The postcard perfect destinations without the crowds
Northland’s warm aquamarine waters and beaches of white silica or golden sand are an invitation to walk barefoot. The Bay of Islands is a sub-tropical treat, unwrap the experience and escape. Recharge with yoga, snorkelling in turquoise waters, floating in shallow seas or swinging under the shady tree. Unmissable shimmering shallow waters invite you to linger. Drop a line with one of the many fishing charters providers or dive amongst underworld volcanic mountains volcanic. Maldives is closer than you think, come and play.
- Coopers beach
The glorious Coopers beach with Pohutukawa trees is the perfect substitute for overrated tropical palm trees. There is a white sand safe shallow beach uncrowded with impressive sea views from local lookouts. Look at low tide for sea-smoothed glass and other vintage collectable detritus.
- Taupo bay`s
White sands stretch out to infinity where shallow blue waters glint on the horizon. The sheltered warm waters make it a magical and safe place for kids. Walk the beach, or look for marine life in the rockpools at the ends of the bay. The beach’s gentle arch and grassed reserve is a spectacular escape. And the icing on the cake are friendly locals who catch the wave. Taupo Bay is renowned for its surf. The Isobar Surf School is found here and teaches the sport to all comers.
Northland offers the real deal, vineyards, pubs, tapas bar-restaurants for lolling on the beach. Drinks are on hand as you leisurely view the pool and surrounding beach bar near Opua. Urban vibe meets historical Aotearoa New Zealand at the Duke of Marlborough waterfront. Sip drinks where the influential hung out in Russell. Refreshments on hand, sub-tropical balmy nights Northland has got Maldives aced.
- Tapeka point beach
Northland does not know how to spell ‘frost.’ Expect nothing less than warm tropical nights at Tapeka point beach. Watch while the horizon merges into an orange-tinted sunset. Maldives eat your heart out as Northland’s photogenic perfect selfie locations create holiday memories for two.
- Poor Knights Island
The winterless North is a perfect replacement for the Maldives, dive in the clear waters of the Poor Knights Island where tropical fish roam. Explore the extraordinary underwater landscape of near-vertical rock faces and arches dropping 100m is unique. The Poor Knights, the Blue Mao Mao Cave, was rated by Jacques Cousteau as one of the top ten dive sites in the world. Snorkel Motuarohia (Roberton Island), where snorkellers can explore an underwater nature trail waymarked by inscribed stainless-steel plaques. Did we mention shipwrecks, find your adventurous side, strap on a tank and explore the shipwrecked Greenpeace flagship the Rainbow Warrior or HMNZS The Canterbury.