A subtropical region which has many beautiful beaches and bays which makes it a very popular holiday destination.


Northland is the northernmost region of New Zealand’s North Island, stretching 350 kilometres (217 miles) from Warkworth in the south, to Cape Reinga in the north. It is a peninsula that averages only 60 kilometres in width, and its proximity to the sea dominates the region.

The area has a long history of Maori occupation. According to Maori Legend, the great Polynesian explorer Kupe discovered Hokianga Harbour around 950AD. 400 years later his predecessors returned to the harbour and settled there. The region was also one of the first to be settled by early Europeans.

The main centre of the region is Whangarei, situated on the eastern coast of the peninsula on one of New Zealand’s deepest harbours. To the north is the Bay of Islands with its main towns of Paihia, Russell and Kerikeri. Northland’s second largest centre is Kaitaia in the north of the region.

Aquatic activities, beautiful harbours and beaches are the regions biggest draw cards, including game fishing, diving, pleasure cruising, and swimming with dolphins. Its rich history provides many points of interest. There are numerous historic buildings, and at the Waitangi Reserve in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed.

The moist subtropical climate also provides the region with lush forests. The area is home to Waipoua Kauri forest, which is full of ancient kauri trees up to 2000 years old, the tallest over 50 metres high.

In the far north of the region, the long white sands of Ninety Mile Beach reach up the western coast to Cape Reinga. Here at the tip of the North Island, are the turbulent waters where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet.

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