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Paihia

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Whangarei

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Cape Reinga

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Ninety Mile Beach

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Bay of Islands

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Omapere

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Russell

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Tutukaka

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Waipoua Forest

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Houhora

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Pukenui

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Kaitaia

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Waitangi

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Waipapakauri

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Mangawhai

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Whangarei

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Waipu Cove

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Kerikeri

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Dargaville

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Ngataki

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Paihia

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Whangarei

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  • Quirky museum for all ages

    Whangarei Things to Do

    If you think that Clock Museum sounds really dull...visit Claphams Clocks. It is great fun, even if you never gave clocks one thought. The friendly staff will show you around and demonstrate the most amazing movements. You will never look at clocks the same way again!It is for all ages and all levels of clock appreciation. Make sure you have at...

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  • Lupton Lodge

    Whangarei Hotels

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

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

  • Waste of time

    Whangarei Restaurants

    The only good thing about this cafe was the location. I ordered the Mondo's breakfast asking for no mushrooms specifying I'm allergic, surprise surprise there was mushrooms. When I asked that it go back to the kitchen the server rolled his eyes and pushed mushrooms off with his fork leaving mushroom sauce and juice all over the rest of the food....

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Cape Reinga

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  • Post a Letter at the Northern Most...

    Cape Reinga Things to Do

    Although more and more people today are using email and other forms of electronics to keep in touch with others, why not do something different, going back to the "old school" way of doming things. Pick up a postcard in Kaitaia of the cape then actually post the postcard from the cape!

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  • Surfing By The Cape

    Cape Reinga Things to Do

    Tapotupotu and Spirits Bay are close to Rerenga Wairua and provide good surfing with the right conditions.At Tapotupotu surf on the western end at the low tide and as the tide comes in the surf breaks move along to the eastern end.Spirits Bay also has good surfing.Both of these places also have a campground where you can stay and surf.

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  • How to Drive on the Metal Roads

    Cape Reinga Transportation

    The road down to Tapotupotu as well as the road from Waitiki Landing to Kapo Wairua - Spirits Bay and the road to the Te Paki sand dunes are all unsealed. There are others, but these are the main ones that tourists travel on.DO NOT SPEED on these roads, especially around the corners as the loose metal can cause the car to slide. It is usually on...

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Ninety Mile Beach

  • Parking On the Tohe

    Ninety Mile Beach Transportation

    When parking on the Tohe (90 mile beach) make sure that your vehicle is either facing the sea front on or facing away from the sea. Make sure that you DON'T park parallel to the sea, as those sweeps can take a vehicle easier when they are parked that way. If the tide is incoming or very close to either side of the high, park facing away from the...

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  • Calm Water - Danger or Death!

    Ninety Mile Beach Warnings and Dangers

    The Tohe (90 mile beach) is a west coast surf beach, and very rarely do we see nice gentle waves lapping gently upon the shore - when we do it is a shock!!! Usually there are breakers rolling in with white tops.If you are looking for a place to swim and see a place where there are no waves and the water looks calm, don't be fooled! These areas are...

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  • Go Sand Surfing At Te Paki

    Ninety Mile Beach Things to Do

    Sand surfing is becoming all the rage with people of all ages trying this new exciting activity. The dunes themselves have kindly provided the "grades" allowing for babies, beginners and adrenaline junkies to try their hand.You can hire the sand boards by the dunes themselves for a reasonable cost - see the website below for details.

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Bay of Islands

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  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Bay of Islands Things to Do

    In 1840, William Hobson, representing the British crown, signed a treaty with the local Maori tribes. The treaty formed the basis of relations between these two main groups, which holds to this day. The Treaty Grounds are dedicated to Maori culture, with exhibits, the Treaty House (now a museum), a traditional Maori house, and an oversized war...

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  • Russell Cottages Bay of Islands

    Bay of Islands Hotels

    We were let down by the managers of Russell Cottages after booking a cottage for New Year. 3 weeks...

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  • Russell

    Bay of Islands Things to Do

    Once called the "Hellhole of the South Pacific," Russell was long known as a town of ill repute. This was a favorite port of call sailors. Today, it's a quaint old resort town on the bay. It can be reached by boat

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Omapere

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  • Walk along to the blowhole

    Omapere Things to Do

    Theres a nice walk along the coast from the Hokianga harbour heads past the signal point that takes you to a blow hole - you can find out from the locals, particularly the milk bar/grocery shop thats at the bottom of the huge hill in Omapere or the one thats in Opononi to get an idea of the tides and maximise your visit to the blowhole by going...

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  • Copthorne Hotel Hokianga Bay

    Omapere Hotels

    State Highway 12, Omapere, 452, NZ

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Business

    Hotel Class 3.5 out of 5 stars

  • The Hokianga Vehicle Ferry

    Omapere Transportation

    Travelling around Northland the car ferry between Rawene and Kohukohu may help you to find your way and will shorten your drive from the Hokianga Harbour (Waipoua Forest/Omapere/Opononi) to Kataia and Cape Reinga.From Kohukohu we made a very interesting detour to Mitimiti at the wild coast of the Tasman Sea (see tip).Before or after crossing...

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Russell

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  • Christ Church, Russell

    Russell Things to Do

    Also known as Te Whare Karakia o Kororareka, Christ Church in Russell is New Zealand's oldest existing church. It is possible that it is also the oldest building still used for its original purpose.The beginnings of Christ Church go back to the earliest years of contact between Europeans and Maori in the Bay of Islands. Missionaries came from...

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  • Hananui Lodge Motel

    Russell Hotels

    P O Box 16, , Russell, North Island 0255

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Couples

  • Tutanekai

    Russell Things to Do

    Tutanekai is a whaleboat located at Russell Museum within a boathouse that is open, for free, to the public.Tutanekai is constructed in the American 'New Bedford' style of the late 1800s. It is of 'basket' construction, with its frames being from a species of oak which steamed well for bending and settling. Its planks are of light, pliable North...

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Tutukaka

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  • Whananaki

    Tutukaka Things to Do

    A short drive from our campground you will reach whanakaki, another stretch of white sandy beach.The day we were there it was very windy and the kite surfers were surfing up and down the beach.There were also quite a numbers of holiday homes and a campground in the area.

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  • Oceans Apartments Tutukaka Northland

    Tutukaka Hotels

    Marina Road, Tutukaka, New Zealand

  • Matapouri Bay.

    Tutukaka Things to Do

    I have never heard of Matapouri before but what a place . It is the most beautiful bay along the coasts. We have a great day here on the white sandy beach and although there we plenty of other people around it never felt crowded.

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Waipoua Forest

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  • The biggest Kauri of them all - Tane...

    Waipoua Forest Things to Do

    The impressively huge kauri trees up in the Waipoua forest are impressively ancient - been here a long long time!!Tane Mahuta has become an impressive tourist attraction because it is huge - it is the largest of the kauri trees known of in New Zealand .Well signposted you will see the signs along the main road that you have arrived at the parking...

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  • Take care of your valuables

    Waipoua Forest Warnings and Dangers

    Right at the entrance to the pathway into where you walk for 5 minutes to see the biggest kauri tree in the Waipoua forest, known as Tane Mahuta or 'Lord of the Forest' is a prominent bright yellow sign reminding you to lock your car and take care of the valuables.It is sadly a known fact of the last few years that the Northland area of NZ is...

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  • Trounson Kauri Forest

    Waipoua Forest Things to Do

    the Trounson Kauri Forest 8km off the main road north-south covers a much larger area than the nearby Waipoua forest, has walking trails and picnic areas to enjoy being out in the NZ bush but for seeing huge impressive trees such as Tane Mahuta you will need a visit to the Waipoua forest....

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Houhora

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  • Have a Picnic at Houhora Heads

    Houhora Things to Do

    Houhora Heads is a great place to picnic and spend time. The pristine and clear water is usually always present, unless there has been a storm and lets face it, those places are becoming few and far between in the world now!At low tide it is easy to go and collect cockles for a refreshing snack - you can not get seafood any fresher than straight...

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  • Last Big Game & Sports Fishing Club...

    Houhora Sports & Outdoors

    Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club is situated on the Houhora harbour, which is on the east coast. It is also the most northern big game fishing club in New Zealand.It hosts one of the largest marlin and sport fishing tournaments in NZ. Fishing gear!

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  • Come On Your Own Wheels

    Houhora Transportation

    If you go to the Cape by bus you will not be able to explore this amazing hidden gem, so it is best to have your own wheels.If you hire a car there are motels in the area, catering for different budgets and tastes while there are camping grounds for those who come on motor homes.You can find more information about Ngataki and accommodation at...

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Pukenui

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  • Picnic In Pukenui

    Pukenui Things to Do

    As the main road north wanders along the harbour edge in Pukenui you get glimpses of the Houhora harbour.There are beautiful picnic spots along the way so get a picnic lunch together - or buy something from the shop, find one of those spots and have a picnic right by the harbour!

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  • Houhora Wharf in Pukenui for Great...

    Pukenui Sports & Outdoors

    The harbour has a fast flowing deep water channel where snapper, john dory, kingfish, kawhai, and trevally can be caught right up to the wharf. The early morning is best for the kingi and the john dory run all day. Livebait is the best for catching a kingi and your biggest challenge would probably be catching the live bait!We have found that the...

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  • Cell Phone Reception is Patchy

    Pukenui Warnings and Dangers

    Do not expect to have crystal clear cell phone reception here as it fades in and out on the main road north.Receiving texts is easier than taking phone calls. When you get a bar or 2 and want to make a phone call, DO NOT move the phone, instead dial the number then move your ear to the phone else you may loose your bars.Vodafone tends to have...

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Kaitaia

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  • BusAbout Kaitaia

    Kaitaia Transportation

    The public transport to get around Kaitaia is run by CEBC, the Community and Business Environment Centre. They call the public transport that they run Busabout as you can, well, bus about. It also runs of 50% biofuel.The main Busabout Kaitaia runs at various times during the day between town and Pak N Save, with various stops along the way.There...

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  • Loredo Motel

    Kaitaia Hotels

    25 North Road, Kaitaia, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Most Northern Airport - A Step Back In...

    Kaitaia Transportation

    The Kaitaia airport is the northern most commercial airport in New Zealand but do not expect luggage carousels, shops, cafes' and all of the facilites most people would think of at an airport. Instead think of stepping back in time, to the day when luggage was loaded by hand and you had to collect your luggage off a loggage trolley and that will be...

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Waitangi

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  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds

    Waitangi Things to Do

    On 6th February 1840 a treat between the British Crown and various Mâori cheifs was signed at Waitangi thus giving the treaty its name. Possibly due to translation difficulties the English and Mâori versions differ causing a 'grey zone' in interpretation. The British view was that they had sovereign rights of the country and its people while the...

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  • Kauri Trees

    Waitangi Off The Beaten Path

    This area of New Zealand is famous for its giant Kauri Trees. All along the road from Auckland we see thse kauri trees and other trees interspersed with the enormous punga ferns. I am fascinated by the pattern they create on the landscape.Kauri is an ancient tree which belongs to the pine family. Preserved trees have been found in New Zealand which...

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  • Te Whare Runanga

    Waitangi Things to Do

    This is the carved Meeting House of the Maori. Take off your shoes and you are allowed to come in. The energy of many, many years of meetings will salute. Each tribe of the Maori had it's own carved sign on the wall. The buttresses held from two Tiki, the one in front with an power-pose to defend the house, the one in the back looks a lot more...

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Waipapakauri

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  • The Old Operations Room From WWII

    Waipapakauri Things to Do

    Heading north past the pub and the memorial to the Most Northern RNZAF Base in WW II, you round the bend and on your left by the corner of Matich Road you can see what remains of the old operations room that was used during WWIIIt was originally buried under the sand, but has since been uncovered. If you look at the picture you can see the dunes...

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  • The Most Northern RNZAF Base in WW II...

    Waipapakauri Things to Do

    It is not a well known fact, but one of the most important World War II airbases in New Zealand was situated in Waipapakauri, just a few ks north of Kaitaia and on the road to the Cape.The station was completed in March 1941. By September 1943 the station also had a fully equipped anti-aircraft artillery unit on site, to defend the aerodrome from...

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  • The Onramp and how to use it!

    Waipapakauri Transportation

    Head north out of Kaitaia, through Awanui and keep going until you see a sign on pointing to a road on the left saying Waipapakauri and 90 Mile beach. Take that road and after a while you will start to see the ocean peering through sand dunes and trees. Keep going until you get to the car park and STOP!Get out and go and check the onramp seeing...

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Mangawhai

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  • Mangawhai Shops

    Mangawhai Shopping

    In Mangawhai there are two shopping areas: One at the Mangawhai Village and another at Mangawhai Heads.The Village is home to a Four Square Supermarket, BP, Swimsuit & Clothing, Butchers, Takeaways and Building Supplies Store.The Heads Shops include Scotty's Four Square, Mangawhai Motors, Off Licence, Post Office, Hairdressers, Bakery, Craft and...

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  • Tomarata Lakes

    Mangawhai Off The Beaten Path

    Less than 30 minutes drive from Mangawhai are the Tomarata Lakes which are great places for Boating and Trout Fishing. There are walks around the lakes also. The roads that access the lakes are unsealed. Nearby the lakes is Te Arai Point which is a great surf beach with scenic clifftop walks.

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  • Beaches

    Mangawhai Things to Do

    The main activities to do in Mangawhai are related to the beach. There is the main Head Surf Beach which has lifeguard patrols but also the long ocean beach behind the sand dunes (Black Swamp Road) or the popular surfing spot at Te Arai Point.These beaches are safe fro swimming, boogy boarding, surfing, surfcasting, walking, sunbathing. The sand is...

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