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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Things to do

Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve

The underwater caves, arches and sheer cliffs at the Poor Knights provide diving so good, Jacques Cousteau rated it as one of the top ten dives in the world. Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Yakas Walk

Walk on a well-surfaced track to Cathedral Grove and then move on to experience the seventh largest kauri in the lush Waipōua Forest, the 'Yakas' tree. Read the story . . . 

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Four Sisters Walk

Walk through kauri and rimu in beautiful native forest to four tall kauri trees growing extremely close together – the famous four sisters.  Read the story . . . 

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Hongi Hika Walk

Walk through gum trees and native forest to Kororipo Pā, which served as Hongi Hika’s coastal fortified settlement and played an important role in New Zealand’s musket war campaigns. Read the story . . . 

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Kororipo Pā Historic Walk

Enjoy amazing views of the Kerikeri River, Kerikeri Basin and the historic Stone Store from the historic Kororipo Pā. Read the story . . . 

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Tāne Mahuta Walk

Visit the famous Tāne Mahuta, Lord of the Forest – New Zealand's largest known living kauri tree, located in the Waipōua Forest. Read the story . . . 

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Te Matua Ngāhere Walk

Take a 20-minute walk through the beautiful native bush in Waipōua Forest to view the world’s second largest living kauri Te Matua Ngāhere. Read the story . . . 

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Free things to do

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Visit the Waitangi treaty grounds in the Bay of Islands where Māori chiefs first signed their accord with the British Crown in 1840 – Te Tiriti o Waitangi. Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Twin Coast Discovery Highway: Auckland to Cape Rēinga

This epic roadie connects the little coves, beaches and bays of the east and the immense dunes wild coastline and vast, sweeping harbours out west. Read the story . . . 

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Our marine reserves: treasures under the sea

In essence, the very simple overriding edict for a marine reserve is no take. Nothing may be removed: not fish, not seaweed, not stones, not feathers or shells off the beach. Read the story . . . 

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Cape Rēinga: where two oceans meet

Witness the majestic power of nature as the mighty Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide.  Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Cape Rēinga Te Rerenga Wairua Lighthouse Walk

Enjoy outstanding panoramic views, see the meeting of two mighty oceans and pay respect to the place where Māori believe the spirits of the dead meet the underworld.  Read the story . . . 

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Loved by the locals: Far North

Catch a wave at Ahipara, discover whaling history, find an idyllic campsite, take a dip and try the famous fish and chips in the Far North.  Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

The Far North: the tail of the fish

North of the Bay of Islands, things get a little wilder. This is Muriwhenua, the tail of Māui’s legendary fish, the northernmost tip of the country. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Te Paki sand dunes: seriously steep, seriously fun

As if the breathtaking glory of Ninety Mile Beach wasn’t enough, right at the northern end, near the Te Paki Stream, are some seriously steep and seriously fun sand dunes. Read the story . . . 

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Kauri Coast: home again

It is a magical experience to drive the winding highway through Waipōua Forest, past giant trees which encroach onto the asphalt in places. You don’t want to be in a hurry here. Read the story . . . 

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