Northland and the Bay of Islands

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  • 1. Kerikeri Farmers' market

    Market/Bazaar

    If you're in Kerikeri on a Sunday, head to the market to sample and buy the best the region has to offer, from music to fresh produce, local...Read More

  • 2. 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 from...Read More

  • 3. Waitangi National Trust Estate

    Museum/Gallery

    Take in a major site in New Zealand's history at the northern end of Paihia. You'll gain a better understanding of the at-times tangled relationship...Read More

  • 4. Christ Church

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the donors to the construction of New Zealand's oldest church was Charles Darwin, who at that time in 1835 was making his way around...Read More

  • 5. Claphams Clocks—The National Clock Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    If you want to while away some time this clock museum is the place for you. About every conceivable method of telling time is represented. The...Read More

  • 6. Dargaville

    Town/Village

    Sixty-four kilometers (40 miles) south of the Waipoua Forest along the Kaihu River, you'll come to sleepy Dargaville, once a thriving river...Read More

  • 7. Historic Kerikeri Basin

    Building/Architectural Site

    Most of the interest in Kerikeri lies just northeast of the modern town on the Kerikeri Inlet where you'll see the Stone Store, the country...Read More

  • 8. Historical Reyburn House

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This is the oldest kauri villa in Whangarei. It is home to the Northland Society of Arts plus hosts exhibitions from New Zealand artists. Original...Read More

  • 9. Kerikeri Mission Station

    House/Mansion/Villa

    The station, which includes the 1821 Mission House and the Stone Store, provides a fascinating and rare look at pretreaty New Zealand. Kemp...Read More

  • 10. Kiwi North

    Museum/Gallery

    Minutes out of town, this 61-acre park is home to a nocturnal kiwi house, several Heritage buildings, and the Whangarei Museum. The museum has...Read More

  • 11. Kororipo Pā

    Military Site

    Across the road from the Kerikeri Basin's Stone Store is a path leading to the historic site of Kororipo Pā, the fortified headquarters of chief...Read More

  • 12. Mangungu Mission House

    Building/Architectural Site

    The 1838 Mangungu Mission House is an overlooked stop on the tourist trail. Although Waitangi is the most famous site of New Zealand's founding...Read More

  • 13. Matakohe Kauri Museum

    Museum/Gallery

    South of Dargaville is Matakohe, a pocket-size town with an outstanding attraction: the Matakohe Kauri Museum. The museum's intriguing collection...Read More

  • 14. McKinney Kauri

    Forest

    Two giants stand in Warkworth, near the Warkworth Museum—two giant kauri trees, that is. The larger one, the McKinney Kauri, measures almost...Read More

  • 15. Mt. Bledisloe

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    On the National Trust Estate beyond the Treaty Grounds, Mt. Bledisloe showcases the splendid view across Paihia and the Bay of Islands. The...Read More

  • 16. Pompallier Mission

    House/Mansion/Villa

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

  • 17. 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 refuge...Read More

  • 18. Russell Museum

    Museum/Gallery

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

  • 19. SheepWorld

    Amusement Park/Water Park

    Head for SheepWorld about an hour North of Auckland for a taste of life on a typical New Zealand sheep farm. Twice a day demonstrations show...Read More

  • 20. The Hundertwasser Public Toilets

    Building/Architectural Site

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

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