The Northland Region, also known as Te Tai Tokerau (“the Tail of the Fish”) in Maori, lies in the northernmost part of the country. Because of its mild climate, it is popular among both foreign and domestic tourists. Have a look at the top 3 things you can do in Northland.
Bay of Islands
Take a plunge in the Indian Ocean to get up close to friendly dolphins or go for a cruise at the “hole in the rock”; there are a number of activities to choose from. You can also learn how to charter or sail a yacht or go for kayaking adventures where you can kayak under a waterfall. If you are with your partner, go for day cruises or pack an overnight meal basket for overnight/dinner cruises. If you aren’t much of an adventurous person, you can also try game fishing. Whangaroa Harbour is a haven for lovers of Big Game Fishing.
Visit the Cape to watch the Tasman Sea meet the Pacific Ocean in various distinct directions of currents coming together. At the Cape’s northernmost part, a famous pohutukawa tree is located, which is more than 800 years old. According to local legends, it is believed that the Maori who pass away, leave their bodies, and cling to the tree; and finally jump to the ocean to reach Hawaiki; which is the ancestral Maori homeland. Guided port tours leave from Bay of Islands as well as Paihia.
Named after the humongous kauri trees, the Kauri Coast is one of the most compelling attractions in the area. The Waipoua Forest is the largest and the most well-preserved Kauri Forest in New Zealand. About 50 metres away, you will be able to see the Tane mahuta (Lord of the Forest). You can also go for ‘The Kauri Walk’ which gives access to places like Cathedral Grove, Te Matua Ngahere’, Four Sisters’ and Yakas. Trounson Kauri Park is the chief island of the forest and guided tours at night look mesmerising in the new light.