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.
If you're looking for wonderful empty beaches in a tropical-like setting, this is surely the best area in the North Island.
Air New Zealand operates domestic flights to Whangarei and Kerikeri (Bay of Islands). Charter operators offer transport tailored to your requirements.
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.
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.
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.