North Island is one of the two islands that make up the New Zealand landscape, and if defined by tall, sloping, volcanic peaks, which seem to pierce the sky. This landscape is dotted with some bustling cities, but it is still the perfect place to visit if you are looking for a quiet mountain retreat. Why not bring your partner along with you? Make sure to choose a romantic mountain cabin, so that you can explore the wilderness together before settling down into warm interiors to rest up for the days ahead. Head to the Tongariro Alpine Crossing, where you can see turquoise ponds lit up between the black, rocky mountains, and climb up Mount Tongariro for stunning mountain views. Here, you can also go skiing in the winter months.