By Alistair Guthrie
Northland blends history, cultural heritage and coast. Stay in Paihia or Kerikeri to explore the Bay of Islands or Tutukaka for amazing diving and fishing.
The city of Whangarei is an excellent place to relax into the laid back Northland lifestyle. Watch the boats as you relax at a quayside café.
This sheltered harbour is the gateway to the Poor Knights Marine Reserve and the white-sand beaches of the Tutukaka Coast.
The Poor Knights Islands in Northland are one of the world’s top dive locations.
A charming town north of Auckland, Mangawhai offers two very different beach experiences. Frolic in the surf or enjoy a peaceful swim in the harbour.
Waipu is a friendly town with an intriguing history, strong Scottish heritage and spectacular natural surroundings.
Whangarei Heads is a natural playground with beautiful coastal and harbour beaches, volcanic peaks and forests.
If you want to discover the coves and beaches of the Bay of Islands, Paihia is the perfect place to start. Cruises of all types leave from the wharf daily.
In Kerikeri you can dip into New Zealand history, browse art galleries and enjoy fresh local produce. This town is full of character, charm and flavour.
In one day at Waitangi, you'll learn a huge amount about Maori culture and the early history of New Zealand.
Historic buildings and a seaside setting full of cafes, restaurants and art galleries gives Russell a truly romantic quality.
Kawakawa is world famous for the Hundertwasser toilets, designed especially by the town's famous Austrian resident, Freidensreich Hundertwasser.
Matauri Bay is a picturesque beach settlement north of the Bay of Islands. It's popular with surfers, divers and golfers alike.
The town of Kaikohe is a small town with rich Maori & European heritage. If you have time to spare, investigate local history at the pioneer village.
On the main highway between Kaitaia and Whangarei, Okaihau is a friendly country town with a classic Northland pub and an interesting fire service museum.
Dargaville is a Northland river town with an interesting history. It is a great jumping off point from which to explore the Kauri Coast.
The Hokianga Harbour has a fascinating history - both Maori and European. Explore the region's small settlements on your way north.
Easy-going Opononi and nearby Omapere are places to live the beach life, catch a few fish and zoom down the giant dunes of the Hokianga.
The seaside town of Kohukohu is quietly charming. Nestled within Hokianga Harbour, it is home to numerous heritage buildings from the Kauri milling days.
The Hokianga town of Rawene is full of historic charm. Walk around the heritage buildings then relax in a cafe before catching the ferry to Kohukohu.
A five minute walk from the roadside will bring you to the foot of Tane Mahuta, probably the largest tree you'll ever lay eyes upon.
Visit this unique geomorphic valley of rocks and rainforest in the upper reaches of the North Island.
If you want to see a dramatic sunset, enjoy an evening walk along the beach at Ahipara. This town has a rich history and a big choice of activities.
From Kaitaia you can plan your expedition to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. This town has an interesting mix of Maori and Dalmatian ancestry.
Cape Reinga is ultimate northern New Zealand. See two oceans collide & discover the place of leaping, where Maori spirits begin their final journey.
Mangonui is a historic fishing village with friendly cafe's and a wide range of water-based activities. It's next to several popular holiday beaches.