TOP 5 EXPERIENCES
Northland is a timeless place of new beginnings. It was here that the Maori explorer Kupe arrived on his wooden waka (sea-going canoe) to discover New Zealand, then later returned to with a band of Maori settlers aboard the legendary Ngatokimatawhaorua
5. WILD DOLPHINS
The Bay of Islands is a haven for marine life. Home to 144 unique islands as well as dolphins, whales and an abundance of fish life, it’s the perfect place to view playful marine mammals in their natural habitat via dolphin cruise.
4. SURF THE TE PAKI SAND DUNES
Near the tip of Northland’s Cape Reinga is the Te Paki Sand Dunes, the largest sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. While the climb to the top is a challenge, it’s made all worth it with the adrenaline rush of surfing down them via boogie board.
3. DOMAIN OF KAURI GIANTS
Stroll through the lush Waipoua Forest to stand face to face with Tane Mahuta – the ‘Lord of the Forest’ and the world’s largest Kauri tree. The forest is dotted with these ancient trees; embark on a tour and hear fascinating stories and chants handed down through generations.
2. NINETY MILE BEACH
Ninety Mile Beach is a seemingly never-ending stretch of sand stretching along the western tip of the North Island. Officially a highway, the best way to explore the beach is by guided coach tour from Kaitaia or Paihia.
1. WAITANGI TREATY GROUNDS
Discover one of New Zealand’s most historically significant sites, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Admire the giant waka (Maori war canoe), the intricately carved meeting house and expansive views over the Pacific Ocean. Afterwards, enjoy a hearty meal cooked in a hangi (earth oven).