A subtropical wonderland of islands, marine life, kauri forests and Maori myths and legends, Northland is an incredible place to visit.
Walk through the historic Waitangi Treaty Grounds where you can be challenged by Maori warriors, admire the giant waka (Maori war canoe) and expansive views over the Pacific Ocean before enjoying a hearty meal cooked in a hangi (earth oven). Discover fascinating exhibitions and state-of-the-art learning spaces at Te Kōngahu - Museum of Waitangi.
A short ferry ride from Paihia, Russell a charming seaside town steeped in early New Zealand history. The country’s first capital, Russell is home to the Duke of Marlborough pub & restaurant – which holds New Zealand’s first liquor license. Enjoy a glass of New Zealand wine while overlooking views of the bay.
A must-visit place while exploring the Bay of Islands is Urupukapuka Island(opens in new window). A short-ferry ride away from Paihia is this beautiful island with rich history along with wonderful beaches, historic & archaeological walks, camping, snorkelling & kayaking options, and more.
Explore the island’s deserted beaches with crystal clear waters by foot or by kayak or visit ancient Maori Pa sites.
Stroll through the lush Waipoua Forest to stand face to face with Tane Mahuta – the ‘Lord of the Forest’ and the world’s largest Kauri tree. The forest is dotted with these ancient trees; embark on a tour with Footprints Waipoua(opens in new window) and hear fascinating stories and chants handed down through generations.