Northland and the Bay of Islands Sights

We’ve compiled the best of the best in Northland and the Bay of Islands - browse our top choices for the top things to see during your stay.

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Pompallier Mission

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New Zealand's oldest industrial building, the Pompallier Mission, at the southern end of the Strand, was named after the first Catholic...

Rewa's Village

  • Museum/Gallery

This museum re-creates a kāinga (unfortified fishing village) where local Māori lived in peaceful times. In times of war they took...

Russell Museum

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The collection includes Māori tools and weapons and some fine portraits and outlines the history of the area. The pride of its display...


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Head for SheepWorld for a taste of life on a typical New Zealand sheep farm. Twice a day there are demonstrations of working farm dogs...

The Hundertwasser Public Toilets

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On the main street of Kawakawa, a nondescript town just off State Highway 1 south of Paihia, stand surely the most outlandish public...

Waipoua State Forest

  • Forest

Kauri forests once covered this region. Waipoua State Forest contains the largest collection of the remaining trees. A short path leads...

Waitangi National Trust Estate

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Take in a major site in New Zealand's history at the northern end of Paihia. Inside the visitor center a 23-minute video (shown from...

Warkworth Museum

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This eclectic collection includes Māori artifacts, farming and domestic implements from the pioneering days of the district, and implements...

Whangarei Falls

  • Body Of Water/Waterfall

The falls are a lovely picnic spot, located on Ngunguru Road, 5 km (3 mi) northeast of town. Viewing platforms are atop the falls, and...

Whangarei Town Basin

  • Marina/Pier/Dock

People often bypass Whangarei on their way to the Bay of Islands. It's easy to see why, as the town has a confusing traffic system, but...