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Despite having a national icon of a flightless bird, New Zealand’s North Island offers visitors many opportunities to metaphorically soar through breathtaking scenery, mesmerizing geothermal activity and cosmopolitan cities. It’s time to embrace a warm

Owing to the region’s extreme remoteness, New Zealand was the last significant land mass to be inhabited by indigenous settlers and more recently by European colonizers. New Zealand formerly became a separate crown colony in 1841 with the first parliament meeting in 1854. Parliament officially sat in the newly chosen capital, Wellington in 1865. Today, approximately 76 per cent of the country’s population live on the North Island, with Auckland being the largest city with a population of over one million people. Wellington continues to stand proud as the capital, strategically located in the south of the North Island.

The North Island enjoys a sub-tropical climate. In summer temperatures rise to around 75 degrees during the day. However in winter the mercury only manages to climb to around 59 degrees. In saying this, the weather is particularly unpredictable across the country.

There are many festivals and events held on the North Island including The Food Show Auckland, Waikato Draught Tough Guy & Gal Challenge and the New Zealand International Arts Festival, a biennial multi-arts festival held in Wellington.