Northland is a diverse and beautiful holiday destination for families, couples and individuals alike. Stretching from just north of Auckland city to the tip of the North Island there are hundreds of sights to see in between. Rich in Maori culture with an abundance of activities to enjoy you simply cannot go wrong visiting Northland.
Northland offers an abundance of untouched natural beauty and adventure to it's visitors. Northland stretches from just north of Auckland to the very tip of the North Island offering a multitude of beautiful towns, sights and attractions in between. The region covers over 13 000 square kilometres and has a population base of approximately 140 000 people.
New Zealand's warmest region, Northland has an extensive coastline that to this day remains unspoilt. There are three parts of the Northland Region, the Top of the North, the East Coast and the West Coast. In Northland you will find a rich and intriguing history. There is a distinct Maori feel in the region and over 30% of the population are Maori.
The 'Top of the North' incorporates the very tip of the North Island and includes Kaitaia (the most northern town in the country), Cape Reinga and Ahipara. This area showcases beautiful, golden beaches, towering headlands and sparkling waters. Kaitaia, the most northern in New Zealand has a good shopping complex, a range of accommodation and dining facilities.
Cape Reinga, the northern most point of New Zealand is also a must see destination when in the area. Here you will find a small light house and the spectacular coming together of the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Ahipara is located at the end of the picturesque 90 mile beach. Ahipara is home to an award-winning winery, an all weather golf course and great surf beaches.
The East Coast includes Whangarei, Whangaroa and the beautiful Bay of Islands. Whangarei is home to another award-winning winery, pretty coastline, great restaurants and a buzzing nightlife. Just 90 minutes from Auckland's CBD is the seaside resort of Mangawhai featuring white sandy beaches, exciting sand dunes and a variety of water activities.
The Bay of Islands offer visitors stunning scenery, amazing beaches and adventure. There are a number of islands in the Bay including Waitangi (the signing place of the Treaty of Waitangi), Russell and Kerikeri. There are a number of ferries daily to get you to and from your preferred destination.
The West Coast includes the Kauri Coast and Hokianga. The Kauri Coast boasts magnificent coastline and beautiful forestry. Kauri Coast is home to Dargaville a rural logging town, Kai Iwi Lakes a popular holiday spot and the Waipoua Forests which features the world's largest Kauri Tree, the Tane Mahuta. Hokianga is just over 3 three hours drive from Auckland and offers visitors boating, fishing, swimming, horse trekking and more.
You will enjoy the diversity of this region, from arts and crafts to water sports, farming to dolphin watching, wineries to horse trekking. There is literally something for everyone in Northland.
Main Towns in the Northland & Bay of Islands Region
Other Towns in the Northland & Bay of Islands Region