8 days in Northland Region Itinerary

8 days in Northland Region Itinerary

Created using Inspirock Northland Region tour planner

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Make it your trip
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Whangarei
— 1 night
Drive
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Russell
— 3 nights
Drive
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Kerikeri
— 3 nights
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Whangarei

— 1 night
Whangarei is the northernmost city in New Zealand and the regional capital of Northland Region. On the 26th (Fri), see the vivid underwater world at Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve and then trek along Bream Head Coast Walks. On the 27th (Sat), you'll have a packed day of sightseeing: take in nature's colorful creations at Whangarei Quarry Gardens, then admire the sheer force of Whangarei Falls, and then wander the streets of Town Basin.

For reviews, ratings, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the Whangarei tour itinerary app.

Wellington to Whangarei is an approximately 5-hour flight. You can also drive; or take a bus. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 27th (Sat) early enough to drive to Russell.

Things to do in Whangarei

Parks · Trails · Outdoors · Neighborhoods

Russell

— 3 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 (Urupukapuka Island, Paihia Bookshop, &more). And it doesn't end there: discover the deep blue sea with Phantom Sailing, pause for some serene contemplation at Christ Church, and contemplate the long history of Pompallier Mission and Printery.

For other places to visit, photos, traveler tips, and tourist information, read our Russell road trip planner.

Drive from Whangarei to Russell in 1.5 hours. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 2nd (Tue) to allow time to drive to Kerikeri.

Things to do in Russell

Outdoors · Parks · Nature · Historic Sites

Side Trip

Kerikeri

— 3 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, shopping, and wildlife. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: contemplate the long history of Waitangi Treaty Grounds, hike along Kerikeri River Track, get close to the beloved marine mammals with a swim-with-the-dolphins experience, and identify plant and animal life at Paihia Harbour.

To find ratings, more things to do, where to stay, and more tourist information, you can read our Kerikeri road trip planning website.

You can drive from Russell to Kerikeri in 1.5 hours. Cap off your sightseeing on the 5th (Fri) early enough to travel back home.

Things to do in Kerikeri

Parks · Outdoors · Wildlife · Tours

Side Trips

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.