Spectacular yet diverse coastlines, marine reserves, kauri forests, and two oceans that collide make Northland - New Zealand’s northernmost subtropical region - an unmissable destination.
Reasons to visit
North of Auckland, Northland’s longer summers and milder winters attract thousands of visitors year-round. Not only is Northland beautiful, it’s a place of deep cultural and historical significance, where New Zealand’s two peoples came together, Māori and Pakeha.
The east coast dominated by sparkling harbours, long stunning stretches of white sand beach and sheltered bays contrasts with the rugged, soulful and unspoiled coastline of the west coast. The Bay of Islands is an aquatic mecca, and the Poor Knights off the Tutukaka Coast has been rated by dive expert Jacques Cousteau as one of the top ten dive sites in the world.
In a region with some of New Zealand’s most recognised visitor icons and attractions, Northland also has lesser travelled roads that are equally worth a visit. Get off the main route and enjoy Northland’s road-based byway Journeys for people wanting to discover our hidden gems. The Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail is another way to journey through Northland. Enjoy diverse and stunning scenery with magnificent views, native bush, suspension bridges, waterfalls, beautiful streams, lakes, estuaries, harbours, boardwalks, disused train corridors and tunnels.