Northland

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    Attractions

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    Whangarei Falls

    Whangarei Falls are just out of Whangarei on the way to the coast. They are nearly 30m high and have a good flow all year round. There are heaps of easy walking tracks surrounding the falls and a number of picnic areas. A must see in this area.

    Over the past twenty years Whangarei hes been slowly enhancing the marina and harbour area, The Town Basin. There are a number of great play parks for kids, restaurants and boutique shops. It's a good place for a stroll or explore without touching your budget.

    The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the place where Māori chiefs first signed their agreement for land sales with the British Crown. The Treaty Grounds feature the historic Treaty House, the magnificently carved meeting house and the world’s largest ceremonial war canoe. There are also nice walks around the grounds.

    The Waipoua Kauri forest is around 45 min to an hour south of Dargaville. There are many amazing walks and it's home to New Zealand's largest tree, Tane Mahuta. This section of bush is the largest remaining piece of native forrest in Northland.

    Kai Iwi Lakes are lovely clear water, with trout fishing and good swimming. There are a number of good walks and also cycling tracks. It's quite shallow so a lot safer for children swimming than the west coast beaches.

    Places To Eat

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    Caffeine Espresso Cafe

    Caffeine Cafe is a lovely little cafe with amazing coffee and food. It's very busy and almost impossible to get a table at lunchtime or at breakfast time during the weekend so it's worth getting there early. By far the best takeaway coffee in Whangarei. It's located just 1 minutes walk from the central mall.

    Topsail is a boutique restaurant on the outskirts of Whangarei. It has a small menu but all the food is perfect, cooked by a well known chef. The wine list compliments the food nicely and the friendly staff are very knowledgeable and able to assist with a match. Always nice to dine by the water.

    35 Degrees South Aquarium Restaurant is quite different to most restaurants. There is a huge aquarium full of local fish right in the middle of the dining area. The outside seating is a large deck which is over the water. It's open for lunch and tea. Although most of the seating is outside the entire area is non smoking.

    Alfresco's is a delightful wee restaurant right on the waterfront in Paihia. It's open every day even for breakfast. Very friendly staff and good food. It has live music on Sundays.

    A typical New Zealand bakery. The food is standard but tasty. The fish and chips come topped with an egg which is unusual. Heaps of seating and clean toilets.

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    Stop Over

    It only makes sense to leave or arrive in Northland via the west coast. The drive is so scenic and Dargaville is the ideal place to stop.

    Last city of the North

    Whangarei is the last city when you're heading North with all amenities and a range of shopping. The towns further up the island offer all services but the range is limited.

    Ferry to Russell

    While in Paihia take a passenger ferry to Russell. It's a cheap and fun way to get out on the water in The Bay of Islands without having to pay large tourist prices.

    Getting to Kerikeri by Air

    If flying from Auckland, the flight time is only 45 minutes arriving at the Bay of Islands Airport on the outskirts of Kerikeri. Getting to Kerikeri is a 10 minute drive.

    Facts about Northland

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    First New Zealand Capital

    Russell was New Zealand's first capital. It was also one of the country's first settlements with a mixture of Maori and European inhabitants. It was known for its lawlessness and was referred to by the british missionaries as 'The Hell Hole of the Pacific'.