Northland Trails

Northland Travel Agency

Key information and facts, major activities and attractions in the Northland region.

Best Hiking trails in Northland
(New Zealand) and more

The subtropical Northland region of New Zealand
stretches upwards from Auckland to the very top
of New Zealand. Take a journey along the Twin Coast Discovery Highway to the iconic Bay of Islands,
as well as the Kauri Coast, the Far North, and Whangarei.

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Best Northland walks

Mangawhai Cliffs Walkway

Combine a gorgeous vast surf beach and wonderful sea views from the cliffs. Time it for low tide and you can do an excellent loop walk, walking back on the beach. Too close to high tide and you'll get wet.

AH Reed Canopy
Walkway to Whangarei Falls

FTake in two of Whangarei's best sights in one walk, with two big Kauri trees and a 26m idyllic waterfall on the way. The reserves are connected by a nice river walk.

From Peach Cove car park
to Ocean Beach via Bream Head
and Smugglers Cove loop

The steep ascent through conservation bush to Bream Head will be rewarded with some great views from the cliffs (magma plugs) on top, then you'll see the Hen & Chicken Islands and magnificent Ocean Beach all the way down. Back along the street to the car park.

Northland region highlights

Whangarei Falls

Northland's main centre combines city feeling with an environment that's up there with New Zealand's best. You can find magnificent viewpoints from the top of extinct volcanoes, a rich Maori and European heritage with many historic pa sites, a beautiful Town Basin that attracts yachts from around the world, protected bush and walking tracks wherever you go, and the 26m Whangarei Falls which are the best of at least 5 other nice waterfalls in the vicinity. Whangarei has a subtropical climate and a very high density of artists and art galleries. The Bay of Islands and West Coast are already within day trip distance and the Whangarei Heads and Tutukaka Coast with their wild ocean beaches and idyllic bays are only a short drive away.

The Whangarei Heads

The beautiful drive on the northern shore of Whangarei Harbour starts at the Town Basin in Whangarei. Along the Pohutukawa lined coast there are many picturesque bays, bush walks and Polynesian style volcanic summits, the roads end at wild ocean beaches - and only a few surfers and fishermen to share them with. After Parua Bay you can go straight towards the remote beaches of Pataua and Taiharuru, or take the right turnoff towards McLeod Bay and Ocean Beach. Soon Mount Manaia is towering above the landscape. At McLeod Bay you can detour to Reotahi behind Mount Aubry and get a close look at New Zealand’s only oil refinery across the harbour or see a small island marine reserve and the freezing works ruins from where frozen meat was shipped to England nearly 100 years ago.

Northland travel tips

Follow the coastal roads

to see hundreds of stunning beaches and bays. On the East Coast you will find the most beautiful and idyllic swimming coves fringed with Pohutukawa trees.

Take a cruise in the Bay of Islands

or to the Poor Knights Islands to see what amazing things New Zealand has to offer in and on water.

Learn about New Zealand settler

and Maori history in the many heritage museums - this is where it all began!

Check out

at least one of the many bush and coastal tracks - they can be found in all Northland corners.

Samantha Lyons

Chief at Northland Travel

Travel addict and passionate about photography, Samantha Lyons started Northland Trails Travel Agency in 2016.

Northland Travel is your local provider of group tour departures, living among you and serving you.

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What our clients saying about us

Thanks Samanta. You show me absolutely an outdoor paradise. I’m really looking forward to doing the Northland this year again.

Elise Humphries

I would recommend this company to anyone who wants a slower, more personalised tour. Samantha did everything possible to give each of us the trip of a lifetime. Her patience and good humor kept us all smiling and her planning allowed us to see and do more than I would have thought possible.

Matthew Dodd

Northland is beautiful with sprawling coastline, fantastic weather and welcoming people. There are activities to suit everyone. I took up surfing and joined bootcamp whilst my partner became an active member of the local tennis club.

Harrison Baxter

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