Hokianga: harbouring history

From the look and feel of the Hokianga today, it’s hard to believe it used to be one of the...


The light at the Hokianga Harbour is really quite special. © Michael Schwab

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Editor's Picks: the top 5 things to do in Northland

Our AA Traveller Guides Editor's picks of the top 5 experiences not to be missed in Northland! Read the story . . . 

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12 Must-Do’s and Kiwi Gems to discover on a long weekend away from Auckland

Craving a long weekend away? Start planning your summer travels with 12 great things to check out within an easy drive from Auckland. Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Māngungu Mission

If it’s a serene setting with a slice of Kiwi history that you’re after, make sure Māngungu Mission is on your Te Tai Tokerau Northland touring list.  Read the story . . . 

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Tohu Whenua: Clendon House, Rāwene

The charming Hokianga Harbour town of Rāwene is Aotearoa's third oldest European settlement – and Clendon House is one of its original buildings (dating from 1860).  Read the story . . . 

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We Love You New Zealand Magazine

New Zealand is brimming with lesser-known sweet spots. We’ve filled 113 pages with hundreds of ideas of things to see and do around the country in our online travel magazine. Read the story . . . 

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Walking

Must-Do's: Walking Travel Guide

Whether you’re hiking to a mountain summit or strolling through an urban landscape, there are walking options around New Zealand to suit everyone. Read the story . . . 

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Cycling

Must-Do's: Cycling Travel Guide

There are 22 Great Rides on Ngā Haerenga The New Zealand Cycle Trail, covering over 2,600 kilometres of the country. Check out our comprehensive overview of all the best cycle trails available in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Must-Do's: Northland Travel Guide

From the Whangārei district to the top of the North Island and back down Northland’s west coast, our full Must-Do's guide provides all the information on activities, attractions and accommodation options for your next road trip. Read it here for free! Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Must-Do's: North Island Road Trips Travel Guide

Read or download our full Must-Do's guide to find attractions, activities, experiences and accommodation on your next North Island road trip! Read the story . . . 

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Road trips

Way out west: a creative road trip between Auckland and the Kauri Coast

So many corners! From Central Auckland across to the Waitākere Ranges, up the coast to Hokianga and from Kaikohe back down SH1, there are many intriguing corners on this journey – but the delights en route make them all worthwhile.  Read the story . . . 

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Creative Inspiration: 5 great gardens and galleries on a road trip between Auckland and the Kauri Coast

The journey north from West Auckland is rich in creativity. From art galleries to sculpture gardens and even some unique geology – we've picked five places to stop at along the way.  Read the story . . . 

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5 top picks for a west coast road trip between Auckland and the Kauri Coast

Winding up the west coast from Auckland City to Northland, this road trip takes in remarkable landscapes, art, heritage and creative spaces. We've picked our top five things to see and do along the way.   Read the story . . . 

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Get outdoors: 5 natural attractions to explore between West Auckland and the Kauri Coast

Auckland's west coast is synonymous with wild, black-sand beaches and you'll experience plenty of these on your road trip north to the Kauri Coast, along with gannets, stunning native forest and rustic hot springs. Read the story . . . 

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Ride the monster dunes in Ōpononi

In Ōpononi, on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour, there are dunes of epic proportions – more sand mountains than sandhills.  Read the story . . . 

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Five great days out with kids in Northland

With iconic native forest, cultural heritage and a bounty of beaches to explore, Northland offers a myriad of options for kid-friendly fun.  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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