Northland – our favorite places in the north of new zealand

Northland – Our favorite area in New Zealand [Guest Post]

New Zealand is so beautiful, it’s hard to choose your favorite place. Andre, the guest author of this article, decided directly on a whole region and shows us why Northland in New Zealand his favorite corner of the country is.

Andrés favorite area in New Zealand

After our wedding in Sydney we spent our honeymoon in New Zealand. We have seen many special places and sights of the North as well as the South Island. I would like to write here in this guest post about our favorite place in New Zealand, to which we would like to come back. We did like New Zealand, but we would always like to go to Northland. This is the area at the Northern tip of the North Island of New Zealand.

Whangarei – our base

We had the place Whangarei as a base chosen to make our daily tours by rental car around Northland. There we booked an accommodation over with a very nice family for a week. It was the perfect place to start the day, with breakfast on the veranda and a magnificent view of the city turquoise bay of Whangarei.

The most beautiful beaches

The most beautiful beaches of Northland, or maybe even New Zealand, are located nearby Tutukaka Coast. We explored there Ngunguru, Tutukaka Marina, Matapouri Bay and finally arrived at the Whale Bay to rest, which was also our goal.

This bay was recommended as an insider tip of our host. Because you reach this after a 15-minute hike on a trail from the road. There are only a few people and one here blue-turquoise crystal clear water, on white fine sand beach overlooking the green hills in the background. Here you can relax for a while. For surfers and a bit more action is a visit to the Sandy Bay recommended because of its waves. Of course we as beach lovers visited many other beaches in Northland, but this would go beyond the scope.

Caves and waterfalls

In bad weather the most beautiful beaches are of no use. Luckily, you will not be bored either because There are some caves around Whangarei to explore. We visited the Waipu Caves, a firefly cave, which can be reached by riding on unpaved road. Interesting rock formations and hundreds of fireflies can be admired here. North of Whangarei there is another glowworm cave, the Abbey Caves.

A hike through the AH Reed Memorial Park you can connect with nearby. It’s a pretty exotic forest that has a few of them huge kauri trees houses. Nearby there is a waterfall called Whangarei Falls, one of the most beautiful waterfalls in Northland. If you have time, there are a number of other waterfalls in Northland to admire.

Millennium old trees and unique nature

For nature lovers, New Zealand has much to offer. Absolute highlight are the largest remaining Kauri trees in the world. This can be reached after about 2 hours drive from Whangarei north. The oldest kauri tree will Tane Mahuta, “Lord of the Forests called. One estimates the age of the tree between 1200 and 2500 years! He is 51.2 m high and his trunk has a diameter of almost 4.4 m. It’s an overwhelming feeling when standing in front of this tree. Nearby there are other Kauri trees that are worth seeing. The rainforest in which these giants stand is definitely worth a visit, even if the trip is quite long.

Tane Mahuta, “Lord of the Forests”

Boat tours and dolphins

Not quite so far away from Whangarei are the Bay of Islands. It is mainly known and popular for its boat tours. At the Port of Pahia you can Dolphin sightseeing tours Book through the Bay of Islands. The ferry to Russell, a historic town on a peninsula opposite Pahia, is included. This place with its historic houses and the museum is not just for those interested in culture. It’s just nice to be pampered here in one of the restaurants right on the harbor and take a short walk through the small picturesque town.

One of the highlights of the boat tours is Motukokako Island, a small island with a steep cliff. The special feature is a big hole, the so-called Hole in the Rock, through which the boats can pass. On the way you can often see groups of dolphins playing. We were fortunate enough to see the playful dolphins at sunset as they accompanied us right on our catamaran for a while.

Do you want to know more about Northland and our journey??

Just visit our article “Northland – A week with the car through New Zealand‘s North”. There and on the linked pages you will find more information with detailed itineraries, overview maps and picture galleries.

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We, Christiane and André, love traveling. Whether individual local and long-distance travel, luxury cruises, city trips or package holidays, we are happy to travel and look forward to discovering people and cultures of foreign countries. We like to share our experiences and are looking forward to your visit at

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2 comments on “Northland – Our Favorite Area in New Zealand [Guest Post]”

Thank you for these great impressions. Since you would like to go right back. That looks really great. The AH Reed Memorial Park we found also magical, at the Whangarei Falls we have unfortunately missed something, I see. Well, maybe there will be a next time, then we plan for sure.

Many greetings,

Thank you for sharing the beautiful places. At the next visit we will probably look again at other corners we have missed in the last two times.

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