Activities, Attractions and Things to do in Northland, New Zealand
With so much to see and do during your stay at Kauri Park you may need to stay for an extra couple of days!
Kerikeri is a vibrant town situated in the beautiful Bay of Islands. There is something here for everyone with a multitude of both indoor and outdoor activities. Visit the Stone Store, New Zealand's oldest stone building. From here you can walk along the river and see several waterfalls on the way, including the stunning Rainbow Falls. Kerikeri also has a wealth of cafés, restaurants and shops to enjoy along with a collection of art and craft centres, award winning wineries and championship all weather golf courses. Right next door to us at Kauri Park is the Makana chocolate factory with the fabulous Saturday market directly opposite. Just a short 15-minute drive from us is Paihia where you can take a boat trip out to the Hole in the Rock, swim with dolphins or visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Kauri Park is also the ideal place to take a tour to Cape Reinga, the northernmost point of New Zealand and Ninety Mile Beach where you can climb the giant sand dunes or drive along the beach.
Visit the Stone Store, New Zealand's oldest stone building, and the adjacent Mission Station, New Zealand's oldest standing European building. Both are located on the beautiful waterfront of the Kerikeri Inlet and from here you can walk to the stunning Rainbow Falls or grab a coffee or a bite to eat in the nearby cafés and restaurants. Just over the footbridge is Rewa's Village, a replica Maori fishing village taking you on a trip back in time. Don't forget to check out the Makana chocolate factory, which is right next to us at Kauri Park, and the fabulous Saturday market, directly opposite us on Kerikeri Road, for fresh farmers' produce, arts and crafts and live music.
The Bay of Islands
Just a short 15-minute drive from Kauri Park and you are in Paihia where you can take the car ferry to historic Russell, visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds or take one of the many boat trips out into the bay. Here you can see whales, swim with dolphins, visit Cape Brett and the Hole in the Rock or stop off on one of the many stunning islands for a walk or a picnic.
Puketi Forest Walk
Around a 20-minute drive from Kauri Park is the Puketi Forest where you can take a number of walks to see giant kauri trees which were protected from logging and are amongst the largest in New Zealand. There are raised walkways through the forest and some of the walks are suitable for wheelchairs.
Cape Reinga is the northernmost point in New Zealand and the place where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet. Here, under the watchful gaze of the wind-whipped Cape Reinga lighthouse, they collide in a fit of fury and spit salty spray high as they battle for dominance. Eerie and unforgettable, magical and entrancing, the Far North of New Zealand casts a spell on all who venture here to the meeting place of two worlds. Visit this place of spiritual significance either by car from Kauri Park as a day trip or on one of the organised coach tours where you will also get to drive on Ninety Mile Beach and visit the giant sand dunes.
We are blessed here at Kauri Park to have some of the most stunning beaches in New Zealand within a short drive from us. Only 20-minute from us is beautiful Matauri Bay. Just offshore from here lies the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior in the Cavalli Islands. A little further north is the Whangaroa Harbour, a great spot to fish or kayak, with the towering rock formations dominating the skyline. Doubtless Bay is a series of gorgeous beaches, easily accessible from the road which leads to the stunning Karikari Peninsula and the breathtaking Maitai Bay, rated one of the top 10 beaches in New Zealand. Northwest from here is Ninety Mile Beach — if you've got a 4-wheel drive then you can drive on the beach and explore the giant sand dunes or the scenic Shipwreck Bay.