Travel tips for visiting Northland

Traveller Tips: Be sure to allow plenty of time to explore the Northland region - it is vast and full of contrasts.

Travellers Tips

  • There are many visible remnants of Maori Pa sites (fortified villages) to visit, dating back some 500 years ago.
  • The Twin Coast Discovery Highway is a touring route that lets you access all the region has on offer by way of a more scenic, relaxing drive.
  • There are many diving, sailing and surfing courses in Northland for absolute novices. Great souvenir!
  • Wear socks when walking on the hot sand. You get the feeling of walking bare foot, but your feet don’t get sizzled!
  • There are many free-tastings around Northland, including hand-made chocolates to tempt your taste buds.
  • With Northland’s subtropical climate, there are events happening all year round.
  • Explore an underground world of stalagmites, stalactites & glow worms, at the Abbey Caves (Whangarei).
  • Stop off for a cool drink at the Historic Parua Bay Tavern which sits quaintly on the waters edge (Whangarei Heads).
  • Kawakawa is home to the famous Hundertwasser-designed public toilets - a definite must on your itinerary (Bay of Islands). See the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean colide, at New Zealand’s most Northern point (Cape Reinga).
  • A dip in Ngawha Springs geothermal hot pools is a must. It’s therapeutic, and the locals love it! (near Kaikohe)
  • Get a boat from the Opononi Wharf over to the giant sand dunes for some dune surfing – it’s heart pumping fun! (Hokianga)

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