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Northland stretches from Kaiwaka, just north of Auckland, up to Cape Reinga at the topmost point of New Zealand's North Island. Northland has a wonderful climate, vast stretches of stunning beaches, pockets of native bush and offers both relaxing and exciting activities.
For culture and heritage Northland is unequalled. The Bay of Islands is home to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. The grounds feature heritage gardens, bush tracks, stunning views and Maori entertainers. Immerse yourself in Maori culture and take a trip on a 50ft Maori Waka (Canoe) out to a traditional riverside village. You will find a diverse range of museums at Russell, Dargaville, Whangarei, Waipu and others. The historical town of Russell offers over 200 years of history and is a great example of colonial architecture. The unique town of Kerikeri is rich in history and is the site of New Zealand's oldest house, Kerikeri Mission House.
Wildlife and nature is to be found in abundance in Northland. One of the must dos is to view or swim with dolphins in Northland's crystal clear waters. Palmco in Kerikeri is an exceptionally stunning palm nursery and well worth spending some time exploring. The famous Hole in the Rock is a very popular tourist attraction and there are many tour companies wishing to take you there. There is an abundance of birdlife and Northland is the perfect place to stop, let time become insignificant and soak up the beauty of the native birdsong.
Water activities include Bay of Islands historical cruises and the chance to swim with dolphins, both day cruises and overnight cruises. There are some wonderful sailing boats to take you around the islands. There are also chances to explore under the water as well with the best sub-tropical diving in the world. Try your hand at parasailing, sport sea fishing, surfing, paddle-boarding in the estuary, or kayaking to secluded beaches only accessible by boat.
Land activities; Northland is a haven for golfers. There are many stunning golf courses with outstanding landscapes and seascapes. See the giant Kauri trees or visit Gumdiggers Park and view ancient Kauri timber in the gum holes. Ride along long stretches of beach on a dune buggy tour or drive along the sand at Ninety Mile beach in a bus. Enjoy skydiving, caving, 4WD adventures, climbing, mountain biking, flightseeing, horse treks and much more.
Walks and treks; the area has many walks for all ages and abilities. The walks are many and varied from coastal tracks to scenic forest walkways. There are options for freedom walking, guided or catered walks.
Being subtropical the fruit and vegetables grow in abundance in Northland. The fine food and wine is showcased in the many wonderful eateries around the area.
And while here why not enjoy a beautiful Bay of Island Tour? Click on one below:
This is a great day tour from Auckland with return deluxe coach travel to Paihia. It includes a spectacular dolphin watching cruise (if you're lucky we might even spot a whale).
This unique one night cruise offers an experience that will suround you in the breathtaking beauty of the Bay of Islands. Try snorkelling or kayaking in the clear waters before relaxing with a refreshing drink on the top deck as the sun sets behind the sheltered islands of the Bay.
This full day return tour from Auckland gives you the chance to swim alongside wild dolphins as they play in their natural environment (conditions permitting). Enjoy this eco experience in the beautiful National Maritime Park.