the link below for more information.
Milse – Great dessert place, quite small so wheelchairs won’t fit into the seating area but you can takeaway the desserts. They are incredible and they look awesome!
The BlackSmith – Great restaurant to go to for dinner. This is located in ‘Takanini’ so a bit of a drive out from the city centre but this restaurant has great food and cocktails!
Activities and Attractions:
The Sky Tower – Would recommend going here! This building is 322m high and there is an observation deck which gives you 360 degree views over Auckland. You can also Bungee Jump of the Sky Tower at a cost. The Sky Tower have restaurants and bars that you can go too. They also have a souvenir shop where you can buy toy stuffed animals and key rings.
They also offer 5 star accommodation at the Sky Tower. This is a huge tourist attraction and it is great to go to if you are not from New Zealand.
Below is the Sky Tower website for more information. https://www.skycityauckland.co.nz/attractions/sky-tower/
Photo of the Sky Tower from the outside!
Rainbows End – Great theme park located in Manukau, Auckland. They have an area called Kidz Kingdom, a family entertainment centre for children 8 years and under. This is a great theme park for families and people who like thrilling and exciting rides! Below is their website that has information on rides, ticket prices and general information.
Waiheke Island – Take a quick boat ride to Waiheke Island from Auckland and enjoy the local wine tours, enjoy dining at the local restaurants and relaxing on the beach. This can be a day trip or you can stay the night in a variety of accommodation places. For everything you need to know about Waiheke Island, click on the website below.
Shopping – Auckland offers the best shopping in New Zealand.
There are many shopping malls that you can go to including, Manukau Mall, Sylvia Park, Botany Town Centre and Westfield Mall. There are also general chain stores located around Auckland city!
Auckland Zoo – Great activity for everyone to do. Visit the animals and then have a bite to eat at any of the four cafes around the zoo grounds.
More information on this activity, click the link below.
Accessibility of Auckland:
Auckland is great for wheelchairs and the activities above are all accessible! 🙂
*Have you read about the Gold Coast yet?*
Wellington, New Zealand.
Located near the bottom of the North Island, it is the capital city of New Zealand! Wellington also have an international airport and they also do daily flights from city to city.
Where to stay:
Boulcott Suites – Great place to stay, located right in the city centre, close to restaurants and shops. Star rating of 3.4! Lovely and clean too! Great service as well!
Quest On The Terrace – Another great place to stay, rated 3.1 stars. Located in the city centre. Nice and clean. Service is ok but they could improve.
Aotea Lodge – Great place to stay, the rooms are really nice and everything is wheelchair accessible. Awesome service too! Located in Porirua so not central but it is only a 20-30minute drive.
Best places to eat in Wellington:
Chow – Great place to go too, cheap prices and they usually have 2 for 1 cocktails, they also have really good service!
Scopa Caffe Cucina – Nice restaurant, has great service and food.
Fidel’s – Good restaurant to go too, they have really good fried chicken 🙂
Wagamama – Located near the waterfront of Wellington, it is an Asian inspired restaurant. Great service and good food!
Neo Cafe & Eatery – This was my favourite cafe in Wellington, they have amazing food and the cafe is always full of people! Awesome service too!
Enigma Cafe – Another great place to go, you get a lot of good food for a cheap price! This cafe/restaurant is quite a quirky place to go too but it’s great!
Activities and Attractions:
Wellington Cable Car – Visitors for years have enjoyed taking this historic trip on the Wellington Cable Car. Take this 5 minute ride from the city centre up through the hillside to the lookout high above the city. Once up there you have easy access to the Botanic Garden, Cable Car Museum and the space place.
To read more about the Cable Car, click the link below. https://www.wellingtoncablecar.co.nz/English/Home.html
The Enormous Crocodile Company – Ride around Wellingtons waterfront by hiring a two or four seater bike and cruise around the waterfront of Wellington. For prices, click below.
Te Papa – Is the National Museum of New Zealand, great tourist attraction that you can do for free. Te Papa Museum has great exhibits including the Gallipoli exhibit which is a very real and moving exhibit. Te Papa is located near the waterfront of Wellington.
Weta Workshop – Visit Weta Workshop, the world leading design and effects facility and buy tickets to one of their many guided tours. You can also buy souvenirs from their shop. They have worked with many famous film makers including Peter Jackson. This activity is very wheelchair accessible and also very cool! For prices of the tours, click the link below.
Shopping – There are the general chain stores in the city centre but there is also a shopping mall located out of the city called Queensgate Shopping Centre.
Accessibility of Wellington:
Most places in Wellington are accessible except for some of the shops in the city centre and also some restaurants. I personally think Auckland is more accessible than Wellington.
I hope you have enjoyed reading about the North Island of New Zealand. Our country is beautiful, definitely add New Zealand to your travel list, don’t forget to subscribe to our emailing list and check back for the South Island Blog soon! ~
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