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

Doubtless Bay Villas Visit website

Doubtless Bay Villas is the ideal base to explore the Far North, centrally located to all the major attractions, from Cape Reinga to The Bay . . . 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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Whangarei TOP 10 Holiday Park Visit website

Whangarei's premier Holiday Park, situated in a quiet side street and yet only 1.8km from Whangarei City Centre. A smaller park, bordered by international award-winning . . . 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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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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Dargaville Holiday Park Visit website

Set in beautiful, secluded park-like grounds, but only a 10-minute walk from town, Enjoy a meal in our outside dining room and kitchen. . . . More . . . 

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Admirals View Lodge & Motel Visit website

Welcome to Admirals View Lodge, Paihia. Motel accommodation with beautiful sea views Admirals View Lodge and Motel offers a range of quality self-contained accommodation in . . . More . . . 

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Bay of Islands Country Lodge Motel Visit website

Idyllic rural setting with spacious rooms, safe ample parking for boats and trucks as well. Well-located for exploring Paihia and Kerikeri. . . . 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 . . . 

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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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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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Bay of Islands Holiday Park Visit website

Bay of Islands Holiday Park is a 4.2 hectare Holiday Park providing Paihia accommodation and is well located for exploring the Bay of Islands. . . . 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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