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Cruise both coasts of New Zealand’s warmest region, play on beaches, go sand-boarding, swim with dolphins and discover a rich culture in the north.

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Auckland
Waiheke Island, Auckland

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Northland & Bay of Islands
The Whangarei Falls, Northland & Bay of Islands

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Northland & Bay of Islands
Bay of Islands marine encounter, Northland & Bay of Islands

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Northland & Bay of Islands
Waitangi, Northland & Bay of Islands

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Northland & Bay of Islands
Cape Reinga, Northland & Bay of Islands

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Northland & Bay of Islands
The Kai Iwi Lakes, Northland & Bay of Islands

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Auckland

Auckland

An urban paradise with buzzing nightlife & idyllic islands.

Highlights

  • Cosmopolitan city culture
  • Vibrant nightlife
  • Waiheke Island wine trails

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Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

Enjoy a sunny seaside flavour in NZ’s northernmost region.

Highlights

  • Waiwera Hot Springs
  • White sandy beaches
  • Whangarei Waterfalls

Northland & Bay of Islands attractions

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Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands’ 144 islands boast many aquatic activities.

Highlights

  • Swimming with dolphins
  • Fish & chips on the beach
  • Haruru Falls

Discover the Bay of Islands

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Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

The birthplace of New Zealand, Northland is rich in history.

Highlights

  • Maori culture
  • Treaty House at Waitangi
  • Historic town of Russell

History & culture in Northland

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Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

At the very top of NZ, Cape Reinga is spiritual & beautiful.

Highlights

  • Cape Reinga Lighthouse
  • Bus trip on the Ninety Mile Beach
  • Sand-boarding the Te Paki dunes

Things to Do in the Far North

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Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

See the world’s largest kauri tree in Hokianga!

Highlights

  • Waipoua Forest with ancient kauri trees
  • Camping & fishing at Kai Iwi Lakes
  • Historic townships

Top Attractions in the Region

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A round trip from Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city, this journey takes in the best of New Zealand’s northernmost region – Northland & Bay of Islands.

Enjoy the buzz of a big city in Auckland, featuring funky bars and eateries to suit everyone’s tastes. When you want to get away from the crowds, just hop on a ferry from downtown and head to one of the many idyllic islands that dot Auckland’s stunning harbour. Waiheke – the island of wine – is a favourite.

Heading north from Auckland, you’ll get a taste of New Zealand’s relaxed beach culture. There are plenty of opportunities to take a detour from the main highway and kick back at one of the many spectacular beaches that dot this region.  Visit the Whangarei Falls before you arrive at the beachside settlement of Paihia – your base to explore the maritime wonders of the Bay of Islands. Swim with dolphins, take a ferry to the historic township of Russell, visit the Treaty House at Waitangi for history and culture … you’ll never be short of things to do in this region.

When you’re ready, move on to Kaitaia – your base for tours to Cape Reinga and the Ninety Mile Beach. The massive sand dunes here are a sight to behold and epic for sand-boarding – a must-do!

Follow the west coast back to Auckland, taking time to discover giant kauri forests in Waipoua Forest and coastal lakes enroute.  

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