About Northland

LIVING IN NORTHLAND GIVES YOU THE CHANCE TO ENJOY SOME OF NEW ZEALAND’S BEST BEACHES AND LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR UNIQUE HISTORY

NORTHLAND - NEW ZEALAND'S 'FIRST LAND'

Northland stretches up north of Auckland to the very top of the North Island.

With the warmest and one of the sunniest climates in the whole of New Zealand, the ‘Winterless North’ is among our top holiday destinations and a popular ‘water playground’ for Aucklanders.

In Northland you’re never more than 40km from the sea so there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy the 100s of bays, beaches and off-shore islands of its diverse twin coastlines.

On the east coast along the Pacific Ocean in the picture-perfect Bay of Islands, you can go for the thrills of swimming with dolphins, sailing, fishing, diving, para-gliding, kayaking and snorkelling in marine reserves, or just relax in the sun on one of the many white sand beaches and enjoy the urbane pleasures of sophisticated restaurants, cafes and shops.

Along the rugged and soulful coastline of the Tasman Sea on the west, you will find lush mythical rainforests with giant kauri trees, huge sand dunes and laid-back beach communities along the shores of tranquil Hokianga Harbour.
In the Far North at the northernmost tip of Ninety Mile Beach, you can watch the waters of the turbulent Tasman Sea merge with the peaceful Pacific Ocean from the Cape Reinga lighthouse.

Also known as the ‘Birthplace of the Nation’, Northland is rich in history and Maori culture as well with Kupe, the legendary Polynesian explorer, said to have first landed here over a thousand years ago and the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document, signed here by powerful local Maori chiefs and representatives of the British colonial government. Northland was also home to New Zealand’s earliest European settlers with the Kemp House and Stone Store dating back to the 1820s in Kerikeri.

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