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

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Bay Cabinz Motel Visit website

Private self-contained chalet lodges overlooking the Paihia village. This sunny elevated eco-complex is set in subtropical native surroundings with abundant bird life, sea and garden . . . 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 . . . 

Kerigold Secluded Chalets Motel Visit website

Jonathon and Jackie offer you a very warm welcome to Kerigold Chalets.... deluxe self-catering chalets nestled amongst the avocado and citrus trees of our tranquil . . . 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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Stonehaven Motel Visit website

Your ideal base for business or pleasure in Whangarei, 2 minutes to city centre, yacht basin, cafes, bars, restaurants. Easy access to parks, golf courses . . . More . . . 

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Things to do

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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Casa Blanca Motel Visit website

Affordable refurbished accommodation in a large park-like environment adjacent to SH 1 and only a few minutes easy walking from the centre of Whangarei. . . . More . . . 

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Burgundy Rose Motel Visit website

Affordable, spacious, clean studio & family units only 5 mins drive from Whangarei CBD and walking distance to Kensington Stadium & Sports Grounds. . . . More . . . 

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Gateway North Motor Lodge & The Coffeepot Visit website

Welcome to Gateway North Motor Lodge & The Coffeepot Cafe, Kaiwaka. Gateway North Motor Lodge offers 8 high quality fully self-contained units; We have 2 . . . More . . . 

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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 . . . 

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The Kauri Museum Visit website

The Kauri Museum is New Zealand's best kept secret that has an element of surprise, located just 90 minutes north of Auckland. . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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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