12 days in Northland Region Itinerary

12 days in Northland Region Itinerary

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Whangarei
— 2 nights
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Russell
— 4 nights
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Opononi
— 1 night
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Kerikeri
— 4 nights
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Whangarei

— 2 nights
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Step out of Whangarei to go to Matakohe and see The Kauri Museum, which is approximately 1 hour away. There's much more to do: trek along Bream Head Coast Walks, wander the streets of Town Basin, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Mount Manaia Track, and take in the dramatic scenery at Whangarei Falls.

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Auckland to Whangarei is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 2nd (Wed) so you can go by car to Russell.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Nature · Trails · Wildlife

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Russell

— 4 nights
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Explore the numerous day-trip ideas around Russell: Paihia (Urupukapuka Island, Waitangi Golf Club, &more). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Phantom Sailing, contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, stop by South Sea Art, and pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church.

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You can drive from Whangarei to Russell in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Sun) early enough to drive to Opononi.

Things to do in Russell

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Historic Sites

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Opononi

— 1 night
Opononi and Omapere are dual settlements on the south shore of the Hokianga harbour in Northland Region, New Zealand. On the 7th (Mon), go for a walk through Arai Te Uru Heritage Walk, then stroll through Tane Mahuta Walk, and then delve into the lush surroundings at Waipoua Forest.

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You can drive from Russell to Opononi in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 7th (Mon) early enough to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Opononi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Nature

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Kerikeri

— 4 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. Kerikeri is known for nature, parks, and shopping. Your trip includes some of its best attractions: admire the natural beauty at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, stroll through Paihia Harbour, stroll around Waitangi Mountain Bike Park, and steep yourself in history at The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station.

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Getting from Opononi to Kerikeri by car takes about 1.5 hours. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Fri) so you can catch the flight back home.

Things to do in Kerikeri

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Northland Region travel guide

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Gardens · Waterfalls · Scuba & Snorkeling
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.