Northland & Bay of islands
Spectacular yet diverse coastlines, marine reserves, ancient forests and two oceans that collide make Northland an unmissable destination.
Not only is New Zealand’s northernmost subtropical region beautiful, it’s also a place of deep cultural and historical significance, where New Zealand’s two peoples came together, Māori and Pakeha (Europeans). To discover the “birthplace of New Zealand”, your clients need to visit Northland.
Things to do in Northland
Māori culture and history – Visit Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the site where Māori and the British Crown came together to sign the Treaty of Waitangi – the nation’s founding document. Tailor-made tours and activities can be arranged for your clients.
Ancient living forests – With a guided tour by day or at twilight, your clients can experience some of the largest and oldest living rainforest trees in the world, including the 2000-year-old Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest).
Contrasting coastlines – On the east coast your clients will find the Bay of Islands – with long stretches of white sand beach and sheltered bays. They can spot dolphins while cruising or sailing the clear waters, or take a scenic flight. By contrast, the west coast is rugged and unspoiled – suggest your clients visit Hokianga, where 1,000 years ago the great explorer Kupe is said to have landed.
The Poor Knights Islands – This marine reserve has been rated as one of the top-ten dive sites in the world, featuring over 50 dive spots and the world’s largest sea cave. Dive! Tutakaka offers dive charters, and snorkelers and kayakers can enjoy the reserve on a day cruise.
Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach – Your clients can take a tour to the top of New Zealand, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet, or sandboard down towering sand dunes lining the beach as far as the eye can see.