Discover Northland

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Where to find us

The Northland region starts less than two hours’ drive from Auckland. Domestic airports are located at Whangarei, Kaitaia, and Bay of Islands (Kerikeri). Air New Zealand operates four services daily between both Whangarei and Bay of Islands airports to Auckland International Airport on 50-seater Bombardier Q300 aircraft.

Scenic Highlights

See two oceans collide in a spectacular visual feast at Cape Reinga - a spiritual place for Māori at the top of New Zealand - then sand board down colossal sand dunes at Te Paki Stream and journey along the sand highway of 90 Mile Beach by coach.

Stand in awe at the base of Tane Mahuta – the 2000 year old ‘Lord of the Forest’, one of the largest and most photographed trees in the world, located on the Kauri Coast.

Interact with bottlenose dolphins in the Bay of Islands where you may also see whales, orca, seals and penguins. Don’t miss going through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ - a famous maritime excursion, where according to Māori legend, a drop of water from the cave roof above brings good luck.

Off the Tutukaka Coast, the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve is a renowned divers’ paradise, but equally as appealing to snorkelers and kayakers. Venture inside the world’s largest sea cave which has housed concerts as it has great acoustics.
What’s on

Waitangi Day Celebrations, Bay of Islands
February

Fritter Festival, Whangarei
March

Russell Birdman Festival, Russell
July

The Bay of Islands Jazz & Blues Festival
August

Tutukaka Winter Festival
August

“it” Festival of Wine & Food, Paihia
October

Conference Venues & Facilities

Northland encourages new ideas and inspires new growth - a place to work amongst beautiful landscapes, innovative businesses and amazing people. Our friendly Northland operators will make sure your event, conference or meeting goes off without a hitch. Then when the serious side of the conference is done, Northland’s white sandy beaches, breathtaking scenery, lush subtropical bush, blue sea and the flavours of fresh local produce provide a memorable break from the meeting room or conference.

Accommodation

Northland’s accommodation ranges from exclusive properties, 3 and 4 star hotels and waterfront resorts to the more intimate woodland hideaways and stunning coastal retreats. Northland can tailor accommodation to suit small to medium conferences.

Unforgettable Experience

Northland is where New Zealand began: Not only did the first Māori canoe land in Northland, but it was also where the first European settlers arrived. It is a mystical place moulded by stories and myths, and where the spirit of the people touches you. Visitors to Northland are spoilt for choice: pristine white sandy beaches or the rugged, wild west coast; maritime sports and adrenaline activity or a relaxed pace where time doesn’t matter; marine reserves or forest giants; and the longevity of our famous Northland summers.