Twin Coast Journey
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Northland’s world-class circular holiday highway makes travelling
through the warm and subtropical north an uncomplicated, relaxing and
Let us take you on a scenic route that encompasses both the
glorious east coast, famous for its stunning beaches, inviting harbours
and sophisticated lifestyle, and the west coast with miles of rugged windswept coastline, unspoiled beauty and enchanting native forests. The region is rich in history — an amazing place to
visit, but also proving to be extraordinarily popular with those seeking
a place that provides a quieter lifestyle.
As the birthplace of the nation, Northland was where the first
Maori canoes landed, and where the English settlers chose to make their
home several years after Captain Cook discovered the country. You
will see the sites of many of these historic settlements, along with
results of the labours of subsequent generations of New Zealanders who
have given Northland its distinctive character.
Rolling farmland is interspersed with forest and native bush.
You can walk on the forest floor and enjoy its sub-tropical splendour.
You will be awestruck by majestic Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree in
Early settlers built New Zealand’s economy on the kauri tree,
building humble homes and massive public buildings as well as exporting
timber. You’ll admire artworks and jewellery made from the translucent
gum from the mighty trunks of these trees.
Two oceans will fulfil your quest for aquatic pursuits, whether
to admire seaviews, swim, fish, or go boating. Northland has
world-renowned diving locations, thrilling sailing and cruising and many
The seafood is exceptional, and you’ll find some outstanding
restaurants and cafés offering every type of cuisine. The warm climate
provides avocados, kiwifruit, citrus fruits and other subtropical
delights. Visit vineyards and enjoy top wines, relish handmade
chocolates, award-winning cheeses and excellent olive oils.For more information please vist www.gonorthwest.co.nzAuckland - Kaiwaka:Auckland • Muriwai • Parakai • Shelly Beach• Wellsford • Te Hana • Mangawhai • Kaiwaka
Setting off from Auckland central, follow signs for the North Western Motorway — State Highway 16 towards Kumeu....
Matakohe - Paparoa:
Matakohe • Maungaturoto • Whakapirau • Paparoa
...If you are continuing your journey north, driving along State Highway 12
for approximately ten minutes you will arrive at the small village of
Paparoa (the Village in the Valley), steeped in olden day charm...
Dargaville, Pouto and Tangowahine:
Dargaville • Te Kopuru • Pouto • Tangowahine
...You’ll see the small but sharply pointed Tokatoka volcano, known locally
as the Witch’s Hat. Keep your eye to the left as you run alongside the
mighty Northern Wairoa River. Dargaville is the next stop...
Baylys Beach - Waipoua Forest:
Baylys Beach • Kai Iwi Lakes • Kaihu • Waipoua Forest
...After about three kilometres look out on your left for the turn off to
Baylys Beach, where you can gain access to Ripiro Beach which, at 107
kilometres long, is New Zealand’s longest driveable beach...
Waimamakau • Kaitaia • Opononi • Rawene • Kohukohu
...when you get to the delightful little settlement called Waimamakau, plan a food and coffee stop here at Morrell’s Café
. This is highly recommended — fabulous food and has a lovely gift shop as well...
Ahipara - Far North:
Ahipara • Kaitaia • Houhora • Waitiki • Cape Reinga
...Ahipara is nestled at the southern end of the famous Ninety Mile Beach on New Zealand’s far northern West Coast...Karikari - Matauri Bay:
Karikari • Taipa Bay • Matauri Bay
...After returning from your Cape Reinga tour, your journey will continue by heading south down the east coast...Bay of Islands:
Kerikeri • Paihia
...Paihia is known as the jewel of the magnificent Bay of Islands, and is a popular holiday destination...Russell - Hikurangi:
Russell • Hikurangi
...follow State Highway 11 to Opua, to catch the car ferry Okiato to explore the historic and romantic township of Russell...Whangarei:
Whangarei • Kauri
...Whangarei boasts many entertainment facilities and shops, as well as
historic sites and beautiful scenery to explore, so you may be tempted
to stay to stay for a while...
Bream Bay - Waipu - Mangawhai:
Marsden Point • Bream Bay • Ruakaka • Waipu • Mangawhai
...If you’ve missed out on your golfing, take the opportunity to go out for 18 holes at the Waipu Golf Course which is a links course with magnificent views over Bream Bay...
Leigh - Goat Island - Warkworth
Leigh • Goat Island • Whangateau • Matakana • Warkworth • Snells Beach
...This part of the coast is well utilised by Aucklanders who can drive here within an hour to relax in the coastal playground...
:Puhoo • Waiwera • Orewa
...You are now on the last leg of your twin coast journey as you travel
south towards Auckland. Watch for signs to Puhoi, a village established
by Bohemians in 1862...For more information please vist www.gonorthwest.co.nz