4 Days

Highlights

  • Bay of Islands
  • Mermaid Pools
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Proximity

  • By car: Start your adventure in Auckland
  • By car: Total trip distance: 270km

Tour New Zealand’s warmest region and discover picturesque beaches and marine adventures of every description. Scroll to discover more.

From Auckland to the Bay of Islands, this North Island road trip lets you explore the country's warmest region. Discover picturesque beaches and marine adventures of every description, or visit locations of cultural significance such as the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Day 1: Take a moment to explore Auckland

Auckland
Skywalk, Auckland

By Fraser Clements

Discover Top Experiences in Auckland

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Highlights

  • Skywalk and Skyjump
  • Waitakere Ranges
  • Waiheke Island

Auckland is a place where vibrant city style and spectacular landscapes go hand in hand. Check out the views from up the Sky Tower before chasing waterfalls in the Waitakere Ranges, visiting vineyards at Waiheke Island or kayaking to volcanic Rangitoto Island at sunset.

Day 2: Head north to Whangarei

Auckland
Mahurangi Oyster Tour, Matakana, Auckland

By Miles Holden

New Zealand food and wine experiences

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Highlights

  • Mahurangi Oysters
  • Matakana Markets
  • Goat Island Marine Reserve

Head north to Whangarei enjoying the extraordinary food and wine experiences along the way. Whatever the season, if you’re driving around New Zealand you’ll be able to find roadside stalls selling fresh produce and vineyards offering tastings at the cellar-door. Take part in a cooking class or visit one of the local farmers' markets.

Day 3: Discover a world beneath cliff-tops

Northland & Bay of Islands
Poor Knights Islands, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Fraser Clements

Discover top experiences in Northland

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Highlights

  • Poor Knights Islands
  • Mermaid Pools near Matapouri Beach
  • Dolphin Swimming Safaris
Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

Visit the famous Poor Knights Islands

National Geographic Traveller rated Tutukaka Coast one of the top coastal destinations in the world. Check out the Mermaid Pools near Matapouri Beach, enjoy a walk to picturesque Whale Bay or hire a surf board and catch some waves at one of New Zealand's top surf breaks. 

The Tutukaka township is also the gateway to the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, where abundent sealife and underwater caves combine to create a magical dive spot.

Day 4: Learn about Maori Culture

Northland & Bay of Islands
Waitangi Treaty Ground, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Fraser Clements

Stories of our people and culture

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Highlights

  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds
  • Maori Cultural Performances
Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland & Bay of Islands

Northland Accommodation

Explore Waitangi – one of New Zealand’s most significant historic sites. This is the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between the British Crown and more than 500 Maori chiefs.

Today the Treaty Grounds are an opportunity to learn about Maori culture; marvel at the fully carved meeting house and one of the largest Maori war canoes in the country.

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