Northland is known for its diverse natural beauty that includes a mixture of white-sand beaches, forests of giant Kauri trees, picturesque islands and huge sand dunes.
The ‘Winterless North’ is home to a subtropical climate year-round, making it easy to enjoy the many unique coastal attractions on offer. Don’t miss the Bay of Islands, where you'll find beautiful Urupukapuka Island and the maritime adventure playground of Russell’s Tapeka Point. An hour from here lies the sheltered harbour of Tutukaka, gateway to the Poor Knights Marine Reserve which is famous worldwide for its colourful diving opportunities. If you’re interested in visiting ancient Kauri Forests, head to Trounson Kauri Forest or Waipoua Forest. The latter is home to the mighty Tane Mahuta, or Lord of the Forest – this majestic Kauri tree is over two thousand years old; with a girth of 13.8m and height of 51m.
For those seeking adventure, grab a boogie board and head to Hokianga, home of the Te Paki Sand Dunes. Catch a ferry across the harbour then zoom down the towering dunes on your boogy board. Climb to the top, catch your breath, and repeat!