Northland is the northernmost region of New Zealand. The Northland and The Bay of Islands is an area rich in Maori culture, and one of just a few places that has actually become more rural over the past ten years. The Northland is a beautiful, and very temperate region boasting New Zealand’s highest average annual temperatures; perfect for sun-seeking holidaymakers.
Spot Dolphins on a Cruise Around the Bay of Islands
One of the best things to do in Northland New Zealand includes heading across to the Bay of Islands. Jump on a cruise that will show you some of the lesser-seen and most beautiful view of the Northland Coast and sail you around some of the more secluded islands and bays in the region. A Bay of Island cruise also offers the chance to swim with dolphins. The Bay of Islands is home to dolphins all year round, and you have a 95% chance of seeing them on your cruise. If you sail on a day where you don’t see dolphins then you’ll get a free voucher to try again another day.
Experience the Beautiful Landscape of Northland New Zealand by Bicycle
There’s no better way to explore the stunningly beautiful rural landscape of the north of New Zealand than by bicycle. Out in the open air, with no engines rumbling in your ears and the ability to hop off at any given moment, a bicycle can really connect you to your surroundings. So we reckon that one of the best things to do in Northland is to take an easy going, smooth ride along The Twin Coast Cycle Trail that takes you from the east to the west coast of Northland. Winding through open countryside, small towns and farmland, the route offers incredible views and the chance to take in some of New Zealand’s earliest Maori and European sights.
Experience the Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Northland New Zelaand was home to the first European settlers, and the town of Waitangi became even more significant when, in 1840, the founding document of New Zealand – the Treaty of Waitangi – was signed there. The treaty represents the most important agreement made between the British Crown and Maori people in the country’s history. A visit to the Waitangi Treaty House Grounds tells the story of this key moment, and the exceptional guided tour will introduce to some of the other personalities and events that have shaped this great nation. Stick it on your ‘things to do in Northland’ list and take a look at the beautifully carved meeting house and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe while you’re there.
These are just a few of our favourite things to do in Northland and the Bay of Islands, but as life-long lovers of New Zealand, we’d like to share more of our top tips for visiting this beautiful region with you. We’re here to help, so drop us a line any time.
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