There are so many "Must Dos" in Northland it may be difficult knowing where to start!
We've listed the Official Top 10 which is great way of experiencing all that stunning Northland has to offer. Enjoy!
1.Twin Coast Discovery Highway
Although there is plenty to discover in Northland, we’ve made it very easy for you. Just follow the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, the circular, touring route that lets you access all the region has to offer by way of a scenic, relaxing drive.
2.The Poor Knights Islands
Off the Tutukaka Coast, the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is a renowned divers’ paradise, but equally as appealing to snorkelers and kayakers. There are more than 50 dive spots around the islands - underwater arches and tunnels and the largest sea cave in the world.
3. Embrace Culture & Heritage
Northland is rich in a unique history that ties both Maori and non Maori people together. Historical sites and artefacts can be found throughout the region. Make sure you visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of New Zealand.
4. Bay of Islands, an Aquatic Playground
Golden beaches fringed by pohutukawa trees, secluded coves and turquoise water. This is where visitors and locals alike enjoy their favourite pastimes of boating, sailing, surfing, fishing or just lazing around in the warm sunshine. Overnight cruises let you swim with dolphins or walk on uninhabited islands.
5. Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach
Join a tour along 90 Mile Beach and toboggan down giant sand dunes at Te Paki Stream. Witness the meeting of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean at Cape Reinga - a spiritual place for Maori where the spirits of the departed leap to begin the voyage back to their final resting place in the ancestral homeland.
6. Food amd Wine
Northland is one of NZ’s up and coming destinations for gastro tourists, people who head off in search of fresh food experiences and delectable wines. Award winning chefs and funky barista jostle with stunning locations to serve you Northland's bounties.
7. Waipoua Forest, Day or Night
The giant kauri trees of the Waipoua Forest are some of the largest and oldest living rainforest trees in the world. Stand in awe at the base of Tane Mahuta – the 2000 year old ‘Lord of the Forest’. Explore by day or enjoy a guided night tour.
Game fishing legend Zane Grey described the Bay of Islands as the “Angler’s Eldorado” and for the thousands of kiwis who rank fishing top of their favourite leisure activities, Northland, home to the legendary 90 Mile Beach fishing competition, is the best place to cast a line.
9. Northland in Luxury
Stay at an exclusive luxury lodge or retreat. Hidden in tropical greenery, nestled in turquoise bays, overlooking the Pacific Ocean or set amidst gardens and native bush, these character retreats are a delightful part of the Northland landscape.
10. Swim with the Dolphins
Take a dive and meet some of the ocean’s friendliest inhabitants ... the dolphin. Take this incredible opportunity to swim with bottlenose dolphins in their natural environment. Interact with the dolphins, and observe their unique nature and personalities.
Courtesy of Northlandnz.com