Get Inspired / Australasia / New Zealand Top 5 Things To Do In Northland Share on email Print this article Share on Facebook Get Inspired / Australasia / New Zealand Top 5 Things To Do In Northland story by: Tom Ricketts Northland stretches pretty much from the northern extent of Auckland’s urban sprawl, all the way up to Cape Reinga and North Cape. This long thin stretch of land is home to beautiful coastal scenery, small rural towns and a very long history. There’s regular flights to Whangarei, Kerikeri and Kaitaia (until May) on Air New Zealand. What’s to do when you’re there? Here’s out top five... Russell and the Bay of Islands The jewel in Northland’s crown is undoubtedly the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Islands is a large harbour with a long winding coastline home to several towns, namely Kerikeri, Paihia and Russell. Some of our earliest European and Maori history is concentrated here, particularly in Russell, our first capital city, and of course the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. There’s many historic buildings and sites to explore, not to mention immense coastal beauty with a multitude of islands, inlets and beaches to see. Cape Reinga Although not actually the northernmost tip of mainland New Zealand, Cape Reinga is the spiritual end of New Zealand. Known as the ‘leaping off place of spirits’ by Maori, it’s also a very sacred place and its lighthouse sure makes it a picturesque spot. Hokianga Although only located an hour west of the Bay of Islands, Hokianga couldn’t be more different. You won’t find the glitzy hotels, pumping bars and restaurants, or busloads of tourists here. Instead you have a small sleepy Kiwi town quietly sitting on the shores of a beautiful harbour. Throw in an awesome Kiwi pub and huge sand dunes for sandboarding, you’ve got yourself a perfect weekend away destination. Waipoua Forest Just south of Hokianga the road winds and weaves it way through the mighty Waipoua Forest, home to Tane Mahuta. ‘The Lord of the Forest’ is the largest kauri tree known to exist and thought to be up to 2,500 years old. Many other giant kauri live in the forest and are easily accessible via short walks. Poor Knights Islands Located just 23 kilometres off the coast near Whangarei lay the Poor Knights Islands. The islands are home to some rare birds and tuatara, but it’s what’s underneath the water that people come to see. Often voted amongst the top diving sites in the world, the Poor Knight Islands Marine Reserve is home to some of the most unique species of coral, fish and other sea life not found anywhere else in the world. Click here to find cheap New Zealand flights Enquire Now First name* Last name* Email* Phone How can we help? My preferred House of Travel Store* Select Outlet Auckland Albany: Auckland North Botany Junction: Auckland South Browns Bay: Auckland North Devonport: Auckland North Ellerslie: Auckland Central Hobsonville: Auckland West Howick: Auckland East Milford: Auckland North New Lynn: LynnMall Auckland West Newmarket: Auckland Central Orewa: Auckland North Parnell: Auckland Central Ponsonby: Auckland Central Remuera: Auckland Central St Heliers: Auckland East Takanini: Auckland South Takapuna: Auckland North Whangaparaoa: Auckland North Bay of Plenty Mt Maunganui Papamoa Rotorua Taupo Tauranga CBD the Crossing Canterbury Ashburton Barrington: Christchurch South Christchurch City: Christchurch Central Ferrymead: Christchurch East High Street Lanes: Christchurch Central Hornby: Christchurch West Merivale: Christchurch Central Northlands: Papanui Christchurch North Rangiora Riccarton: Christchurch Central Shirley: Christchurch North Timaru Upper Riccarton: Christchurch West Hawke's Bay / Gisborne Havelock North Jenny Nilsson: Hastings Nelson / Marlborough Blenheim Motueka Nelson Richmond Northland Kerikeri: Northland Whangarei: Northland Otago / Southland Alexandra Balclutha Dunedin Lakers Gore Lakers Invercargill Oamaru Wanaka Taranaki / Manawatu Broadway: Palmerston North New Plymouth Stephen Parsons: Palmerston North Wanganui Waikato Calder & Lawson: Hamilton East Cambridge Coromandel: Whangamata Hamilton: Hamilton Central Matamata Morrinsville Taupo Te Awamutu Wellington / Wairarapa Featherston Street CBD: Wellington City Hunter St CBD: Wellington City Johnsonville: Wellington North Kapiti Coast: Paraparaumu Lower Hutt: Wellington North Masterton West Coast Greymouth Hokitika Westport I would like to receive email updates on the latest HOT holiday deals HOT Privacy Statement * required fields Similar Journeys Add or remove from Wishlist Top 5 Things To Do In Wanganui-Manawatu Read more Add or remove from Wishlist Milford Sound: The Eighth Wonder of the World Read more Done this? Tell your friends about it.