Nortland (Northern Lands of New Zealand)

Nortland (Northland) &# 8212; The northernmost region of New Zealand with a warm tropical climate, a chain of absolutely stunning bays and beaches, charming resort towns, tiny villages and campsites on wild beaches, Kauri-Forest, sand dunes and &# 171; picture&# 187; Northern Cape, which is located the northernmost lighthouse of the country. In addition, Nortland &# 8212; Great place to get acquainted with Maori culture &# 8212; indigenous population of the North Island &# 8212; and colonial history of the country.

Thanks to the subtropical climate, Norteland is one of the main resort regions of New Zealand. The region stretches north of Auckland, to the very northern point of the country from the city &# 8212; about 430 km of way. The region is stuffed by one of the ten model roads of New Zealand, with the eloquent name Twin Coast Discovery (Twin Coast Discovery) &# 8212; 800 kilometer circular Route from Auckland.

Destinations for travel

Conditionally, the whole region can be divided into 4 parts: Fangares and the coast of Tutukaka, the Bay of Islands, the far north and coast of Kauri. The most popular and affordable those who travel without a car, the direction of the region &# 8212; Resort town of Pihija, located in the Bay of Islands. The city is connected by a regular bus service with Oklakom and enters all the Bekpeker bus routes New Zealand. Those who travel by bus and have enough time, you can plan an additional stop for 2-3 days in fangeans on the way to the Pihihi for exploring this part of the region. Those who travel by car, we would recommend to allocate for a trip to the region at least 5-6 days, with stops in each of the four parts of Northland.

Fangares and the coast of Tutuka

The western part of the coast, which stretches from the town of Fangerey to the north to the Islands Bay features a rugged rocky landscape with snow-white beaches, turquoise bays and giant trees. At the entrance to the fanger, you can make a stop at the night in the Bay of Brimim, to stroll along the long beach and admire a completely beautiful sunset. Further from the fanger in the direction of the Islands Bay makes sense to go through the Tutukaka coast, with stops on the beaches of the coast.


FANGAREII (WHANGAREI) &# 8212; The largest and essentially single city of Nortland, located 160 kilometers from Auckland. The town is very pleasant, with a semi-glamorous atmosphere, created by stylish cafes, restaurants, museums and art galleries located in the city center. Long 4-kilometer pedestrian path of Hatea Loop, laid from the city center along the river &# 8212; Excellent way to spend a couple of hours, walking and admiring sculptures created by local art masters. Picnic with fancake waterfall, rise to the viewing platform of Parihaca Mountain (Parihaka), which overlooks the city and walk in Kuarry Gardens (Quarry) &# 8212; also belongs to the list &# 171; mandatory&# 187; experiments in this part of Northland.

But, despite all the charm of fangels, the main interest of travelers usually lies in the vicinity of the city &# 8212; On the coast of Tutukaka and the Volcanic Peninsula of the Fanemya Heads (Whangarei Heads), which can be reached from the city on Shatla, taxi, buying a day tour or renting a car. One of the most popular daytime tours from a fan &# 8212; Sea walk or dive tour to Pour Knights Islands (Poor Knights).

Fangares are connected to Oklands and a soldier bus service, so travelers are often added as an intermediate stop from the beach on the way to the islands bay.

Hheads fangerey

Whangarei Heads Fangerey (WHANGAREI HEADS) &# 8212; Peninsula, which stretches to the south of the city. This region is attractive to a relaxed atmosphere, tiny bays and beaches and spectacular tracks. The species road from the Fangarey to the village of Fanemy Heads and further to the Ocean Beach Beach in the southernmost Peninsula itself is the landmark itself. The region is best investigated by car and on foot, choosing one of the lodges or camp sites in the peninsula as a stop.

Where to live: Hheads fangerey

How to get: on a rented car.

Coast Tutukaka and Pur Knights Island

Coast Tutuukaka &# 8212; Popular beach area among locals, this is such a country seaside seaside area. Here, in fact, there is no special tourist infrastructure (as, for example, in the execution). The main format of housing &# 8212; Lodge, apartments and campgrounds. The main village of the coast, which, in fact, gave the name of the region &# 8212; The village of Tutuukaka is located on the rocky cape, all the sea walks and dive tours to the Pur Knights are started, which are included in the list of the best dive directions of the world. Tutukaka &# 8212; Great place to stop on coffee and picturesque walk to the lighthouse. For the sake of snow-white beaches and incredible turquoise water, go on to the north along the coast to Matapoury Beach (Matpouri). Two small, but rather steep track start from the beach &# 8212; To the photogenic spot pools of the mermaids (Mermaid Pools) &# 8212; Natural pools in the rocks and an isolated whale bay (Whale Bay). Even further along the coast, there is a much less visited Sandy Bay Bay, with the best on the coast of surf spot.

Where to live: Tutukaka, Matapoury

How to get there: on a rented car or on a tourist shuttle from a fanchair.

Waup and Bay Beam

Bay Bream &# 8212; This is 22 kilometers of an open white sand beach, surrounded by empty and rugged rivers falling into the ocean. Three beach zones stretch along the bay &# 8212; Waipu Cove and Langs Beach Beach (in the southern part of the beach next to the village of Vaippy), Ruakka Beach in the northern part of the bay near the village of the same name and the central almost deserted part of Uretiti (Uretiti), next to which the campsite.

Where to live: Vaipia, Ruakka, Camp site uretiti

Getting to: In Waipu and Ruaakka, you can reach the bus from Oklaland or Fangrey (in these cities Makes the Intercity Coach to stop by the Oklak route &# 8212; Fangarei &# 8212; Pihy &# 8212; Kerikei). Udetiti Beach can only be reached by car.


Coastal District of Mangawa (MangaWhai), located about halfway between Auckland and Fane. You can only get here for a car or taxi with Waup. One of those coastals that local residents love and do not indulge in special attention foreigners. In the manga a fairly decent choice of housing &# 8212; Retrit and Lodge. In the mangaway area, you can find as excellent sirf &# 8212; SPOTA and beaches in protected bays with quiet water. Sand dunes and long beaches in the surrounding area &# 8212; List of local natural attractions.

Where to live: Mangawa, Mangawe Jeads

How to get there: by bus from Auckland or Fangrey to Waipip, then by taxi; on a rental car.

Islands bay

In the area of ​​the Bay of Islands, Nature tried to fame &# 8212; It seems that in the local landscape there are all unthinkable shades of green and blue. The bay has 144 tiny islands, between which the walking yachts run. Yacht walks offer dozens of local operators &# 8212; Usually on one yacht goes to sea 6-8 people, each of which has the opportunity to actively participate in the expedition &# 8212; For example, remove anchor, pull the sail or become behind the steering wheel. Second feature of the bay &# 8212; Large dolphins population, with which if desired, you can even try swimming in the open sea. In addition, in the Bay of Islands, you can go fishing, flying to Paraglian, swim from the mask, go through the kayake or take a walk on uninhabited islands.

The most popular destination in the Bay of Islands, where the main tourist infrastructure is concentrated &# 8212; Town Pihia. The historic town of Russell is located &# 171; through the bay&# 187; From the Pihi and is a more relaxed and respectable alternative to a crowded painting. The third city of Kerikei bay is located on the shore of the bay and most interesting to those who want to combine cultural experience with sea adventures.


This small cute seaside town offers its guests a lot of usefulness &# 8212; From convenient transport junction and housing for every taste to marine walks and day rounds. Fishing love everything!) Beckpeckers for the pleasant atmosphere and cheap accommodation, city travelers &# 8212; Behind the variety of restaurants and tours traveling by car &# 8212; For convenient location, campers &# 8212; For excellent Camp sites. But, the main thing for what is going to the fire &# 8212; This island bay. The city offers two main dating format with the islands &# 8212; Yachting and sea cruises. Walking under the sails on yachts or catamarans usually take all day, include stops on the islands and kayaking. In addition, you will most likely be able to become behind the steering wheel. Alternative format &# 8212; Sea walks on large engine boats or small ships. The duration of marine walks &# 8212; from 2 to 6 hours, programs are different. One of the iconic Pihi programs &# 8212; Dolphin Discovery Cruise, which includes swimming with dolphins in the open ocean)

Where to live: Pihy

How to get: By bus from Auckland, Fangares, Kerikeri; on ferry from Russell

Waytanga Open Sky Museum

Waitanga &# 8212; The place where in 1840 a contract was signed between the Great Britain and 500 representatives of Maori &# 8212; Northern North Island &# 8212; about the colonial status of New Zealand. This place is worth a visit to get acquainted with the culture and life of Maori. Twice a day, open 30-minute perfomensions, including traditional hack, are held on the territory of Wuitanga &# 8212; Famous Military Dance Maori. Day pass includes free visits to Waitanga for two days, buy tickets can be in place or in advance online. In high season (from October to April), you can try the traditional Maori dinner to take part in Perfomens, tickets for evening events are sold separately (buy better in advance, t.To. These passes include transfers).

Waterfall Harur

Waterfall Harur &# 8212; Low wide waterfall with a large lagoon around which a small village is built. This place has a glorious story &# 8212; Once here is the first river port in New Zealand, which was used and Maori and European missionaries. Nowadays Harura &# 8212; Cute little village halfway from Pios to Waitanga, where you can remove excellent accommodation or make a stop to stroll along the edge of the waterfall, swim in the lagoon on a kayak or just a snack admiring local species.


The charming and atmospheric Russell was the first settlement of Europeans in New Zealand, about the colonial history of the city resemble the preserved wooden construction of the sample of the early 19th century, including the oldest in New Zealand Catholic Church. Modern Russell &# 8212; This is one of the favorite sea resorts of Kiwi (locals), with a large embankment, an impressive number of stylish villas, apartments, boutique hotels and b&B, cafes, restaurants and souvenir shops. Georially Russell is located on the opposite of the Outside of the Outside of the Islands Bay and is connected to the Farm Silent.

Russell lies somewhat away from the main tourist routes of Norteland, and therefore often ignored by travelers. Rolling on the way from a shine with highway towards the old road Russell RD in the direction of Elena Bay (Helena Bay), you will leave on the road that leads to Russell along the coast.

Where to live: Russell

How to get there: on a ferry from Pihihi; By car from the shine or fanger &# 8212; either in the speed highway through the ferry crossing in OPUA, or on the old road along the coast (Congress from the main route towards Helena Bay).


Unlike Pihih and Russell, a small characteristic Kerikeri &# 8212; By itself, landmark. First, here are the two oldest &# 171; European&# 187; Historic buildings of New Zealand &# 8212; Missionary House Kemp Howes (Kemp House) and the oldest stone building of the country &# 8212; Stone Stone (Store Store), which in the 18th century was used by local residents as a store. Secondly, near Keriker, there is a village of Maori (an open-air museum), from which a forest pathway along the river through the Kauri forest to the waterfall is laid. And thirdly, Kerikeri is considered one of the best directions for lovers to eat delicious) from special delicacies here &# 8212; Local chocolate and cheese, from special places &# 8212; Saturday and Sunday farmer market on which you can see and try a lot of things that are rich in northern lands.

Where to live: Kerikeri

How to get there: by bus from Oaklana, Fangares, Paychia; Airplane from Aberland, .

Far North

Far North (Far North) or the top of the North (TOP OF THE NORTH) call the most northern territories of Norteland, which stretch north of the islands bay. Here are three iconic sights of Norteland: Cape Reing, sand dunes Tepaca and the beach 90 miles (see above).

Most travelers get acquainted with the distant north within one-day round tours, which usually include visiting Reina Cape, stopping on the sand dunes, riding around the beach 90 miles and stop on the way back in the famous Fish End Chips Restaurant in Mangonui.

Those who travel by car, choosing a painting or Russell as a main stop, usually ride a similar route in the direction of Cape Reina, making stops on the sand dunes and on the road to the beach 90 miles. Travelers who travel along the ring route Twin Kost Discovery are usually either started early in the morning of Mangonus and finish the day somewhere on the coast of Kauri, or starting from the Pios, finish a trip by the Far North in Caitai.

Cape Reing

Cape Reing &# 8212; Undoubtedly, one of the most amazing places in New Zealand. The most extreme point of the North Island, followed by &# 8212; only ocean, endless, beautiful, fascinating ocean. For Maori &# 8212; indigenous inhabitants of the North Islands, Cape Reing &# 8212; Sacred place. Maori believe that it is from here, with the most extreme point of the island, the souls of the dead go to the best worlds. Walking along the paved path along the cape to the lighthouse and a little further, you can see the most ancient tree of the Lewukawa, which perfume uses to go down to the ocean and leave the island. By the way, the name of the reign with Maori language can be translated as &# 171; springboard into the world of spirits&# 187;.

Reindang’s Mayak Cape can be seen on many tourist postcards of New Zealand. This is the last lighthouse built on the lands of New Zealand, for the first time he lit the road to passing ships in 1941. Lighthouse valid, fully automated and, accordingly, closed to visit. But, photogenicity and attractiveness This fact did not lose the lighthouse, as it is located very eloquently, practically &# 171; on the edge of the earth&# 187;.

How to get there: by car (about 3 hours with a firefight or with a tour from Pihihi, Russell, Kerikeri, Mangonui and Caitae).

Bay of Goods

Spirits Bay) &# 8212; Remote, isolated from civilization, 12-kilometer, absolutely beautiful bay, where the ocean reigns. Mystics and some permeating charm add the Maori legend to this place, for which this bay, as well as Cape Reing &# 8212; Sacred place. According to legends, the spirits are going here before going to another world from the reign Cape. This place is understandable, not for everyone. Only for those who want, waking up in the morning, go through the picturesque empty to the beach and be face to face with the infinite ocean..

Where to live: from the housing near the beach &# 8212; Only a tiny Doc Kemp site with minimal amenities (there are no cabin, here you can only become a tent or Kemp-home).

How to get there: only by car.

Beach Tapotot

Nortland (Northern Lands of New Zealand)

Tapotupotu Bay (Tapotupotu Bay) is located just 5 km from Cape Regina. Ocean, white sand, couple of elegant looseutukav (New Zealand evergreen trees), a picnic area and a little further from the main road leading to the bay &# 8212; Ascetic Camp site, where you can become a tent or moto-house. Very pleasant place, to call here at least for the sake of a picnic.

Where to live: Doc Kemp site with minimal amenities (there are no cabin, here you can only become a tent or Kemp-house)

How to get there: only by car.

Sand dunes Tepaca

Massive sand dunes Tepaca &# 8212; Popular Surf Bordering Place. Renting the board (at the entrance for $ 15) and climbing on a huge sandy vertex (it’s not a simple thing), you can get a lot of pleasure, having risen on the board down. The dunes themselves are just beautiful, on the one hand resembling the immense sands of the Sahara, on the other &# 8212; surrounded by green hills and empty.

How to get there: by car, with a tour from Pihihi, Russell, Kerikeri, Mangonui and Kaitai

Beach 90 Mil

The beach name speaks for itself. Beach Length &# 8212; 88 kilometers and although it is not 90 miles (145 km), but, nevertheless, this beach is one of the longest beaches of the world. The beach stretches along the eastern coast of the Auuoury Peninsula (the long narrow peninsula, which is crowned Cape Regina) and is officially a car highway, t.E. on it you can drive! But, only at a certain time, when the ocean goes away from the coast and sand on the beach becomes so solid that it is able to withstand car traffic and only on a certain section with a length of about 30 kilometers. On the beach highway can only be driven on all-wheel drive cars. In addition, most of the rental companies of New Zealand prohibit the departure of their cars in the sand. Therefore, if you really want to ride on the beach, then you can buy bus tickets in Caitai, which runs along the beach. The majority of tourist buses are also driving on the beach (buying a tour, check the availability of this option). You can also leave the beach in many places outside the main route (see pointers along the route) to stroll through the beach.

How to get there: by car, with a tour from Pihihi, Russell, Kerikeri, Mangonui and Kaitai

Kaitaya and Ahiapara

Kaitayta is located as if at the entrance to the Aupouri peninsula (AUPOURI). This small village &# 8212; In fact, the last less large population of the region, further &# 8212; Only farm villages with a pair of lodges and motels and remote beaches with ascetic Kemp sites. Kaitaya, in principle, a very good option to stop on the way back from the peninsula &# 8212; In the city you can find cheap accommodation and a dozen good restaurants. Near the city are located the most northern Vineyards of New Zealand (Carrington Estate).

Ahiapara &# 8212; Primorsky settlement at the very beginning of the beach 90 miles. Here you can find very good accommodation options and, more importantly, go to the beach early in the morning to watch the dawn over the longest beach of New Zealand.

Where to live: Kaitaya, Ahipapara

How to get: By bus from Kerikeri or by car.


Mangonoui &# 8212; A small fishing village located in Daubtless Bay and part-time one of the oldest ports of New Zealand, which served as a guy for whaling vessels, cruising in these waters. A characteristic feature of the village is a pretty colonial architecture along the waterfront and a large marina (port).

The absolute star of these places is taken to be the restaurant Mangonui Fish Shop, which is a very new Zealand format of fast food restaurants. The freshest fish, fried in the batter, serve here with frisky potatoes of fries and local beer. Charm this place gives the location &# 8212; The restaurant is located right on the water, which makes it possible to watch lunch wonderful sea views.

Where to live: Mangonui

How to get there: by bus from Kerikeri or by car.

Wangaroa Bay

Wanganoa Bay (Whangaroa) is approximately halfway from the Pios to Mangyonui. This is such a small secret of the coast with incredible views and a pleasant calm atmosphere. Main landmark of the bay &# 8212; Top Paul, climb &# 8212; necessarily!

Where to live: Wangnaro

How to get there: only by car.

Opanoni and Omaper

Opanoni and Omaper &# 8212; Two tiny seaside villages located in Hokiang harbor along Highway leading to Vaipoua Forest. Here they often plan to stop those who travel to Norland by car, as the majority of housing here are inexpensive, and the types from most hotels and lodges open perfectly beautiful. In Omarpero, it is worth staying even just in order to stretch your legs, plunge into a wild-lazy relaxed atmosphere of these places, try a local fish with potatoes and stroll to the view-Point from which a beautiful view of the coast.

Coast Kauri

Coast Kauri call the east coast of Nortland. In the landscape of this part of the coast, Kauri forests are dominated with huge trees, sand dunes and long beaches. The main interest of travelers in this region &# 8212; Hokianga Harbor and Waipoua Forest (Waiopua), in which trails are laid to the giant Kauri trees.

Wood Kauri

Ancient evergreen trees Kauri can be seen only in New Zealand. These huge beauties belong to the most ancient types of coniferous trees on the planet, which, according to local dendrologists, have experienced even mammoths. The biggest Kauri can be seen in the village of Kauri on the east coast of Nortland. Waipoua Forest (Waiopua) &# 8212; Large reserve in which &# 171; live&# 187; immediately several giants Kauri. One of the local &# 171; residents&# 187; named Thane Makhuta (Tāne Mahuta), named after the Divine Maori Tane &# 8212; about two thousand years. It is called Lord Forest here. The second whose name is translated from Maori &# 8212; Forest Father (Te Matua Ngahere), according to dendrologists, can be like two thousand years and four, perhaps, this is one of the most ancient trees of the planet.

Where to live: Opanoni, Omaper

How to get there: by car, with a tour from Pihihi, Russell, Kerikeri, Mangonui and Kaitai

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