The Bay of Islands is a micro-region that includes the towns of Opua, Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri..Russell Information
Accessible by road or a short ferry ride west from Paihia, the tranquil coastal town of Russell, or..Mangonui Information
Mangonui is the main centre of Doubtless bay and forms part of a string of small settlements. This..Matauri Bay Information
A short drive north of Kerikeri, Matauri Bay is one of the true coastal delights of the winterless..Omapere/Opononi Information
The settlements of Opononi and Omapere are situated on the southern shore, near the mouth of..Waitangi Treaty grounds Information
Situated in the stunning Bay of Islands, the Waitangi Treaty grounds is New Zealands pre eminent..Poor Knights Islands Information
The Poor Knights islands is a unique marine park situated 25km off the shore of the Tutukaka Coast...Doubtless Bay Information
In 1769 Captain James Cook looked in on this expanse of water and declared it was "doubtless a..Hokianga Harbour Information
The Hokianga is 85 kilometres northwest of Whangarei and 25 kilometres west of Kaikohe on the..Cape Reinga Information
Cape Reinga is situated at the far end of the north island, where the pacific ocean meets the..Cavalli Islands and Matauri Bay Info
The Cavalli Islands lie off the coast of Matauri Bay. The main island, Motukawanui, is a nature..Kauri Cliffs Information
Just a short distance from Matauri Bay, the upmarket Kauri Cliffs Lodge delivers panoramic views to..Kerikeri Information
Kerikeri is a bustling, rural township in the Bay of Islands. It was the site of one of the first..Waipoua Kauri Forest Information
Of all New Zealand’s kauri forests, none is more famous than Waipoua Forest on the west coast..Whangarei Information
Whangarei is a subtropical city by the edge of a beautiful harbour. Mount Parahaki watches over the..See all locations in Northlands
Hokianga-Nui-A-Kupe means 'the place of Kupe's great return'. Many iwi (Maori tribes) trace their ancestry back to the legendary Polynesian explorer Kupe who, with his crew, voyaged deep into the southern ocean to find New Zealand. Northland iwi claim the first landfall of Kupe's waka was on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour. Most Northland Maori can trace their ancestry to the Hokianga region; many of the country's bicultural families also have their origins here.
If you approach the Hokianga region from the south you'll have the opportunity to drive through Waipoua Forest, home of Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest kauri tree. Soon after you exit the forest, the Hokianga Harbour will appear dramatically in front of you. You'll see huge white sand dunes on the northern side and the twin beach towns of Omapere and Opononi on the southern side.
The Hokianga's largest town is Rawene, New Zealand’s third oldest European settlement and the home of historic Clendon house. The mangrove boardwalk makes a great stroll. From Rawene a vehicular ferry provides a connection to the other side of the harbour and the settlement of Kohukohu.
Near the settlement of Horeke is a natural phenomenon known as the Wairere Boulders. Amassed along a valley floor, this stream of huge rocks and boulders is 1.5 kilometres long. At first glance the rocks appear to be limestone formations, but they are actually basalt. The fluting on the boulders is caused by acids leaching from the kauri forests that used to exist in the area.
Imagine an urban environment where everyone lives within half an hour of beautiful beaches, hiking..Wellington Region Information
Explore the great outdoors, shop till you drop, sample the culinary delights, and wander..Rotorua Information
The Rotorua region was the birthplace of New Zealand tourism in the 1800s and it remains one of New..Wellington Information
Wellington’s many charms lie in part with it's close proximity to the natural attractions of the..Bay of Plenty Information
Gardens and art are the stars of spring in the Bay of Plenty. The mild climate makes it the perfect..See all locations in North Island