Free things to do in Northland Region

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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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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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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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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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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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Mimiwhangata Coastal Park Marine Reserve

Mimiwhangata Coastal Park near Whangārei is home to recovering bird and marine species, lovely coastal walks and lots of opportunities for water activities. Read the story . . . 

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Off-the-beaten-track day walks

Explore hidden walking gems that require only a map, some sturdy footwear and a strong desire to get out there and explore.  Read the story . . . 

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Whangārei Harbour Marine Reserve

In the marine environment of Whangārei Harbour, two areas are set aside for protection: around Motukaroro (Passage) Island and at Waikaraka. 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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Waitangi Treaty Grounds and the Museum of Waitangi

Waitangi has a perfect mix of experiences – you can drown yourself in the historical aspects, and you can wow yourself with the amazing view. Read the story . . . 

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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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