Introduction: Known locally as ‘The Winterless North’, the Far North indeed has the most temperate climate in New Zealand. The commercial centre of the region is Kaitaia, though most day tours run from the nearby Bay of Islands’ centres of Paihia and Russell. The most popular tourist route in this area follows the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, visiting Ahipara/Shipwreck Bay, Ninety Mile Beach, Te Paki Stream and Cape Reinga, with a stop at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom and the historic town of Mangonui on the return trip to the Bay of Islands. If you’re travelling independently and have some extra time, check out the silica sands of the Parengarenga Harbour, take a tour of the abandoned gumfields above Ahipara, check out the sights on the Karikari Peninsula, join the locals in beautiful Doubtless Bay, or watch the fishermen unload their catch at Pukenui. If you’re a keen diver, the Rainbow Warrior wreck at Matauri Bay is a must.
Ninety Mile Beach North End
Foreshore, Russell, Bay of Islands
Hundertwasser toilets, Kawakawa, just south of Paihia