Northland

Welcome to the Northland Travel Guide

Our Northland Travel Guide gives visitors information on what they can to do in the region and a bit of history of Northland.


  • About Northland

    Commonly referred to as the 'Winterless North', Northlands subtropical climate makes this region the ideal year round holiday destination.

    The Far North region, includes Cape Reinga  the northernmost tip of New Zealand,  Not far from here you can visit Ninety Mile beach and the Te Paki sand dunes. Kaitaia the Far Norths main town is the departure point for many adventure activities in the area.

    Within easy reach from Whangarei is Whangarei Heads which is a popular destination for holidaymakers.

    The Tutukaka Coast is the gateway to the world famous Poor Knight Islands, renowned for its diving expeditions.

    The western coast of the region is dominated by several long straight beaches, the most famous of which is Ninety Mile Beach in the regions far north. There are many settlements around this coast offering a variety of accommodation and adventure options.

    See and Do

    • Eat fish & chips on a wharf as others try to catch their supper.
    • Sip a martini in salute of a memorable day at sea.
    • Northland’s transparent waters are one of the favorite playgrounds for lovers of anything aquatic – including
      • Body surf waves from the Tasman Sea or Pacific Ocean
      • Diving various ship wrecks in the area or hunt for the very tasty Crayfish (Red Rock Lobster)
      • Sailing is very popular in the Bay of Islands
      • Fishing in the Bay of Islands can include Snapper fishing all year round to catching Marlin in the summer months
      • Boating - There are many charter boats available in the Northland region for whatever the occasion
      • Swimming with the dolphins is a very popular tourist activity. This can be done around the Bay of Islands or Leighs Marine Reserve ( Goat Island )

    Northland Travel Advice

    The main city of the Northland region is Whangarei which is a scenic 2.5 hour drive from Auckland City or a 35 minute flight.

    History or Northland

    Northland was one of the first areas in NZ to be settled by early Europeans, and the history of local Maori and European has been preserved in many of the regions museums and historical sites.

    Walk pristine sand on a deserted beach, or a track through ancient kauri trees. Although many of the region's kauri forests were felled during the 19th century, some areas still exist where New Zealand's largest tree, Tane Mahuta, stands in the Waipoua Forest south of the Hokianga Harbour.

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