The Far North: the tail of the fish

North of the Bay of Islands, things get a little wilder.


Te Paki sand dunes. © Bernard Spragg

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Campervanning: the spontaneous way to travel

If the idea of a guided tour brings you out in spots, you’ll be wanting to bring yourself to the spots you most want to see. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

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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Ahipara: sacred fire

If you've arrived in Kaitāia, quite frankly you’d be mad if you didn’t make the 20-minute detour to Ahipara, out on the west coast. Read the story . . . 

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Natural attractions

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 high, lonely road that eventually winds down to the Cape itself. Read the story . . . 

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Boating: Kiwis on the water

Going to the beach, lake or river for a splash is so commonplace in New Zealand, we seldom spare a thought for those in land-locked in places, thousands of kilometres from the shore. Read the story . . . 

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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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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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Natural attractions

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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Things to do

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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Natural attractions

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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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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Of the sea: surfing Aotearoa

When most people imagine their idyllic beach, they think of white sand and sun-dappled water. Surfers focus on wind and swell directions and the hidden bathymetry of the seafloor. Read the story . . . 

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Northland road trip: birds, bikes and bush

We cruise up the Brynderwyns, stately and elevated in our campervan. I am pleased to be fulfilling a childhood dream of travelling like a snail – taking my home with me wherever I go. Read the story . . . 

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Activities

Fishing Aotearoa: exploring an angler’s Eldorado

Less a hobby, more a religion, fishing isn't just a thing to do in New Zealand – it’s THE thing to do. For many anglers, New Zealand is the high church of bent rods and screaming reels.  Read the story . . . 

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Kauri Cliffs Golf Course, Northland

Perched on a clifftop with sweeping views out to Mātauri Bay and beyond to the Pacific Ocean, Kauri Cliffs is possibly New Zealand’s finest all-round golf course. Read the story . . . 

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