northland

Northland

Northland is famously described as 'the birthplace of the Nation', as the Treaty of Waitangi - New Zealand's founding document - was signed in the Bay of Islands in 1840.

Also known as 'the Winter-less north', this area is New Zealan's warmest region and enjoys sub-tropical temperatures year round, averaging 2000 sunshine hours per annum. Northland has a wealth of warm sandy beaches, secluded coves and beautiful islands to enjoy. The warm weather and clear blue waters also make an acquatic playground popular with water sport enthusiasts.

Drive north along the west coast and you'll come across Tane Mahuta, the tallest Kauri tree in an area that was once covered in Kauri. Exit the forest and you come to the Hokianga Harbour with its huge white sand dunes and quiet beach communities. Then head to the northernmost tip, Cape Reinga, and watch the seas of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide.

The east coast has different charms. Here the pristine beaches are white-sanded and tranquil, places of relaxation and countless activities - big game fishing, swimming in solitude, incredible sailing and diving in marine reserves. In the beautiful Bay of Islands, take a cruise, soak up the sun or immerse yourself in Maori culture at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

To Do:-

Explore the Far North. Walk out to Cape Reinga and see an Ocean and Sea merge as one. Return with a trip down Ninety Mile Beach. Climb the massive sand dunes and try a spot of sand-tabogganing. Finish the day with a Kiwi favourite - fresh fish'n'chips on the pier from the famous shop at Mongonui.

Spend the day on the water. Paihia is the gateway to the beautiful Bay of Islands - although not visible from the shore, board your yacht for the day to go and discover. Sail alongside frolicking dolphins and put your line over the side to catch lunch. You'll be taken ashore on a secluded beach to swim in the clear waters and returned home with memories of magical moments in the Bay.

Absorb the local history and culture with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty lands. Take the ferry over and follow this with a visit to historical Russell, New Zealand's original capital city.

Enjoy the stunning Tutukaka coastline. Pristine white sand beaches at Ngunguru and Matapouri. Try boogie-boarding at Sandy Bay. How about some diving at at the Poor Knights - a Marine and Nature Reserve formed by 11 million year old volcanoes - where you can swim with native seals and dolphins.

Enjoy the local delicacies. Visit the Kerikeri markets for local produce, take in a winery for lunch and try the local organice skin products.

Go gamefishing. Charter a boat at any numbers of wharfs that will take you out to hook the 'big one' - be it striped-marlin, tuna, shark and kingfish amongst the species found around this coast. And if youre lucky, you may even snare a rare black marlin.

Activities:

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Snorkling a Marine Reserve

Discover the Poor Knights. Jacques Cousteau rated the Poor Knights as the best sub-tropical diving in the World and as one of the Top 10 dive sites, anywhere.

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