Cape Rēinga: wild and unforgettable

As you approach Cape Rēinga the land narrows, affording glimpses of Northland’s east and west coasts as you climb the...


Distant tourists walk to the lighthouse at the northern tip of New Zealand's North Island, where the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea meet. © George Clerk

Kai Iwi Lakes Campground Visit website

Come stay and play at Kai Iwi Lakes, Taharoa Domain, one of NZ's best holiday spots. Only 3hrs from Auckland, 35km from Dargaville, nestled amongst . . . More . . . 

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Hokianga: harbouring history

The Hokianga, stretching northeast towards the Bay of Islands on the opposite coast, has one of the longest histories of human habitation anywhere in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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The Sands Motel Visit website

Walk off your deck across tree-shaded lawn and down a dozen steps onto the beach. Situated at the beautiful Whangaumu Bay on the picturesque Tutukaka Coast. . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

Hokianga: a road trip around a heavenly harbour

The most rewarding direction to approach the Hokianga is from the south, which also happens to be the leg of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway route featuring the great Waipōua kauri forest. Read the story . . . 

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Motel Hobson's Choice Visit website

The only choice for the best quality accommodation on the Kauri Coast. With 21 refurbished and serviced units, Motel Hobson's Choice offers weary travellers a . . . More . . . 

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Hundertwasser Toilets: the loo that made headlines

The internationally renowned Hundertwasser toilet in Kawakawa has become one of New Zealand’s most photographed attractions. Read the story . . . 

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Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park Visit website

Ruakaka Motorcamp at Ruakaka is situated 134km north of Auckland and 30km southeast of Whangarei on State Highway 1. It is halfway between Auckland and . . . More . . . 

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R Tucker Thompson - Tall Ship Sailing Visit website

Come sailing on Northland's own iconic tall ship the R. Tucker Thompson! Often voted the best day of any holiday it is always an experience . . . More . . . 

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Continental Motel Visit website

Our motel welcomes families, tourist, short and long term workers and professionals. Every unit has full kitchen facilities - ideal for self catering. . . . More . . . 

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Natural attractions

Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

Not that long ago, Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh. Now it’s a byword for gourmet food, top-quality wine and arthouse cinema. Read the story . . . 

Petricevich Dune Rider Kaitaia Visit website

ENJOY A FULL RESTAURANT LUNCH at Waitiki Landing when you step aboard this one of a kind Cape Reinga Tour with full commentary from knowledgeable . . . More . . . 

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Activities

Tutukākā and the Poor Knights: national treasure

One of the best places for those who want to experience the full range of watery pastimes is the east coast of Northland and, in particular, Tutukākā, just to the north-east of Whangārei. Read the story . . . 

Luxury on Sullivans Beach Visit website

"Luxury on Sullivans" is a collection of 9 unique apartments and suites all located on Sullivans Beach, Paihia. The apartments and suites are contained within . . . More . . . 

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Waipōua Forest

There are just glimpses left of what New Zealand would have looked like before the coming of the axe and the crosscut-saw. But you can get a sense of it in the Waipōua Forest. Read the story . . . 

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