Be amazed by the dramatic beauty and diversity of an adventure through Northland. Be sure to allow plenty of time to get the most out of your trip through Northland. Mighway recommends you allow a minimum of 7 days to do this part of the country justice. Start by taking a road trip from Auckland to Kerikeri - the first European colony in New Zealand. The route is 242 breathtaking kilometres of Highway 1 all the way to the Bay of Islands. There are some amazing views to be seen on the drive, before you even get out of your vehicle. Don't miss out some of the great stops along the way, like glow-worm caves and local towns, and be sure to check out our top ten tips for exploring the region. And of course, make your way to the northern tip of the country to visit Cape Reinga. For a full Northland experience, try out the Twin Coast Discovery Highway. Head up along the Kauri Coast, up to Cape Reinga, back towards the Bay of Islands, and then back along the coast to Auckland.
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Perched at the spectacular northern tip of the North Island, the white-washed Cape Reinga lighthouse is reached by a gentle 1km stroll flanked by some of New Zealand's most spectacular beaches. To the southwest and fringed by dunes, Te Werahi Beach curves gently to touch Cape Maria van Diemen, while east from Cape Reinga, the gob smackingly beautiful Spirits Bay is known to local Maori as the final departure point for souls heading to the spiritual homeland. This is the northern most point of New Zealand so really is a most-stop location. You can see where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean and the area has a large role in Maori mythology. This really is a special place so do try to make it up here, it's worth the effort.
This short walk leads you under cooling shade of the forest canopy to the majestic Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest living kauri tree. Not far into the walk, a sweeping corner of the track suddenly brings you face to face with the ‘Lord of the Forest’. When you catch your first breath-taking view of this magnificent tree, you'll feel compelled to pause for a while. You can almost feel Tane Mahuta’s strength and ancient presence, and its overwhelming size makes visitors look like dwarfs. There is a wooden fence and a seat to view the tree. To get a broader view of Tane Mahuta, you can move further along the track, which then leads to another viewing platform.
If you feel a game of bowls with balls up to 3 metres in diameter is just what you need, take a walk on the beach between Koutu and Kauwhare points on the south shore of the Hokianga Harbour where you will find the Koutu Boulders, one of the Hokianga’s better kept secrets.
The boulders are excellent examples of concretions : hardened nodules that form within sedimentary rocks. They are composed of the same material as the surrounding rock and they form when a cementing mineral binds grains of sediment into a cohesive mass. It has been estimated that the largest of the boulders may have taken 5 million years to grow.
Whangarei’s world-famous clock museum is home to over 1600 clocks and timepieces, making it the largest collection of clocks in the Southern Hemisphere.
From mind-boggling backwards clocks, to antique French dancing girl clocks, and even clocks that make the tea – there’s something to amuse every curious and carefree mind at Claphams Clock Museum.
Many Whangarei locals recall with fondness and a chuckle, the inventor, entertainer and practical joker who was Archibald Clapham – or Archie, as he was more commonly known. Archie’s personal collection of around 400 clocks once took up most of his family home. Yorkshire-born Archie, who moved to New Zealand in 1903, was well-known for happily opening his doors to those who wanted to come and see his collection.
In 1961, Archie sold his clocks to the local Council for a nominal sum, effectively gifting his amazing collection to the community he had adopted. The collection has grown to encompass many rare and notable exhibits, which you can now enjoy alongside Archie’s old favourites.
The Waipu Caves are completely undeveloped, unguided and absolutely free. Entry is at your own risk. The Cave System is considered regionally important for geomorphology, because it includes the largest cave passage in Northland. Bones of bats, birds, amphibians and reptiles may be found along with the remains of fossil invertebrates. Entry to the cave is wide and the ground can be muddy. Stalactites hang from the ceiling and just to the left of the entrance is an enormous stalagmite. Even with torches, it is recommended that you pause inside the cave’s entrance for a few minutes to allow your eyes to adjust.
Continuing in, there are no tracks or paths in the cave and wading through water and clambering over mud banks may be necessary. There is a cold shower outside the cave that you can use to clean up afterwards. In places, it will be narrow and tight. The cave is in three sections with the third chamber being the best for viewing the ‘galaxy’ of glow-worms. This area also features limestone /karst rocks and boulders that have weathered into beautiful, surreal shapes. These rocks provide habitats for plant that grow on calcerous soils.
Camp in a picturesque setting overlooking beautiful Twilight beach. Only accessible on foot and with minimal facilities, this is the spot for those seeking a true wilderness experience. Positioned at the southern end of Twilight Beach, this is an excellent spot to explore long, unspoiled beaches, towering dunes and unique wetlands. A perfect place for fishing, walking, relaxing, or as a stop off point for hikers embarking on the stunning Te Paki Coastal Track. Before setting out contact the DOC Kaitaia office for an update on the condition of the tracks. Pandora forms part of the Te Paki Coastal Track. This stunning 3-4 day tramp follows the dramatic coastline of the east and west, and traverses a variety of beautiful and unique landforms including giant sand dunes. It offers spectacular views and also accesses areas of historic and archaeological interest. Self- sufficient camping is available. * Mosquitoes prolific – take insect repellent. * Always thoroughly clean your equipment (cars / shoes / camping gear etc.) before and after trips to minimise spreading invasive pests, weeds, and diseases. * Water from tap is rainwater, so the available water supply is subject to rainfall * No fires at any time. 'Contained flame' (gas) barbeques and cookers are fine, but not open flames or fires. * No fireworks at any time. * No domestic animals permitted in campground. * No rubbish bins on site. Please remove your rubbish. 'Take in, take out' policy. Food scraps attract vermin. * Nearest rubbish transfer station is at Houhora. * Read the camp rules.Visit Twilight Campsite
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