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Destination: Far North & Northland Region

Discover the far North, beyond Auckland. The winterless North is where the human story started approximately 900 years ago. From the stunning Manea Footprints of Kupe Cultural Heritage and Education Centre, in Opononi to Paihia’s boisterous past there is something for everyone to enjoy. Northland is the wild blue yonder where Tutukaka’s sub-tropical marine currents provide a rich resource for marine life around the Poor Knights Island. The twin coast discovery trail leads to the quiet districts, in the Hokianga where ancient kauri trees hint at former forest glory. Cycling, walking, savouring wine in single estate vineyards, marveling at the skill of artists in the far North is a year round pleasure. Visitors are guaranteed whatever the season there is sure to be a favourite place waiting for you to discover.

For an overview of Aotearoa New Zealand attractions, things to do and places to visit check out the definitive New Zealand travel guide.

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WHANGAREI – NORTHERN ENTRANCE

The northern entrance is vibrant Whangarei. A community celebrating modern art, its rich bicultural heritage and the lush subtropical climate creating magical garden spaces. There is plenty to see and do, for inspiration check 10 Whangarei places to go, trip guide, things to see & do: NZ Jane. Consider Whangarei as a hub to explore Waipu and Bream Bay coastline with its interesting story about Scottish migration at the Waipu museum or a day trip finding the wild blue yonder and Ten reasons to linger in Tutukaka Coast.

The Hokianga is the north’s west coast and relatively unknown. Yet there are attractions such as  the recently opened Mana Kupa interactive centre in Opononi bringing visitors to the area. The TOP-10 things to do in Hokianga, activities — trip guides include majestic forest giants, the mighty kauri trees of the far North to sand boarding down towering gold tipped dunes or active adventures quad biking through prehistoric landscapes.

Concretions on Koutu Beach at Hokianga Harbour, Northland, in the North Island of New Zealand
Concretions on Koutu Beach at Hokianga Harbour

Hokianga’s hidden gems include:

  • Karst limestone landscapes where distorted rock formation challenge the imagination
  • Smooth rounded boulders looking like enormous giant balls
  • Beaches and dunes without the crowds
  • Heritage and art trails in quiet corners off the beaten path
  • A harbour that offers water sport enthusiasts the perfect spot to test a jet ski

NORTHLAND HIDDEN GEMS

Northland’s hidden gems are side road discoveries worth the detour. The ordinary will become extraordinary.

Ngawha Hot Springs, New Zealand
Ngawha Hot Springs
Poor Knights Islands, New Zealand @Roadrebelz
Poor Knights Islands @Roadrebelz

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Ruapekapeka Pā, New Zealand @J McCallum Whangarei

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@Ngunguru Sandspit Protection Society Ngunguru

A quiet corner of the coast

Tutukaka is the base for boat tours for diving and snorkelling around the Poor Knights Islands, Tutukaka Marina, New Zealand Tutukaka

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Paranui Falls, New Zealand @Nadly Aizat Whangarei

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Tutukaka Boat Rides, New Zealand @Tripadvisor Poor Knights Islands

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Concretions on Koutu Beach at Hokianga Harbour, Northland, in the North Island of New Zealand Hokianga Harbour

Kupe and the story of Aotearoa

Ripiro Beach, New Zealand @RWhite Kauri Coast beaches

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Secluded Empty Beach at Waipu in Northland, New Zealand Bream Bay

and nearby beaches things to do

FAR NORTH & CAPE REINGA

Catch a 4WD tour and travel Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga Lighthouse and hear the stories of how souls travel back to ancestral land from the tip of Aotearoa New Zealand. There is a gnarly pohutukawa tree and a lonely lighthouse marking the spot. Observe the headlands of Te Rerenga Wairua where oceans meet.

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You need two days in your itinerary for this trip as it is remote and deserves the time spent actually getting there.

Cape Reinga @Fullers GreatSights
Cape Reinga @Fullers GreatSights

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