As its name suggests, Northland is the northernmost region of New Zealand and is perhaps most famous for its beautiful region of Kerikeri, most commonly known as the Bay of Islands. Covering the area between Te Hana north of Wellsford to the North Island’s northern tip, Cape Reinga, Northland is comprised of four districts, the largest of which is Whangarei. Getting to Northland is fairly simple thanks to its east coasts popularity as a holiday destination. The west coast of Northland is also gaining popularity as a tourist destination, making reaching this northernmost region easy.
How to get to Northland depends on where you wish to visit, how long you have to spend and the kind of holiday you’re after. For international visitors, Auckland is the main gateway to Northland with Air New Zealand operating domestic flights into Northland’s main airports of Kaitaia, Whangarei and Kerikeri (Bay of Islands). There are also many cruises which depart Australia and pass through Northland’s Bay of Islands on a number of reputable cruise lines including Royal Caribbean, Princess Cruises, P&O Cruises and Celebrity Cruises. Departing Brisbane and Sydney, these cruises are available on board the Voyager of the Seas, Explorer of the Seas, Dawn Princess, Diamond Princess, Pacific Pearl, Sun Princess and Celebrity Solstice cruise ships.
Arriving in Northland by sea is especially beautiful with a coastal journey that highlights stunning headlands, long stretches of beach and bush covered hillsides. There are actually two official ports of entry into Northland, however both offer access to the region’s unique heritage, enduring Maori culture, marine paradise and giant Kauri trees. However if you’ve already been exploring the south of New Zealand and are wondering how to get to Northland by car, the Twin Coast Discover Highway is a fantastic scenic touring route which begins and ends in Auckland, making it an easy end to your trip before flying home.
If you have a little extra time to explore, the Twin Coast Discovery Highway taking you along the east, west and north coasts of Northland and showcases the region’s diversity. A wonderful way to enjoy the subtropical Northland, the TCDH is 800km in total and takes approximately 5 days to complete, allowing yourself plenty of time to experience stunning Whangarei, Paihia, Kerikeri (Bay of Islands), Hokianga, Kauri Coast, Top of the North, Kaitai and Dargaville,