Northland Off The Beaten Path

  • Taupiri Bay
    Taupiri Bay
    by iandsmith
  • Looking South Along Henderson Bay
    Looking South Along Henderson Bay
    by kotitihaere
  • Good Rocks for Good Fishing and exploring
    Good Rocks for Good Fishing and...
    by kotitihaere

Northland Off The Beaten Path

  • Opononi.

    Opononi is off the beaten track for overseas tourists, but a lot of kiwis know about it. This is because of Opo, the friendly dolphin that came to stay for one summer in the 1950s. Unfortunately Opo was killed by some careless fisherman and the nation apparently mourned. There is a very humble monument to Opo in Opononi... drive slow or you'll miss...

  • Cool off in the Waipoua Forest.

    On a recent trip down the west coast of Northland, after a stop to see Tane Mahuta - the 2000 year old Kauri tree in Waipoua Forest, we detoured along a gravel road to the Waipoua Forest Visitors' Centre. This is signposted from state highway 12.The visitors' centre has lots of information about Kauri in the area and the industries that thrived...

  • Explore the beautiful Tutakaka Coast.

    The Tutakaka Coast is an easy drive northeast from Whangarei. You need to exit the city on the Ngunguru Road (which goes past the Whangarei Falls). You obviously need your own car for this trip, so this destination is off the beaten path for many international visitors.The first town you come to is Ngunguru at the mouth of the like-named river....

  • Waipu - a town with strong Scottish...

    Waipu used to be very much on the beaten path, but since it was bypassed, it is only well known by campers at nearby Waipu Cove, or kiwis with Scottish roots. The town was established by Nova Scotian migrants whose Scottish forbears had settled in that eastern province of Canada in the early 1800s. Due to hard times in Nova Scotia, the celtic...

  • Waimate Mission House.

    I last visited this historic building as a teenager in 1987... unfortunately I don't remember much about it and found this photo recently when hunting around for pics of Northland. It dates back to before the 1840s I think and was home to Samuel Marsden, who was an important Anglican missionary here around the time of the Treaty of Waitangi.I will...

  • The Kaiiwi Lakes.

    Once more, here's a place locals know well, but overseas visitors rarely visit. These fresh water lakes are on the west coast of Northland. The main lake is Lake Taharoa and is an excellent place to camp. Swimming here is nice. The water is really clear and there is a small white sandy beach. Kayaking around the lake is highly recommended.Kaiiwi is...

  • All that glitters is not gold!

    Omapere is just south of Opononi on the Hokianga harbour, on the west side of Northland.As you drive down to it, you'll see a beautiful looking beach. However, don't be fooled by appearences. The beach itself is lovely, but under the water it is very rocky and not that nice for swimming.Apperently you can get a ferry to the other side of the...

  • Ask a Question

    Got a question about Northland? Get an answer from our Location locals and frequent travelers
  • Write a Review

    Have you been to Northland? Write about Northland to help travelers.

Northland Hotels

See all 172 Hotels in Northland
  • Cook's Lookout Motel

    My husband and I stayed here for four nights, and were really looking forward to our trip....

  • Bali Hai Motel Paihia

    Stayed 3 nights in early Jan 07. Small motel with Everything spotlessly clean. Good facilities. Good...

  • Lupton Lodge

    555 Ngunguru Road, Glenbervie, Whangarei, North Island, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Kauri Park Motel

    512 Kerikeri Rd, Kerikeri, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Lodge Bordeaux

    I was originally supposed to stay in town for several weeks, so was looking for a place with the...

  • Hananui Lodge Motel

    P O Box 16, , Russell, North Island 0255

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Copthorne Hotel Hokianga Bay

    State Highway 12, Omapere, 452, NZ

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • Oceans Apartments Tutukaka Northland

    Marina Road, Tutukaka, New Zealand

  • Loredo Motel

    25 North Road, Kaitaia, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

Top Northland Hotels

Paihia Hotels
124 Reviews - 295 Photos
Whangarei Hotels
66 Reviews - 86 Photos
Bay of Islands Hotels
106 Reviews - 263 Photos
Tutukaka Hotels
19 Reviews - 33 Photos
Russell Hotels
21 Reviews - 68 Photos
Omapere Hotels
14 Reviews - 58 Photos
Kerikeri Hotels
9 Reviews - 50 Photos
Kaiwaka Hotels
1 Review - 1 Photo
Dargaville Hotels
4 Reviews - 10 Photos
Kaitaia Hotels
7 Reviews - 9 Photos
Whangarei Hotels
9 Reviews - 39 Photos

Instant Answers: Northland

Get an instant answer from local experts and frequent travelers

21 travelers online now


Northland Off The Beaten Path

Reviews and photos of Northland off the beaten path posted by real travelers and locals. The best tips for Northland sightseeing.
Map of Northland