Find the best place to stay — North Island

Where to stay near North Island?

Our 2018 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 8,187 holiday rentals near North Island. From 5,975 houses to 769 apartments, find unique holiday house for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near North Island for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

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

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

  • Auckland Region: 1,683 holiday rentals
  • Auckland City: 1,283 holiday rentals
  • Rotorua: 404 holiday rentals
  • Wellington: 155 holiday rentals
  • Taupo: 506 holiday rentals

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

What are the main cities to discover in North Island?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in North Island with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Auckland City: 1,283 holiday homes
  • Rotorua: 404 holiday homes
  • Wellington: 155 holiday homes
  • Taupo: 506 holiday homes
  • Hamilton: 318 holiday homes

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

Can I find easy access holiday homes when travelling by plane to North Island?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of holiday homes near to airports. Airports with a large selection of rentals in North Island are:

  • Auckland Airport (AKL): 590 holiday houses
  • Auckland International Airport (AKL): 582 holiday houses
  • Wanganui Airport (WAG): 26 holiday houses

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

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

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in North Island. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Mount Maunganui Beach: 651 holiday rentals
  • Hahei Beach: 731 holiday rentals
  • North Shore Events Center: 1,221 holiday rentals
  • Napier Beach: 280 holiday rentals
  • Paihia Beach: 366 holiday rentals

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 of holiday homes.

Finding the Perfect Holiday Rental in New Zealand’s North Island

The North Island of New Zealand is an extremely lovely place that homes the bustling cities of Auckland and Wellington, the adventurous towns of Rotorua and Taupo as well as the beauty of regions like the East Cape, Hawkes Bay and the Bay of Islands. On a holiday to New Zealand, you will be treated to and welcomed by amazing warmth and friendliness. Blessed with breathtaking landscapes, which are steeped in Maori legend, this is a beautiful destination for a family or romantic holiday.

Things to do

New Zealand is a country of sports, fun and enthusiasm. There is no dearth of activities that you can indulge in here, irrespective of where you are staying. Activities such as fishing, swimming, surfing, sailing and scuba diving are famous around the coastal regions. A holiday rentals at the surrounding beaches, are superb for relaxing and having a nice time away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Visitors to the North Island can try out popular adventurous activities like bungee jumping, paragliding and rafting. The North Islands great outdoors, make great spots for playing some active games like rugby and golf.

The North Islands mainland is great for walking and cycling through because of the enchanting surroundings. There are a number of golf courses throughout New Zealand along with plenty of tennis courts and huge parks. Black water rafting (white water rafting in the pitch black of a cave!), bungee jumping, zorbing, sky diving or any manner of sports can be tried out here.

New Zealand has a number of tourist attractions to offer. The North Island is not only known for activities and adventures that give a true adrenalin rush, but also for the scenic beauty of the place. Travel guides offer a detailed and accurate description of the country’s development and a sneak peak into the enormous points of interests around the place.

North Island Places to holiday

Those who would like to relax by the beach side should pack up their bags for the Bay of Islands. There are a number of beaches that stretch far and offer a never-ending view to the eyes here. You can also take or rent a holiday rental home here if you are an ardent lover of beachside beauty. However, water surfers shall look for an accommodation on the west coast, with Raglan being the most famous.

While in North Island, do not miss the chance to explore the wonderful city of Auckland. The Auckland Tower, in particular, is globally famous not only for the spectacular view that it offers, but also for the bungee jumping that many attempt from its great heights. The marina, on the other hand, is a delight for sailors as it is filled with super yachts, as well as some great restaurants.


The summer in New Zealand warm, with temperatures averaging around 25 degrees Celsius. The months of December, January and February make up the summer months. Winters generally witness temperatures dipping to around 6 degree Celsius.

Getting There

To arrive in the North Island from Australia, you can fly direct to Auckland International Airport (AKL) from Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Cairns, Perth and the Gold Coast. Otherwise you can fly to the National Capital of Wellington (WLG) from Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane.

Attractions in and around North Island

Looking for things to do while you're in North Island? Local attractions include Kelly Tarlton's Underwater World, Auckland Zoo and National Aquarium of New Zealand. Don't miss landmarks such as Sky Tower and Harbour Bridge, and unique cultural highlights such as Auckland War Memorial Museum and SheepWorld. If some outdoor time is on the agenda, soak up some sun at Omaha Beach and Onetangi Beach or experience the natural beauty of Mt. Eden and One Tree Hill Domain. You could easily spend a day shopping at Queen Street Shopping District, Cuba Street Mall and Hamilton Centre Place. Don't forget to buy tickets if you want to attend a game or event at Eden Park or Westpac Stadium. Fun activities in the city include Te Waihou Walkway, Barbary and Waimarino Adventure Park. Other popular places to visit in town include Oneroa Beach, Auckland Domain and Auckland Town Hall.