Northland Holidays & Travel Guide

Stretching from the cultural town of Te Hana to the northern tip of New Zealand's North Island, Northland is a breathtaking region comprised of four districts. The best-known districts include Whangarei, Paihia, Matauri Bay and the beautiful region of Kerikeri, also known as the Bay of Islands. Northland holidays are steeped in history and natural beauty with the region considered an excellent lifestyle destination. This Northland travel guide is designed to help you make the most of your time in the region. From region guides and accommodation to attractions and things to do, discover the fantastic region of Northland with TravelOnline.

Popular Northland Regions

Town Basin, Whangarei, New Zealand


A small but beautiful city, Whangarei is a laidback destination offering a spectacular range of beaches, coastline and offshore islands.

Russell Near Paihia, Bay Of Islands, New Zealand


Gateway to the coves and beaches of the Bay of Islands, Paihia is known for its nature and water-based activities including swimming with dolphins.


Matauri Bay

Located north of the Bay of Islands, Matauri Bay is a picturesque beach settlement popular for surfing, snorkelling, diving and golf.

Northland Accommodation

Northland accommodation is concentrated on the east coast in Paihia and Waitangi as well as a collection of properties in Whangarei and Matauri Bay. Surrounded by incredible natural attractions, Northland accommodation is known for its picturesque outlooks and ranges from 3 to 5 stars. Offering everything from affordable hotels and major accommodation chains to boutique properties and relaxing lodges, the great range of Northland accommodation enjoys a variety of onsite facilities and are ideal for a quick stop over or a longer, more leisurely stay.

Northland Holiday Packages

Including as much or as little as you want in your Northland holidays, these packages are fully customisable and allow you to combine everything from accommodation and flights to transfers, tours, car hire, travel insurance and more. Northland holiday packages are available to suit all travellers including romantic getaways, family friendly escapes, budget holidays, adventure vacations and more.

Things To Do

With a subtropical climate, Northland enjoys plenty of sunshine, beautiful beaches and scenic islands. Whangarei is the perfect place to relax and enjoy a leisurely lunch overlooking the marina while in Paihia and Matauri Bay, water sports are some of the most popular activities including swimming, surfing, scuba diving, sailing, boating and game fishing. Known for its exceptional beauty, one of the best ways to explore the Bay of Islands is by boat, offering an exciting maritime adventure and allowing access to a stunning marine playground home to an abundance of gannets, marlin, dolphins, penguins and whales. Read more about Things To Do in Northland

Getting There

Auckland is the gateway to Northland for international visitors, with Air New Zealand offering domestic flights into Kaitaia, Whangarei and Kerikeri (Bay of Islands). Although flying is the quickest and easiest way of getting to Northland, if you have a bit of extra time, the Twin Coast Discovery Highway is a fantastic way to explore the stunning diversity of the east, west and north coasts of Northland. Taking approximately 5 days to complete, the TCDH is 800km in total and showcases the spectacular destinations of Whangarei, Paihia and Bay of Islands as well as Hokianga, Kauri Coast the Top of the North, Kaitai and Dargaville. Read more about Getting to Northland

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