Auckland Visitor Information

  • Auckland Visitor Information

Auckland & Northland Tourist Information

In the lower part of this region you'll find Auckland, New Zealand's biggest and most populated city. Almost completely surrounded by water, the aptly-named 'City of Sails' is a thriving multicultural metropolis. It is a city of a million people of all nationalities, but you are never far from nature or excitement.

A short ferry journey away is Waiheke Island, with fantastic wineries, cafes, local art, and a relaxed pace of lifestyle.

As you travel further north, you'll find that you are never far from the ocean. The west coast is untamed, with black sand beaches and wild surf. On the east coast, by contrast you'll find sheltered white sand beaches with rolling sand dunes, and plenty of private havens.

To discover the Auckland and Northland area using a rental car or campervan, visit maui campervan hire Auckland branch for more details.

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Auckland Visitor Information

  • QUICK FACTS ABOUT AUCKLAND
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  • Population
  • 1.4 million, New Zealand’s largest city
  • Climate
  • November to April 18-25 ºC, May to November 12-17 ºC
  • Cultural mix
  • Largest Polynesian City in the world. 13% Pacific Island, 12% Maori, 61% European
  • Famous for
  • Three harbours: Waitemata, Manukau and Kaipara
    Forty-Eight: Volcanic Cones
    Two mountain ranges: Waitakere and Hunua
    The Hauraki Gulf: with more than 50 sub tropical islands
  • Transport
  • Auckland International Airport: New Zealand’s largest and busiest airport

    Getting from the Airport to City
    Auckland International Airport is a 21Km for the city centre

    Taxi: The airport to city taxi fare is approximately $50NZ. Ranks are situated at the western side of the International Terminal.

    Airbus: Airport to major city hotels. Departs every 20 minutes during the day, every 30 minutes during the evening from the front of the terminal.

 

  • QUICK FACTS ABOUT NORTHLAND
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  • Population
  • The region has a population base of more that 140,000, spread through cities, towns and communities on a land area of 13,800 square km.
  • Climate
  • Northland is a sub tropical climate zone, with warm humid summers and mild winters. A typical summer has long spells of sunshine with warm balmy evenings. January and February are the hottest months. Winters are mild. Summer high temp average 24C or 75F and winter low average 7C or 45F.
  • Cultural mix
  • The Polynesian explorer, Kupe made the first landfall on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour and many Northland tribes people trace their ancestry back to him.
    The eighteenth century saw the arrival of European migrants from England, France, Scotland, Dalmatia, Ireland and Wales to establish missions here or work in the kauri industry and agriculture.
  • Famous for
  • Waitangi Treaty Grounds – signing of the treaty
    Russell – 1st Capital of NZ
    Kauri Forests – largest, oldest trees
    Hokianga - arrival of Kupe
    Cape Reinga – departing point for spirits
    90 Mile Beach
    Bay of Islands - Hole in the Rock, 144 islands, aquatic paradise, Stone Store, Kerikeri Mission Station, arts, crafts, fruit
    Hundertwasser toilets in Kawakawa
    Poor Knights Islands – world renowned diving
    Kauri Cliffs Golf
  • Transport
  • Northland is perfectly suited to self-drive holidays. The traffic is light and the roads are well maintained. For those who don’t wish to drive themselves, major coach companies serve the entire Northland region, providing links to all centres.
    There are three Northland airports, situated in Whangarei, Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) and Kaitaia. Air New Zealand operates regular flights to and from Auckland. Charter flights are available by arrangement with several companies.

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The first vines in New Zealand were planted in the Bay of Islands by the missionary, Reverend Samuel Marsden in 1819.

The industry is growing fast with the Northland Wine Growers' Association (formed in 2007) boasting a membership of over 50. Our vineyards consistently produce medal-winners and have established a reputation for chardonnays and pinot gris. Reds such as syrah (shiraz) and pinotage are just as highly regarded. 

Visitors are welcome to call in for tastings and cellar door sales and some vineyards offer coastal or rural views with restaurants that cleverly combine Mediterranean ambience with a distinctive Northland flavour.

To browse the vineyards dotted around Northland, please visit http://www.northlandnz.com/things_to_see_and_do/activities/browse/?superCategoryType=&categoryID=3&superCategoryID=2

Northland’s climate nurtures subtropical fruit and gourmet vegetables, is home to some delicious foodie surprises.

Northland's food and wine trail covers numerous stops: farmers' and growers' markets, farm gate and artisan producers as well as restaurants and cafes showcasing signature regional dishes. Cruise along the Northland Food & Wine trail and indulge your taste buds at every stop. Visit http://www.northlandnz.com/things_to_see_and_do/activities/food_and_wine/food_and_wine_trail/ to download a copy of the trail.

You’ll also be able to stock up your camper fridge with fresh local Northland produce from the variety of Farmers’ markets in the region:

Whangarei - every Saturday morning throngs of people head for the market, which is permanently based at the Water Street Carpark. Most shoppers go between 6.30am and 7.30am although the market is open until 10.30am. Their specialty is fresh, quality produce grown locally.

Bay of Islands - held in Kerikeri, every Sunday morning, is a much more leisurely affair. It began in October 2004 and is one of the country’s largest markets of its type. As well as fresh regional grown vegetables, it attracts speciality produce and gourmet goods including locally roasted coffee. Subtropical fruit abounds, whether in preserves, jams or jellies.

Paparoa Farmers' Market - held on Saturday mornings every fortnight at the Village Green in the centre of Paparoa village. Since its inception, the market has grown steadily and has maintained a core group of regular stalls with others changing according to the season. Highlights at Paparoa Farmers' Market are the locally grown seasonal produce, fresh flounder, oysters and smoked mussels, pickles and sauces. You will also find plants, olive oil, freshly roasted coffee and honey.

Northland has a vast range of walking or hiking trips to suit all ages and fitness levels. From coastal pathways to scenic forest tracks you can get close to nature - giant trees, birds and other wildlife.

WHANGAREI DISTRICT

Waipu Caves.  Duration 1 hour return.  The walkway runs from the entrance to Waipu Caves on Waipu Caves Rd, through the Waipu Caves Scenic Reserve on Ormiston Rd. The track climbs a leading ridge through farmland dotted with native trees offering excellent views then passes through scenic reserve down to the valley and cave area.

Mangawhai Cliffs Walk.  This walk begins along Ocean Beach from the Surf Club. Spectacular views of the Hen and Chicken Islands, and a beautiful beach at the northern end provides a great spot to picnic, swim, or snorkel. The walk is about three hours return,

Whale Bay Tutukaka Coast.  Duration - 30 minutes return.  Well maintained track, easy walk. Popular, idyllic beach for picnics and swimming.  Track leads from the car park off Matapouri Rd, through native bush affording spectacular views of Whale Bay and up the coast towards Cape Brett.

BAY OF ISLANDS

Paihia Viewpoint 1.5km 1 hour return.  This is a pleasant walk through regenerating native forest to a view point overlooking the bay. The entrance is off School Road, 700m from the township of Paihia.  From the viewpoint you can see the Bay from Opua to Waitangi and over the Russell peninsula to Urupukapuka Island and Cape Brett in the distance.

WEST COAST

Manginangina Kauri Walk.  This easy 15 min. loop walk (wheelchair accessible) can be reached from State Highway 10 - signposted just south of Kaeo on Waiare Road and returning at Waipapa. Interpretive panels assist with the understanding and enjoyment of a mature stand of kauri, swamp forest and associated vegetation.

Kai Iwi Lakes.  1 hour leisurely walk along the shores of Lake Taharoa; a 1.5 hour return walk across farmland to Ripiro Beach or 3 - 4 hours return walk to Maunganui Bluff.  These 3 crystal clear freshwater lakes are fringed by white silica sand and set amid farmland and pine plantations.  The track to the coast crosses farmland before dropping down sand dunes and low cliff to the beach. From where the track meets the beach it is a 1.5 hour walk to the rocky base of Maunganui Bluff at Aranga Beach to the north.

For more inspirational walks, please visit http://www.northlandnz.com/things_to_see_and_do/activities/walks_and_treks/

Northland has some of the best challenges of golf in New Zealand and some of the best scenic outlooks of any golf course in the world.   Here is a sample of the courses you have to choose from:

Kerikeri Golf Club

Meticulously maintained 6101 metre championship golf course in the beautiful Bay of Islands, Northland, a four hour drive from Auckland. The course makes wonderful use of the contours sculpted by the Puketotara Stream and the Kerikeri River and provides beautiful views of New Zealand native bush and birds. The signature 13th hole is a 120 metre par 3 over a steep drop to a generous green well protected by bunkers and water hazards with a sweep of the river at the back of the green. The 18 hole par 73 golf course was opened in 1973. Kerikeri is a delightful township with many restaurants, boutique shopping, vineyards, art galleries, craft shops and many interesting historical buildings http://www.bayofislandsgolf.co.nz/

Kauri Cliffs

A par 72 championship golf course with fifteen ocean view holes. Kauri Cliffs accepts reservations all year round. (09) 407 0060

Set on 6,000 acres of rolling coastal farmland near Matauri Bay, Northland, Kauri Cliffs, the par 72 championship golf course, measures 7,119 yards/ 6,510 meters and offers five sets of tees to challenge every skill level. Fifteen holes view the Pacific Ocean, six of which are played alongside cliffs which plunge to the sea. The beautiful inland holes wind through marsh, forest and farmland. The golf complex includes a world class practice range, putting and chipping greens, a well stocked golf shop and ladies’ and mens’ locker rooms. New Callaway golf clubs are available for rental. Kauri Cliffs accepts reservations all year round http://www.kauricliffs.com/

Waipu Golf Club

Play golf with one of the best views in the world! Golf carts and Golf clubs available for hire. Tel: +64 9 432 0259

Carrington

A resort consisting of a 3000 acre Northland hotel with four spectacular kilometres of secluded white sand coastline, incorporating a Matt Dye designed tournament-standard 18 hole golf course, an acclaimed Northland vineyard and winery, a working Black Angus beef stud farm, and 900 acres of restored wetlands on site.

Hikurangi Golf Club / Course - Northland

18 irrigated holes, defined fairways bordered by light rough. Elevated, rolling contours & great rural views.  Phone +64 9 433-8590 or email: hikurangi@golf.co.nz