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The quickest way to drive between Auckland and the Bay of Islands is along the eastern route, but the west coast route, passing through ancient kauri forests and lush rolling farmland, is well worth the extra time.

Waipoua Forest is the most significant remnant of the once extensive forests of Northland, and is home to the oldest remaining kauri trees, one over 2,000 years in age, and many with trunks several metres across.

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Suggested Kauri Coast itinerary

This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in the Kauri Coast, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.

Accommodation choices for the Kauri Coast

We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit the Kauri Coast. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.

Ideas for experiencing the Kauri Coast

Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting the Kauri Coast, and which use the best local guides.

Map of the Kauri Coast

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    Places near the Kauri Coast