Northland New Zealand
Northland is a forested, subtropical region at the top New Zealand's North Island. The Bay of Islands is studded with sheltered beaches, wineries and colonial-era towns like Russell. It’s also home to the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, a historic Maori site. To the West you'll find one of the most intact Kauri forests left in the country while further north is the famed Ninety Mile Beach stretching along the west coast toward Cape Reinga. You drive this - it's actually a road and the beach is full of tuatua shellfish.
As for the beaches, where do you start! Northland is littered with beaches for the endless curve of Ninety Mile Beach to stunning east coast destinations like Rarewa Beach where the linen white sand sqeaks under your feet.
You can't go past two locations if you're into fishing - first is Tutukaka and the second in the Bay of Islands. The Bay of Island's is New Zealand game fishing capital and is home to the country's oldest game fishing club the Bay of Islands Swordfish Club ("The Swordy").
There is great diving and snorkeling all around northland but you cant go past the Poor Knights Islands. Jacques Cousteau rated this place as one of the 10 best dives on the planet and you wont be disappointed.
Where to stay
Head to the Bay of Islands and treat yourself and stay at Russell's Duke of Marlborough Hotel, one of the country's oldest, most iconic and most luxurious hotels. It's right on the water and the food is 5-star. All along the coasts there are hotels and motels as well as plenty of campgrounds and air bnb's to choose from and there's something to suit every budget, from backpackers to 5-star.
Visit the Poor Knights Islands, Take a trip out to the Hole in the Rock at Cape Brett from the Bay of Islands, swim with the dolphins, drive up Ninety Mile beach and visit the very tip of the country and the departing place for the spirits in Maori mythology.