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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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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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Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

Not that long ago, Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh. Now it’s a byword for gourmet food, top-quality wine and arthouse cinema. Read the story . . . 

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Tutukākā and the Poor Knights: national treasure

One of the best places for those who want to experience the full range of watery pastimes is the east coast of Northland and, in particular, Tutukākā, just to the north-east of Whangārei. 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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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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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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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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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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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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Must-do surf breaks

We've picked five of New Zealand's best surf beaches for Kiwis. Read the story . . . 

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Bay of Islands: history, scenery and marine life

Marvel at pods of wild dolphins, migratory orca, seals and blue penguins in the pristine big blue yonder. Read the story . . . 

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