Tailor-make your trip to Auckland & Northland
Known as the ‘winter-less north’, Northland has a lot to offer the sun-seeking traveller. The journey from Auckland is not a short drive, but with the main highway never more than a short detour from the coast, there are plenty of excuses to break the journey.
Bay of Islands
The Bay of Islands, famous for its teal blue waters and lovely sailing days, is a popular spot for exploring some of the country’s most evident colonial and Maori history. Most significant of all is Cape Reinga, the tip of the country, sacred to the Maori people as their spirit’s leaping point, whisking them after death back to their mythical homeland, Hawaiki.
Just below Northland is the largest and most cosmopolitan city, Auckland. Former host to two America’s Cup challenges the twin harbours are perpetually awash with sails. A conurbation, Auckland is made up of four major cities - Auckland city, the North Shore, Waitakere, and Manukau - and each presents a different side to Auckland living.
The North Shore
The North Shore is defined by its picture-perfect bays and familial feel; Waitakere is dramatic with rugged beaches and densely forested ranges; Auckland city is vibrant, corporate and buzzing; while Manukau city, largely populated by the Maori and Polynesian communities, feels earthier.