27 days in Northland Region Itinerary

27 days in Northland Region Itinerary

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27 days in Northland Region Itinerary

Start: Auckland
Fly + Drive:  4​h 30​min
1
Cape Reinga
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
2
Kaitaia
— 4 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
3
Opononi
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
4
Kerikeri
— 8 nights
Drive:  1​h 15​min
5
Russell
— 5 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
Whangarei
— 6 nights
Drive:  2​h
End: Auckland

2
nights
Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga is known for historic sites and beaches. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the pleasant sights at Cape Reinga, take in the dramatic natural features at Te Paki Sand Dunes, stroll through Tapotupotu Beach, and visit a coastal fixture at Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk.

For where to stay, more things to do, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Reinga trip itinerary planner .

Auckland to Cape Reinga is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 5th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Te Paki Coastal Track, Te Paki Sand Dunes
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Te Paki Sand Dunes ©
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga
Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk

4
nights
Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. Get out of town with these interesting Kaitaia side-trips: Mangonui (Exhibit A Gallery, Coopers Beach, & more) and Rangikapiti Pa Historic Reserve (in Coopers Beach). Next up on the itinerary: kick back and relax at Ninety Mile Beach, tee off at Northland Golf Course at Peppers Carrington Resort, examine the collection at Mathew's Vintage Museum, and stroll through Matai Bay.

To see where to stay, reviews, ratings, and other tourist information, you can read our Kaitaia online tour planner .

You can drive from Cape Reinga to Kaitaia in 2 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sat) so you can go by car to Opononi.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Mangonui, Awanui, Matai Bay, Taipa Beach
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Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Ka-uri Unearthed ©
Ka-uri Unearthed
Matai Bay
Matai Bay

1
night
Opononi

Opononi ©
Opononi and Omapere are dual settlements on the south shore of the Hokianga harbour in Northland Region, New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 10th (Sun): contemplate the long history of Clendon House, see the interesting displays at Simply Fun, go for a walk through Waimamaku Coastal Track, then hike along Tane Mahuta Walk, and finally kick back and relax at Koutu Boulders.

To see more things to do, ratings, maps, and more tourist information, go to the Opononi travel route tool .

Traveling by car from Kaitaia to Opononi takes 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 10th (Sun) early enough to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Opononi

Historic Sites Museums Parks

Side Trip

Rawene
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Clendon House ©
Clendon House
Tane Mahuta Walk ©
Tane Mahuta Walk

8
nights
Kerikeri

Kerikeri ©
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Change things up with these side-trips from Kerikeri: Kawiti Caves (in Kawakawa) and Waitangi Mountain Bike Park (in Waitangi). There's much more to do: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, get a new perspective on things with Boat Tours & Water Sports, take in the dramatic scenery at Rainbow Falls, and get interesting insight from Tours.

For more things to do, traveler tips, where to stay, and other tourist information, go to the Kerikeri planning site .

Traveling by car from Opononi to Kerikeri takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 18th (Mon) to allow enough time to drive to Russell.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Paihia, Kawakawa, Kaikohe, Waitangi Mountain Bike Park
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Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Haruru Falls ©
Haruru Falls

5
nights
Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Venture out of the city with trips to Paihia (The Cabbage Tree Shop, Urupukapuka Island, & more). The adventure continues: see majestic marine mammals with a dolphin and whale watching tour, take in the architecture and atmosphere at Christ Church, contemplate the long history of Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, and stroll through Oneroa Bay.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and more tourist information, you can read our Russell trip itinerary site .

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Russell takes 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 23rd (Sat) early enough to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors Parks Historic Sites

Side Trip

Paihia
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Dolphin & Whale Watching
Pompallier Mission and Printery ©
Pompallier Mission and Printery
Urupukapuka Island ©
Urupukapuka Island

6
nights
Whangarei

Whangarei ©
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Change things up with these side-trips from Whangarei: Mangawhai (Fishing Charters & Tours & Mangawhai Walkway), Waipu Cave (in Waipu) and The Kauri Museum (in Matakohe). There's still lots to do: take in the dramatic scenery at Whangarei Falls, glide peacefully along the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track, and take in nature's colorful creations at Whangarei Quarry Gardens.

To see other places to visit, photos, more things to do, and other tourist information, go to the Whangarei vacation tool .

You can drive from Russell to Whangarei in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 29th (Fri) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

Tutukaka, Whangarei Heads, Mangawhai, Waipu Cave, The Kauri Museum
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Whangarei Falls ©
Whangarei Falls
Bream Head Coast Walks ©
Bream Head Coast Walks
Town Basin ©
Town Basin

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