Northland Off The Beaten Track
Northland has fascinating areas Off the Beaten Track for the intrepid traveller to explore. Off the beaten track you will discover some of New Zealand's most beautiful, untouched and rugged areas. See why New Zealand is renowned as an outdoor paradise when you step away from the crowds and into the rugged beauty of what Northland's off track areas have to offer. more
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The Kororipo-Kerikeri Basin is culturally and historically one of the important places in New Zealand because it is where the country's two major cultures first met and lived, worked and traded together. Unlike many other early meeting places between European and indigenous people, Kerikeri has remains much the same as it did in the early 19 th century.
As you head north towards the Bay of Islands region on New Zealand's North Island, make a detour to Cape Brett. This is a place of outstanding scenic beauty offering views over the Bay of Islands including the 'hole in the rock' and beyond. It is also home to the Cape Brett lighthouse.
Kawakawa is a small town in the North Island of New Zealand. Located in Northland on the State Highway 1, it has a tiny population of just over 1,000. Originally a service town for the local coal mining industry, its economy is now based around farming.
If you are on the North Island, then a side-trip to the Kororipo-Kerikeri Basin will satisfy the curious historian within you. To find the Basin, you will need to locate Kerikeri in the Bay of Islands and head approximately 30 minutes away from Paihia towards the Kerikeri Inlet.
Puheke Beach is a glorious surf beach which invites you in for a swim. If you walk along the stretch of beach, away from any other swimmers who have chanced upon it, there will nothing ahead of you but the great sweep of the coast, the white sand and the dunes. This idyllic beach offers you a truly blissful retreat.
Ninety minutes north of Auckland, you will discover the beautiful, rugged and unspoilt beauty of the Kauri Coast. Along this stretch of coast in Northland, you can relax and spend time at some wild surf beaches, crystal clear lakes, spectacular sand dunes and view giant kauri forests.
If you like 'undeveloped, unguided and absolutely free' the Waipu Caves south of Whangarei (Northland) on the North Island are definitely worth a visit. The Waipu Caves area features a karst/limestone landscape and weathered rocks and is characterised by depressions, sinkholes, caves and underground drainage. Karst landscapes are significant in Maori culture and are enshrined in tikanga and kawa.
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