Kauri Coast: home again

It's hard to imagine what the north must have been like in the days before the timbermen came – unless...


Sunset at Hokianga Harbour. © Northland INC

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Tāne Mahuta: lord of the forest

Northland's famous kauri, Tāne Mahuta may be up to 2500 years old which is really getting on, even in tree years. Read the story . . . 

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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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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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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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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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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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Campervanning and kids in the Hokianga: the perfect combination

Even on a wet weekend, campervanning with kids is great fun in the Hokianga. 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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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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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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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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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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