Northland with its mild winter climate offers locals and overseas visitors alike a beach culture vibe defined by casual clothing, swimming gear and a water bottle or two. There are very few apartments or highrises as well as a lack of the slick merchandising characteristic of the Australian gold coast. If visitors are looking for a nearby shopping mall they would need to drive to Whangarei about ½ by road. Tutukaka is a great day trip from Whangarei. Tutukaka is definitely a detour into the classic beach experience complete with a dinghy and fish and chips on the sand.
Best time to visit
Year round although it does rain in Northland hence the green landscape. For summer devotees the most reliable month for warm consistent temperature is mid-January to February.