The majority of the population in New Zealand lives in the North Island. The North Island is known for the busy cities, volcanos, and vast national parks. There are many vibrant cities in the region such as Auckland, Wellington, and Hamilton. One of the top sites in the North Island is the World Heritage site of Tongariro National Park which is a famous location for the shooting of the Lord of the Rings films. The park offers views of three active volcanoes, emerald lakes, and mud pools. The rugged landscape offer great mountain hiking and extraordinary views of the natural scenery. The winter is popular for skiing and snowboarding through Mt Ruapehu. The summer offers a variety of activities such as white-water rafting, hiking, and mountain biking.