11 days in Northland Region Itinerary

11 days in Northland Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northland Region trip planner

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Fly to Kaitaia Airport, Drive to Cape Reinga
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Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive
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Karikari Peninsula
— 1 night
Drive
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Taupo Bay
— 1 night
Drive
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Kerikeri
— 2 nights
Drive
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Paihia
— 2 nights
Drive
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Russell
— 2 nights
Drive
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Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive

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Cape Reinga

— 1 night
Cape Reinga or Te Rerenga Wairua is the northwesternmost tip of the Aupouri Peninsula, at the northern end of the North Island of New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 10th (Wed): trek along Te Paki Coastal Track and then take some stellar pictures from Cape Reinga Lighthouse. Here are some ideas for day two: explore the striking landscape at Te Paki Sand Dunes.

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Auckland to Cape Reinga is an approximately 4.5-hour combination of flight and car. You can also drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 11th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Karikari Peninsula.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks · Nature · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

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Karikari Peninsula

— 1 night
Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): take in the exciting artwork at Taute Gallery, enjoy the sand and surf at Taipa Beach, and then tour the pleasant surroundings at Matai Bay.

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Getting from Cape Reinga to Karikari Peninsula by car takes about 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to travel to Taupo Bay.

Things to do in Karikari Peninsula

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches · Shopping

Side Trip

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Taupo Bay

— 1 night
On the 13th (Sat), stroll through Taupo Bay Beach.

To see maps, photos, ratings, and more tourist information, you can read our Taupo Bay tour planner.

You can drive from Karikari Peninsula to Taupo Bay in an hour. On the 13th (Sat), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Taupo Bay

Parks · Outdoors · Beaches
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Kerikeri

— 2 nights
Kerikeri, the largest town in Northland New Zealand, is a popular tourist destination about three hours drive north of Auckland, and 80 km north of the northern region's largest city, Whangarei. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): make a trip to KeriKeri New Zealand, stop by Mahoe Cheese, then explore and take pictures at Akeake Historic Reserve Track, then learn about winemaking at Kapiro Vineyard, and finally stroll through Kerikeri River Track. On your second day here, stroll through Kororipo Pa Historic Walk, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, identify plant and animal life at The Parrot Place, then admire the sheer force of Rainbow Falls, then take in the architecture and atmosphere at St James Anglican Church, and finally learn about winemaking at Byrne Northland Wines.

For ratings, traveler tips, where to stay, and tourist information, you can read our Kerikeri trip tool.

Traveling by car from Taupo Bay to Kerikeri takes an hour. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 15th (Mon) so you can go by car to Paihia.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Historic Sites · Wildlife · Wineries
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Paihia

— 2 nights
The main tourist town in the Bay of Islands area, Paihia gives visitors a good range of accommodations, a convenient town center, long sandy beaches, and interesting architecture.
Kick off your visit on the 16th (Tue): admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, then steep yourself in history at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, and then take a memorable tour with Tours. On the 17th (Wed), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take some stellar pictures from Opua Forest Lookout Track, identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour, and then fulfill a lifelong dream with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience.

To find ratings, maps, reviews, and tourist information, use the Paihia tour itinerary planning app.

Paihia is just a short distance from Kerikeri. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 17th (Wed) so you can go by car to Russell.

Things to do in Paihia

Wildlife · Parks · Outdoors · Tours

Side Trip

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Russell

— 2 nights
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 18th (Thu): contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, see some colorful creatures with Phantom Sailing, and then look for all kinds of wild species at Russell Nature Walks. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the next day: look for gifts at South Sea Art, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, then learn about winemaking at Omata Estate, and finally contemplate the long history of Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve.

To see photos, where to stay, traveler tips, and more tourist information, read our Russell trip maker site.

Getting from Paihia to Russell by car takes about an hour. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Fri) to allow time to drive to Whangarei.

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors · Tours · Historic Sites · Wildlife
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Whangarei

— 1 night
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. On the 20th (Sat), wander the streets of Town Basin, admire the sheer force of Whangarei Falls, and then hike along Bream Head Coast Walks.

Inspirock's itinerary builder makes planning a Whangarei trip simple and quick.

You can drive from Russell to Whangarei in 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 20th (Sat) so you can drive back home.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Neighborhoods
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Northland Region travel guide

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Tail of the Fish
Boasting a sub-tropical climate and two extensive coastlines, Northland Region makes a great destination for those who love water sports, marine life, and relaxing on the beach. A holiday in Northland Region can include dolphin-watching boat cruises, snorkeling and diving opportunities, and sandy beaches that stretch as far as the eye can see. However, venture farther inland and you'll find still more to enjoy. As a hub of Maori culture and communities, historical sites important to the story of the nation, and staggering biodiversity in native forests, the interior of Northland Region offers a wealth of experiences to complement its two coasts.