Journey to Northland – New Zealand’s Subtropical North
Welcome to Northland - the most northern and only subtropical region of New Zealand.
Northland begins only one hour’s drive north of Auckland. Rich in history, this surprisingly large region is renowned for its vibrant Māori culture, spectacular coastlines, kauri forests, aquatic playground and marine paradise - the natural landscape is our speciality.
The region is a unique mix of great places to visit and things to see and do – tour both coastlines of New Zealand’s warmest region and discover picturesque beaches and marine adventures of every description. Meander through a myriad of small villages to the wharves where boats will take you to offshore islands and underwater worlds.
You’ll witness true stories and tall tales as you wander through the buildings and landscapes where some of New Zealand’s foundations were debated and agreed. You’ll trace the footprints of those who made history as you create your own memories of a lifetime in unforgettable untouched natural environments. Be sure to allow plenty of time to explore the Northland region. It is a vast area full of contrasts; where the people, history, culture and scenic beauty will have you wishing you could stay longer.
Parks, Trails and Tours:
- Cape Reinga (Te Renga Wairua): See two oceans collide at New Zealand's northwesternmost tip.
- The Twin Coast Discovery touring route: Follow an 800km circular touring route which starts and finishes in Auckland.
- Northland Journeys (the byways): Take the roads less travelled and experience more of what Northland has to offer.
- Twin Coast Cycle Trail: Experience physical and cultural landscapes on this trail from Northland’s East to the West.
- Waitangi Treaty Grounds & Te Kōngahu: Step back in time - discover the birthplace New Zealand and the day that changed history.
- The Poor Knights: A world renowned marine reserve and dive spot, 25km offshore from Tutukaka, a bustling nautical town.
- Kauri forests: Walk among the mighty kauri trees in Northland's kauri forests.
- Kauri Museum: Telling the story of New Zealand’s pioneering settlers through the lens of the kauri industry.
- Bay of Islands: Around 144 islands and turquoise waters make this area one of NZ's most popular visitor destinations.
- Kerikeri Mission Station: This historic site preserves the stories of when Māori met missionaries and life was changed forever.