Twin Coast Discovery: Tourism NZ recommended

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Tour both coasts of New Zealand’s warmest region and discover beaches and marine adventures of every description.

Cruise the Hauraki Gulf from Auckland, city of sails, then travel north to Whangārei past surfing spots and character-filled towns. Enjoy the restaurants of the Whangārei waterfront before you launch into the Bay of Islands.

Historic sites, boat trips and dolphin spotting will delight you before you’re ready to move on to Kaitaia, the base for tours to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. Follow the west coast back to Auckland, taking time to discover kauri forests, coastal lakes and local attractions like dune surfing and 4WD motorbiking. Some roads in this area can be windy. Drived with caution and make sure you are familiar with driving in New Zealand before setting out on this road trip.

Recommended length of time:
5 days

751km 467miles
Auckland Central to Auckland Central

Bay of Islands beaches
Giant kauri trees
Dolphin spotting

Best time of year
All year

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Northland Journeys Twin Coast Discovery Highway

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