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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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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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The secret coast: an indulgent road trip between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

Head north from Central Auckland via the very scenic route to the Bay of Islands. This journey is full of things guaranteed to bring pleasure – food, wine and art. It’s one big, moveable feast. Read the story . . . 

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Take a walk and a dip at Whangārei Falls

Just ten minutes from Whangārei City, Otuihau Whangārei Falls is both easily accessible and classically beautiful.  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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Tohu Whenua: Rākaumangamanga - Cape Brett

Rākaumangamanga - Cape Brett at the entrance of the Bay of Islands simply has everything. There’s a spectacular headland, stunning views onto Motukokako Island with its famous Hole in the Rock, seals and dolphins and a historic lighthouse with a keeper’s cottage where you can stay for a night or two. Read the story . . . 

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10 great things to do in Northland

Whether you're looking for things to do on a day trip or hitting the road to discover more of the region, we've rounded up 10 ideas to inspire your Northland travels.  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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Discover the magical marine environment of the Poor Knights

It’s a pretty big accolade to have a renowned marine expert rate a dive site as one of the top ten in the world. But Jacques Cousteau picked the Poor Knights. 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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Family fun: 5 kid-friendly activities on a road trip between Auckland and Whangārei

We've picked five great attractions that will keep the whole family happy on a road trip journey between Auckland and Whangārei. From beach walks and gelato to donkeys and monster scooters, the kids are guaranteed to have a great time. 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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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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Get away from it all at Kai Iwi Lakes

Summer camping at Northland’s Kai Iwi Lakes is a quintessential Kiwi experience.  Read the story . . . 

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