Northland and Bay of Islands

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

Northland is a story of two coastlines – the west coast is rugged and soulful while the east coast it is relatively more sophisticated and urbane.

In the beautiful Bay of Islands you can take a boat cruise around the 144 islands, swim with dolphins, dive, fish or just relax in the sun.  The Waitangi Treaty Grounds, is one of New Zealand's most significant historic sites where the Treaty between Local Maori and the British Crown was first signed.  Across the bay is the picturesque town of Russell, New Zealand's first capital. Paihia is the main town in the Bay and great place to base a visit to Northland.

On the west coast you’ll encounter magnificent Tane Mahuta, “The Lord of the Forest” , thought to be over 2000 years old and the largest kauri tree in existence. Then venture north to Hokianga Harbour and Ninety-Mile Beach, areas with huge white sand dunes and laid back beach communities.

At the northernmost tip of the country is Cape Reinga, famous for its lighthouse and you can watch the seas of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea collide.  This is the place where the 'spirits' in Maori legend depart to return to their ancestral home in Hawaiki. 

Northland's only city, Whangarei, has plenty of accommodation and is an excellent place to enjoy the Northland lifestyle. Sit at a quayside café and watch the yachts or visit the farmers’ market on a Saturday morning and stock up on the freshest local food.

Motorsport Attractions

  • Packard and Pioneer Museum at the Town Basin.  This is a small taster collection which is changed regularly.  Located at the Town Basin in Whangarei it is a great stop of point for Lunch or a break.
  • Packard and Pioneer Museum Main Collection - This is the Main collection of Packards, Trucks, motorcycles, Tractions engines and more located at Maungatapere, 12km from Whangarei CBD