Northland and the Bay of Islands

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  • 1. Matakohe Kauri Museum

    South of Dargaville is Matakohe, a pocket-size town with this singularly outstanding attraction. The museum's intriguing collection of artifacts, tools, photographs, documents, and memorabilia traces...Read More

  • 2. Waipoua State Forest

    Kauri forests once covered this region, and Waipoua State Forest contains the largest collection of the remaining trees although many are currently under threat from...Read More

  • 3. Waitangi National Trust Estate

    Take in a major site in New Zealand's history at the northern end of Paihia to gain a better understanding of the turbulent relationship between...Read More

  • 4. Christ Church

    One of the donors to the construction of New Zealand's oldest church was Charles Darwin, who at that time in 1835 was making his way...Read More

  • 5. Claphams Clocks—The National Clock Museum

    If you want to while away some time, this clock museum is the place for you. About every conceivable method of telling time is represented....Read More

  • 6. Dargaville

    Sixty-four kilometers (40 miles) south of the Waipoua Forest along the Kaihu River, you'll come to sleepy Dargaville, once a thriving river port and now...Read More

  • 7. Goat Island

    Take a trip to the Goat Island (also known as Te Hawere-a-Maki Marine Reserve), where fishing is prohibited and marine life has returned in abundance....Read More

  • 8. Historic Kerikeri Basin

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    Most of the interest in Kerikeri lies just northeast of the modern town on the Kerikeri Inlet where you'll see the Stone Store, the country...Read More

  • 9. Kerikeri Mission Station

    The station, which includes the 1821 Mission House and the Stone Store, provides a fascinating and rare look at pretreaty New Zealand. Kemp House, otherwise...Read More

  • 10. Kiwi North

    Minutes out of town, this 61-acre park is home to a nocturnal kiwi house, several Heritage buildings, and the Whangarei Museum. The museum has some...Read More

  • 11. Kororipo Pā

    Across the road from the Kerikeri Basin's Stone Store is a path leading to the historic site of Kororipo Pā, the fortified headquarters of legendary...Read More

  • 12. Māngungu Mission House

    The 1838 Māngungu Mission House is an overlooked stop on the tourist trail. Although Waitangi is the most famous site of New Zealand's founding document,...Read More

  • 13. Mt. Bledisloe

    On the National Trust Estate beyond the Treaty Grounds, Mt. Bledisloe showcases the splendid view across Paihia and the Bay of Islands. The handsome ceramic...Read More

  • 14. Pompallier Mission

    New Zealand's oldest industrial building, the Pompallier Mission, at the southern end of the Strand, was named after the first Catholic bishop of the South...Read More

  • 15. Reyburn House Art Gallery

    This is the oldest kauri villa in Whangarei. It is home to the Northland Society of Arts and regularly hosts exhibitions from New Zealand artists....Read More

  • 16. SheepWorld

    Head for SheepWorld about an hour north of Auckland for a taste of life on a typical New Zealand sheep farm. Twice a day demonstrations...Read More

  • 17. Te Ahurea

    Formerly called simply "Rewa's Village," this museum re-creates a kāinga (unfortified fishing village) where local Māori lived in peaceful times. In times of war they...Read More

  • 18. The Hundertwasser Public Toilets

    On the main street of Kawakawa, a nondescript town just off State Highway 1 south of Paihia, stand surely the most outlandish public toilets in...Read More

  • 19. Warkworth Museum

    For a glimpse of Northland's pioneering past pay a visit to the Warkworth District Museum. It's a must if you are interested in learning about...Read More

  • 20. Whangarei Falls

    The falls are a lovely picnic spot, located on Ngunguru Road, 5 km (3 miles) northeast of town. Viewing platforms are atop the falls, and...Read More

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