Visit the Kauri Coast, New Zealand
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 meters across.
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
- Kerikeri 42 miles away
- Paihia 44 miles away
- Russell 46 miles away
- Matauri Bay 52 miles away
- Bay of Islands 52 miles away
- 90 Mile Beach & Cape Reinga 73 miles away
- Warkworth 80 miles away
- Devonport 105 miles away
- Auckland 105 miles away
- Great Barrier Island 112 miles away
- Waiheke Island 113 miles away
- Waikato 134 miles away
- Thames & Kauaeranga Valley 150 miles away
- Coromandel Peninsula 151 miles away
- Waitomo 198 miles away
- Tauranga 201 miles away
- Bay of Plenty 214 miles away
- Rotorua 226 miles away
- Taranaki & New Plymouth 234 miles away
- Lake Taupo 250 miles away
- North Island 264 miles away
- Tongariro National Park 268 miles away
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.
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.
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.