Waitangi is the bicultural heart of Aotearoa New Zealand with its manicured lawns, exquisite Maori carved waka (canoe), buildings and artefacts. The Waitangi complex sweeps the past and future into a compelling vivid tale.
WHANGAREI – NORTHERN ENTRANCE
The northern entrance is vibrant Whangarei. A community celebrating modern art, its rich bicultural heritage and the lush sub-tropical 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.
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 Springs geothermal hot pools, only a few minutes from Te Waimate Mission New Zealand’s second oldest building. The journey is part of the Mission Station heritage trail following TOP-10 Northland Mission Stations, trip guide, what to see: NZ Jane
- Kawkawa vintage train that transverses the main street competing with modern dairy tankers, pedestrians and the occasional tourist, Kawakawa trip guide, public toilets & other things to see: NZ Jane. Follow the quirky sign for Kawkawa and prepare to be surprised at a small town with an international reputation of artistic excellence
- A beach culture Eight magical beaches and ocean activities in Tutukaka: where to go and what to find redefines what is a perfect year round beach destination
- The story of where it all started, Hokianga Harbour, Kupe and the story of Aotearoa, New Zealand is narrated by the visually impressive Kupe interactive centre located in Omapere. Massive sand dunes, the Hokianga harbour, Rawene and its ferry and mission station are visitor highlights marking a slow journey through the west coast. The marine world flourishes in the sub-tropical ocean surrounding the Poor Knights Islands: Tutukaka, Northland what to see. Dive Tutukaka and cruises get visitors up close and personal with reef fish, dolphins and the underwater world.