To really enjoy  the outstanding scenery, beaches, forests and of course the history of the ‘birthplace of the nation’ which can be found at the amazing Treaty Grounds at Waitangi in the Bay of Islands and travel safely allow extra time, you will not regret it.

Northland is the hidden jewel in New Zealand’s crown of wonderful experiences and beauty. Visits should never be rushed missing the awesome scenery, friendly people and risking fatigued driving if travelling independently – Guided tours can allow a more relaxed and informative option. Example below.

1. The Extended 10-Day North Island Loop Itinerary

This itinerary adds a 2-night stay in Paihia, in the Bay of Islands, to the 7-day loop. This can be added at the beginning or end of the trip. An extra night should be added in Auckland as well to break up the drive from Paihia to the next destination.

Northland might look small on a map but this is misleading when travelling our roads and experiencing the regions delights. Please drive to the conditions, wear your seat belt, drive fresh.