Northland and the Bay of Islands

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  • 1. Waipoua State 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

  • 2. Waitangi National Trust Estate


    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

  • 3. Claphams Clocks—The National Clock Museum


    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

  • 4. Dargaville


    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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. Historical Reyburn House


    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

  • 7. Kerikeri Mission Station


    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

  • 8. Kiwi North


    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

  • 9. 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

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Matakohe Kauri Museum


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

  • 12. McKinney Kauri


    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

  • 13. Pompallier Mission


    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

  • 14. Rewa's Village


    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

  • 15. 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

  • 16. Warkworth Museum


    For a glimpse of Northland's pioneering past pay a visit to the Warkworth District Museum. It's a must if you are interested in learning about...Read More

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