A summertime playground

Northland is synonymous with long summer days, beaches that stretch on forever and family holidays at the bach. The 144 islands that make up the Bay of Islands are one of the biggest drawcards for visitors to Northland, and the iconic Air New Zealand safety video featuring the region captures the essence of what it's like to holiday here. It's the perfect place to enjoy a spot of kayaking, cruising, snorkelling, paddle-boarding or fishing amidst some of the country's most beautiful scenery. 

There are coastal walking trails like the Cape Brett and Te Whara tracks, the northerly Cape Reinga which makes for a splendid day trip, and the kauri forests and small towns along the west coast. Divers will relish the Poor Knights Islands off the coast of Tutukaka. Ninety Mile Beach is an attraction not to be missed, but it's also worth checking out Ripiro Beach, which is actually the longest drivable beach in New Zealand and filled with sand dunes and shipwrecks. The Waitangi Treaty grounds a short drive from Paihia are a site of great historic and cultural significance that every Kiwi should visit at least once in their life. 

To plan your very own Northland adventure, talk to a World Travellers consultant today about how to make the most of this region, or work it into a bigger tour of New Zealand.

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Things you should know about Northland

In the Waipoua Forest along Northland's west coast you'll find the giant Tāne Mahuta, the largest living kauri tree in the world.

Northland is where the great Polynesian explorer Kupe landed in his waka around 1,000 years ago. It is said he landed at what is now known as Hokianga Harbour and named this place Aotearoa. 

Cape Reinga is not actually the northernmost point of New Zealand. North Cape is, however as it's not open to the public Cape Reinga is as far you can (legally) get.

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