3 days in Northland Region Itinerary

3 days in Northland Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northland Region travel planner

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Whangarei
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Russell
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Kawakawa
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Paihia
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Cape Reinga
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Paihia
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Kerikeri
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Whangarei

Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Your day by day itinerary now includes NZ Fudge Farm, Te Kakano, Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum, and other attractions you added. On the 12th (Fri), look for gifts at NZ Fudge Farm, admire the natural beauty at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, see the interesting displays at Claphams Clocks - The National Clock Museum, then take a stroll through Town Basin, and finally appreciate the history behind Te Kakano.

To find traveler tips, maps, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Whangarei visit planner.

Auckland to Whangarei is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also drive; or fly; or take a bus. On the 12th (Fri), wrap the sightseeing up by early afternoon so you can drive to Russell.

Things to do in Whangarei

Neighborhoods · Parks · Museums · Shopping
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Russell

Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. Your day by day itinerary now includes Vigilant Yacht Charters, Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, Pompallier Mission and Printery, and other attractions you added. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): stop by Newport Chocolates, contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, steep yourself in history at Flagstaff Hill Historic Reserve, catch all the local highlights with Sightseeing Tours, then get up close to creatures of the deep with Vigilant Yacht Charters, and finally look for gifts at South Sea Art.

To find ratings, maps, traveler tips, and more tourist information, you can read our Russell attractions planning tool.

Drive from Whangarei to Russell in 2 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 12th (Fri) early enough to drive to Kawakawa.

Things to do in Russell

Wildlife · Tours · Outdoors · Adventure
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Kawakawa

Kawakawa is a small town in the Northland Region of northern New Zealand. Your day by day itinerary now includes Kings Theatre Creative as well as Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser. Start off your visit on the 12th (Fri): get a taste of the local shopping with Kings Theatre Creative and then don't miss a visit to Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser.

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

You can drive from Russell to Kawakawa in an hour. Another option is to drive. Finish your sightseeing early on the 12th (Fri) so you can drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Kawakawa

Shopping · Museums
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Paihia

— 1 day
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.
You've added Carino Wildlife Cruises, R. Tucker Thompson, Haruru Falls, and other attractions to your itinerary. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, then get up close to creatures of the deep with a dolphin and whale watching tour, then surround yourself with nature on Carino Wildlife Cruises, and finally make a short side trip with R. Tucker Thompson.

To find where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and other tourist information, use the Paihia vacation planner.

Paihia is just a short distance from Kawakawa. On the 13th (Sat), you'll have the morning to explore before heading off to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Paihia

Tours · Outdoors · Wildlife · Parks

Side Trip

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Cape Reinga

— 1 day
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. Your day by day itinerary now includes Sand Safaris Cape Reinga 90 Mile Beach Tours as well as Te Paki Sand Dunes. Start off your visit on the 13th (Sat): take an exotic tour of Sand Safaris Cape Reinga 90 Mile Beach Tours, then explore the striking landscape at Te Paki Sand Dunes, then tour the pleasant surroundings at Te Paki Coastal Track, and finally go for a walk through Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

To find maps, traveler tips, other places to visit, and tourist information, you can read our Cape Reinga online trip maker.

Getting from Paihia to Cape Reinga by car takes about 3 hours. Other options: drive. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 13th (Sat) early enough to travel to Paihia.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks · Nature · Outdoors · Wildlife

Side Trips

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Paihia

— 1 night
For photos, more things to do, other places to visit, and more tourist information, read Paihia road trip planner.

Traveling by car from Cape Reinga to Paihia takes 3 hours. Alternatively, you can drive. On the 14th (Sun), you'll travel to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Paihia

Outdoors · Tours · Parks · Wildlife
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Kerikeri

— 1 day
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. Your list of things to see and do now includes The Parrot Place, Bay of Islands Farmers Market, Waiariki Pools (Ngawha Springs Hot Pool), and other attractions. Kick off your visit on the 14th (Sun): stop by Bay of Islands Honey Shop, browse the fresh offerings at Bay of Islands Farmers Market, tour the pleasant surroundings at The Parrot Place, test the waters at Waiariki Pools (Ngawha Springs Hot Pool), then do a tasting at Cottle Hill Winery, and finally stop by The Old Packhouse Market.

To see where to stay, traveler tips, ratings, and tourist information, read our Kerikeri trip planning site.

Kerikeri is very close to Paihia. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 14th (Sun) early enough to fly back home.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Shopping · Spas · Wineries · Wildlife

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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.

Bay of Islands travel guide

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Gardens · Swim with Dolphins · Dolphin & Whale Watching
World-renowned place for big-game fishing, the subtropical microregion of Bay of Islands has enjoyed fame ever since the adventure novelist Zane Grey released "Tales of the Angler's El Dorado, New Zealand" in the 1930s. Your own Bay of Islands trip can be as adventurous as you like, with great opportunities for spotting whales, dolphins, marlins, and penguins, as well as popular dive spots. Don't forget to turn your gaze upward from the abundant sea: the sky here is the second-bluest in the word, according to a scientific study conducted early in the 21st century. The bay's many islands have great hiking trails, and long sandy beaches stretch along the coves and inlets on the mainland.