A subtropical wonderland of islands, marine life, kauri forests and Maori myths & legends, Northland is an incredible place to visit. Stroll the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, snorkel the Poor Knight’s Islands, admire dolphins in their natural habitat – the list of things to see and do here is endless.
Take a short bush walk through the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds and be challenged by Maori warriors. Admire the giant waka (Maori war canoe), the intricately carved meeting house and expansive views over the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards, enjoy a hearty meal cooked in a hangi (earth oven).
Just offshore from Tutukaka lies the Poor Knights Islands – a mecca of diverse fish life, colourful underwater plants and rocky volcanic outcrops. Go snorkeling or diving with Dive! Tutukaka, or explore via stand up paddle-board.
Near the tip of Northland’s Cape Reinga is the Te Paki Sand Dunes, the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. While the climb to the top is a challenge, it’s made all worth it with the adrenaline rush of surfing down them via boogy board.
A short ferry ride from Paihia, Russell a charming seaside town steeped in early New Zealand history. The country’s first capital, Russell is home to the Duke of Marlborough pub & restaurant – which holds New Zealand’s first liquor license. Enjoy a glass of NZ wine while overlooking views of the bay.
The Bay of Islands is a haven for marine life. Home to 144 unique islands as well as dolphins, whales and an abundance of fish life, it’s the perfect place to view playful marine mammals in their natural habitat via dolphin cruise.
Stroll through the lush Waipoua Forest to stand face to face with Tane Mahuta – the ‘Lord of the Forest’ and the world’s largest Kauri tree. The forest is dotted with these ancient trees; embark on a tour with Footprints Waipoua and hear fascinating stories and chants handed down through generations.
The Tasman Sea meets the mighty Pacific Ocean at Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand. This is a place steeped in legend - according to Maori history, the spirits of deceased Maori leap into the ocean from here to return to their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki. Take a tour to the Cape with Fullers GreatSights.
Soak up the sun by peddle power as you explore old historic settlements on the twin coast cycle trail, stretching from the east coast’s Bay of Islands to the Hokianga Harbour in the west. A mix of wetlands, coastal views, lush forests and rolling farmland; you’ll encounter friendly locals and fascinating cultural sights along the way.