Nature and Wildlife
Northland’s extensive coastline and thick native forests provide a perfect environment to experience New Zealand’s nature and unique wildlife. From diving in clear waters, to dark forest treks, to bird watching on the beach, the Northland nature experience is full of contrasts.
The subtropical climate combined with warm blue seas means much of Northland activity revolves around the water.
The Tutukaka coast is the gateway to Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. With the entire area above and below water classified as reserve, marine life thrives allowing snorkellers and divers to observe unique marine species at close quarters.
Further north in Matauri Bay, the Rainbow Warrior wreck lies 21m under water, acting as an artificial reef and sanctuary to the marine life it once fought to protect. It is now considered one of the premier wreck dives in the world.
Swimming with dolphins or ocean cruises are other ways visitors can enjoy Northland’s unspoilt marine life.
Northland offers some unique natural attractions. Waipoua, the largest remaining kauri forest in the world, has ancient kauri trees that are a living link to the dinosaur age.
Ripiro and 90 Mile Beach, on the west coast, are two of New Zealand’s longest driveable beaches. With their ever-shifting sand formations, a trip along the beach provides the opportunity to see many varieties of sea birds and feeding holes of endangered toheroa shellfish.