Northland - North Island - New Zealand Accommodation and Travel guide
Visit Northland in the Far North of New Zealand, where you will find a beautiful landscape with a subtropical climate.
Sunny Northland has a relaxed lifestyle with lovely islands, bays and beaches around the extensive unspoilt coastline. Perfect for water sports, surfing, boating, fishing, sailing, diving and swimming in the warm waters, but the bush and the forest are also ideal for walking, hiking and mountain biking. Northland also has some of New Zealand’s top international golf resorts at Kauri Cliffs and Carrington. For art and culture lovers Northland has an abundance of artists and there are galleries and exhibitions across the region. Enjoy the cultural festivals, events and performances held throughout the year.
Northland has a rich Maori and European history and the Maori culture is still very much alive. The Treaty of Waitangi, was signed in the Bay of Islands in 1840 and the legacy of the earliest European settlers can be seen in the historical buildings and museums.
Northland has two coastlines, the rugged west coast and the more sophisticated and urbane east coast.
On the remote west coast you will come across:
The Waipoua kauri forests, where you can take guided night walks.
This is also the home of the Tane Mahuta, the tallest kauri tree in an area that was once covered in kauri and the Matakohe kauri museum.
Hokianga Harbour with its huge white sand dunes and quiet beach communities and the Kai Iwi lakes.
On the east coast you will find:
The main city of Whangarei, where you can enjoy the cafés, watch the yachts or visit New Zealand’s first Farmers’ Market on a Saturday morning.
The beautiful Bay of Islands, where you will find the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Doubtless Bay with excellent beaches.
Tutukaka and the Poor Knights Islands;- rated as one of the top coastal destinations on the planet by 'National Geographic Traveler' -
Historic Kerikeri with The Stone Store, New Zealand’s oldest building.
Pristine white-sanded and tranquil beaches.
Right at the tip of Northland is Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet, this is a place of cultural and spiritual significance.
Come feel the magic of Northland
Several of the photos are courtesy of Milestone Cottage, Mangawhai