Northland is renowned for its spectacular coastlines, marine reserves and kauri forests. The natural landscape is our speciality.  In addition to our scenic offerings, Northland is home to world-class luxury resorts, golf courses, and has an abundance of walking tracks and a new cycle trail which on completion will link the east and west coasts.

Northland has always attracted New Zealand holidaymakers because of its pristine white sandy beaches, maritime sports and a relaxed pace; and quite frankly our summers last a little longer than the rest of New Zealand. International visitors are drawn to our authentic Māori culture, natural wonders, and stories about our heritage and people  - Māori and Pakeha.

Don’t miss

  • Having a pit stop at the world famous Hundertwasser designed public toilets
  • An authentic Māori experience at Waitangi Treaty Grounds or a waka journey
  • Swimming with dolphins and cruising through the ‘Hole in the Rock’
  • A day out on a boat at the world-renowned Poor Knights Islands, snorkelling, paddle boarding and kayaking
  • Journey to the iconic lighthouse at the top of New Zealand and witness two oceans collide
  • Sand board down the immense sand dunes at Te Paki and take a coach trip down Ninety Mile Beach
  • A guided night tour to meet ‘Tane Mahuta’, ‘Lord of the Forest’ – stand in awe at the base of this giant
  • You can spend hours at The Kauri Museum which tells the story of Kauri, gum and a pioneering past

Hidden gems

  • Looking for the musket ball holes left in Christ Church in Russell from the 1845 Battle of Kororāreka
  • Kawiti Caves south of Kawakawa is home to thousands of luminous glow worms
  • See 40,000 to 150,000 year old ancient buried kauri forests exposed at Gumdiggers Park
  • One of a kind, on the planet – Wairere Boulders unique valley of boulders is up 2.8 million years old
  • At Koutu take a walk to see the giant round boulders on the beach which are up to 3 metres in diameter
  • Whangarei Heads is home to talented local artists, many of whom open their studios to visitors
  • Taking a dip in Ngawha Springs geothermal hot pools, only a few minutes off State Highway 12

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