Escape to the North

5 Day Itinerary

5 Days

445 km


Culture | Natural Wonders | Surfing | Beaches

Travel Time

6 hrs & 13 mins

Day One

Auckland to Mangawhai

If you’re searching for white-sandy beaches, rolling hills, and a touch of magic, Mangawhai is your destination. Your days will be actioned packed with surf, sun and sand. Learn to surf at one of New Zealand’s most epic surf beaches, indulge in chocolate from Bennetts Chocolate factory or stand up paddle board on the estuary.

Must Do:

Bennetts Chocolate | Surfing at Mangawhai Beach | Mangawhai Coastal Walk | Sunday markets | Paddle board on the estuary | Play golf | Visit the wineries

CampgroundsMangawhai Heads Holiday Park

Day Two

Mangawhai to Waipu

Lazy days and long summer nights is what Waipu is all about. This small settlement is rich in Scottish history, attracting beach-goers and explorers from around New Zealand and internationally. Explore the glowworm caves, beaches, and fill your boots at the local favourite pizza barn.

Must do:

Mcleod’s Pizza barn and brewery | Waipu Glowworm Caves | Hen and Chicken Islands - snorkelling, scuba diving | Piroa Falls | Waipu Pancake Rocks

CampgroundCamp Waipu Cove

Day Three

Waipu to Paihia

It’s time to pack-up your New Zealand motorhome rental and hit the road. Our next destination is Paihia. The gateway to some of the best diving, swimming and the sandy bays in the Bay of Islands. This is every explorers paradise. The Bay of Islands is made up of 144 islands, offering lush countryside, coastline, and crystal-clear waters. If you are looking to swim with dolphins, uncover the history of the Treaty of Waitangi and spend the day on the water, then Paihia is your place. Another great outing is catching the ferry across to Russell. There is plenty to uncover on your campervan journey in New Zealand.

Must do:

Swim with the dolphins | Ferry to Russell | Visit the hole in the rock | Haruru Falls

CampgroundPaihia Top 10 Holiday Park

Day Four & Five

Paihia to Cape Reinga

You can now relax, because you have reached the end of the road, the northernmost tip of the Cape. Here, you can watch the Pacific and Tasman Ocean collide, and discover the place of leaping, where the Maori spirits begin their final journey. Take a walk at the iconic lighthouse and watch the sunrise. On your journey to the Cape, travel inland and explore the waterfalls and ancient Kauri forest.

Must do:

Cape Reinga lighthouse walk | Toputaputu Bay | Te Paki costal track | Sanboard Te Paki sand dunes | Visit Spirits Bay 

CampgroundTapotupotu Campsite

Northern Retreat

On our Northland adventure, we will uncover rich Māori culture, magical coastlines, and natural wonders. We will visit some of New Zealand’s sunniest and most beautiful destinations on this New Zealand motorhome journey.