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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.

Map of the Kauri Coast

Places & hotels on the map

    Places near the Kauri Coast

    Photos of the Kauri Coast

    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.

    • Waipoua Lodge, Kauri Coast

      Waipoua Lodge

      First Class

      Nestled on a ridge overlooking the impressive Waipoua Forest, Waipoua Lodge is the perfect base from which to explore the beautiful Kauri Coast.

    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.

    • Kauri trees, Waipoua Forest

      Waipoua Forest Twilight Encounter

      The Kauri Coast

      The spiritual environment of the Waipoua Forest provides a natural stage for an unforgettable encounter with some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world.