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Dolphin watching in the Bay of Islands
Wairere Boulders, a world unique natural phenomenon
Koutu Boulders in Hokianga
Sand dune forming the northern part of the Hokianga Heads.

Northland is the northernmost region in New Zealand. It is governed by the Northland Regional Council. Whangarei is the only city; the next biggest towns have a few thousand people. The Northland Region covers the area from Te Hana to Cape Reinga at the northern tip of the North Island.

The east coast of Northland has long been a well-known holiday place, but recently the west coast has become known due to its spectacular natural phenomena: Tane Mahuta (huge, ancient kauri tree), untouched forests in Waipoua, Warawara, Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary and Puketi, biggest concretions in the world (the Koutu Boulders and the world unique Wairere Boulders), the sand dunes of the North Hokianga and Ninety Mile Beach.



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If you're looking for wonderful empty beaches in a tropical-like setting, this is surely the best area in the North Island.

Get in[edit]

  • By Air

Air New Zealand operates domestic flights to Whangarei and Kerikeri (Bay of Islands). Charter operators offer transport tailored to your requirements.

  • By Road

The Twin Coast Discovery Highway is Northland's scenic touring route starting and finishing in Auckland. Taking you to both coasts, this route showcases the diversity of the region. Getting here by coach, self drive, or on a guided tour is a wonderful journey into subtropical Northland.

  • By Sea

Arrival to Northland by sea is unbelievably spectacular - your coastal journey is bound to impress. Stunning headlands, bush covered hillsides, long stretches of beach greet as you head for terra firma. If you are arriving by boat from overseas there are two official Ports of Entry into Northland.

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By bus[edit]

GreatSights New Zealand operates premium sightseeing tours to the Bay of Islands with daily departures from Auckland. Tours can be completed in one day, including a guided tour of the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, dolphin watching cruises to Cape Brett and the famous "Hole in the Rock" cruise.

InterCity operates daily services between Auckland and several Northland destinations, including Whangarei, the Bay of Islands and as far north as Kaitaia. Tickets start from $1 (+ booking fee) and can be purchased online, over the phone or throughout the country at numerous booking agents including the i-SITE network.

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  • Koutu Boulders — biggest concretions in the world in Koutu, Hokianga
  • Mangungu Mission House (historic site) — site of the biggest signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in Horeke, Hokianga
  • Wairere Boulders (nature park) — an enormous basalt flow just south of Horeke, Hokianga
  • Sand dunes — windblown sculptures on top of sand dunes across the harbour from Opononi, Hokianga
  • Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary (ecologically undisturbed forest) — see 5 of the 12 biggest kauri trees in Hokianga
  • Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, 33 Bayly Road, Waitangi, [1]. A world-class , purpose built mountain bike park with over 50km of purpose built singletrack, suitable for families to experts. One of the highlights of the region  edit
  • Twin Coast Cycle Trail, [2]. One of the New Zealand Great Rides. Explore 87km of New Zealand Backcountry on a scenic and family friendly cycle trail through Northlands interesting history  edit

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