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

    Notable Building

    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

    Historic Home

    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

    Historic Home

    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 Sight

    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

    Notable Building

    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

    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

    Historic Home

    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

    Notable Building

    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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