New Zealand’s Northland region is a beautiful and diverse place to explore. From the stunning beaches to the lush green forests, there is something for everyone to enjoy. The subtropical climate along with the attractions of white sandy beaches, abundant fishing hot spots and the beauty of the Bay of Islands is what attracts many visitors each year. The city of Whangarei is largest in the Northland region and makes up 5% of New Zealand’s population. It particularly has a rich heritage in Māori culture and is the setting for the annual Māori festival, Te Matau a Māui (the fish hook of Māui), a major event in the Northland calendar.
The Northland can take you on a journey to some of New Zealand’s most iconic and beautiful places. Whether its discovering the coast or visiting an undeveloped beach or enjoying a scenic flight and soaking up the picturesque views, some of what the Northland region offers is the best New Zealand has to offer. Here are some things you must do while exploring New Zealand’s Northland region:
Visit the stunning beaches
With over 3,000 kilometres of coastline, the Northland region is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in New Zealand. From the long white sandy beaches of the Bay of Islands to the Ninety Mile Beach that stretches along the west coast towards Cape Reinga, there is pristine waters and ample of opportunity to soak up the sun where two oceans meet – Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean.
Experience Waipoua Forest
The Waipoua Forest is one of the most significant remnants of New Zealand’s ancient forests. Majestic kauri trees, some over 1000 years old, stretch high above the forest floor, with the largest measuring in at almost 50 metres tall and more than 6 metres wide.
Take a scenic flight
If you take a scenic flight anywhere it has to be over the Bay of Islands in the Northland region. The clear blue turquoise waters and white sandy island beaches provides a magnificent view from the air. Explore the remote coast line hovering above Paihia, Black Rocks, Waitangi and see the beautiful Cape Brett peninsula and Hole in the Rock.
Take a walk at Whangarei Falls
Just a short drive from the town of Whangarei you will find the beautiful Whangarei Falls. A short loop track through native bush leads you to the top of the falls where you can take in the stunning views of the 15 metre high waterfall.
Discover Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Learn about the Māori culture at this historically important New Zealand site. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the place where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 between Māori Chiefs and British representatives. It is also home to the Ngāpuhi iwi (tribe), the largest Māori tribe in New Zealand. Easily spend a day here to discover interactive walk through museums and an engaging visitor centre. Experience the power of cultural performances, Māori art and carving studios with a perfect backdrop to the Bay of Islands.