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           NORTHLAND, WHERE NEW ZEALAND REACHES FOR THE TROPICS, WHERE TWO OCEANS COLLIDE, WHERE PLENTIFUL SUNSHINE AND RICH EARTH PRODUCE ABUNDANT KIWI CITRUS, WHERE NATIVE MAORI AND 170+ YEARS OF IMMIGRANTS STRUGGLE TO COEXIST IN A NATURAL PARADISE ALL WISH TO PRESERVE.

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Subtropical Paradise Where

Colonial New Zealand Began.

          When Europeans first colonized New Zealand, they chose sunny Northland with its sunny, warm, ocean climate, rich, arable land, and twin coasts teeming with fish. To settle here, colonists had to reach an accommodation with the native Maori. Visitors today still encounter the turquoise waters, long beaches, great trees, myriad islands, and ideal weather of Northland. They encounter the Maori, too, and learn the history of the "accommodation".

 

The two ocean coasts of Northland provide activities including deep sea fishing, swimming, cruising, sea kayaking, swimming with dolphins, and sun bathing. Pictured is a deep-sea fishing boat plying scenic Whangaroa Harbor. Photo  Home At First.
Cruising Whangaroa Harbour, Northland
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Attractions in Northland:

Visit Waitangi Treaty House, where colonial New Zealand began, and where you discover Maori culture and crafts.

Explore the subtropical rain forest to find giant, primitive Kauri trees and rare New Zealand birds.

Take adventure cruises: tour the Bay of Islands, swim with dolphins, go deep-sea fishing, scuba diving, snorkelling, and sea kayaking.

Hike, Swim, & Cruise for a half-day in an unspoiled coastal paradise at Whangaroa.

Golf at Kauri Cliffs, Kerikeri, and Waitangi courses.

Day-trip to Ninety-Mile Beach or Cape Reinga at New Zealand's northern tip.

 

 

Lodgings: Ideally located bed and breakfast villas and inns in Kerikeri, Paihia, and other Northland towns in the Bay of Islands region. HOME AT FIRST lodgings in Northland are in or near attractive, prosperous towns with several restaurants and other services, centrally located to permit the efficient exploration of New Zealand's fascinating Northland region and with easy access to all the region's top activities. HOME AT FIRST lodgings are small, owner-operated, upscale accommodations with knowledgeable, welcoming hosts eager to help guests get the most out of a Northland visit.

Home At First's top-rated French-themed Maison Kerikeri: a superb accommodation with welcoming hosts in Northland. Photo  Home At First.
HOME AT FIRST's top-rated Maison
Kerikeri lodgings
in Kerikeri, Northland.
Photo HOME AT FIRST

 

 

 

Dolphin encounter in the Bay of Islands, Northland. Photo  Home At First.

Pre-Planned Northland Adventures:
          Most activities for your visit can be comfortably arranged once you are in Northland. However, if you will only be spending 1-3 days there, and, especially, if you plan your visit for January-March, we recommend you pre-reserve certain popular Northland activities before leaving home for New Zealand:
                        SWIMMING WITH DOLPHINS
                        DAY HIKING IN PARADISE
                        GOLF AT KAURI CLIFFS

            HOME AT FIRST will make these advance reservations for you for specific dates/times. There is no extra charge for this service.

Swimming with wild dolphins in the calm,
warm waters of the Bay of Islands.

Photo HOME AT FIRST

 

 

 

Beaches: Northland is blessed with some of New Zealand's most magnificent beaches, including secluded coves with turquoise water near Russell in the Bay of Islands; an empty, broad, golden strand and a sheltered cove at Matauri Bay; a spectacular double-scalloped South Pacific volcanic beach at Matai Bay; and the wild mountain beaches of the Karikari Peninsula. Discovering the region's best beaches means coming across some of its best fishing villages and seafood restaurants, too, guaranteeing another perfect day in paradise.

Exploring the twin coasts of Northland leads to many surprises, including sheltered coves and empty beaches, like here at Matauri Bay. Photo  Home At First.
Sheltered cove at Matauri Bay, Northland.
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Air New Zealand domestic flight arrival at Whangarei, Northland's principal airport. Photo  Home At First.
Air New Zealand domestic flight arrival at
Whangarei, Northland's principal airport.

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Getting to/from Northland:
          Most HOME AT FIRST guests begin their New Zealand itineraries in Northland. After their international flight into Auckland, they take a short domestic flight to Kerikeri's Bay of Islands Airport or to Whangarei Airport an hour's drive south of the Bay of Islands. At either airport they collect their rental car and drive the last few minutes to their Northland lodgings. Some HOME AT FIRST guests come to Northland by rental car from Auckland, approximately 3 driving hours to the

 

south.

 

 

 

Getting around Northland:
          Drivers will experience little traffic on Northland roads. Even in crowded market towns, driving here is basically stress-free. In addition, visitors can tour parts of the region by specialty rail, bus, and boat for specific sightseeing trips only
like the famous "Hole in the Rock" boat excursion on the Bay of Islands, or the 90-Mile-Beach 4-wheel-drive bus tour to Cape Reinga Light. Use of a rental car permits great flexibility and independence for touring the coves, villages, mountains

Bay of Islands ferry underway from Paihia to Russell. Several local companies offer guided trips to the main attractions of Northland. Photo  Home At First.
Bay of Islands ferry underway from Paihia to
Russell. Several local companies offer guided
trips to the main attractions of Northland.

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and forests of Northland especially for

 

those wanting to stop and enjoy the scenery, and explore small, out-of-the-way places.

 

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