Northland is renowned for its spectacular coastlines, marine reserves and kauri forests. The sub-tropical climate keeps Northland warm throughout the year.
With pristine, white sand beaches, an abundance of maritime sports, a relaxed and a long, hot summer, Northland consistently draws visitors from around New Zealand and the globe. Leisure activities abound in the stunning Bay of Islands with sailing, kayaking and dolphin sight-seeing all available year-round.
KAURI COAST & HOKIANGA
This hauntingly beautiful area has perhaps the longest and richest history in all of Aotearoa New Zealand. Discover the shores where the great Polynesian discoverer Kupe first landed and hear his story overlooking the Hokianga Harbour. Stand beneath the world’s oldest and largest kauri trees, and learn of the livelihoods they have supported, and the threats they now face. Every inch of this region has a story attached.
Natural beauty adds to the appeal, from sparkling crystal-clear dune lakes to towering sand dunes, prehistoric rock formations to the nation’s largest harbour, the Kaipara. Ripiro Beach which stretches most of the length of this region is the country’s longest drivable beach, claiming an impressive 153 shipwrecks amidst its sands.
BAY OF ISLANDS
The Bay of Islands is one of the country’s most popular holiday destinations, and for good reason. Stunning natural beauty and over 144 islands make for an easily accessible aquatic playground, with activities like boating, fishing, sailing, snorkelling, paddleboarding, kayaking...the list goes on.
Many of the pivotal moments in Aotearoa New Zealand’s story happened here, including the signing of Te Tiriti o Waitangi (the Treaty of Waitangi), considered the country’s founding document, at what is now the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
The Bay of Islands area extends well beyond the waters’ edge too, with inland villages like Kerikeri and Kawakawa to wander through, waterfalls to explore, historic and cultural sites, and unique attractions like the geothermal hot pools at Ngawha Springs.
WHANGĀREI & SURROUNDS
Whangārei is Taitokerau Northland’s only city, but it is also a natural playground, full of adventure, connection, and beauty.
Whangārei is positioning itself as a vibrant art destination from the iconic new Hundertwasser Art Centre to the Hihiaua Cultural Centre, and numerous art galleries, studios and boutiques around the region. The compact city centre offers up retail therapy, museums, guided tours and picturesque dining, and nearby you’ll find nature and wildlife experiences and attractions.
Several communities and villages line the coast from magical Mangawhai and Bream Bay in the south, to Whangārei Heads, the Tutukākā Coast and Ōakura in the north, each with their own unique culture. Just offshore lie the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, a top-rated dive site and spectacular natural attraction. Don’t miss the range of stunning walking trails, wildlife experiences or world-famous beaches while you explore this area.