- Boating and Fishing Take a cruise to an island, whale-watch, swim with dolphins, or fish with the Bay of Islands as the hub.
- Bountiful Beaches Most Northland beaches are safe for swimming. On the 90 Mile Beach you can swim in both the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean. Experienced surfers head to Shipwreck Bay and to the point farther south for great waves.
- Superb Diving Dive at the Poor Knights Islands, known for their huge variety of subtropical fish, or the wreck of the Greenpeace vessel Rainbow Warrior, sunk by French agents in 1985.
- Walking and Hiking Superb bushwalking (hiking) provides a close look at ancient kauri trees (a local species of pine) and interesting birds, such as tūī (too-ee), fantails, wood pigeons, and the occasional kiwi.
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