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Things To Do In Northland

Northland, New Zealand is a subtropical haven of beaches, islands and bays. This is one of New Zealand’s top tourist locations filled with a wide variety of things to do including many excellent boating and water based activities along with stunning land based attractions. Northland is also historically and culturally significant, being Ne... Show More

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Bay of Islands Day Cruise

Bay of Islands Day Cr...

Relax in comfort as we sail through the Bay of Islands and stop off in one of it ......

Beauty & Spa Treatments

Beauty & Spa Trea...

Relax and unwind at La Spa Naturale as our professionally trained Beauty and Mas ......

Sundowner Evening Sailing Cruise

Sundowner Evening Sai...

Fancy an evening cruise? Sail the inner area of the Bay of Islands, making t ......

Days Out Fishing Charters Bay of Islands

Days Out Fishing Char...

Our aim is to make your fishing adventure and stay in the bay of islands an expe ......

Super Cruise Combo - The Cream Trip including Hole in the Rock

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

See it all and do it all on our super cruise combo combining the best of the The Cream Trip and the Hole in the Rock Cru ...

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Dolphin Eco Cruise

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Experience the spectacular natural beauty of the Bay of Islands and its abundant wildlife. Spot marine mammals in their ...

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Half Day Cruise & Island Tour - Cruise, Snorkel, Paddleboard, Hike, Explore!

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Discover the Bay of Islands on a small group tour. Scenic cruise through 144 sub-tropical islands. Stopover on Roberton ...

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R Tucker Thompson

Activity LocationRussell, Northland

A tall ship sailing adventure in the Bay of Islands! Join R Tucker Thompson for a Day Sail or Sundowner Sailing! Help as ...

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Makana Chocolate Factory

Activity LocationKerikeri, Northland

Makana Confections Boutique chocolate factory - the ultimate chocolate experience. Watch delicious chocolates being made ...

Waitangi Admission Pass

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Discover Waitangi’s contemporary museums, Māori cultural performances in an authentic Meeting House, informative guid ...

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Ultimate Combo Cruise - Dolphin Eco Cruise including Hole in the Rock

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Experience the best of the bay on our full day ultimate cruise combo combining the best of Discover the Bay and our Dolp ...

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Silent electric boat hire on the Kerikeri River, Bay of Islands

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Explore the beautiful Kerikeri river on a silent electric boat. No boating experience required!

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Manea Theatre Attraction Footprints of Kupe

Activity LocationHokianga, Northland

Manea Footprints of Kupe is a 75-minute multisensory journey of guided storytelling – through art, taonga (cultural tr ...

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Hole in the Rock Cruise

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Cruise out through the Bay’s pristine islands and along the Cape Brett Peninsula. See the historic Cape Brett lighthou ...

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Daily Surf Lessons

Activity LocationMangawhai, Northland

Our surf lessons run all year round and are available for surfers of all skill levels. Our home turf, the beautiful Te A ...

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Canterbury Wreck and Reef Dive

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

The former Navy Frigate Canterbury F421 now rests in Deep Water Cove near Cape Brett. Upright and intact, she makes for ...

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Discover Scuba Dive

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

If you have never dived before, this is the experience for you! Join our instructors on a day trip out into the Bay of I ...

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Jet Boat Ride

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Xtreme Jet Bay of Islands is the Bay’s newest and fastest thrill ride. With speeds of up to 80km/h you’re in for an ...

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Bay of Islands Snorkelling

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

We're the Bay of Islands' only dedicated snorkeling experience. Hop in for an epic underwater adventure filled with coun ...

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Thunder Trike Tours - Bay of Islands V8 Adventure

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Have awesome thrills on a V8 350 Chev Trike with a 30 or 60 minute tour from Paihia. For those that love adrenaline, exp ...

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Island Hopper Sailing Cruise

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Join the Barefoot Sailing crew for a magical sailing experience in the Bay of Islands. Specialising in small groups, you ...

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Parasailing in the Bay of Islands

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

New Zealand's highest parasailing at 1300ft over the stunning Bay of Islands. We offer Single, Tandem and Triple fligh ...

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Waitangi Mountain Bike Park Experience

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Get ready for an adventure like no other! Discover the exhilarating trails of Waitangi Mountain Bike Park with Paihia Mo ...

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Discover the Bay - Hole in the Rock

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Discover the spectacular scenery, captivating wildlife and rich history of this New Zealand paradise on our quintessenti ...

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Private Day Charter

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Board our beautiful sailing catamaran, “Serenity”, from Paihia or your chosen pickup point. We will hoist the sails ...

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Northland Golf Resort

Activity LocationDoubtless Bay, Northland

Play... Take a swing at Carrington Estate’s championship golf course. Crafted by renowned American course designer, M ...

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Kiwi North: Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park

Activity LocationWhangarei, Northland

You will find Northland's only Kiwi House here at Kiwi North. This Whangarei attraction is set on 25 hectares of rolling ...

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4.5hr // Hole in the Rock Cruise & Island Tour

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Embark on a captivating 4.5-hour cruise and island tour in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand, where you'll sail amidst stu ...

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Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Journey to the very tip of the North Island and uncover a region of rich Māori tradition along the way on an unforgetta ...

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ROASTED - A coffee lover's experience

Activity LocationKerikeri, Northland

Join us at MAX for our unique workshop where we will guide you through how to build your very own coffee blend.

Snorkeling Trip

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

We are lucky in the Bay of Islands to have some of the best snorkelling in New Zealand. We have a marine reserve in Deep ...

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Ocean Adventure

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Experience the thrill of Ocean Adventure - the fastest boat to the Hole in the Rock on this 1.5hour experience.

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Vigilant Yacht Charters - Day Sailing Bay of Islands

Activity LocationRussell, Northland

The Bay of Islands is an ideal sailing playground. Step on board our stunning 42ft classic cutter rig yacht to experienc ...

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Hangi and Concert

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Sample Maori culture and cuisine at its best. Enjoy a captivating, live performance and hangi dinner.

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Skydive in the Bay of Islands

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Blue skies, blue waters, golden sands and sunshine is what we’re all about. Oh, and we LOVE skydiving! The thrill, the ...

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Glass Bottom Boat Tours to the Hole in the Rock

Activity LocationPaihia, Northland

Check out the Hole in the Rock and the Fish through the Glass Bottom at Otehei Bay!

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Carino wildlife cruises - Island & Wildlife day Cruise

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Come sailing with us and discover the stunning scenery and amazing wildlife of the beautiful bay of islands. Surround ...

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Rainbow Warrior and Reef Dive

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

The Rainbow Warrior was Greenpeace’s flagship.On its way to protest France’s nuclear testing on the Mururoa Atoll wh ...

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Russell Mini Tours

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Romantic Russell – Steeped in history with a very checkered past. Bus tour departing from Russell Wharf, spend a comfo ...

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Bay of Islands Wine Tour

Activity LocationBay Of Islands, Northland

Kerikeri is a place to indulge and have fun. On this tour experience some of New Zealand’s finest quality wines. The c ...

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Tourist Information About Northland

Northland, New Zealand is a subtropical haven of beaches, islands and bays. This is one of New Zealand’s top tourist locations filled with a wide variety of things to do including many excellent boating and water based activities along with stunning land based attractions. Northland is also historically and culturally significant, being New Zealand’s first area of settlement. A top thing to do is to visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and there are many historical sites. The Northland Region stretches from Auckland to the very top of New Zealand making this area excellent for road trips with many attractions and activities along the way. It is a story of two coastlines with the iconic Bay of Islands as well as the Hokianga and the Kauri Coast, the Far North, and Whangarei. For cycling and mountain bike enthusiasts a fun thing to do is the Twin Coast Cycle Trail stretching from one coast to another and also a world class mountain bike park in Paihia. Northland has unique native rainforest and offer many walking and hiking activities. A main attraction is to encounter the magnificent Tane Mahuta, the biggest kauri tree in existence near the stunning Hokianga Harbour. Take a Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach Tour and journey past the huge sand dunes and pristine beaches of the Far North to experience the northernmost tip of the country, where you can watch the seas of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea collide. Visit the stunning Doubtless Bay and then the beautiful Bay of Islands with its 144 islands and bays. Swim with dolphins, dive, fish, sail or play golf, go on wine tours and visit New Zealand’s most significant historic sites while visiting Russell and Kerikeri, New Zealand's oldest settlements and buildings. Northland's only city, Whangarei is close to the beautiful Bream Bay and Mangawhai beaches further south, and Tutukaka with a world-class marine reserve for diving excellent surf beaches and fantastic outlying marlin fishing areas.

Best Attractions and things to do in Northland

 

1. Visit the Bay of Islands

Visit the Bay of Islands

The Bay of Islands with its 144 islands and many beautiful bays and beaches is one of New Zealand’s most beautiful tourist attractions filled with activities and things to do. Take one of the many boat trips with water sports and activities on offer here and swim, snorkel kayak and or paddle-board, dive, fish, sail as your heart desires. Out to sea, you can enjoy fantastic outlying marlin fishing areas. Most trips leave from the main tourist town of Paihia or the quiet seaside town of Russell which is located opposite and a short ferry ride across the bay from Paihia. Filled with tourism activities there are plenty of things to do in the calm waters of the Bay of Islands. There are some fantastic day and half day trips on a variety of boats all offering different things to do. You can Discover the Bay on a larger tour boat with a stop at Otehei Bay to explore the island, swim at the sandy bay or enjoy a drink or lunch in the sun from a fully licensed café. Xtreme Jet Bay of Islands is the Bay of Islands newest and fastest thrill ride with speeds of up to 80km/h! A main attraction is the traditional Cream Trip which is great for history lovers or take an actual historical tall ship sailing adventure on the heritage ship R Tucker Thompson . There are also many wonderful yacht charters for an unforgettable adventure such as the Island Hopper Sailing Cruise and more to be found on these area pages.

 

 

2. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand’s Most Important Historic Site

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, New Zealand’s Most Important Historic Site

See where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in the historic Treaty House at Waitangi. In 1840 the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between the Maori and Europeans which marked the beginning of New Zealand as a nation. Purchase an Experience Enjoy a full programme of tours and cultural performances. Explore the two new contemporary museums, Te Rau Aroha, Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi, the carving studio, the Treaty House, Te Whare Rūnanga (Carved Meeting House), traditional Māori waka taua (war canoes). Visitors to Waitangi Treaty Grounds includes a guided tour (50 minutes), a Māori cultural performance (30 minutes), entry to the two museums, the Treaty House, the carved Meeting House, and grounds with the ceremonial war canoe. Waitangi by Night is available from December to March. Experience Waitangi like never before with after-hours museum access, a gourmet barbecue and games on the Treaty Grounds.

 

 

3. Bike the Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Bike the Twin Coast Cycle Trail

Stretching from the Bay of Islands on the east coast to the Hokianga Harbour in the west coast. The Twin Coast Cycle Trail (Pou Herenga Tai) is an amazing attraction in the stunning Far North that covers 87 kms from Opua to Horeke. You will see old historic settlements, coastal views, lush forests and fascinating cultural sights. You can hire a mountain bike or an e-bike and ride along a disused railway line that takes you along the longest curved wooden bridge in New Zealand, along broad walks through mangrove forests, stunning native bush and a working vintage steam railway in Kawakawa. Through tunnels and across bridges and beautiful New Zealand farmland. For extra things to do along the way visit the Pioneer Village where you can bike through an historic NZ village in Kaikohe. The scenery is amazing but this trail is also steeped in Maori and early European history. Following a smooth rail trail, cycle paths, wetland boardwalk, suspension bridges and country roads, it can be broken into smaller day trip activities with things to do and attractions right across the country while enjoying the sub-tropical climate for which the ‘winterless’ north is famous.

 

 

4. Experience Skydiving over the Bay of Islands

Experience Skydiving over the Bay of Islands

Northland is one of the best places to go skydiving! Jump out over the Bay of Islands in the Far North, the warmest part of New Zealand with a beautiful sub-tropical climate. The Bay of Islands Airport is located centrally in Kerikeri and the view from the air over the Bay of Islands is spectacular! Tandem Sky Diving is an awesome activity where you can safely skydive with an experienced instructor for a pure adrenaline rush, reaching speeds of up to 200 km per hour! Experiencing the thrill of free fall is something you’ll never forget and skydiving over the stunning Bay of Islands with its 144 Islands and viewing Northlands spectacular coastline from the air is an amazing thing to do in this area. Click here to book your Skydiving in the Bay of Islands experience and choose from 9,000 feet right up to 20,000 feet! This is a great activity for anyone looking for an adventure and incredible experience!

 

 

5. Take a Wine Tasting or Scenic tour with a local tour guide

Take a Wine Tasting or Scenic tour with a local tour guide

Go for an adventure with one of the local wine tours or scenic tours and be looked after and shown around by one of the local Northland tour guides. There are several tour activities on offer visiting the many attractions Northland has on offer most leaving from Paihia. Visit Kerikeri which is known for its wine, horticulture and history or visit a Glow Worm Cave with incredible rock formations and lush green rain-forest or take a custom tour to the Hokianga or the Far North of New Zealand. There is a Craft Beer & Wine Tour visiting two top local vineyards, a local brewery and a chocolate factory! A Wine Tasting & Scenic Adventure tour which can include Wine Tasting, Lunch at a Vineyard, Historic Buildings, Haruru Falls, Art & Crafts, Chocolate Factory and Honey tastings., and There is also Wine and Beer Tasting & Lunch Adventures visiting three different local Kerikeri vineyards. Tastings can include wines, ports, liqueur, or ask about the Craft Beer Brewery or the local Cheese Factory.

 

 

6. Cruise to the Hole in the Rock, Bay of islands

Cruise to the Hole in the Rock, Bay of islands

The Hole in the Rock is one of the Bay of Islands most famous attractions! There are many different types of activities developed around viewing this stunning natural feature in the Bay of islands. The Hole in the Rock is located right out at the entrance to the Bay of Islands and you will usually see dolphins and marine wildlife attractions along the way and enjoy the stunning scenery. Take a boat cruise with the Cream Trip Day in the Bay where you can also view dolphins or boom net alongside the vessel and is also known as the most extensive historical cruise in the Bay of Islands. Discover the Bay comes with a nature guide on-board, or take a fast boat for a trilling Ocean Adventure and have the option of stopping at Otehei Bay on Urupukapuka island on your way back for refreshments and a swim. If conditions permit, your skipper will expertly guide the ship through the narrow space in the ‘Hole in the Rock’. You can also visit the Hole in the Rock by helicopter which is a spectacular way to see the Bay of Islands from the air!

 

 

7. Day trip to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach

Day trip to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach

Visit the Cape Reinga by bus tour for a fun stress-free activity with an experienced guide to tell you about the special history of this area. Cape Reinga is the very top of New Zealand and a great thing to do with the whole family often visiting the stunning 90 mile beach during low tide with its enormous sand dunes. The ultimate northern New Zealand experience where the two oceans collide! Right at the top of New Zealand walk the path to the Cape Reinga lighthouse located at the very top edge of NZ. This is an incredible attraction where you will hear the crashing of the two oceans the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean in a spectacular swirl of currents, take time to absorb the atmosphere of this place you can almost feel the power! The views are spellbinding, and if conditions are right, try out the unique and fun activity of sandboarding!

 

 

8. Dive Trips in the Bay of Islands and the Poor Knights Islands

Dive Trips in the Bay of Islands and the Poor Knights Islands

Northland has beautiful clear and warmer waters compared to the rest of New Zealand so scuba diving and free diving are excellent things to do here even in mid-winter. The Bay of Islands, the Poor Knights and also the stunning Cavalli Islands are top dive locations for New Zealand filled with stunning reefs with prolific fish and plant life. There are two famous wreck diving attractions to do in the Northland region: the Rainbow Warrior Wreck Dive and the Canterbury Wreck Dive. Add the stunning reef dives at the Cavalli Islands and many beautiful dive sites in the Bay of Islands and this is a fantastic activity in the Far North of New Zealand! Off the Tutukaka coast is New Zealand’s stunning world-class marine reserve with some of the best subtropical diving in the world. The 11 million-year-old Islands’ volcanic origins provide myriad spectacular drop-offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels all abundantly populated with the unique and incredibly varied plant, animal and fish life. If you don’t dive yet and have 4 days and want to try a whole new adventure activity, learn to dive with a PADI Open Water Course in one of New Zealand’s best diving locations.

 

 

9. Go Fishing!

Go Fishing!

Take one of the excellent and experienced fishing charter boats to catch Snapper or Kingfish in one of the best fishing locations in the world! Fish with calm seas in the bay of Islands, or further out you may encounter a huge array of sea and bird life which in itself is a major attraction and in turn attracts the game fish that we are so privileged to be able to catch in New Zealand. Big Game Fishing is a great activity in New Zealand with plentiful sport fish. An amazing thing to do in Northland where you just never know what can jump on your lure or bait including striped, black or blue marlin and other huge game fish. With a large amount of deep water reefs, Hapuka is another fish that is an excellent fishing activity to try in New Zealand. Local fishing charters offer local knowledge and the best opportunity to have an amazing day out catching fish. Days Out Fishing Charters and Wildblue Bay of Islands Fishing are both highly professional fishing guides – with all the local knowledge on where to catch fish!

 

 

10. Ride the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

Ride the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park

Take a day (or more) and come and enjoy the World-Class Waitangi Mountain Bike Park. Hire a bike and catch the shuttle for downhill thrills at the huge Waitangi bike park with trails for all abilities. The shuttle service runs on weekends and school holidays is a fun thing to do taking you back up to the top of the park leaving you with mostly downhill runs. The Waitangi Mountain Bike Park provides the perfect introduction to mountain biking with lots of easy, scenic trails that you can take at your own pace. It currently offers over 20 trails (50km) of varying difficulty with great flow and features, from introductory downhill riding, jump trails, cross country, beginner trails and loads of tracks for the experts too.

 

 

11. Parasailing in the Bay of Islands

Parasailing in the Bay of Islands

Bay of Islands Parasail has New Zealand's highest parasailing activity at 1300ft over the stunning Bay of Islands. With specially designed boats for this amazing activity to make it safe and easy to catch the wind, a fun thing to do and incredible way to see the Bay of Islands from the air. Bay of Islands Parasail has 20 years of experience and a perfect safety record, take-off and landing is easy, fun and safe. Suitable for all ages as no physical restrictions. For extra fun in summer we can dip your toes into the water during your parasail, but there is no getting wet unless you want to! There are tandem and triple flights available all with insane views over the Bay of Islands.

 

 

12. Take a Night Tour to the stunning Waipoua Forest

Take a Night Tour to the stunning Waipoua Forest

Visit the oldest and largest Kauri trees in the world – at night! With a local Māori guide for an unforgettable encounter with another world. Experience the affinity that Māori have with the forest and the deep spiritual respect they have for these sentinels who have stood silently witnessing the passing of time. Your Footprints Waipoua guide will share thought-provoking information, humorous banter, stories and legends before respectfully greeting the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world with spine-tingling chants and song. Witness the day transition to night and by default feel your senses become hauntingly enhanced. Just like these giant kauri trees the memories you seize are timeless treasures. You will be introduced to the oldest and largest known kauri trees in the world. As you enjoy the easy walking tracks that wind through an evergreen maze of unique flora you will enjoy intermittent stops to connect with thought provoking information, stories, song and much more. Located just out of Hokianga in the beautiful native Waipoua Forest.

 

 

13. Go Horse Trekking through beaches and farmland

Go Horse Trekking through beaches and farmland

Kates Riding Centre is a top tourist attraction in Kerikeri with lots of things to do including short horse riding treks, Beach treks, farm treks, trekking weekends, lessons and summer pony camps for the kids in the beautiful Bay of Islands of New Zealand. Kates Horse riding centre caters to all abilities so previous experience is not necessary as horses and ponies have been chosen for their lovely nature, taking adults and children for both group and private trek activities or horse riding lessons. The activities take place on a large specialty farm with facilities that include a 100 x 60 metre sand all weather arena, a 20 x 32 metre square covered arena, a 20 metre round pen and a 2 km exercise track set on 466 acres of rolling farmland all in a beautiful setting for horse riding in the Bay of Islands.

 

 

14. Take a Relaxing Sunset Cruise in the Bay of Islands

Take a Relaxing Sunset Cruise in the Bay of Islands

This is an excellent thing to do at the end of the day running out of Paihia in the Bay of Islands and before you adventure out again for dinner! The Sundowner Evening Sailing Cruise is an awesome activity you can squeeze into your day, an early evening cruise leaving from Paihia at 5.00pm and returning 7.00pm. The boat pulls right up to the beach where you can step aboard from the shore line. Sail the inner area of the Bay of Islands, making the most of the beautiful sea breeze on route to a fun swim destination and enjoy the beauty of our sheltered anchorage while sipping on a complimentary drink before sailing home on the sea breeze. A great start to a night out with friends and family, a romantic getaway, or just the perfect way to end the day! Watch the wind fill the sails, kick back and enjoy the tranquillity.

 

 



Top attractions in Northland


Glow Worm Cave Tour

Take your family on a magical journey through Northland’s underground glow worm caves. Explore the underground caverns and see the sparkling blue lights of the glow worms as they light up the darkness.

Rainbow Warrior

Join a tour of the Rainbow Warrior, the iconic Greenpeace vessel, and learn about the ship's rich history and the environmental campaigns it has been a part of. Your kids will be inspired by the dedication and courage of the activists who sailed on the ship.

 

Cape Reinga

Explore the northernmost point of New Zealand with a trip to Cape Reinga. Climb to the top of the lighthouse, watch as the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet and take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.

 

Skydive

Give your kids the thrill of a lifetime with a skydive over the beautiful Northland coast. They will experience the rush of freefall and the breathtaking views of the ocean and islands below.

 

Hole in the Rock

Take a cruise to the famous Hole in the Rock, a natural archway carved by the sea on Motukokako Island. Your kids will love the adventure of exploring the island and seeing the unique rock formation from different angles.



Top fun activities in Northland


Wildlife Cruise

Take your family on a thrilling wildlife cruise and encounter some of Northland's most fascinating creatures. Watch as dolphins play in the wake of the boat, spot seals basking on the rocks, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a whale.

Glow Worm Cave Tour

Explore the underground glow worm caves of Northland and see the sparkling blue lights of the glow worms as they light up the darkness. Your kids will be amazed by the natural wonder and the underground beauty of the caves.

Skydive 

Give your kids the experience of a lifetime with a skydive over the beautiful Northland coast. They will feel the rush of freefall and the exhilaration of seeing the stunning ocean views and islands below.

 

Golf

Take your kids out for a round of golf at one of Northland's picturesque golf courses. Your whole family will have a great time on the course with lush green fairways, challenging holes, and beautiful ocean views.

 

Parasailing

Take your kids on an exhilarating parasailing adventure and soar high above the beautiful Northland coast. They will feel the thrill of flying and the freedom of gliding over the ocean while taking in the breathtaking views.



Best things to do with kids and children’s activities in Northland


Glass Bottom Boat Tours to the Hole in the Rock

Take your kids on an exciting tour to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island. With a glass bottom boat, they will be able to see the marine life and the natural rock formation from a different perspective, a great way to learn and have fun.

 

Dolphin Eco Cruise

Join a Dolphin Eco Cruise and watch as wild dolphins play and swim alongside the boat. Your kids will be delighted to see these beautiful creatures up close and learn more about their behavior and habitat.

 

Glow Worm Cave Tour

Sit back and enjoy a  scenic drive through native bush and farmland. You will be welcomed at the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves by incredible rock formations and lush green rainforests. Through the cave you will see thousands of glow worms; surrounded by breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites and be amazed by one of New Zealand’s natural wonders.  Learn about the life cycle of the Glow Worm & hear the family story & history.

 

Footprints Waipoua

Take your kids on a guided tour of the ancient Waipoua Forest and discover the fascinating stories of the giant kauri trees that have been standing for over a thousand years. Learn about the traditional culture and customs of the Maori people.

 

Makana Chocolate Factory

Treat your kids to a delicious and fun-filled tour of the Makana Chocolate Factory. They will get to see the chocolate-making process and taste some of the delicious creations.



Rainy day activities in Northland


Glow Worm Cave Tour

Sit back and enjoy a  scenic drive through native bush and farmland. You will be welcomed at the Waitomo Glow Worm Caves by incredible rock formations and lush green rainforests. Through the cave you will see thousands of glow worms; surrounded by breathtaking stalactites and stalagmites and be amazed by one of New Zealand’s natural wonders.  Learn about the life cycle of the Glow Worm & hear the family story & history.

 

Kiwi North: Whangarei Museum, Kiwi House & Heritage Park

Discover Northland’s rich history and culture at the Kiwi North Museum, Kiwi House and Heritage Park. Learn about the native flora and fauna, including the elusive kiwi bird and explore the historic village.

 

Makana Chocolate Factory

Indulge in some sweet treats on a rainy day with a visit to the Makana Chocolate Factory. Take a tour of the factory and taste some of the delicious creations.

 

Visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Take a step back in time with a visit to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the birthplace of the nation. Learn about the history and significance of the Treaty of Waitangi and the events that shaped New Zealand's history.

 

Spa

Relax and unwind on a rainy day with a trip to a spa. Enjoy a massage, soak in a hot tub or sauna, and let the stress of the day melt away. It's a great way to enjoy some quality time with your family and make the most of a rainy day.


Best day trips from Northland


R Tucker Thompson 

Set sail on an adventure with a day trip on the R Tucker Thompson, a traditional tall ship. You will have a blast learning about the history of the ship and the art of sailing as you explore the beautiful coastline of Northland.

 

Helicopter Scenic Flight at the Hole in the Rock

Take a scenic helicopter flight to the famous Hole in the Rock on Motukokako Island and experience the breathtaking views of the coast and islands from above. It's an incredible way to see the unique rock formation from a different perspective.

 

Electric boat hire

Take your family on an electric boat tour of the beautiful islands and bays of Northland. With no noise pollution, it's an eco-friendly way to explore the area and spot marine life like dolphins and seals.

Wildlife Cruise

Take your family on a thrilling wildlife cruise and encounter some of Northland's most fascinating creatures. Watch as dolphins play in the wake of the boat, spot seals basking on the rocks, and maybe even catch a glimpse of a whale.

 

Cape Reinga

Explore the northernmost point of New Zealand with a day trip to Cape Reinga. Drive to the top of New Zealand and see the famed lighthouse and watch as the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet, take in the stunning views of the surrounding landscape.



Best things to do near Northland



Waiheke Island Bush & Beach Walk

Fabulous coastal views, seabird nesting grounds and lush forest trails will make this an adventure to remember! Based around the tranquil Te Whau Peninsula and Rocky Bay, this walk combines the best of Waiheke Island bush and beaches. Experience some of the most majestic forest reserves on the island, including the magnificent Pohutukawa trees and Nikau Palms. Learn about birdlife on the island, including the protected dotterel nesting grounds, before stopping for a rest at the beach, where there is time for a swim or a picnic lunch.


Whale & Dolphin Wildlife Cruise

Spot diverse marine wildlife in their natural habitat - The Hauraki Gulf - including whales, dolphins, seals, penguins, birdlife and more. Operating in partnership with Ngāi Tai Te Haerenga, hear the fascinating origins and histories of the land, sea and Ngāi Tai ki Tāmaki – original inhabitants of Tāmaki Makaurau as you make your way through this stunning landscape.

Adrenalin Forest Tree-tops Walk

Adrenalin Forest is a multi-level aerial obstacle course that is designed to progress you higher and higher into the trees. We train you to navigate yourself through the series of tree to tree platforms with activities like rope bridges, Tarzan swings, nets, flying foxes and of course loads more. With multiple different courses and around 3 hours of entertainment, fun, challenge and of course Adrenalin. This is a great way to build your confidence while having a good time with your friends, family or work mates.

Cathedral Cove Boat Tour

Embark on an extraordinary journey through the Coromandel's ancient volcanic coastline, where awe-inspiring geography and Māori history meet world-famous landmarks. Set off right from the white sands of Hahei Beach and traverse through crystalline blue waters. Along the way you’ll explore natural wonders, from the majesty of Cathedral Cove to a cavernous sea cave tucked away in the cliffs. With exclusive seating for just 10 passengers per boat, prepare for the adventure of a lifetime! 

Stargazing Tours

Explore southern night sky treasures; Milky Way, Moon and planets from our pristine dark sky site using research grade telescope in rotating dome. Handle meteorites older than Earth, sit inside giant sundial, take a journey through our scale model solar system. 


Scenic Lake McLaren Kayak Tour

The tranquil expanse of Lake McLaren embodies serenity in its purest form. Immerse yourself in a blissful journey as you gracefully navigate through its serene waters, accompanied by the melodic songs of various bird species. Witness the graceful convergence of meandering streams as they gently flow into the lake's tranquil shores. Allow your experienced kayak guide to lead you on an enchanting exploration, unveiling the breathtaking beauty of the Mangapapa Canyon.



The best hikes and walking tracks in Northland

Northland is renowned for its stunning landscapes and diverse natural beauty. There are so many walking tracks throughout Northland that show off all the different things New Zealand has to offer. Below is a list of the most memorable tracks on offer for everyone to explore.



Te Paki Coastal Track

Distance: 48km.
Duration: 4-5 days.
Difficulty: Advanced.

Immerse yourself in the raw beauty of the Te Paki Coastal Track as you explore the northernmost tip of New Zealand, showcasing the untamed shores of Northland. This coastal walk takes you through dunes, along pristine beaches, and offers an opportunity to experience the unique flora and fauna of the region.  This iconic track offers breathtaking views where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide. Witness the famous Cape Reinga lighthouse and enjoy the rugged beauty of the coastal landscapes.


Whangarei Falls Loop

Distance: 4.8km.
Duration: 1 hour 20 min.
Difficulty: Easy.

Discover the enchanting Whangarei Falls Loop, a short but picturesque walk that leads you to the iconic Whangarei Falls. Surrounded by lush native bush, this track provides a serene environment, making it a perfect escape for nature lovers.

 

Tane Mahuta Track

Distance: 332 m.
Duration: 10 min.
Difficulty: Easy.

Experience the ancient and majestic kauri forests of Northland with the Tane Mahuta Track. This walk leads you to Tane Mahuta, the largest known living kauri tree. The track winds through the Waipoua Forest, offering a tranquil journey amid towering trees.


Wairere Boulders Loop Track

Distance: 5.1km.
Duration: 1 hour 40 min.
Difficulty: Intermediate.

Embark on a unique adventure with the Wairere Boulders Loop Track. Wander through a landscape dotted with massive basalt boulders, unique geological formations, and native bush. This track provides an intriguing blend of natural wonders and outdoor exploration.


Mangawhai Cliffs Walk

Distance: 9km.
Duration: 2-3 hours.
Difficulty: Intermediate.

Revel in the coastal beauty of Mangawhai with the Mangawhai Cliffs Walk. This track offers stunning views of the coastline and the Tasman Sea, making it a perfect choice for those seeking a coastal hike with panoramic vistas.


Bream Head Coast Te Whara Track 

Distance: 7.5km.
Duration: 5-6 hours.
Difficulty: Intermediate.

Explore the pristine coastal landscapes of Bream Head with the Bream Head Coast Track. This challenging yet rewarding hike takes you along the coast, providing sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean and opportunities to spot native wildlife in the Bream Head Scenic Reserve. Along the way, spot the ruins of a WW11 radar station.


Hatea River Loop Walk

Distance: 4.3km.
Duration: 52 min.
Difficulty: Easy.

Enjoy a leisurely stroll along the Hatea River with the Hatea River Loop Walk in Whangarei. This scenic track takes you through parks and bridges, offering a peaceful urban escape with views of the river and the city.


Puketi Nature Trail

Distance: 1.4km.
Duration: 31 min.
Difficulty: Intermediate.

Immerse yourself in the ancient subtropical rainforest of Puketi with the Puketi Nature Trail. This family-friendly walk introduces you to diverse plant life, towering trees, and the captivating ambiance of Northland's unique ecosystem.
 

Mangakahia Forest Walk

Duration: 1 hour.
Difficulty: Easy.

Discover the tranquillity of the Mangakahia Forest Walk, nestled in the rural landscapes of Northland. This peaceful track takes you through native bush and alongside the Mangakahia River, providing a serene escape into nature.


Kerikeri River Track

Distance: 8.2km.
Duration: 2 hours.
Difficulty: Intermediate.

Follow the meandering Kerikeri River with the Kerikeri River Track. This pleasant walk takes you through orchards, historic sites, and riverside paths, offering a delightful blend of natural beauty and cultural heritage in the heart of Kerikeri, home to the oldest stone store in New Zealand!