Northland road trip: birds, bikes and bush

The rain had settled in. Mist crept over the brows of hills, brooding and moody.


Hokianga. © NorthlandNZ

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Walking

Hike or bike The Coromandel Coastal Walkway

Explore the northern tip of The Coromandel Peninsula on foot or mountain bike along the spectacular Coromandel Coastal Walkway.  Read the story . . . 

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Head to the hidden kauri stand and waterfall in The Coromandel

A short walk from The Coromandel’s inland 309 Road will take you to a majestic grove of kauri trees and the nearby Waiau Falls are a popular summer swimming spot. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Travel through native bush via train or zipline in The Coromandel

At Driving Creek on The Coromandel Peninsula, you can choose between chugging through native forest on New Zealand’s only narrow-gauge mountain railway or zooming above it via zipline.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Watch marine life from above in The Coromandel

Imagine being able to experience one of New Zealand’s most famous marine reserves without getting wet.  Read the story . . . 

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Surround yourself with birdsong on Tiritiri Matangi Island

One of the world’s most successful conservation projects can be found just off the coast of Auckland’s Whangapāraoa Peninsula.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Explore the primordial bush in Whirinaki Forest Park

Wild, untamed and precious, the Whirinaki Te Pua-a-Tāne Conservation Park deep in the Bay of Plenty is a rugged jewel of the North Island. Read the story . . . 

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Relax on secluded Ōtarawairere Beach

Picture a secluded beach made from crushed seashells that you can only get to on foot or by kayak.  Read the story . . . 

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McLaren Falls Park: full of family fun

McLaren Falls Park is a 190-hectare swathe of lakeside parkland on the outskirts of Tauranga, that’s brimming with activities.  Read the story . . . 

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Meet the exotic residents of Katikati Bird Gardens

On the edge of Tauranga Harbour you can wander through beautiful gardens with exotic birds for company.  Read the story . . . 

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Heritage and history

Take to the skies with Bay of Plenty's Classic Flyers

Celebrating the history of aviation in New Zealand, Classic Flyers Museum in Mount Maunganui showcases heritage aircraft, both on the ground and in the skies. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Raft the rapids in Manukau City

In Auckland’s Manukau City you can raft down the world’s highest artificial waterfall.  Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Climb the soaring sand dunes at Lake Wainamu

Hidden behind the towering black sand dunes near Auckland’s Te Henga / Bethells Beach is a freshwater lake, ideal for safe summer swimming.  Read the story . . . 

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Kiwi Gems

Immerse yourself in art at Sculptureum

Experience sprawling world-class sculpture gardens, multiple art galleries and a fine dining restaurant on the outskirts of Matakana. Read the story . . . 

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Spend the day at one of Auckland's beautiful regional parks

From ancient lava flows to tidal estuaries and pōhutukawa-fringed coastlines, there are many landscapes to explore in the 27 regional parks around Auckland.  Read the story . . . 

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Family fun

Enchant your inner child at Whoa! Studios

Combine a live theatre experience, a film studio, an excellent restaurant and possibly the best playground in New Zealand and you’ve got a recipe for a great family day out.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Climb the Pinnacles in The Coromandel

Climb to the top of the Pinnacles in the heart of the Coromandel Forest Park for panoramic views of the peninsula. Read the story . . . 

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