Northland Things to Do

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Northland Things to Do

  • Hole in the Rock

    Paihia Things to Do

    The 'Hole in the Rock', properly known as Piercy Island is a rocky island at the northern tip of Cape Brett in the Bay of Islands. This natural feature has been caused by years of water and wind erosion. It is a popular trip for visitors to the Bay of Islands and on calm days some boats will drive through it. The weather on the day I took the...

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  • Ninety Mile Beach...

    Northland Things to Do

    The reason why rental companies do not allow you to drive on 90 Mile Beach (which is only 90km or 55 miles long) is simple: The cars are not insured. Often cars get stuck in the sand and have to be left behind. No emergency service is close enough to save the cars from the flood. Mobile phone coverage does not exist in most parts of the area. So...

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  • Haruru Falls

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Paihia Things to Do

    They're not really high falls by any means, but they are in a horseshoe shape, which is evidently rare, Niagra Falls being cited as the only other horseshoe shaped falls known. Beware of your belongings in the carpark - there are serious danger signs, I guess because it's a bit of an out of the way, secluded place, without a view of the main road....

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  • Bay of Islands.

    Northland Things to Do

    There are not many place left in the world these days where you can board a steam train AND go down the main street of the town. Not only that, this town's main street is also State Highway 1! The Kawakawa trains run every day of school holidays and public holidays and the weekends for the rest of the year. These trains are also the fore runner...

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  • Russell

    Paihia Things to Do

    Across the bay from Paihia is the town of Russell. It was originally called Kororareka and was the first Europesan settlement in the area. The local Mâori people very soon realised that there was valuable trade to be had with the European and American ships and the town flourished but, as a place without laws, soon earned teh nickname 'Hellhole of...

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  • Waipoua Forest

    Northland Things to Do

    As you head north from Dargaville you will drive through this magnificent Kauri Forest full of Ferns, rare New Zealand flora and fauna, colossal Kauri Trees, nocturnal kiwi [don't expect to spot one!], all set amongst beautiful rainforest. As you enter the park, take the turn to the Forest Lookout which was once a fire lookout and offers a...

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  • Dolphin Adventure

    Paihia Things to Do

    The following day, I went aboard a King's boat that took us on an awesome tour of the Bay of Islands. Paihia, the beach town I?ve grown to love these past few days, is situated in the Bay of Islands. To start the day, the captain took us to see some dolphins. The tour offered a swim with them, but since there were a few young ones on the pack we...

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  • Cape Reinga

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Northland Things to Do

    Cape Reinga is popularly regarded as the country's northernmost point but in fact the Surville Cliffs (formerly: Kerr Point) on North Cape at the eastern tip of the land up there are almost five kilometres further north. As Cape Reinga is better accessible and surrounded by the old Maori legend of the spirits heading back home it has become the...

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  • The Cream Trip

    Paihia Things to Do

    Take a cruise on the famous `cream trip` around some of the 144 islands and bays and through the well known `hole in the rock`. I finally did this on my last trip home and it was great. The weather was fabulous and it was just an idyllic afternoon.

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  • Coopers Beach

    Northland Things to Do

    Sorry, guys! If you have sexual needs Coopers Beach is no more the place for you to go. The doctor has closed down his brothel-turned surgery in November 2006 because you did not visit frequently, and the locals did not dare to enjoy the pleasures of Northland's northernmost temple of joys. As you can surely imagine you think twice to go to a...

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  • Whangarei

    Northland Things to Do

    Mount Parihaka is a Volcanic dome which is about 20 million yrs old. This is the highest point in Whangarei and you get wonderful views of the city and harbour from here. You can drive or walk up to the top.

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  • Mangonui

    Northland Things to Do

    The Fish'n'Chips Shop in Mangonui is probably the most well-known in New Zealand - and for this world-famous LOL Probably it is also the most expensive fish'n'chips shop of the country LOL But the prices are still moderate, compared to what you get in restaurant where they disguise fish'n'chips as fish or seafood basket. And as it is good and...

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  • Kerikeri

    Northland Things to Do

    Kerikeri has a subtropical climate as you will notice on the kind of fruit you can buy everywhere along the road. It is a rather quiet town without the hustle and bustle of Paihia. But it has some nice old buildings, all situated around Kerikeri Basin. There you will find: - Kerikeri Mission House (Kemp House): the oldest wooden building in New...

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  • Houhora

    Northland Things to Do

    There is also a lovely beach at Houhora Heads which was deserted when we were there. It had also stopped raining which made it look all the better. There are also good views of the surrounding mountains to be enjoyed.

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  • Hokianga Harbour

    Northland Things to Do

    This little ferry not only saves you a lot of time on your trip to or from 90 Mile Beach but also leads you through a rough and very remote area of an already remote region. The ferry crosses the Hokianga Harbour from Rawene in the south to Kohukohu on the northern side. It operates every 30 to 60 mins. Timetable on the below listed website - but...

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  • Whangaroa Harbour

    5 out of 5 stars

    Northland Things to Do

    Ok - now as you are already at Matauri Bay and have enjoyed the view over this beach to the Cavalli Islands, do not just drive back to SH10 but keep on driving north along the bays and Whangaroa Harbour in a loop that leads back to SH10 north of Kaeo. It will only get better and more spectacular! In fact, I spotted a farm house overlooking...

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  • Goat Island Marine Reserve

    Northland Things to Do

    The Cape Rodney to Okakari Point marine reserve is better known as the Goat Island marine reserve or Leigh Marine reserve. In the twenty years of its existence it has been used extensively for scientific research, has helped as a training ground for diving and has inspired many people who come to this magical place to enjoy the friendly fishes and...

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  • Opononi

    Northland Things to Do

    In Opononi there is a monument to Opo the friendly dolphin that in 1955 came to Opononi and let children ride on his back. Sadly after being given protection by law Opo was killed. The monument was gifted so Opo was never forgotten.

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  • Kai Iwi Lakes

    Northland Things to Do

    Just north of Dargaville is the Kai Iwi Lakes; fresh, clear waters edged with white suger like sand, pine forests, and a waist deep bank for children to swim. The Kai Iwi Lakes are basin type dune lakes formed in consolidated sand of late Pleistocene geological origin. They were formed by the accumulation of rainwater in depressions of sand...

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  • Poor Knights Marine Reserve

    Northland Things to Do

    In 1981, the ocean surrounding the Poor Knights Islands, off the East Coast of Northland was established as New Zealand's second marine reserve. Beneath the waves at the Poor Knights an ocean of diving has been compressed into a relatively small area. The caves, arches, tunnels and sheer cliffs provide a great variety of habitats to explore. Sponge...

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  • Get on a Bus to Ninety Mile Beach and...

    The reason why rental companies do not allow you to drive on 90 Mile Beach (which is only 90km or 55 miles long) is simple: The cars are not insured. Often cars get stuck in the sand and have to be left behind. No emergency service is close enough to save the cars from the flood. Mobile phone coverage does not exist in most parts of the area. So...

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  • Kaitaia: Maori Culture, Museum + Cape...

    I do not have a great recollection of Kaitaia as this is not a very charming place. It is a poor town in a poor region and has New Zealand's highest unemployment rate. And somehow we did not find interesting enough to stay longer than necessary as it is inland, and we found it much appealing to stay right above the beach in Ahipara.But Kaitaia is...

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  • On the Twin Coast Discovery Highway,...

    Click here for Part 1.Part 2 of the Northland roundtrip:Dargaville is the gateway to the Waipoua Forest which is world-famous for its giant kauri trees. First Trounson Kauri Park (great boardwalk, home to kiwi and weta) and Kai-Iwi Lakes, then Four Sisters and Tane Mahuta. - Omapere, Opononi - along Hokianga Harbour to Rawene, ferry to Kohukohu,...

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  • Ride a Steam Train Down Main Street!

    There are not many place left in the world these days where you can board a steam train AND go down the main street of the town. Not only that, this town's main street is also State Highway 1!The Kawakawa trains run every day of school holidays and public holidays and the weekends for the rest of the year. These trains are also the fore runner of...

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  • Cape Brett Hole-in-the-Rock Cruise

    When visiting the Bay of Islands area we had to make at least one cruise to see at least a couple of the 144 islands. We decided to make the "Cape Brett Hole-in-the-Rock Cruise" with Fullers, leaving in the morning from Paihia for a halfday cruise. Fullers vessel is a nice catamaran, but if you want to sit outside on the deck be sure to board...

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  • Matakana and "the other" spectacular...

    Tip written by my guest writer MargareteWhile New Zealand's most stunning views are what Mother Nature has created - beaches, valleys or mountain ranges -, when it comes to nature's call, some built features are also truly remarkable. So let's talk about toilets for a change.Friedensreich (Frederick) Hundertwasser's toilets in Kawakawa are already...

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  • On the Twin Coast Discovery Highway,...

    You can see nearly everything and miss a lot when you travel in Northland, depending on how much time you can spend at this narrow stretch of rugged land north of Auckland.The best way to see as much as possible is to travel on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway which in fact is three highways, with many possible detours to no-exit locations which...

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  • WAIPOUA FOREST

    As you head north from Dargaville you will drive through this magnificent Kauri Forest full of Ferns, rare New Zealand flora and fauna, colossal Kauri Trees, nocturnal kiwi [don't expect to spot one!], all set amongst beautiful rainforest. As you enter the park, take the turn to the Forest Lookout which was once a fire lookout and offers a...

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  • RAWENE

    RAWENE they say is Hokianga's Picturesque Port Town. We followed Highway 1 from the Bay of Islands reached Kohu Kohu where a ferry leaves to cross the Hokianga Narrows to Rawene. This will make your journey a lot shorter than taking the long drive around to Horeke.Rawene is a quiet small town, with many old buildings having been restored and some...

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  • MOUNT PARIHAKA LOOKOUT-WHANGAREI

    Mount Parihaka is a Volcanic dome which is about 20 million yrs old. This is the highest point in Whangarei and you get wonderful views of the city and harbour from here. You can drive or walk up to the top.

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  • WHANGAREI TOWN BASIN

    The Town Basin is a nice area in Whangarei for shopping or browsing, and just sitting with a coffee enjoying the harbourside views of fishing boats, yachts, launches etc. The view alters daily as the tide moves through its cycle.We had a look at some Galleries, there are a few to choose from!

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  • Around Warkworth: Pioneer Museum + Sheep...

    The charming town of Warkworth was once linked to Auckland by steamship service. Today it has become a centre of steamship revival, and some guys passionate about this kind of transportation operate restored and replica vessels out of the Mahurangi River.Some kilometres south of Warkworth (sign-posted to the right, if travelling north) is the...

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  • Do not get sick - the doctor has left...

    Sorry, guys! If you have sexual needs Coopers Beach is no more the place for you to go. The doctor has closed down his brothel-turned surgery in November 2006 because you did not visit frequently, and the locals did not dare to enjoy the pleasures of Northland's northernmost temple of joys. As you can surely imagine you think twice to go to a...

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  • The Doctor's Brothel Story, Part 2

    Click here for Part 1 of the story ----- Sorry for splitting the story up - but when I wrote it the limit for a VT tip was 2000 characters and not 10,000 like now.Part 2 of the story: Do not get sick - the doctor has left LOLUnfortunately he did not succeed in hiring a manager, so his wife had to hire the staff. But either those ladies fled the...

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  • Ahipara: Beach, Views, Dunes and...

    Ahipara is one of the best places in NZ where you get the feeling of perfect peace and quietness - without the need to hide in a tent.It is situated at the southern end of 90 Mile Beach and feels like a settlement at the end of the world. The houses are dotted along the beach, and from an elevated house you have magnificent views over those endless...

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  • View the Mast of the Rainbow Warrior in...

    Dargaville is one of the two places where you can see some remains of the Rainbow Warrior without the need of diving. Whereas the wreck of the Greenpeace ship which was sunk by French Secret Service agents lies off the Cavalli Islands in the Bay of Islands, the original masts are displayed in front of the Dargaville Museum in Harding Park. The...

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  • KAURI MUSEUM - MATAKOHE

    THIS MUSEUM IS FANTASTIC. At the museum, you will see the WORLD'S LARGEST KAURI SLAB and also giantic rings of the LARGEST KNOWN KAURI. There are murals, pioneering scenes, beautiful polished furniture including the Govenor Generals boardroom table. What was very interesting, was the working models. The people operating the machinery were copied...

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  • Whangarei Falls

    These falls feel like they are right in the city, they are so close. The falls are 26metres high, and fall over a balsat cliff. Nice parkland, and stepping stones across the Hatea river so that you can walk the loop. Its and easy track to walk, and the falls are really nice.

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  • Capital of Northland - city life and...

    Whangarei is considered to be the capital of Northland. It is situated along SH1 from Auckland to the north. An ideal stopover on your way to the Bay of Islands or Cape Reinga. But the city and its surroundings offer a lot more.The Town Basin is located in the heart of the city along the Hatea River. Here you will find art galleries, crafts,...

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  • Tane Mahuta (God of the Forest)

    Once in the north, of course you have to visit the huge kauri trees, which you will find everywhere in the Waipoua Forest. Most impressive is the tree called: Tane Mahuta (God of the Forest). It is one of the most ancient trees in the world with an age of about 2000 years. Incredible and very impressive !!You feel so tiny in front of a trunk with a...

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  • Join the Royal Mail Run to Kawau Island

    Although the weather was not perfect we very much enjoyed our boat trip to Kawau Island and historic Mansion House (near Warkworth, north of AKL).As we just had some rain and drizzle and later in the day even the sun came through, we walked around the whole island. You can even stay there, as there are cottages, a lodge and a campground for...

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  • You Might Meet Kiwi at Trounson Kauri...

    Trounson Kauri Park is one of the not so very well-known Kauri Parks in Northland. As it comes before the famous Waipoua Forest with all the giant kauri like Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere and is a little drive away from SH12 there are a lot less visitors.But - it is well worth the visit. And not just for the kauri. In this area they eradicate...

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  • Walk on Dunes - Cross the Harbour by...

    This little ferry not only saves you a lot of time on your trip to or from 90 Mile Beach but also leads you through a rough and very remote area of an already remote region.The ferry crosses the Hokianga Harbour from Rawene in the south to Kohukohu on the northern side. It operates every 30 to 60 mins. Timetable on the below listed website - but...

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  • Where the Souls Leave and the Seas Meet

    Cape Reinga is popularly regarded as the country's northernmost point but in fact the Surville Cliffs (formerly: Kerr Point) on North Cape at the eastern tip of the land up there are almost five kilometres further north.As Cape Reinga is better accessible and surrounded by the old Maori legend of the spirits heading back home it has become the...

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  • Matauri Bay - the graveyard of the...

    Even if you are not politically intested and do not care of what happened to the Rainbow Warrior in Auckland Harbour in 1985 Matauri Bay - on the east coast between Kerikeri and Mangonui - is a place to go to. It is of outstanding beauty. I find the view fromt he hill (before the roads goes downhill) over the tree ferns down to the white beach,...

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