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VISITOR INFO Useful information and valuable tips to help you on your travels around New Zealand. BANKING / TRAVELLERS’ CHEQUES Banks open Monday-Friday (except public holidays), 9.30am-4.30pm and Saturdays and Sundays in some shopping malls. Automatic Teller Machines operate on a card/PIN number system. Use of EFTPOS (Electronic Funds Transfer at Point of Sale) is common.

IMPORTANT NUMBERS

BUSINESS HOURS Offices and businesses operate Monday-Friday, 8.30am-5pm; some tourist agencies and airlines have longer hours. Petrol (gas) stations often open 24 hours, stocking food and newspapers. Shops are usually open 9am to 5.30pm Monday-Friday. Supermarkets, grocery stores, some large retail chains, shopping malls and markets also operate Saturdays and Sundays.

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• All major credit cards can be used in New Zealand. International credit cards can be used, provided they have a four-digit pin number encoded.

SAFETY FIRST • Please don’t swim alone and take particular care at surf beaches. Rips are strong currents of water running out to sea; they are very dangerous for swimmers, but are difficult to identify. If the beach is patrolled by lifeguards, always swim between the red and yellow flags as they identify the safest area to swim.

WHANGĀREI 92 Otaika Rd www.whangareinz.com

FAR NORTH (KAITĀIA) Cnr Matthews Ave & South Rd, Kaitāia www.northlandnz.com

BAY OF ISLANDS The Wharf, Marsden Rd, Paihia www.northlandnz.com

HOKIANGA 29 SH 12, Ōpononi www.northlandnz.com

International direct dialling 00 followed by country code, area code & local number.

• Accommodation providers’ arrival and departure times (check-in and checkout) are generally from 2pm on the day of arrival and by 10am on the day of departure. Other arrival and departure times must be by arrangement. • Goods and services are taxed at 15%. This tax is usually included in the advertised price.

• It pays to have travel insurance when visiting New Zealand. • Always lock your car and never leave valuables in vehicles. • Keep your valuables, such as your passport, stored securely at your accommodation.

Omata Estate Vineyard © David Kirkland

Weather Watch It’s important to know what’s happening with the weather. New Zealand’s weather is changeable and unpredictable; parts of the country are susceptible to cyclones, other parts to strong winds and heavy rain. Sudden drops in temperature can take you from hot days to cold nights, especially in spring and autumn, so be prepared. Carry extra clothing, rain gear, sun hats and sun block.

Be conscious that New Zealand’s UV is very strong. Always protect your skin from the sun. New Zealand’s official weather forecaster is MetService, available online, where you’ll find up-to-date information on localised areas, as well as specifically for marine and surf, mountains and parks. Local and national radio stations also regularly update weather predictions. Tune in on the car radio.

Temperatures – Northland Average summer

23.6oC

Average winter

15.8oC

• Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. • Carry a mobile phone at all times. • Don’t leave your bags unattended in public places.

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National direct dialling full area code (with the 0 prefix) and local number.

Did You Know? • It is not obligatory to tip in New Zealand, including in restaurants and bars. However, if you wish to tip for good service, this is always welcome.

WHANGĀREI 17 James St Ph: +64 9 438 4848

Look for the mark of Quality Qualmark is New Zealand Tourism’s official mark of quality. When a business displays a Qualmark rating, you can be sure that the business has been independently assessed and has met strict quality standards. The Sustainable Tourism Business Awards (Gold, Silver or Bronze) also gives a guide to travellers to recognise the business’s performance against the Sustainable Tourism Business criterion.


Northland Bay of Islands © Fullers Bay of Islands BELOW: Waitangi Treaty Ground performers © Waitangi Treaty Grounds

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Welcome to NORTHLAND

From the Whangārei District to the top of the North Island and back down Northland’s west coast, this guide provides vital information on activities and attractions, as well as a raft of accommodation options.

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he subtropical north is where modern day New Zealand was born. Its history runs deep with its safe harbours and islands attracting traders and explorers. Nowadays, it draws sunseekers, and water-lovers and those fascinated by historic and cultural attractions, stunning coastlines and adventurous pursuits.

Check out the things to see and do within the townships shown below, view the maps and get ready to experience the very best beautiful Northland has to offer.

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37 Ahipara

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7  NORTH ISLAND MAP

21 Ōakura Bay

38 HOKIANGA

9  NORTHLAND REGIONAL MAP

22 THE BAY OF ISLANDS

40 Ōpononi • Hōreke

12 NORTHLAND

24 Russell

41  KAURI COAST / KAIPARA DISTRICT

14 WHANGĀREI DISTRICT

25 Paihia

41 Kaihū

14 Mangawhai/Mangawhai Heads

29 Waitangi

42 Kai Iwi Lakes

14 Waipū/Waipū Cove

30 Kerikeri

43 Dargaville

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16 Ruakākā/One Tree Point/Bream Bay

33 FAR NORTH

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17 Whangārei

34 Houhora Heads • Doubtless Bay • Whangaroa Harbour

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36 Kaitāia

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tips for

road trips

On a budget Some travel costs you can’t do much about, though it pays to shop around for rental car deals – and a huge range of accommodation options translates to a range of related prices, too. From camping at Department of Conservation (DOC) sites, to booking into high-end, beachside resorts – the price of a bed for the night varies significantly. If you’re watching your dollars, here’s how to save: • Consider travelling in off-peak season. The height of New Zealand summer – mid-December to March – is when New Zealand families are holidaying. If you can take your road trip earlier or later, you’ll save on accommodation costs. • Keep an eye out for Farmers’ Markets. Many towns and cities run markets on weekend days. They’re a great place to pick up cheaper fruit, vegetables, fish, free-range eggs, artisan bread, honey and a lot more – and the produce is likely to be super fresh and probably organic. • Orchards, market gardens and berry farms selling direct from the gate are well worth stopping for. They tend to operate on the honesty box system, so ensure you have coins for very good deals on apples, citrus, feijoas, nuts, grapes and vegetables. • Shop around for petrol. Some service stations are cheaper than others.

Doubtless Bay © Destination Northland

New Zealand is great for travelling by car. It’s a long, narrow country with intriguing roads in all directions and while many of those roads are winding and narrow, they all lead somewhere interesting. 4

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rive to the conditions, don’t be in a rush, and allow for plenty of stops along the way. Be spontaneous. While the plan may involve going from A to B, why not take that back road or explore the side roads? Do your research. Pick up maps and guides from an AA Centre or i-SITE, or check out itinerary ideas online. Book your accommodation online at www.aatraveller.co.nz

Kids in the car? Think about playing some car games and make a point of stopping to let them stretch their legs. New Zealand has plenty of quality, easily accessible playgrounds and even a run on the beach will help everyone enjoy the journey in the long run. Pack snacks. With or without hungry children in the car, it’s a good idea to have some food and bottled water to keep the driver’s energy levels up.

• Pick up an AA Smartfuel Membership, collect points on your travels and redeem them in the shape of discounts on petrol.

In the glovebox Have on hand: • Insect repellent • Sun block • Hand sanitiser • Tissues • Mobile phone • Torch • First aid kit • Plastic bag for rubbish


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5 WAYS TO MAKE THE MOST OF

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Waitangi Treaty Grounds © Waitangi Treaty Grounds BELOW LEFT: Lake Kaiiwi © Destination Northland INSET: Te Paki sand dunes © David Kirkland

DON’T STOP UNTIL YOU’VE SQUEEZED OUT EVERY LAST DROP OF NORTHLAND’S BEST BITS. HOW HISTORY SHAPED THE FUTURE To understand the critical decisions which would forever shape New Zealand, return to 1840. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds illustrates New Zealand’s most defining moments in history via a museum, treaty house and traditional Māori meeting house. Poignantly, there is a flagstaff erected in the very place the Treaty of Waitangi was signed, and an impressive ceremonial war canoe displayed in the waka house. The Treaty Grounds are a mere five minutes from Paihia, but will take you 180 years back in time. NORTHLAND’S BEST-KEPT SECRET Kai Iwi Lakes are rapidly being paraded across Instagram for their droolworthy waters and angelwhite sand. Walk the perimeter of an aquamarine Lake Taharoa and you’ll no doubt stop countless times. As each new sliver of empty champagne sand appears, you’ll be compelled to run down and dive in. Two campsites fringe the main lake, with various secluded spots to relax.

HEDGE YOUR BETS ON SPOTTING A KIWI Nocturnal, timid and notoriously elusive, kiwi are not fond of the limelight. But Kiwi North, a museum and heritage park features a kiwi house that can turn day into night. Patience is rewarded with kiwi sightings, especially around feeding time at 11am, 1 and 3pm. Geckos are the jokers of the enclosure, camouflaging into their surroundings with great panache. They’re such a tease and always seem to be smiling – or laughing at visitors unable to see them, perhaps? The resident tuatara are less disguised but resilient. Found only in New Zealand, their ancestors once roamed Earth with dinosaurs.

SURF GIGANTIC SAND DUNES You’ll be pulling sand out of your ears for weeks afterwards, but sand surfing is worth every persistent grain. The Te Paki sand dunes are nothing like those at an average beach. These beasts appear on the horizon mere inches below the skyline, and on a gorgeous bluebird day, the smooth, soft sand makes an irresistible slide. Once in the car park, you can rent a boogie board and venture out into what can only be described as a Sahara landscape. At first glance, the nearvertical descents are terrifying, but the moment you hurtle down one, you’ll be hungry for another. Raise your feet to go faster, or drag them in the sand to brake.

SURF THE GIGANTIC TE PAKI SAND DUNES ON A BOOGIE BOARD.

DIVE INTO PARADISE Dulux should have a paint titled ‘Poor Knights Islands’ such is the brilliance of the water here. Located 23km off Tutukākā Coast, several emerald islands litter a dazzling blue sea. While the above-surface colours of this protected marine reserve entice day trippers into the water, its the below-surface residents that tempt them to stay. A city of marine life exists between reefs, drop-offs and archways. It’s little wonder divers and snorkellers take seconds to jump in, but forever to climb out.

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Upper Hutt

Waimarama

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Herbertville

Eketahuna Alfredton

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Spirit Bay

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Surville Cliffs North Cape (Otou)

Te Rake Point

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Bay of Islands

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Kororipo Heritage Park

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Waimate Okaihau North Ngawha

Rawene

Moerewa Point

South Head

Tauranga Bay

Waitangi Haruru

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WHANGĀREI

Only two hours north of Auckland and gateway to the Bay of Islands and Northland Visit Whangārei city and the Town Basin, where you can enjoy art, culture, events and markets along with great shopping and dining.

Discover incredible beaches, and enjoy world-class water activities and walks on the spectacular coastline and in the forests of the Tutukaka Coast, Whangārei Heads peninsula, Bream Bay and Waipū.

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THE TOWN BASIN

You’ll love it here!

The Town Basin, an international yachting marina, is a charming destination for all visitors. Delight in the everchanging environment that alters with the seasons, the ebb and flow of the tide, people and wildlife. Enjoy cafés and restaurants, craft and art galleries, museums, shops, children’s playground and frequent markets and events. Stroll the fully-accessible, waterside Hatea Loop walkway, enjoy the Sculpture and Heritage Trails and impressive, award-winning bascule bridge, Te Matau a Pohe. THE BACH ­Basin Art and Craft House

Mokaba Café

Steve Haywood Master Jeweller

P: 09 438 7557 www.mokabacafe.co.nz

P: +64 9 438 2161 www.masterjeweller.co.nz

P: +64 9 4382787 www.thebach.gallery

A delightful café with a wide range of tasty homemade food on their breakfast and lunch menus. Plenty of gluten-free options including cakes and counter food. Sheltered and covered indoor and outdoor dining overlooking boats and bridge. Licensed. Open 8am-5pm daily. Free WiFi.

Made with Hand, Head and Heart. Choose from our selection of jewellery, watches and art. Can’t find what you want? We can custom make to suit you.

Opening hours 9.30am-4.30pm 7 days

Riverside Café

P: +64 9 430 1188 www.whangareiNZ.com

Burning Issues Gallery

P: +64 9 430 0467 www.riversidecafe.co.nz

Visit Northland’s largest artisans cooperative, 100% Northland made, unique textiles, ceramics, glassware, giftware, woodware, jewellery, pounamu, cards, kete and much more. And for something really special, ‘have a go’ at tapestry weaving on the largest loom of its type in New Zealand.

P: +64 9 438 3108 www. burningissuesgallery.co.nz Burning Issues Gallery specialises in selling New Zealand hand-made glass, ceramics, sculpture and jewellery. We take pride in showcasing the work of the best of Northland’s contemporary object artists and jewellers to local and international visitors. Open 7 Days

Claphams National Clock Museum P: +64 9 438 3993 www.claphamsclocks.com This world-famous museum is home to one of the largest collections of clocks in the southern hemisphere. Come face to face with these amazing timepieces, hear the unique chimes and cuckoos, and learn about time. An entertaining and educational experience for all ages. Free guided tours. Open daily!

Delicious café menu, fabulous cabinet selection including many GF options & award-winning organic & fair trade coffee blend by Chiasso. Indoor/outdoor seating overlooking river & yacht marina. Fully licensed with quick, friendly service. Open 8am to 5pm daily – Free WiFi hotspot.

Serenity Café P: +64 9 430 0841 www.serenitycafe.co.nz This café offers excellent food, friendly service, great coffee and breakfast available ‘til 3pm. Seating to accommodate any weather, group size or occasion. Serenity Café – why eat anywhere else?

Te Manawa The Hub Information Centre Free information! Reservation service for accommodation, activities and event tickets throughout New Zealand. Free maps and brochures and a variety of souvenirs for sale. Located at the Town Basin. Open daily (closed only Christmas Day).

Whangarei Art Museum P: +64 9 430 4240 www.whangareiartmuseum.co.nz A world-class art gallery creating new and inspired experiences. Home to the city’s art collection, and venue for touring and internally curated exhibitions designed to showcase the full diversity of creative art practice in Northland, New Zealand and beyond. Free entry and open daily 10am-4pm.

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JOURNEY TO NORTHLAND AWASH WITH CAPTIVATING LEGENDS FROM CENTURIES PRIOR, EVERYTHING IN NORTHLAND TELLS A STORY. FROM THE WRITTEN TO THE WHISPERED, YOU’LL BE HANGING ON EVERY WORD.

A Nation was Born

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orthland is an avid storyteller. Historic accounts flood from its age-worn settlements, tales pass between elders and their kin, and the land is steeped in Māori folklore. Visitors are provided with an excellent opportunity to learn about New Zealand’s earliest inhabitants, listen to the lore of the land and delve into a captivating past. Proud to be called the Birthplace of the Nation, discover a region instrumental in shaping the New Zealand you see today. Historians estimate that Kupe, the legendary Polynesian navigator, first settled at Hokianga Harbour in 925 AD. Centuries later, when the first Pakeha (Europeans) arrived, Māori and Pakeha had to learn – often turbulently – to live together. The signing of the Treaty of Waitangi occurred on 6 February 1840. This resulted in British control over the country or governance, depending on whether you're reading the English or Māori version. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds chronicles this occasion and the decision, mixed with

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defiance, which was ultimately made by about 40 Māori chiefs on that day. The town of Kerikeri hosts some of the country’s oldest buildings, creaking with the weight of secrets trapped within their walls, while the ancient kauri trees of the Waipōua Forest, some five metres in diameter and 60 metres tall, have lived through every New Zealand milestone. The ocean, both New Zealand’s gateway and guardian, is wild and unruly on the west coast, while the east is privy to white-sand serenity. The Bay of Islands in particular hosts a bevy of idyllic isles and bays. In contrast, making it to the windwhipped tip of Cape Rēinga will result in the meeting of the Tasman Sea with the fierce Pacific. As one of New Zealand’s most sacred sites, it’s here Māori believe spirits of the dead depart the world. Whether you arrive in Northland to chase oceans, forest or townships, behind every beautiful vista there is an equally gripping story.

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Lovely MANGAWHAI

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Whangarei District

Mangawhai and Mangawhai Heads, part of the Kaipara District on Northland's east coast, are popular holiday spots thanks to their white-sand beaches: five are within a 15-minute drive. Mangawhai takes its name from the stingray which bask in the clear harbour waters. Kick back and go fishing, swimming, surfing, birdwatching, horse riding or play golf. The golf course is among New Zealand’s top 10 courses. Visit the Mangawhai Museum which tells the story of events centred around the harbour. One of the standout features of Mangawhai Heads are the sand dunes looked after by the Department of Conservation. The 5km Mangawhai Walk takes you along the beach and up a track to outstanding views of Bream Head and the Hauraki Gulf.

MANGAWHAI / MANGAWHAI HEADS 64km S of Whangārei

WAIPŪ / WAIPŪ COVE

wai (water) pu (song) • 41km SE of Whangārei

Relax in a slice of Pacific paradise –Š‘a great place to rejuvenate and unwind’ Midway between Auckland and the Bay of Islands

• DIRECT Beach Access • 12 Ground-floor Selfcontained Apartments • Own Courtyards • FREE Guest Laundry

• BBQ Areas • HOT Spa Pool • HEATED Swimming Pool • Sky TV 50+ Channels • FREE WIFI (Unlimited)

Email info@waipucoveresort.co.nz

891 Cove Rd, Waipu Cove Northland, NZ Phone +64 9 432 0348

www.waipucoveresort.co.nz

Camp Waipu Cove 869 Cove Rd, RD 2, Waipu Cove Ph: +64 9 432 0410 Email: info@campwaipucove.com www.campwaipucove.com Camp Waipu Cove’s camping ground has been a Northland holiday haven for generations of Kiwi families. Our park’s great facilities, supreme patrolled surf beach and well-kept accommodation create the ideal setting for a classic Kiwi getaway. Including kitchen and self-contained cabins, power and non-power campsite, with full use of three large amenity blocks. WiFi available. Cabins make a perfect family getaway and are located just metres from the beach. Near to playground, all wheelchair accessible.

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GLORIOUS COAST

IMAGES: Mangawhai Heads © Getty Images

A SUBTROPICAL CLIMATE ALLOWS VISITORS TO MAKE THE MOST OF THE WHANGĀREI DISTRICT ALL YEAR ROUND. PACK YOUR GEAR FOR SWIMMING, SURFING, SNORKELLING, FISHING AND KAYAKING – IT'S GOING TO BE A MEMORABLE HOLIDAY.

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hangārei District’s spectacular coastline boasts some of New Zealand’s most popular and picturesque beaches. There are more than 100 pristine bays and beaches located here, from Langs Beach in the south to Whangaruru on the Tutukākā Coast in the north. This stretch of glorious coastline is rated by National Geographic Traveler as one of the top three coastlines in the world.

and visit the Mangawhai Village Market in Kaipara before you start your journey, held on Saturdays from 9am-1pm on Moir St. The Mangawhai Beach and Country Market is at the Mangawhai Domain on designated Sundays from Labour Weekend until Easter weekend. A short drive from Ruakākā brings you to Marsden Cove with its marina and waterways and the Marsden Point Oil Refinery. The stunning natural spit location was chosen for its deep-water harbour. The refinery operates 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year and you can check out the visitor centre’s working scale model of the refinery. It’s free to visit and is open from 10am-5pm.

Te Hana is where you farewell the Auckland region heading north. Te Hana Te Ao Marama Cultural Centre offers a variety of Māori experiences including an overnight stay at the marae. If you're touring the district at the weekend, stop at Mangawhai

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Northland WAIPŪ IS A BONNY WEE PLACE WITH CAFÉS, BARS AND ART STUDIOS. THE TOWN’S ORIGINAL 940 EUROPEAN SETTLERS CAME FROM SCOTLAND VIA NOVA SCOTIA IN CANADA AND THE WAIPŪ MUSEUM TELLS THE STORY OF THEIR SETTLEMENT.

WAIPŪ HIGHLAND HERITAGE Led by Scotsman, Norman McLeod, almost 1000 Scottish Highlanders migrated to Waipū in 1854 having already journeyed to Nova Scotia and Australia. This great voyage is told in fascinating detail at the Waipū Museum, including heritage trails to historic sites such as the McLeod’s house, the church and the blacksmiths. The annual Waipū Highland Games are held every New Year’s Day, with haggis and field events aplenty.

Waipū beach © Northland Inc. INSET: Waipū in tartan © Whangārei District Council

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xplore the Waipū Caves for their glowwormlit stalactites and stalagmites. Nearby Waipū Cove and Langs Beach are good for birdwatching, surfing and swimming, with horse

riding permitted at Uretiti and Ruakākā beaches.

forests and limestone cliffs.

The Waipū Coastal Trail, a 90-minute walk from Waipū Cove to Langs Beach, boasts coastal bush, pōhutukawa

Go to the Waipū Gorge Scenic Reserve and follow a track along the Ahuroa River to Pīroa Falls.

RUAKĀKĀ / ONE TREE POINT / BREAM BAY 32km S of Whangārei

Ruakaka Beachfront Motel The Motel on the Beach at Ruakaka

• 1 x 3-brm house & 18 units • The South Wing has 6 superior units: 1 x 1-brm & 4 spacious studios with sea views & 1 x access unit • The North Wing has 12 s/c 1 or 2-brm units (sleep 1-5), 6 with sea views • SKY Guest Select, My Sky, Free WiFi, BBQ area • BEACH FRONT property with safe swimming on a patrolled beach, tranquil location only 1.5hr from Auckland & the Bay of Islands • Near food outlets & glowworm caves • Adjacent to surf club with plenty of off-road parking • Tariff: $145-$200 (2 persons), extra $10-$20

EGSRT\ 115 Ruakaka Beach Road, Ruakaka Ph: +64 9 432 7166 Email: info@ruakakabeachfront.co.nz www.ruakakabeachfront.co.nz • Hosts: Mike and Elaine

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Ruakaka Beachfront Motel

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t the southern end of the Whangārei District is Bream Bay’s spectacular arc of white sand and miles and miles of heavenly deserted beaches. While all the beaches have sand and surf in common, each one has its own distinct characteristics. Lovely Ruakākā has a children’s playground, and if you fancy a flutter, the Ruakākā Racecourse hosts about 10 races each

season. Just south of Ruakākā is Uretiti, a stretch of beach with sand dunes and a nudist section. It has a popular Department of Conservation campsite behind the dunes. Nearby One Tree Point is a tranquil beachside community boasting scenic beaches, pōhutukawa trees and magnificent views across the Whangārei Harbour to the volcanic peaks of Mt Manaia. PAGE 9 - REGIONAL MAP


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Fabulous WHANGĀREI

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hangārei is where giants gather: giants of geology, nature and history. Named Whangāreite-rerenga-paraoa by Māori, which means the gathering place of whales, it centres around a long, winding, tidal harbour overshadowed by rugged volcanic cones. Just a two-hour drive north of Auckland, Whangārei’s city is the 'big smoke' of the north. Centred around the waterfront, where the Hātea River joins the harbour, international cruising yachts berth here at the Town Basin, which is a charming hub of cafés and culture. Whangārei is a creative city with more craftspeople, proportionally, living here than anywhere else in New Zealand. This city is also renowned for its fascinating museums, amazing walkways and proximity to a number of incredible beaches. Whangārei Heads sunset © Getty Images

WHANGĀREI

158km N of Auckland on SH 1

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BOTANICA WHANGAREI Visit Botanica Whangarei to experience native New Zealand bush, lush tropical jungle and dry arid desert country. Superb collection of native ferns and specialised filmy fern house, Japanese style garden and shade garden. • Free admission to all areas • Open 7 days from 9am to 4pm • Wheelchair accessible • Next to Cafler Park and the Rose Gardens.

430 0760 | OPEN 7 DAYS FROM 11AM 117 BANK ST, WHA NGAR EI | PH: 09

First Avenue Whangarei Tel 09 430 4200 www.wdc.govt.nz

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• Delicious coffee & home-cooked food (incl. GF) • Open 7 days, 8am - 5pm • Fabulous setting overlooking river & yacht marina • Covered indoor & outdoor seating

MOKABA

• FREE WiFi • Where the locals eat

6 Quayside, Town Basin P (09) 438 7557 www.mokabacafe.co.nz

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hangārei is a place surrounded by incredible natural beauty. It sits pretty at the centre of a region of beautiful beaches, tumbling waterfalls, twinkling caves and rugged hills, all worthy of getting out and exploring. There are 114 beaches spread along the Whangārei District's beautiful white-sand coast and fringing the harbour, so spending some time lazing on the beach should be an essential part of your Whangārei itinerary.

Situated not too far from the city, the Whangārei Falls are spectacular. These 26m-high falls are accessible via a 30-minute loop walk through native bush, and there are vantage points at the top and a picturesque picnic spot at the base. At Abbey Caves Reserve, explore three caves and their twinkling glowworms and fascinating stalactites. Read the safety signs first though, and be prepared to get wet!

The most ancient usable wood in the world: Ancient Swamp Kauri, up to 50,000 years old. Furniture, tea tables, mirrors, key rings, clocks and many gifts.

at THE KAURI CLOCK FACTORY

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Plenty to do in Whangarei

SCENIC HIGHLIGHTS Too lovely to leave out, include these attractions in your itinerary:

• AH REED KAURI PARK • WHANGĀREI FALLS • MT PARIHAKA • MAIR PARK • WHANGĀREI GROWERS’ MARKET

• WHANGĀREI NATIVE BIRD RECOVERY CENTRE

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85 Kamo Rd, WHANGAREI • Ph: +64 9 437 0555 E: reception@kensingtonmotel.co.nz • www.kensingtonmotel.co.nz

BACK, CREATIVE SPIRIT OF NORTHLAND IS EVER-PRESENT HERE. CLAPHAMS NATIONAL CLOCK MUSEUM Experience the chimes and cuckoos of more than 1400 ticking timepieces. One of the largest collections of clocks in the southern hemisphere. WHANGĀREI ART MUSEUM Permanent home of the civic art collection for the Whangārei District as well as the venue for regular national touring exhibitions. Located at The Hub in the Town Basin. THE QUARRY ARTS CENTRE This bushclad quarry site is the working environment for a cooperative of artists and craftspeople and their studios, workshops, kilns and galleries. WHANGĀREI QUARRY GARDENS These extensive, picturesque, subtropical gardens and walkways are under continuous development in a massive old quarry site.

HATEA LOOP Starting and finishing at the Town Basin, this walk weaves its way past shops, through markets and beside yachts and parks. KAURI CREATIONS A working factory where 40,000-year-old kauri is handcrafted. Producing key rings and clocks right through to large pieces of furniture. BOTANICA – FERNERY, CONSERVATORY AND CACTI HOUSE Largest public collection of native ferns in New Zealand right in the heart of Whangārei. TOWN BASIN MARINA The heart of the city is pulsing with shops, cafés and the award-winning The Quay restaurant. TE MATAU A POHE BRIDGE Named after the Māori chief that greeted Europeans in the 19th century. With its distinctly modern features, it’s quite the head turner.

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ARE PLENTY OF SPACES AND PLACES TO DISCOVER. THE LAID-

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• Delicious café menu & fabulous cabinet selection incl gluten free • Award-winning Fair Trade and Organic coffee blend by Chiasso • Indoor/outdoor seating overlooking river & yacht marina • Fully licensed with quick, friendly service • Open 8am – 5pm daily • Free WiFi hotspot

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Whangārei Heads

THIS STUNNING 600HA PENINSULA HAS BOUNTIFUL BAYS AND A SPINE OF TOWERING VOLCANIC PEAKS.

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volcanoes mimic the shape of the islands offshore. Along the spine are the peaks of Mt Lion and Manaia – well worth the steep climb for the spectacular views. Whangārei Harbour is over 23km long and its wide tidal range means it's good for swimming at high tide and exploring at low tide. There are opportunities to fish, surf, kayak,

dive and hike. Climb to the top of the Heads for epic harbour views. Te Araroa National Walkway passes through Whangārei Heads from Pataua South to Mcleod Bay where there’s an old church – one of the earliest Presbyterian churches in New Zealand. Reotahi also has incredible views. Pull over at the Tiller Park sign and take

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the steep track to spectacular lookouts. For short day hikes, the Department of Conservation has developed both the Te Whara and Mount Manaia tracks.

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Tutukākā Coast THE TUTUKĀKĀ COAST ROAD WINDS THROUGH FARMLAND, BUSH AND GORGEOUS BEACHES, AS WELL AS PICTURESQUE HARBOURS, ESTUARIES, SWEET SURF SPOTS AND SMALL VILLAGES.

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he small yet lively Tutukākā Marina is the hub of the Tutukākā Coast. It's home to restaurants and bars, and it's where you'll find an extensive network of fishing and diving charters.

Game fish species abound in the deep blue Pacific water that washes this coast: at Tutukākā, you can hook up with a boat running everything from day charters to longer excursions as far north as the Three Kings. Tutukākā is also the gateway to the snorkelling and diving spots of the Northland coast – ‘Twin Wrecks’, two ex-navy vessels sunk to provide diving wrecks, and, of course, the Poor Knights Islands. This underwater spectacle of walls, caves, tunnels and 60m drop-offs creates a jaw-dropping experience for divers. Keep a tight bite on your mouthpiece!

Ōakura Bay This horseshoe bay is where teal water tickles soft golden sand and holiday homes sit invitingly just metres from the beach. The waves are punchy and keep surfers occupied for hours, while the clean beach pulls

swimmers into its crystal waters. At low tide an investigation of the rocky outcrop is a must, as are the ice creams, bought from the dairy and devoured on a stretch of sea-fronting grass.

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The Gallery & Café are situated on the scenic coastal route to Russell, set in a subtropical garden with spectacular sea views. The gallery has a wideranging collection of art by local Northland and New Zealand artists, including contemporary Māori and Pacific artists. The café is fully licensed PHONE: and serves breakfast, lunch and a large variety of +64 9 433 9616 (Gallery) +64 9 433 9934 (Café) homemade cabinet food.

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Explore the Bay of Islands FRECKLED WITH GLORIOUS ISLANDS AND DRENCHED IN A PALETTE OF BLUE, GREEN AND GOLD, THE BAY OF ISLANDS IS HEAVEN ON EARTH FOR HOLIDAYMAKERS.

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olours feel accentuated in the Bay of Islands. When the sun shines on this subtropical micro-region, an impossibly blue sky bleeds into dazzling emerald water, and picture-perfect hills – plucked straight from the pages of a children’s book – roll into talcum

white sand. Once you’ve finished goggling these startling vistas, you’ll be inspired to dive in. Quite literally. You’ll find no issue pursuing paragliding and big-game fishing, snorkelling, sea kayaking and swimming with dolphins. Scattered with 144 islands between Cape Brett and Purerua Peninsula,

divers are delivered mile after mile of rocky coastline, with two noteworthy shipwrecks. Take a cruise in the company of whales, or sail to the world-famous ‘Hole in the Rock’ enthralled as your skipper navigates a route through the gap. Embark on walks to the aptly named Rainbow Falls, and

kayak up the Waitangi River to the thunderous Haruru Falls. History buffs will enjoy Russell, where some of New Zealand’s first permanent British citizens settled. If you’re a keen foodie, head to Kerikeri where you can source local fresh produce at the weekly Old Packhouse Market.

KNOW BEFORE YOU GO • The Bay of Islands sits on the north-eastern coast of New

Zealand’s North Island and comprises of over 144 islands.

• Kupe, the legendary Polynesian navigator, first settled at

the Hokianga Harbour in 925 AD. For centuries after this Māori arrived in their waka (canoes). The Bay of Islands is home to tribes such as the Ngāpuhi.

• The signing of the Treaty of Waitangi took place in 1840.

Learn more at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Open daily, except Christmas Day.

• In 2006 a study found that the Bay of Islands has the second bluest sky in the world after Rio de Janeiro.

• Located in what’s often referred to as the ‘winterless

north’, winters are mild and summers are hot. Typically, temperatures are 20-22°C in summer and 15-16°C in winter.

• Sheltered bays and tropical currents from the equator make the water very inviting.

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Historic Russell ROMANTIC RUSSELL IS A BEAUTIFULLY LOCATED HISTORIC TOWN WITH A TURQUOISE HARBOUR.

R  USSELL named after Lord John Russell, Secretary for the Colonies 9km N of Paihia (15min ferry crossing between Paihia and Russell)

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year-round destination full of charm and incredible scenery, Russell is a pleasant place to spend time before embarking on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail.

See the country’s oldest church, Christ Church, built in 1836; its walls are scarred by musket and cannonball fire. Visit Pompallier Mission, constructed in 1842 to print Māori language books.

Russell is one of the country’s oldest European settlements and was once a major whaling and trading centre. It’s hard to imagine now, but the town was infamous as the ‘Hell Hole of the Pacific’ because of drunken lawlessness. In 1840, the then-named Kororāreka became the capital before it was moved to Auckland a year later.

With abundant seafood, the town has top eateries including the iconic Duke of Marlborough and The Gables. Russell is also the base for many water activities and there’s a good choice of walking trails to discover its history and also lovely tracks in nearby Ngaiotonga Forest.

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Romantic Russell ~ Steeped in history with a very chequered past. Spend a comfortable hour aboard our air-conditioned mini coaches as we take you back in time telling you stories going back to the earliest settlers whilst visiting places of significant historical interest not easily covered on foot, and discover why Russell has played such an important role in the history of New Zealand.

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Holiday destination PAIHIA

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THE SPIRIT OF ADVENTURE BLOWS IN THE BREEZE IN PAIHIA. PAVEMENT PLACARDS TEMPT VISITORS WITH MEMORY-MAKING EXPERIENCES AND THE OPTIONS APPEAR ENDLESS.

PAIHIA FARMERS’ MARKET

There’s no need to set the alarm because this all-weather farmers’ market doesn’t start until midday. Set up opposite the Maritime Building on the village green, many of the stalls are organically certified and offer tastings right up until closing time, which is 4.30pm.

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ake a trip to the outer islands, swim with dolphins, cruise your way around the bays or hook into a fishing expedition. Kayak the inlets and estuaries, walk the boardwalk to the spectacular Haruru Falls or enjoy dining alfresco in one of the many hidden bays. Take an overnight cruise and watch the sunrise from the deck of a boat. Book a scenic flight to Cape Rēinga, a helicopter tour of the coastline or embark on a heli-fishing expedition to the Cavalli Islands. If it’s spine-tingling adventure you’re after, then Paihia also delivers. Go

skydiving and take in the amazing views of the Bay of Islands, test your skills on a flying trapeze, try paragliding, or whiz out to the Hole in the Rock on a speedboat. Do the easy, two-day Twin Coast Cycle Trail between Paihia and Hōreke. Cyclists will also love the Waitangi Mountain Bike Park in the Waitangi Endowment Forest which has over 40km of scenic trails, suitable for all abilities. Visit the fascinating and insightful Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Museum to learn about the birth of modern day New Zealand.

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Northland Dining on the waterfront in Paihia © David Kirkland

In 1920 a launch service began to the scattered islands to pick up cream from the dairy farms. It also dropped off mail and supplies for a number of years. Sightseers started going along for the ride and the ‘CREAM TRIP’ subsequently became a daily commercial tour.

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any visitors to the Bay of Islands choose Paihia as their base. From where to eat to what to see and do, the town covers all bases. Paihia offers a great dining scene with many outstanding restaurants

and cafés, often showcasing the locally caught catch of the day in their menus. If you’re in need of relaxation, book a massage at one of Paihia’s day spas, or for an insight into Māori culture, check

out a culture show here. There are also a range of fantastic souvenir shops to browse, where you’ll find everything from greenstone carvings to possum fur products. Otherwise, simply wander towards the water and laze on the white-sand beach.

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BACK ON DRY LAND Enjoy a journey through New Zealand’s earliest settlements on the two-day Twin Coast Cycle Trail – Pou Herenga Tai. For glittering views of a region that’s extremely easy on the eyes, head inland to the Mt Bledisloe Lookout, and for an excellent walking track, drive 5km out of Paihia to the Haruru Falls. From here you can walk to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

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• Luxury studios & apartments • Quiet and central location • Sea views • Access facilities • FREE WiFi & internet kiosk • FREE bikes/tennis & BBQ • Tariff: from $79 (2 persons) seasonal 2 MacMurray Rd, Paihia • Ph +64 9 402 6236 Email: info@admiralsviewlodge.co.nz www.admiralsviewlodge.co.nz

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Northland Aerial view, Waitangi Treaty Grounds © Waitangi Treaty Grounds INSET: Carvings at the Meeting House, Waitangi Treaty Grounds © David Kirkland

Waitangi HISTORY IN THE MAKING The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are part of the 506ha Waitangi National Trust Estate. A must-see is the Treaty House, which was built in 1832 for the first British resident James Busby. Across the lawn is the magnificently detailed whare rūnanga, a beautiful meeting house with intricate carvings, which was completed in 1940 to mark the centenary of the treaty.

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f you want to know more about Māori and European history in New Zealand, this is where you need to start. It was in Waitangi on 6 February 1840 that the Treaty of Waitangi was first signed between Māori and the British Crown. The treaty established British control over New Zealand or governance (kawanatanga), depending on whether you’re reading the English or Māori version. And while neglected for many years, the treaty has played an increasingly

important role in recent times. The 35m waka taua (war canoe), Ngatokimatawhaorua, was built for the centenary of the treaty and a photographic exhibit details how it was fashioned from gigantic kauri logs. The flagpole in the grounds marks the spot where the Crown representatives and Māori chiefs signed the treaty. Admission fees apply for entry to the treaty grounds with a discount for New Zealand residents. Te Kongahu Museum of Waitangi has interactive displays and taonga (treasures) on display.

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Captivating Kerikeri HISTORY BUFFS AND NATURE FANS LOVE THIS CHARMING TOWN.

LOCAL BUZZ “Step back in time and walk into two of New Zealand’s oldest buildings, the Stone Store and Kemp House at Kerikeri Mission Station. Located on a pretty river five minutes from town.” Rebecca Varley – Marketing & Relationship Manager, Northland Chamber of Commerce

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Hand-made chocolates and other natural temptations

HIKA WHO DOMINATED MANY TRIBES THROUGHOUT THE NORTH ISLAND IN THE EARLY 1800S.

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ongi Hika was kind to European missionaries, allowing Samuel Marsden various privileges, including the freedom to harvest grape vines. Having established that New Zealand was favourable for wine making, Kerikeri became the first place in the country to plant vines. Kerikeri’s warm, sunny weather also provides ideal growing conditions for oranges, kiwifruit, tamarillos, macadamia nuts and avocados.

Buy them freshly picked in season at the Old Packhouse Market on Saturday and Sunday mornings and at roadside stalls. There’s also locally produced gourmet cheeses ice cream, liqueurs, handmade chocolates and natural skincare. Kerikeri is home to Wharepuke Subtropical Gardens, a Garden of National Significance, while Puketi Forest has good bush tracks with glowworms.

THE KAURI WORKSHOP • Plenty of gift ideas for all budgets. • Wide range of handcrafted wood made from New Zealand native timbers including kauri, rimu, totara and pohutukawa. • Overseas shipping available. • Come on in and see our woodturner at work.

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Northland Kemp House © Northlandnz.com INSET: Stone Store, Kerikeri © Destination Northland LEFT: Rainbow Falls © Getty Images

KERIKERI The historical Kerikeri mission station was protected by a chief called Hongi Hika. He encouraged European settlement so he could get his hands on muskets and give his people of Ngāpuhi a military advantage over other tribes.

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it – the studio is also home to ‘Get Fudged’ and sells 36 flavours.

the lovely Discoverers Garden from here and see plants used by Māori.

Kids will have lots of fun at The Parrot Place, which has 300 exotic birds including a dancing macaw. Visitors both young and old can’t resist having the exotic residents perch on their arms, hands and shoulders.

Observe the talented artists at Keriblue Ceramics. Pick up some beautiful handmade homewares, and a slab of fudge while you’re at

Rewa’s Village is a replica Māori fishing village representing life before Europeans arrived. Enter

The Bay of Islands Farmers’ Market on Sunday morning can be found on Hobson Ave. Kerikeri also has many pavement cafés, perfect for lunch in the sun, and of course a host of noteworthy vineyards. As the birthplace of New Zealand wine, Kerikeri’s first vineyard was destroyed by goats, but thankfully there are multiple cellar doors operating today.

Explore waterfalls

AND NATIVE BUSH There are many lovely bush walks with great views around Kerikeri. Take a 3.5km track along the banks of the Kerikeri River past an old pumping station to Wharepuke Falls and swimming hole. Ten minutes west from the falls, the track takes you to Fairy Pools. The base of spectacular Rainbow Falls is popular with kayakers. There’s parking at the end of Rainbow Falls Rd.

LEFT: Rainbow Falls © David Kirkland TOP: Boats at anchor, Kerikeri © Getty Images INSET: Bay of Islands Farmers’ Markets © NorthlandNZ.com

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AMAZING PLACES

Discover the Far North

Cape Rēinga © Getty Images

THE INCREDIBLE COASTLINE IN THE FAR NORTH IS SIMPLY BREATHTAKING. HEAD OUT TO GOOD FISHING GROUNDS OR

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he Far North is a tale of two different coasts. The east is more urbane with deep water harbours, sandy beaches and beautiful islands. The west is soulful and rugged with long stretches of isolated sands and gumdigger relics.

Whangaroa is an area of unspoilt beauty with amazing rock formations and regenerating bush. Known as the Marlin Capital of New Zealand, Whangaroa Harbour is only minutes from good fishing grounds. It’s safe for kayaking and small-boat fishing.

Cape Rēinga lighthouse sits proudly watching the Pacific Ocean collide with the Tasman Sea. The spirits of deceased Māori are said to leap into the waters here to return to their ancestral homeland of Hawaiki. The lighthouse salutes the stretch of land curving south to the giant Te Paki sand dunes – great for tobogganing – and Ninety Mile Beach.

At Mātauri Bay, a memorial to the Rainbow Warrior stands on the cliffs looking towards the spot where the Greenpeace vessel was finally scuttled. The protest vessel was blown up in Auckland in 1985 by French government agents trying to thwart the campaign against French nuclear testing in the Pacific. It’s now an excellent dive site packed with marine life.

110km N of Kaitāia on SH 1

A full day’s adventure

Please note that we take no responsibility for any injuries incurred while sand boarding and you participate at your own risk. Your safety is our concern but your responsibility. Enjoy!

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LOCAL BUZZ “Don’t forget those giant sand dunes staring back at you in Pukenui can be surfed down via a boogie board!” Koro Carman – Visitor Experience & Marketing Manager, Manea Footprints of Kupe

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Doubtless Bay Sweeping in a gigantic arc, Doubtless Bay is a lengthy bay with shady pōhutukawa trees, stunning beaches and rugged, rocky bays – an idyllic holiday destination. Mangōnui is the first township in the bay heading north and was once a whaling port, but is now notable for its courthouse, historic reserve, dune riding tours and fish and chip restaurant over the water. At Coopers Beach, there’s safe swimming and the pōhutukawa trees provide welcome shade. At Cable Bay, check out the pinkish sand, rock pools and a small lagoon. The wonderfully scenic Karikari Peninsula has a reputation as a go-to place for some R&R.

DOUBTLESS BAY 30km NE of Kaitāia on SH 10

• Free pick-ups from Ahipara and Kaitaia • Full lunch included • Sand boarding • Drive Ninety Mile Beach • Travel the Aupouri Peninsula • Full day trip from $55, child $35

Matthews Vintage Collection includes an extensive range of cars tractors and hundreds of household items and pioneering equipment going back to the 1900s. $10 Adults $5 Children ~ Under 5yrs FREE Hours: 9am-5pm 7 days a week – Closed Christmas Day & Good Friday Reduced Hours: May-November (please ring to confirm during these months)

WE SPEND THE LONGEST AT THE CAPE Ph: +64 9 408 1778 FREEPHONE: 0800 869 090 email: info@sandsafaris.co.nz www.sandsafaris.co.nz

HOUHORA HEADS

4365 SH 10, Kaitaia • P: +64 9 406 0203 • C: +64 27 824 9072 E: win@matthewsvintage.com • matthewsvintage.com

WHANGAROA HARBOUR

40km NW of Kaitāia on SH 1

63km N of Kaikohe

Houhora Heads (Wagener) Holiday Park CLASSIC KIWI CAMPING Peaceful location on the picturesque Houhora Harbour Swimming • 30min north of Kaitaia en route to Cape Reinga • Boat ramp pool • Close to 90 Mile Beach • Pizza oven Pet • Ensuite & standard cabins, power & non-power sites Friendly • Swimming pool • Hire kayaks • Popular fishing spot • Safe swimming, BBQ gazebo area, playground, secluded sites • Tariff: cabins from $68-$120, sites from $15pp. Seasonal rates/surcharge may apply

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Explore a hidden treasure of the Northland region with a boat cruise through the spectacular landscape of Whangaroa Harbour • 90-minute guided harbour tour • Tours depart daily in summer: 10am and 1pm • Bookings essential • Capacity for 13 passengers

• Plenty of viewing and photo opportunities • Lane cove and Dukes Nose drop-off/pick-up • Gear transportation to Lane Cove DOC hut

Phone +64 27 680 5588 or +64 9 405 1844 Email info@whangaroawater.co.nz • Website www.whangaroawater.co.nz

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FAR NORTH’S TOP SPOTS The Far North is known for its abundant fish life but the Houhora coastline is in a world of its own. Not only are the crystalline waters teeming with snapper and kingfish, they’re colossal in size. A fishing charter is a wonderful way to spend the day. Catch yourself a prize fish worthy of boasting about in the pub, or simply enjoy the tales spun by your skipper. Don’t be surprised if your reaction to Whangaroa Harbour is much like a moth around a light; you will be instantly drawn to its beauty. At just 200 metres wide, the narrow entrance opens to reveal a tumbling hillside, hidden bays and slivers of sand. Walk the track up the Duke’s Nose for stunning harbour views, or sail away on a boat for an effortlessly romantic experience.

THE INCREDIBLE COASTLINE IN THE FAR NORTH IS SIMPLY BREATHTAKING. HEAD OUT TO GOOD FISHING GROUNDS OR EXPLORE BEAUTIFUL, UNSPOILT BEACHES.

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LEARN ALL ABOUT GUMDIGGING AND THE LIFE OF PIONEERS AT KAITAIA’S MUSEUM AND KAURI ATTRACTIONS.

Kaitāia © Getty Images

KAITĀIA Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach

Te Paki Coastal Track © David Kirkland

A full day’s adventure

Please note that we take no responsibility for any injuries incurred while sand boarding and you participate at your own risk. Your safety is our concern but your responsibility. Enjoy!

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aitāia is the northernmost town in New Zealand and a good staging point from where you can explore the Aupōuri Peninsula, the sliver of land at the top of the North Island. The town is a good base to enjoy blokarting, fishing, diving and surfing. Visit Te Ahu which houses a museum dedicated to the area’s interesting mix of Māori and

Dalmatian ancestry. See a kauri gumdiggers site at Gumdiggers Park at Awanui. The Ancient Kauri Kingdom nearby is the largest retailer of kauri in the world and has a factory showroom. There are vineyards near Kaitāia too. This is also a good place to shop for gifts from skilled craftspeople working with wood, ceramics, paint, glass, flax, bone and greenstone. PAGE 9 - REGIONAL MAP


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inety Mile Beach is actually only 55 miles (88km) long and runs from Ahipara to almost the top of the North Island. Cape Rēinga is nearly the North Island’s most northernmost point. Surville Cliffs are 4km further north, but less accessible. At Cape Rēinga, the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea dramatically merge; there are spectacular views from the lighthouse and several walking tracks for exploring the Cape and Spirits Bay. In Māori legend, Cape Rēinga is where the spirits of the deceased leave the land by sliding down the roots of a lone pōhutukawa tree – slipping into the sea and continuing their journey to their ancestral home of Hawaiki. Spirits Bay can be accessed by gravel road and it’s worth the detour for the fantastic views. Head south to discover shipwrecks, giant sand dunes, gumdigger remnants and quiet beaches.

GOLDEN SAND DUNES AT TE PAKI AND GO FOR IT. LINE UP AGAIN AND CHALLENGE THE FAMILY TO EAT SAND AS YOU ALL CAREER DOWN THE MOUNTAINS OF SAND.

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his is a rugged beach town at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach. Ahipara is famous for its towering sand dunes, amazing sunsets and one of the best left-hand surf breaks in the world.

Shipwreck Bay was aptly named because many ships foundered off the coast here. Walk along the foreshore above the bay and discover gumdigging relics at Ahipara Gumfields Historic Reserve. There’s an 18-hole golf course running parallel to Ninety Mile Beach affording stunning views while you enjoy a round of golf. Relax and enjoy the scenery or take a beach safari, quad bike ride, go surfcasting or dig your toes in the sand and see tuatua shellfish pop up ready for eating.

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• Free pick-ups from Ahipara and Kaitaia • Full lunch included • Sand boarding • Drive Ninety Mile Beach • Travel the Aupouri Peninsula • Full day trip from $70, child $40

WE SPEND THE LONGEST AT THE CAPE Ph: +64 9 408 1778 FREEPHONE: 0800 869 090 email: info@sandsafaris.co.nz www.sandsafaris.co.nz

90 MILE BEACH FREEDOM QUAD BIKE HIRE

A U T A TU TALS REN Ahipara Drivers licence required Bookings essential NZTA licensed operator Ph + 64 9 409 4875 or Mob +64 0274 858 453 www.tuatuarentals.co.nz • info@tuatuarentals.co.nz

250 Ahipara Road, Ahipara

Gateway to Ninety Mile Beach Pick-up point for Cape Reinga tours

• FREE WIFI • FREE GAS BBQ • 4 hectares park-like setting

•Q  uad bike, surf & sand board hire

• 5min walk to 90 Mile Beach

• Horse trekking • Pet-friendly

• Cabins, ensuite rooms, park motels, backpackers, tent/ campervan sites

• Large vehicle access

• Winter ‘weekly’ rates

AHIPARA HOLIDAY PARK 168 Takahe Rd, Ninety Mile Beach, Ahipara P +64 9 409 4864 E ahiparaholidaypark@gmail.com Phone for reservations: 0800 888 988 www.ahiparaholidaypark.co.nz

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Explore HOKIANGA

Couple by the Hokianga Wharf © David Kirkland

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ore than 1000 years ago, Kupe and his people were the first to arrive in New Zealand, landing at beautiful Hokianga Harbour. This area is steeped in European history too: the first Catholic mass was held at Motuti in 1838. Along the waterfront are the historic towns of Ōpononi, Ōmāpere, Rāwene, Kohukohu and Hōreke. The beautiful twin settlements of Ōmāpere and Ōpononi are famous for the huge sand dunes that dominate the horizon.

After visiting historic Clendon House at lovely Rāwene, catch the car ferry from Rāwene to charming Kohukohu. Visit the Mission House in Hōreke, built for Wesleyan Reverend Nathaniel Turner in 1838 with views over the harbour. Not far from Kaikohe is Ngawha Springs where the rustic thermal pools are soothing and therapeutic. See the Wairere Boulders, some 30m high, formed by a lava flow 2.8 million years ago. They are thought to be the only eroded basalt rocks in the world. Hokianga sand dunes © Getty Images

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Hokianga Harbour © Getty Images

INVITES YOU TO LAZE, BATHE, SWIM AND SAIL. ALL UNDER THE WATCHFUL EYE OF THE 150M HIGH SAND DUNES THAT FRAME THE HORIZON.

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OPONONI, OMAPERE & HOREKE Laid-back Ōpononi and Ōmāpere are dual settlements on the south shore of the Hokianga Harbour. With a long stretch of white sand and glorious blue water, everyone’s dream of an easygoing lifestyle can be played out here. You’ll need both thighs and nerves of steel to tackle the giant sand dunes that these two settlements are famous for. To reach the dunes, catch a ride with Hokianga Express Charters from

Ōpononi Wharf. Standing at the foot of these golden behemoths is a daunting sight, but watching fearless children flying down the slopes on a body board – laughter resonating as they go – will reassure you it’s not as scary as it looks. Trudging to the top will definitely put some heat in your legs, but once you’ve whizzed down the dunes at an exhilarating speed, nothing will stop you from storming up for another go. It would be

ŌPONONI 50km SW of Kaikohe on SH 12

wrong to leave Ōpononi without saying hello to the statue of Opo the dolphin. A resident himself in the 1950s, he liked nothing more than taking the local kids for a ride on his back. Hōreke is a town of firsts. It was one of the first places to be settled by Europeans with a shipbuilding industry established soon after; the Horeke Hotel is one of New Zealand’s first pubs, and the nearby Methodist Mission hosted

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the country’s first ever murder trial in 1838. Perhaps most troubling, the Horeke Hotel didn’t initially sell any beer. A short drive down SH 1 leads to Rangiahua, home to tidal marshes thriving with wildlife including wading birds. Hōreke is also on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail from Ōpua. Stop for a rest at the aforementioned Horeke Hotel, now serving plenty of drinks and fresh food in an idyllic setting.

38km NW of Kaikohe

Horeke Hotel’s All Seasons Bike Hire and Shuttles

On the edge of the spectacular Hokianga Harbour & 20min drive from Waipoua Kauri Forest • Guest rooms & self-contained units to suit individuals, couples & families • Free WiFi • Continental breakfast upon request – tea & coffee included • Tariff: Guest Rooms $100-$140, Self-contained unit $100-$140 (extra person $15) 424 Underwood Rd, Whatamango Bay, RD210 1, Picton • P: +64 3 573 6256 CnrPort SH 12 & Fairlie Cres, Opononi • Res: +64 644 050 or +64 9 405 8451 • E: info@aseaview.co.nz •• www.aseaview.co.nz Email: opononidolphinlodge@xtra.co.nz www.opononidolphinlodge.co.nz

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We can assist in planning your cycling adventure or we can plan it all for you to include accommodation, meals, mountain bike and/or e-bike hire and shuttles

Give Pete a call on 09 401 9133 or 0276 661 144 or email horekehotel@gmail.com Check out our website: horekehotel.nz

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Explore

KAURI COAST/KAIPARA DISTRICT

Kaipara sunset © Getty Images INSET: Seals on the rock, Kaipara Harbour © davidwallphoto.com

KAIHŪ from Kaihu a-Ihenga (Secret eating of Ihenga) • 28km NW of Dargaville

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ravelling through the Kauri Coast/Kaipara District, you’ll pass the many inlets and tributaries of New Zealand’s largest harbour, the Kaipara. The area is renowned for its major kauri industry and shipping. Kaihū played an important part in the Northland’s kauri-logging boom. It was here the trees were logged and sent to Dargaville. Today there is an art and craft gallery dedicated to all things kauri, including furniture. Trounson Kauri Park was named after Edmund Trounson who died helping others in the 1918 flu epidemic. Edmund’s father, James Trounson, made the park a reserve back in 1890. The area is now 586ha and home to rare creatures like kauri snails, bats, weta and brown kiwi. Unfortunately, Kauri Dieback Disease riddles many of our kauri trees, eventually killing them. There is no cure so please clean your gear before and after visiting kauri areas to prevent extinction. You can check which tracks are open at www.doc.govt.nz

Kauri Arts & Crafts Gallery • Must-see attraction • Wide range of ancent kauri furniture • Wood art & crafts • NZ greenstone & paua jewellery • Pottery & glass • Kauri slabs/timber available • Shipping available worldwide

2888 State Highway 12, Kaihu, RD9 DARGAVILLE Phone: 09 439 7227 Fax: 09 439 7337 Mobile: 0274 930 504 www.nelsonskaihukauri.co.nz Email: kauri.furniture@xtra.co.nz

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Sheer beauty KAI IWI LAKES

Take a snap of Kai Iwi Lakes and tell your friends you’ve been to Tahiti – with its startling azure water and platinum white sand, they’d never know otherwise. The three freshwater lakes are naturally filled by rainfall, and such a dreamy shade of blue you’ll jump straight in. Perfect for swimming, water skiing and diving off the pontoon.

Kai Iwi Lakes © Destination Northland

KAI IWI LAKES 33km NW of Dargaville

MAJESTIC GIANT TANE MAHUTA Waipōua Forest is the domain of New Zealand’s largest living kauri tree, Tane Mahuta, ‘Lord of the Forest’. This imposing giant has a 13.77m girth, a trunk height of 17.68m and a total height of 51.5m. Waipōua, plus the adjoining forests of Mataraua and Waima, make up the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland. Tane Mahuta’s nearest challenger is Te Matua Ngahere, ‘Father of the Forest’.

Home away from home. Peaceful country setting. Awesome playground. 6 self-contained spacious cottages, 1-4 bedrooms, each with laundry, kitchen, BBQ, private deck. Easy access to beach/lakes. Pets by arrangement. Free WiFi. Tariff: $140-$215 (double).

Please help protect our kauri trees from incurable Kauri Dieback Disease by keeping to the tracks, staying away from kauri roots and cleaning your gear before and after visiting. You can check which tracks are open at www.doc.govt.nz

49 Kai Iwi Lakes Rd, Dargaville • P: 0274 986 667 E: kaiiwilakesresort@yahoo.com • www.kaiiwilakes.co.nz

Kai Iwi Lakes one of NZ’s best holiday spots!

Kai Iwi Lakes Camp Northland’s shining jewel 35km from Dargaville. 538 hectares of premier recreation reserve with white sand, freshwater dune lakes and 2 campgrounds. Perfect for camping, swimming, fishing, boating, kayaking, exploring walking and cycling tracks, wildlife & close to surf beach. • Only 3 hrs from Auckland, 35km from Dargaville • Tent & Campervan sites • Walking and cycling tracks • Water lovers’ paradise • Mobile shop open: 26th Dec - 6th February • Powered sites available Taharoa Domain, Kai Iwi Lakes & Domain Road, Omamari, Dargaville, Northland Phone: +64 9 439 0986 • Email: lakes@kaipara.govt.nz ON-LINE BOOKING: www.kaiiwicamp.nz

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HOBSON’S CHOICE

212 Victoria St, Dargaville • Ph: +64 9 439 8551 • hobsonschoice@xtra.co.nz

Dargaville is the kumara capital of the world; find out all about it at The Kumara Box. You can also take a boat trip down the Wairoa River or drive a buggy down an old train line. For sailing, swimming, water-skiing or fishing in the sun, head to the Kai Iwi Lakes, or if a long, sandy beach is more your style, visit Baylys Beach and try kite surfing, surf casting or quad biking. Visit some of Dargaville’s hidden gems: art galleries and studios are tucked away all around the Kaipara region where you will discover photos, carvings and sculptures.

DARGAVILLE early settler Joseph Dargaville • 58km SW of Whangārei

TELLING THE STORIES OF DARGAVILLE & THE KAURI COAST.

FREE WIFI Email: info@dargavillemuseum.co.nz Ph: 09 439 7555 Harding Park Pou tu te Rangi, 32 Mt. Wesley Coast Rd. Dargaville NZ 32 Mt Wesley Coast Road, Harding Park – Pou Tu Te Rangi, Dargaville P: +64 9 439 www.dargavillemuseum.co.nz 7555 • E: info@dargavillemuseum.co.nz www.dargavillemuseum.co.nz

RESERVATIONS: 0800 158 786 www.hobsonschoicemotel.co.nz

• Dargaville’s newest motel • 21 studio, 1 & 2-bedroom units, some with spa bath • Centralised swimming pool with tropical surroundings • Close to cafés, restaurants & town centre • Gateway to Kauri forest • Short drive to Baylys Beach, golf course and Kauri Museum

FREE FAST WIFI + SKY TV 50+ CHANNELS

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Northland Pouto Beach, Kaipara © Mark Schreurs / www.kaipara.govt.nz BELOW: Log dam, Matakohe © Matakohe Top 10 Holiday Park

MATAKOHE headland of the kohekohe (native tree) • 73km NW of Warkworth

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lovely little town set on an estuary at the upper reaches of the Kaipara Harbour, Matakohe is conveniently placed for exploring the mid-North’s scenic attractions. It lies a short distance from three boat ramps, with several golf courses, great walks and scenic drives nearby. The Kaipara Harbour is famed for its great fishing – drop a line off the wharf to catch your dinner. The town has several bush reserves nearby and two cafés where it’s easy to while away the entire afternoon. The early pioneers set up home at Matakohe and the Matakohe Kauri Museum tells the story of the golden years of kauri logging and gumdigging. Matakohe is also where the country’s first elected New Zealand-born Prime Minister, Joseph Coates, was born. The Coates Memorial Church was built and named in his honour and is now one of the town’s attractions.

The award winning Kauri Museum – Guardians of the kauri story, past, present and future.

• Focussing on the importance of the kauri tree to highlight New Zealand’s past and present, and inspire a sustainable future. • Impressive displays, stories and interactive exhibits form the country’s largest undercover museum. • A must see destination to start your Kauri Coast adventure! • Gift store with the best selection of Kauri products in New Zealand Open daily: 9am-5pm (Closed Christmas day) Contact details: Ph +64 9 431 7417 5 Church Road, RD 1, Matakohe 0593, Northland Email: admin@kaurimuseum.com www.kaurimuseum.com

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Rated as one of the Top Coastal Destinations on the Planet by ‘National Geographic Traveler’, the Tutukaka Coast has an authenticity that sparkles all year round. Natural beauty abounds: rocky shores, pristine white sand beaches, stunning coastal bush walks, and the incredible Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve. With accommodation, arts, cuisine, shopping, and activities to suit almost everyone, it is no wonder that the Tutukaka Coast was voted as one of the ‘Top Ten Must-Do’s in New Zealand’.

PLAY Dive! Tutukaka

0800 288 882

www.diving.co.nz

Perfect Day Ocean Cruise

0800 288 882

www.aperfectday.co.nz

Whangarei Coastal Commuter

0800 435 355

www.coastalcommuter.co.nz

Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club +64 9 434 3818

www.sportfishing.co.nz

Yukon Dive & Snorkel

021 261 1779

www.yukon.co.nz

+64 9 434 4176

www.moaseart.com

+64 9 434 3166

Tutukaka Marina

SHOP Tutukaka Gallery

EAT Marina Pizza Bar & Grill

Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club +64 9 434 3818

www.sportfishing.co.nz

STAY Lodge 9

+64 9 434 3867

www.lodge9.com

Lupton Lodge (Glenbervie)

0800 580 867

www.luptonlodge.co.nz

Pacific Rendezvous Resort Motel

0800 999 800

www.pacificrendezvous.co.nz

Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka

+64 9 470 2290

www.oceansresorthotel.co.nz

The Sands Motel

+64 9 434 3747

www.sandsmotel.co.nz

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