Northland and the Bay of Islands Travel Guide



Plan Your Northland and the Bay of Islands Vacation

You'll be best served on a trip to Northland by taking in inspiring views from winding coastal roads or reading on a quiet beach with some fruit from owner-operated shops. This isn't the place for good coffee or fancy food—those desires are best left for the cities—but you can relax at a luxury lodge or comfortable motel.


Northland and the Bay of Islands Hotels

Northland accommodations vary from basic motels to luxury lodges. Your hosts, particularly in the bed-and-breakfasts, share their local knowledge and more


Northland and the Bay of Islands Restaurants

Seafood abounds in the north with scallops and oysters farmed throughout the region, though occasional sewerage scares put them off-limits. Snapper more

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Things To Do in Northland and the Bay of Islands

Explore the best sights, entertainment, and shopping with our top choices and insider tips.


Northland and the Bay of Islands Experiences

  • Top Reasons to Go to Northland and the Bay of Islands

    Boating and Fishing: Take a cruise to an island, whale-watch, swim with dolphins, or fish with the Bay of Islands as the hub.... Read more

  • Northland Beaches

    No matter where you are in New Zealand, within two hours you can be at a beach from the long white-sand beaches on the East to the black-sand... Read more

  • Top Experiences in Northland

    The remnant of the once-giant Kauri Forest that covered much of Northland includes New Zealand's biggest kauri, called Tane Mahuta. Get there... Read more

  • The Treaty of Waitangi

    The controversial cornerstone of New Zealand's Māori and Pākehā relations is the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi, the first formal document that bound... Read more

  • Twilight Encounter

    Footprints–Waipoua. The night tours to see Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere are led by local Māori guides, experienced bushmen who enrich your... Read more

  • The Poor Knights Islands

    Jacques Cousteau once placed the Poor Knights Islands among the world's top 10 dive locations. Underwater archways, tunnels, caves, and rocky... Read more


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