9 days in Northland Region Itinerary

9 days in Northland Region Itinerary

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9 days in Northland Region Itinerary

Start: Wellington
Fly:  6​h
1
Whangarei Heads
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 15​min
2
Kawakawa
— 1 night
Drive:  1​h 30​min
3
Kaitaia
— 2 nights
Drive:  1​h 45​min
4
Cape Reinga
— 1 night
Drive:  3​h 30​min
5
Opua
— 1 night
Drive:  15​min
6
Paihia
— 2 nights
Fly:  4​h 45​min
End: Wellington

1
night
Whangarei Heads

Whangarei Heads ©
Whangarei Heads is a locality and promontory on the northern side of the Whangarei Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. Kick off your visit on the 1st (Sat): stroll through Waipu Caves Track and then look for all kinds of wild species at Waipu Cave.

To see ratings, where to stay, traveler tips, and tourist information, refer to the Whangarei Heads online trip itinerary maker .

Wellington to Whangarei Heads is an approximately 6-hour flight. You can also drive. Cap off your sightseeing on the 2nd (Sun) early enough to go by car to Kawakawa.

Things to do in Whangarei Heads

Parks Outdoors Nature

Side Trips

Waipu, Matapouri Bay
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Ocean Beach ©
Ocean Beach
Waipu Cave ©
Waipu Cave
Mount Parihaka War Memorial ©
Mount Parihaka War Memorial

1
night
Kawakawa

Kawakawa ©
Kawakawa is a small town in the Northland Region of northern New Zealand. Start off your visit on the 3rd (Mon): take in the natural beauty of Ngawha Spa, Head underground at Kawiti Caves, then make a trip to Kawakawa Public Toilets by Hundertwasser, and finally take a memorable tour with Bay Of Islands Vintage Railway.

For traveler tips, photos, other places to visit, and more tourist information, refer to the Kawakawa trip planner .

You can drive from Whangarei Heads to Kawakawa in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Mon) early enough to drive to Kaitaia.

Things to do in Kawakawa

Nature Parks Tours

Side Trip

Ngawha Spa
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Bay Of Islands Vintage Railway ©
Bay Of Islands Vintage Railway
Ngawha Spa ©
Ngawha Spa

2
nights
Kaitaia

Kaitaia ©
Kaitaia is a town in the Far North District of New Zealand, at the base of the Aupouri Peninsula, about 160 km northwest of Whangarei. On the 4th (Tue), stroll around Gumdiggers Park, then kick back and relax at Taupo Bay, and then examine the collection at Butler Point Whaling Museum. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 5th (Wed): kick back and relax at Ninety Mile Beach, kick back and relax at Rarawa Beach, then stop by Kotare Krafts, and finally get into the urban bustle at Te Ahu Center.

For photos, traveler tips, reviews, and other tourist information, read our Kaitaia itinerary builder site .

Getting from Kawakawa to Kaitaia by car takes about 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Wed) early enough to go by car to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Kaitaia

Parks Outdoors Beaches

Side Trips

Gumdiggers Park, Butler Point Whaling Museum, Taupo Bay
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Taupo Bay ©
Taupo Bay
Ninety Mile Beach ©
Ninety Mile Beach
Butler Point Whaling Museum ©
Butler Point Whaling Museum

1
night
Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga ©
Kick off your visit on the 6th (Thu): kick back and relax at Tapotupotu Beach, then enjoy the sea views from Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk, and then go for a walk through Cape Reinga.

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

You can drive from Kaitaia to Cape Reinga in 2 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 6th (Thu) to allow time to travel to Opua.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Outdoors Beaches Parks
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Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk ©
Cape Reinga Lighthouse Walk
Cape Reinga ©
Cape Reinga

1
night
Opua

Opua ©
Opua is a locality in the Bay of Islands, in the sub-tropical Northland Region of New Zealand. Your day-by-day itinerary now includes Twin Coast Cycle Trail Northland. On the 7th (Fri), stroll through Twin Coast Cycle Trail Northland.

To find more things to do, maps, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Opua vacation builder website .

Traveling by car from Cape Reinga to Opua takes 3 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing by early afternoon on the 7th (Fri) to allow enough time to drive to Paihia.

Things to do in Opua

Outdoors Trails Parks
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Twin Coast Cycle Trail Northland ©
Twin Coast Cycle Trail Northland

2
nights
Paihia

Paihia ©
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.
On the 8th (Sat), look for all kinds of wild species at Paihia Harbour, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and then surround yourself with nature on a nature and wildlife tour. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 9th (Sun): kick back and relax at The Strand Beach, then do a tasting at Byrne Northland Wines, and then take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

To see reviews, ratings, where to stay, and other tourist information, read Paihia trip maker .

Paihia is just a stone's throw from Opua. Finish your sightseeing early on the 9th (Sun) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Paihia

Parks Outdoors Wildlife

Side Trips

The Strand Beach, Byrne Northland Wines
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Paihia Harbour ©
Paihia Harbour
Waitangi Treaty Grounds ©
Waitangi Treaty Grounds
Nature & Wildlife Tours

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