Northland, Land of Wonderful Beaches
Image Courtesy of Malene Holm
Picture an area more than 300 kilometers long running north to south. Bordering the land on each side is a dramatic coastline. One one side is a wild and rugged length of windswept ocean. On the other is a myriad of rocky coves, sandy beaches and small islands, all sheltered and offering swimming, boating, fishing and other water sports.
Inland there are ancient forests with large and magnificent trees that are up to 2000 years old. The region also has interesting old buildings and characterful towns and settlements. The climate too is benign, with warm summers and cool winters.
What I am describing is Northland, the most northern part of New Zealand. It is becoming increasingly popular as a tourist destination as more people become aware of the incredible diversity and appeal of the region.
If you arrive in New Zealand at Auckland it is well worth considering a few days in Northland before you head south to see the rest of the country.
For the best of what there is to see and do in Northland, check out my Northland Highlights: Best Things to See and Do.