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NZ Northland Information

The Northernmost tip of the North Island of New Zealand is aptly named Northland. With a population of roughly 150,000 the region is an outdoor sanctuary for the adventurer in search of nothing but space and the sophisticate in search of pure luxury and relaxation. It is one of the most popular tourist destinations in New Zealand and an excellent place to begin or end a journey through the country. Maori tradition alleges that Northland is the birthplace of the country, and as it also holds the first European settlement in New Zealand, making it the birthplace of the country as it is known now.

For those interested in the history of New Zealand, the first treaty with the Maori was signed in Waitangi in the Bay of Islands. The British Crown and Maori chiefs from the North Island signed the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840. While this is sometimes looked at as the birth of New Zealand as a nation, from the British viewpoint at the time it would have seen it as nothing more than a colony. The document is still an issue of contention in New Zealand, complicated by fishing rights and complicated claims over the territory.

The economy of the heavily forested New Zealand tip relies largely in agriculture, but still holds many popular tourist sites. There are many places to go and many things to see in Northland. Beautiful beaches along two sweeping coastlines, late autumns that only serve to make evening a little sooner and a little colder, Northland caters to luxury vacations year round. Visitors interesting in great fishing can head to Tutukaka or Russel. There are boats of every kind available to charter for fishing, sailing and other marine sports.

A visit to the historic town of Kerikeri, the oldest European settlement in New Zealand isn’t complete without a look at the oldest building in New Zealand, the Stone Store, also visible from the bay. To the north of Kerikeri are the Cavalli islands with one of the world’s top dive sites, the Rainbow Warrior. Those who would prefer to remain above the water can relax in the sub-tropical sun while admiring the dreamlike island beaches.

Visitors looking for unforgettable views of the islands can parasail over the Bay of Islands with one of the area’s several parasailing companies or stay in one of 24 suites that offers a panoramic view of the island at the Kauri Cliffs and indulge in the secluded beaches.

The Waipoua Kauri Forest are a lush place full of mystery waiting to be explored. Carefully created trails by the Department of Conservation (DOC) lead into the depths of the woods where the oldest tree in New Zealand, Tane Mahuta, 1250 years old still stands and grows. Guides are available for the trip or it can be taken alone.

There are plenty of hostels to choose from, as well as holiday homes and a positive abundance of bed breakfasts. Accommodations range in price to suit everyone but the distinctive culture of the area, known for its creativity and acceptance of alternative beliefs, ensures a pleasant stay anywhere in Northland.

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