5 Must Do Northland Experiences

If you're heading to the 'Winterless North' you'll want to make the most of your time. Here are 5 must-sees in the Northland area.

1. Visit Cape Reinga
This trip to the top of New Zealand is unforgettable. Cape Reinga is the most accessible northernmost point in the country and is one of the is the most spiritually significant places for the Maori people. They believe Cape Reinga is the 'leaping-off place of spirits', the place where the spirits of those passed begin their journey to the afterlife. You can truly feel the significance as you explore this area.

Cape Reinga is also the place where two oceans meet, with the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean colliding spectacularly just off the coast. From the lighthouse, you're able to see the unsettled waters this meeting creates. Speaking of the lighthouse, it's definitely the best place to catch stunning views in all directions. See if you can spot the pohutukawa tree of the spirits, clinging to the rocks far down below. This plays a very important part in the spirit's journey, but you'll need to visit Cape Reinga to find out the exact story.

2. Escape to the Bay Of Islands
This collection of more than 140 islands is the gem of Northland. Known for its stunning beauty and history, the Bay of Islands is a New Zealand must see for a reason!
The area boasts beautiful secluded beaches and pockets of stunning nature, with some great seaside walks to enjoy. If you love water activities, you're in luck too - there's an array of diving, kayaking, and other water activities to enjoy. The area is also rich in wildlife, and you'll probably spot penguins, dolphins, whales, and seabirds as you explore. 

There are tons of different towns to visit in the Bay of Islands, and each has their own unique 'style'. There's the main hub of Paihia, the gateway to the beaches and beauty, Kerikeri, known for its tasty produce and historic Russell. The hardest part is choosing where to go!

3. Discover the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
This award-winning attraction gives you an insight into the history of New Zealand. Learn about the treaty signed by the Maori and the British and discover the events that shaped a nation. You can see replicas of the treaty documents, visit the historic Treaty House and actually stand on the very spot where the document was signed!
There's also the award-winning Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi and the worlds largest ceremonial war canoe to check out.

4. Wander the Waipoua Forest
This is the largest remaining area of native forest in Northland, and it's as impressive as it sounds. You'll see tons of rare birds as you explore here, but Tane Mahuta, the country's largest kauri tree, steals the show. It's approximately 2,000 years old and is still growing!

5. Slide down the Te Paki Sand Dunes
Grab a boogie board and get going! These dunes are close to the famous 90 Mile Beach, so you can tick two spots off your bucket list with a day trip here.

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