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Here’s some ideas for a break away ‘Up North’.
Northland, New Zealand is the perfect year round holiday destination.
The region’s sub-tropical oceanic climate has warm humid summers and mild wet winter.
Popular Northland destinations include Whangarei, Whangarei Heads, the Bay of Islands and Cape Reinga (the northernmost tip of New Zealand).
Whangarei is a scenic 2.5 hour drive from Auckland, and further north are great camping spots and holiday accommodation options. Travellers can choose from a variety of holiday homes, hotels, motels, camping grounds and bed & breakfast lodges.
Northland boasts many beaches and stunning coastline with white sandy beaches. It is also home to the famous Waipoua Forest on the Kauri Coast, home of the country’s largest Kauri tree.
Spoilt for choice, visitors to Northland have a variety of things to see and do including:
Eat fish & chips on a wharf as others try to catch their supper
Northland’s transparent waters are one of the favourite playgrounds for lovers of anything aquatic
Body surf waves from the Tasman Sea or Pacific Ocean
Dive various ship wrecks at the Poor Knights Islands from Tutukaka
Sail in the popular Bay of Islands
Fishing in the Bay of Islands can include Snapper fishing all year round to catching Marlin in the summer months
Swimming with the dolphins - this can be done around the Bay of Islands or Leighs Marine Reserve (Goat Island)
Visit Tane Mahuta – NZ’s tallest tree in the Waipoua Forest
Bodyboard down the sand dunes at 90 Mile Beach (which is actually 90kms long)
Visit Russell in the Bay of Islands – NZ’s former capital which is now home to luxury lodges and holiday homes.
Take a trip to Cape Reinga Lighthouse at the very top of the country.
The drive from Auckland through Northland and to the top of New Zealand is steeped with history, visitor attractions, rolling countryside and great towns to stop in on the way