Northland & Bay of Islands

New Zealand

Northland is a story of two coastlines – the west coast is rugged and soulful while the east coast it is relatively more sophisticated and urbane.

On the west coast you’ll encounter magnificent Tane Mahuta, the biggest kauri tree in existence. Then venture north to Hokianga Harbour and Ninety-Mile Beach, areas with huge white sand dunes and laid back beach communities.

At the northernmost tip of the country, Cape Reinga, you can watch the seas of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide.

Northland's only city, Whangarei, has plenty of accommodation and is an excellent place to enjoy the Northland lifestyle. Sit at a quayside café and watch the yachts or visit the farmers’ market on a Saturday morning and stock up on the freshest local food.

The full beauty and diversity Northland is yours to experience when you drive the Twin Coast Discovery Highway. This comprehensive touring route along the Tasman and Pacific coasts mingles stretches of coastline with the rolling farming country and lush mystical Kauri rainforest.

In the beautiful Bay of Islands you can take a boat cruise, swim with dolphins, dive, fish or just relax in the sun. Be sure to visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds, one of New Zealand's most significant historic sites.

Key Tips

  • Follow the Twin Coast Discovery Highway - a circular touring route - and explore some of the linked tourist drives.
  • Regular domestic air services connect to Northland’s three airports - Whangarei, Kerikeri and Kaitaia.
  • To make the most of the bays and beaches, explore Northland by rental car or campervan.
  • If you want to see the countryside on your way north, but don’t want to drive, catch a coach from Auckland. 

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