Whitianga

From Whitianga you can enjoy all that the Coromandel Peninsula has to offer. From the beaches of Hahei & Hot Water Beach, to water sports out on Mercury Bay, to bush treks. Whitianga, is the second largest town on the peninsula, with about 4700 residents. There are a lot of alternatives in terms of accommodation, from hotels,…

Waihi

Waihi is a small town on the Coromandel peninsula. It is primarily known these days as a holiday getaway. However, Waihi, has its history rooted in gold. It was founded as a mining town during the gold mining era in 1878. The entire peninsula was one of the great gold mining spots in the world at…

Coopers Beach

Coopers Beach is a picture perfect seaside town in Northland. We spent a week here in winter and was treated to a perfect winters escape from Auckland. The small township has a few shops including a supermarket, which come in handy for those staying in town. We rented a holiday home (bach) for a few…

Cape Reinga

The is something magical about Cape Reinga.  It may be because it is literally miles from anywhere, or it could be because here you can see to oceans collide. Whatever it is, you definitely know you are at a special place from the moment you arrive. The Cape is also spiritually significant to the Maori, as…

Tane Mahuta

In Maori mythology Tane Mahuta is the god of the forests and of the birds. Tane Mahuta is also a giant Kauri tree in the Waipoua Kauri Forest in the Northland region of the north island. Standing at 51.2 mtrs, with a trunk 13.7 mtrs wide it really does command attention. The tree is located just a…

Pt Chevalier

Pt Chevalier is one of Auckland’s inner suburbs, just five kilometers from the CBD. Yet when you visit the suburb, which is located on a peninsula on the harbour, you feel transported. All of the city hustle and bustle seems to disappear and suddenly you are on holiday! On summer days the area gets very…

Napier

Napier is the main town on the Hawkes Bay, which is located on the East coast of the north island. Large parts of the town were rebuilt after a major earthquake in 1931. With the rebuild taking pace at this time, much of the architecture was completed in the art deco style. So much so that Napier features…

Kaitaia

The Lonely Planet does not have much nice to say about Kaitaia, essentially saying that no one ventures this far north in New Zealand to hang out in Kaitaia, but if you are in need of supplies from a supermarket or an ATM then it’s worth the stop. Unfortunately, this is about all it has…

Opononi

Driving along the shores of the Hokianga harbour, heading south, Opononi, takes you by surprise. It is a small town on the heads of the harbour, opposite the landscape is dominated by the sand dunes opposite. It is really very striking, driving around New Zealand you get very used to rolling green hills. For this reason Opononi is…

Rawene

Rawene is a small town on the Hokianga Harbour in Northland. It is a quaint town with a few cafe’s, restaurants and galleries in the main street. In fact the Hokianga region appears to be a hub for artists, with the neighbouring town Kohukohu boasting one of the best galleries I have seen in New…

Kohukohu

Kohukohu is the quaintest Victorian village on the Hokianga Harbour in Northland. It was one of the earliest European settlements, mainly due to the logging that was done in the kauri forests in the area. Today, however, this small town is easy to drive past, however I would encourage you to stop and take in…

Tokerau Beach

Tokerau Beach is the quintessential New Zealand summer beach getaway. On the Karikari peninsula Tokerau Beach is surrounded by batches that appear to be empty most of the year. There is a small township with some shops, but it is clearly all about the beach here. The day we visited it rained, which provided some great…