With a mild year-round climate and access to some of the country’s best beaches, this sub-tropical region is New Zealand’s number one camping destination. Endless bays of white sand beaches snake their way up the East Coast, while on the West the dramatic beauty of long windswept beaches offers solitude.
The region boasts natural attractions such as the stunning Bay of Islands, the giant Kauris of the Waipoua Forest and the meeting of the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean at Cape Reinga.
As the birthplace of the nation, the Northland region also holds immense historical significance. The first Maori settlers stepped foot on New Zealand shores in the Hokianga Harbour and Waitangi in the Bay of Islands is the site of the signing of New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi.
- Take a drive along 90 Mile Beach to the Cape Reinga lighthouse
- Dive the Poor Knight islands
- Hike the Cape Brett Walkway
- Swim in the turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands
- Witness the beauty of Tane Mahuta, New Zealand’s largest Kauri tree
- Explore the Treaty grounds at Waitangi