Digging for shellfish Ripiro Beach
© Gareth Eyres
You have not truly visited Northland until you have had experienced some of our genuine cultural experiences – you will be touched by the generosity of spirit from your Maori/Ngapuhi Hosts, so take some extra time to get to know us a little better!
Northland Maori are fiercely proud of their Ngapuhi heritage. In this region, the experiences and opportunities to learn of the history, culture and people are truly authentic. The Northland region boasts the largest population of Maori and most of Northlands tourism experiences allow visitors to engage to some level with Ngapuhi culture.
Northland early European history is also hugely significant to the evolution of NZ and Northland culture as we know it today. Scattered about the region, evidence still exists of the early settlements of Nova Scotians in Waipu, Croations and Dalmations who came to dig the gum fields and fell giant Kauri trees in the Far North and West Coast, as well as the early Christian Missionaries. Proof of their holy pilgrimage to Northland can still be seen – our landscape is dotted with characteristic white and red churches, and classic historic buildings from the 1800’s.
Northland often referred to as The Birthplace of a Nation, is home to The Waitangi Treaty Grounds – it is here that the treaty of Waitangi – our nations bicultural founding document was signed in 1840. Today this place of enormous reverence receives NZ and international visitors daily, who spend time learning more of this place, the events that have taken place there and Maori Culture.
Other cultural offerings include Tours by Waka (Maori Canoe), Maori Guides on vessels, hosting by Maori families for lunch, guided tours into the bush, giant sandunes, 90 Mile Beach and glow worm caves, as well as cultural performances, guided fishing trips, traditional jewellery and basket making, and storytelling.
Take your pick of half day or full day activities:
Voted one of the top ten luxury lodges in New Zealand, Magic Cottages at Takou River are secluded, riverside retreats set on the banks of the picturesque Takou River – ecofriendly yet still indulgent.View Details
The Duke of Marlborough – Hotel, Bar & Restaurant. The Duke is New Zealand’s oldest licenced hotel sitting on the waterfront in Russell. Our Hotel is a great place to recharge the batteries, catch up with friends or simply enjoy the moment.View Details View Rates & Availability
Boutique luxury in a fully restored 1912 villa in the heart of Russell. Just 4 individually styled ensuite rooms, superbly appointed and with views through to the Bay. Enjoy a wonderful breakfast and join us for complimentary evening drinks.View Details View Rates & Availability
A Seaside holiday park at the southern tip of magnificent Bream Bay, and an easy two hour drive north of Auckland.View Details View Rates & Availability