Travel Advice & Tips

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Ngawha Springs - Geothermal Pools

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Traveller Tips: Be sure to allow plenty of time to explore the Northland region. It is a vast and full of contrasts.

Travellers Tips

Take a ride on Gabriel! Bay of Islands Vintage Railway
Take a ride on Gabriel! Bay of Islands Vintage Railway
Hundertwasser Toilets
Hundertwasser Toilets
Te Paki Sand Dunes
Te Paki Sand Dunes

'Our pick' of Surf Beaches & Coves:

Free things to do - 'Scenic Lookouts'

Mt Manaia and Whangarei Harbour
Mt Manaia and Whangarei Harbour

(Mostly) Free things to do - 'Cave Exploring'

Limestone formations at the Kawiti Caves
Limestone formations at the Kawiti Caves

Kawiti Glow Worm caves – (this one is not free)
The Kawiti family have guided thousands of travellers through their caves, including American billionaire Bill Gates who visited with his family in 2007. (pictured: Limestone formations at the Kawiti Caves)

Whangarei Abbey Caves
Go exploring the network of undeveloped caves and natural tunnels of the Abbey Caves. You can see stalagmites, stalactites and glow worms, all for FREE. You'll need to set aside a few hours to do this properly, and you will need a torch, but that is all part of the adventure.. The caves are undeveloped, so all care and safety is required when exploring. Be sensible, bring appropriate footwear (closed in shoes) and all necessary precautions.

Waipu Caves – Stalagmites, Glow Worms

Go underground. Explore the hundreds of metres of underground passageways at the Waipu Caves. The main cave (about 175 metres long) has one of the longest stalagmites in NZ and you might spot a glow worm, or three. From Waipu, head north about 16km and you’ll find the passageways within the Waipu Caves. If you want to experience how the professionals do it, check out Peak Adventures who can be your local guide, or go underground yourself.