Explore the Coast by Cruise or Kayak
It may be a little fresh for a long soak in your togs, but there are plenty of ways to enjoy the water without being submerged in the water! Rent a kayak or take a cruise around the Bay of Islands for a dose of New Zealand’s famous scenery – without the chill!
Visit Tane Mahuta
If you’re in the Bay of Islands area, be sure to incorporate a walk in Waipoua Forest to see the majestic Tāne Mahuta, New Zealand's largest living kauri tree and ‘Lord of the Forest’. This easy walk brings you up close with this majestic tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old and still growing.
Walk the Mangawhai Cliffs
The world-famous Mangawhai Cliff Walk is such an extraordinary excursion, it is actually inspired its own festival – the Mangawhai Walking Weekend, which takes place annually in March. The nearby Mangawhai township is also home to a friendly Mangawhai Village Saturday Market, and the charming, beachfront Mangawhai Heads Holiday Park, which offers cosy accommodation (or tent sites if you’re hearty!) year round.
Make the most of Kai Moana
Seafood is at its best in Northland, whether you’re keen to gather your own shellfish on the beach, booking a fishing charter, or simply enjoy the freshest options at a local restaurant. Paihia’s “Only Seafood” is one of the best places to get a classic, unpretentious Kiwi Kai Moana feed, and is popular among visitors and locals alike.
Keep the gastronomic party going with a range of sampling opportunities. Discover an unlikely combination of French and Kiwi Cuisine at Mangawhai’s Frog and Kiwi, sample the award-winning Chardonnay at Lochiel Estate vineyard, or taste a selection of artisan chocolates at Bennetts of Mangawhai.
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