Welcome to the Far North
The Far North is, as the name implies, the farthest north point of New Zealand’s north island. The district stretches from the capes and bays at the northern tip of the Aupouri Peninsula past Ninety Mile Beach to the North Auckland Peninsula, where both the Bay of Islands and Hokianga are. This beautiful part of the country has more coastline per square kilometer than anywhere but the offshore islands. Since the winter months in New Zealand are colder in the south than up north, the weather in the Far North can be more temperate.
The district has the biggest percentage of the Maori people, the indigenous Polynesian people of New Zealand, in the country. This reflects in the historic preservation of the area. From whaling and gumming to present day, the rich history of the area is woven into the fabric of the land, and is very much a part of the tourist experience. The region is less of a tourist destination than other districts, so expect to feel the charm of the local people and visit less crowded places. Get off the beaten track and visit these beautiful and historic sites in the Far North.
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Getting to the Far North
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Ninety Mile Beach
This gorgeous beach is actually a highway, but most rental car companies won’t allow their cars to drive on it because it’s mostly suited for four-wheel drive vehicles, and only passable depending on tidal conditions. You can, however, join one of many chartered tours of the area. The tour guides will show you all the sights and tell you about the rich Māori history of the area. Visit Gumdiggers Park, the temple Nga-Tapuwae-o-te-Mangai, and the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Or just wander and soak up the scenery.
Kaitaia is both the oldest and the farthest northern town in New Zealand. Steeped in history and tradition, you are sure to find this charming town one of the best places to visit during your stay in the Far North. While there, visit Okahu Estate , one of New Zealand’s award winning wineries. Check out the Te Ahu Heritage museum, to learn about the rich history of the area. The museum also holds multiple events throughout the year. There are also many cafes and restaurants in the area to choose from.
Kupe, the first Maori to arrive in New Zealand in 900 AD, landed here. Doubtless Bay was a thriving whaling area, with more than 500 ships landing here between 1833 and 1894. Take the opportunity to learn more about the history of whaling at the Butler Point Whaling Museum. If sports are something you enjoy, there are two 18-hole golf courses, bowls, croquet, and tennis courts. All are available to the public. The town also boasts arts and craft markets, plus historic walkways, and of course a spectacular white sand beach.