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.
Hanny's 2 / 3 Berth HiAce
Cape Reinga, Northland
Min and Mike's Camper Van
Whangarei Heads, Northland
6 berth Modern Motorhome
North Shore, 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.
Of all New Zealand’s kauri forests, none is more famous than Waipoua Forest on the west coast, just north of Dargaville. As the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland, Waipoua is an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds. The highway through the forest is memorable for the natural gateways created by huge kauri trees and the fringing of colourful ferns along the road's edge.
This forest is the home of Tane Mahuta, the country's largest kauri tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old and still growing. Nearly 18 metres to the first branch and 4.4 metres in diameter, Tane Mahuta is rightly called 'The Lord of the Forest'. Another significant tree in Waipoua Forest is Te Matua Ngahere – 'Father of the Forest' – which is estimated to be between 2,500 and 3,000 years old.
For a truly unique experience, explore the kauri forest on a twilight tour with Footprints Waipoua. Your local Maori guide will take you on a journey to visit Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere. He'll teach you about the native flora and fauna, tell you spellbinding Maori legends of the forest, and sing enchanting Maori songs which convey the people's spiritual connection to nature.
Otuihau Whangarei Falls is a picturesque waterfall, falling for 26 metres over basalt cliffs, surrounded by park, native New Zealand bush and walkways. You can view the waterfall from a choice of 3 platforms above the falls or by walking down a well-maintained gravel track to the bottom. The pool at the base of the falls is also a popular swimming spot. Traditionally this area was a good eeling spot for the local Māori.
The Treaty Grounds features Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, the Treaty House, the carved Meeting House and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. Enjoy strolling through one of New Zealand’s great beauty spots with its panoramic views of the Bay of Islands. Visitors to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds purchase a Day Pass that includes a guided tour of the grounds and a cultural performance in the carved Meeting House. Hāngi & Concert evenings are scheduled from 1 December to the 30th March.
The new award winning Museum of Waitangi opened in February 2016 and tells the story of Maori and European contact and the ongoing development of New Zealand as a nation through a mix of traditional museum displays and interactive technology; including digital labels and large-scale audio-visual displays.
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. <br><br> 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.Visit Waipu Caves
Choose from our affordable range of Whangarei accommodation options, including our split-level Apartments and Motel unit, a Two Bedroom Unit and Self Contained Units. We also offer a Kitchen/DVD Cabin, Family Rooms, Stand Alone Cabins, Twin Single Rooms and a Little Backpacker Room. If you prefer to bring your own gear, park up your motor home, campervan or caravan in one of our Powered Sites or pitch your tent under the willows on one of our Tent Sites. <br><br> Our great Whangarei holiday park facilities includes a BBQ area, a large kitchen area, a spacious lounge and dining area, two laundries and clean communal bathrooms. For your entertainment we've a great range of DVDs for sale and a modern playground for the kids. To keep in touch with loved ones, or simply check the weather for the week, we have a great computer room, with broadband internet, Skype with Webcam. Wireless Internet is also available through out the park. Our Park Security Gate is open 7.00am - 10.30pm, 7 days.Visit Whangarei Central Holiday Park
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