Top 10 Northland experiences

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.

From marine life to kauri forests in a subtropical wonderland of islands. Scroll below to discover more.

Swim with dolphins

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. Take a Dolphin Cruise and swim with playful bottlenose dolphins in their natural habitat.  

Take to the water

Explore Northland's pristine waters onboard a tall ship, charter yachtsea kayak or paddle board. Enjoy a unique insight into ancient customs, rituals and traditions as you paddle a 40 ft Waka (Māori War Canoe) on the tidal estuaries of the Waitangi River.

Stand among kauri giants

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. Embark on a tour with Footprints Waipoua and hear fascinating stories and chants handed down through generations.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Visit New Zealand's most important historic site where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed. Bring your visit alive with a cultural performance from Te Pitowhenua, including a spine-tingling display of Maori weaponry and the famous ‘haka’.

Get your swing on

Northland is home to a number of impressive coastal golf courses. There are many choices depending on skill level and budget. You can play a round at one of the world's top 50 golf courses (Kauri Cliffs) or play a round taking in breath-taking vistas at one of the many tier 2 and 3 courses Northland is home too.

Step back in time

Explore New Zealand's past with a tour of Northland's many historic sites. Visit Kerikeri’s Mission House & Stone Store (NZ’s oldest stone building) or travel to the Kauri Museum to discover fascinating stories of the mighty kauri tree and its gum and pioneering past. 

Surf giant sand dunes

The Te Paki Sand Dune are the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. Climb to the top and enjoy an adrenaline rush as you surf down on a boogie board. For more sandboarding don't miss the dunes at Ahipara and Hokianga.

Feel the spirit of Cape Reinga

Journey to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of New Zealand where the Tasman Sea meets the mighty Pacific Ocean. Here, according to Maori legend, the spirits of the deceased leap into the ocean to return to their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki.

Travel Northland's pathways

A fantastic way to see Northland is on foot. Explore the region's many walking tracks, journey through ancient forests, follow a coastal pathway or visit Urupukapuka Island for an archaeological walk through the remains of ancient communities.

Dive the Poor Knights Islands

Off the Tutukaka Coast, the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is a paradise for divers, snorkelers and kayakers alike. Venture beneath the waves and discover underwater arches, tunnels and the largest sea cave in the world. 

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