15 days in Northland Region Itinerary

15 days in Northland Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northland Region travel planner

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Make it your trip
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Whangarei
— 2 nights
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Russell
— 4 nights
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Kerikeri
— 5 nights
Drive
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Opononi
— 2 nights
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Cape Reinga
— 1 night
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Whangarei

— 2 nights
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Change things up with a short trip to Ocean Beach in Whangarei Heads (about 42 minutes away). There's lots more to do: admire the natural beauty at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, wander the streets of Town Basin, find your balance on the water with some of the best stand-up paddleboarding in the area, and look for gifts at The Bach.

To find ratings, reviews, more things to do, and more tourist information, read our Whangarei trip maker app.

Auckland to Whangarei is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Cap off your sightseeing on the 25th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Russell.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

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Russell

— 4 nights
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Venture out of the city with trips to Paihia (Opua Forest Lookout Track, Waitangi Golf Club, &more) and Northland Dive (in Whangaruru). And it doesn't end there: contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, see the interesting displays at Russell Museum, learn about winemaking at Omata Estate, and indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas.

For traveler tips, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, you can read our Russell travel route site.

Getting from Whangarei to Russell by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sat) to allow time to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Russell

Historic Sites · Outdoors · Golf · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Kerikeri

— 5 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: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the striking features of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parrot Place, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

To find ratings, photos, other places to visit, and tourist information, read Kerikeri day trip planning tool.

You can drive from Russell to Kerikeri in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Thu) early enough to drive to Opononi.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Wildlife · Outdoors · Historic Sites

Side Trips

Find places to stay May 29 — Jun 3:

Opononi

— 2 nights
Opononi and Omapere are dual settlements on the south shore of the Hokianga harbour in Northland Region, New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 4th (Fri): kick back and relax at Koutu Boulders, take in the pleasant sights at Te Matua Ngahere Walk, tour the pleasant surroundings at Yakas Walk, then trek along Four Sisters Walk, then stroll through Tane Mahuta Walk, and finally delve into the lush surroundings at Waipoua Forest. On your second day here, stroll through Waiotemarama Loop Track, then go for a walk through Arai Te Uru Heritage Walk, then hike along Signal Station Track, and finally go for a walk through Waimamaku Coastal Track.

To see photos, traveler tips, more things to do, and tourist information, go to the Opononi trip itinerary planner.

Traveling by car from Kerikeri to Opononi takes 1.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 5th (Sat) to allow enough time to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Opononi

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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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. Kick off your visit on the 6th (Sun): get great views at Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

To see reviews, more things to do, other places to visit, and other tourist information, you can read our Cape Reinga trip planner.

Getting from Opononi to Cape Reinga by car takes about 3.5 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 6th (Sun) to allow enough time to travel back home.
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Northland Region travel guide

4.4
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.