16 days in Northland Region Itinerary

16 days in Northland Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northland Region trip maker

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Whangarei
— 3 nights
Drive
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Russell
— 5 nights
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Kerikeri
— 5 nights
Drive
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Opononi
— 1 night
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Cape Reinga
— 1 night
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Whangarei

— 3 nights
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. Venture out of the city with trips to Ocean Beach (in Whangarei Heads), Empire Art & Espresso (in Paparoa) and The Kauri Museum (in Matakohe). And it doesn't end there: take a stroll through Town Basin, take in nature's colorful creations at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, pause for some photo ops at Te Kakano, and explore the gorgeous colors at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve.

To find maps, other places to visit, reviews, and tourist information, read Whangarei trip planner.

Auckland to Whangarei is an approximately 2-hour car ride. You can also fly; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 19th (Thu) early enough to drive to Russell.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Outdoors · Nature · Adventure

Side Trips

Russell

— 5 nights
Russell, formerly known as Kororāreka, was the first permanent European settlement and sea port in New Zealand. You'll find plenty of places to visit near Russell: Paihia (Dolphin & Whale Watching, The Cabbage Tree Shop, &more). There's much more to do: contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, indulge in some personalized pampering at some of the best spas, and trek along Nancy Fladgate Track.

To find other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and tourist information, go to the Russell online vacation planner.

You can drive from Whangarei to Russell in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 24th (Tue) early enough to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors · Parks · Historic Sites · Nature

Side Trip

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. Step out of Kerikeri with an excursion to Kawiti Caves in Kawakawa--about 32 minutes away. There's still lots to do: take in nature's colorful creations at Waitangi Treaty Grounds, admire the landmark architecture of The Stone Store & Kemp House - Kerikeri Mission Station, admire the sheer force of Haruru Falls, and relax and rejuvenate at some of the best spas.

Quickly create a custom-made itinerary for Kerikeri using our trip planner.

Drive from Russell to Kerikeri in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 29th (Sun) to allow time to drive to Opononi.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

Opononi

— 1 night
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 30th (Mon): take in the pleasant sights at Arai Te Uru Heritage Walk, take in the pleasant sights at Waimamaku Coastal Track, then hike along Four Sisters Walk, then hike along Tane Mahuta Walk, and finally identify plant and animal life at Yakas Walk.

To see other places to visit, photos, and tourist information, read our Opononi online day trip planner.

Getting from Kerikeri to Opononi by car takes about 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Mon) to allow time to travel to Cape Reinga.

Things to do in Opononi

Parks · Wildlife · Trails · Outdoors

Side Trips

Highlights from your trip

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 31st (Tue): explore the striking landscape at Te Paki Sand Dunes and then get great views at Cape Reinga Lighthouse.

To see where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and other tourist information, read Cape Reinga itinerary builder website.

Getting from Opononi to Cape Reinga by car takes about 3.5 hours. Finish your sightseeing early on the 31st (Tue) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in Cape Reinga

Parks · Nature

Side Trip

Northland Region travel guide

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Historic Sites · 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.