3 Incredible Adventures on New Zealand's North Island

Let the crowds have the South Island. We found a paddling, trekking, climbing paradise on New Zealand’s North Island, where the adventure density means you can do three life-list trips in a week.
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Most visitors to New Zealand head straight to South Island hotspots, navigating the popular Milford Track or visiting Aoraki/Mt. Cook National Park. And you know what? That's just fine with us.

Over the course of 10 days testing gear on the North Island, our editors  hiked through thick, mossy "goblin forest", climbed a sacred volcano, and paddled a waterway thick with history, without ever having to deal with the crowding of some of the south's popular treks. Retrace our footsteps on these three world-class adventures.