The North Island is one of New Zealand's main islands. Even though it is only slightly separated from the South Island, roughly 77% of New Zealand's population call it home. For many people, the North Island conjures images of family holidays, frolicking in the sun and the beautiful bays. The beaches have a special magnetic force drawing people in, and there are many different types to choose from. There's the quiet and sheltered, the busy and bustling, large or small, or those completely surf orientated.