Last updated: 27 February 2023 

Updates and information for travel post Cyclone Gabrielle 

As a result of recent weather systems, there has been some disruption to travel routes to and around Taitokerau Northland. The following Q&As will help direct and inform you on safely visiting our region during this period. 


Is it safe to visit Taitokerau Northland? 

Following Cyclone Gabrielle, Civil Defence declared a State of Emergency for the Northland region extending through to 27 February 2023. However, Taitokerau Northland is open and as always ready to welcome those travelling North. 

With restrictions in place for those travelling via roads, we advise to allow additional time and check the latest information on the Waka Kotahi website. We encourage potential travellers to book ahead and/or contact your accommodation providers and experience operators to confirm current operating conditions before departing for Northland. 


How can I get to Taitokerau Northland? 

The region’s airports, including Whangārei, Bay of Islands and Kaitaia, are fully operational with flights arriving daily. 

Visit Air New Zealand website

Visit Barrier Air website

With some roading restrictions in place, allow for additional time and check for the latest roading information on the Waka Kotahi website. 


When should I plan to visit Taitokerau Northland? 

The region is open and operational for business now, so if you do have a reservation or have plans to visit, please check with your accommodation providers and experience operators who will advise you on how make the most of your visit, safely.  

Taitokerau offers amazing experiences year-round, so whether you’re visiting for the sun or looking for a mid-winter escape, there is plenty to see and do around the region. Explore the Visit section of our website to find out more.  


Are Tourism operators open for business? 

Yes! Operators are getting back to business after the weather-related disruptions, and the majority are ready to show visitors the best of Taitokerau Northland. If you are intending to book an experience, or have an existing booking, we recommend checking in with the operator ahead of your visit. 

Looking for things to do in Northland? Check out the Northland Experiences pages on our website.   


Is there accommodation available in the region following the Cyclone? 

Taitokerau Northland has a fantastic range of accommodation options, across the entire region. We recommend booking ahead to ensure accommodation providers are prepared for your arrival. 

Looking for places to stay in Northland? Visit the Accommodation pages on our website.


I want to postpone or cancel my trip – will I get my money back? 

The region is open and operational for business now, however if you’d like to postpone or cancel your trip, we recommend you check with your travel agent or review the cancellation policies of each individual provider. We encourage you to check insurance policies as well. 

We look forward to welcoming you to the region when the time is right. Your support will play an important part in Taitokerau Northland’s recovery, bringing money into the economy, supporting jobs, businesses and thriving communities. 


Are Northland’s Department of Conservation trails, reserves and heritage sites open? 

The Department of Conservation has been auditing their sites for damage, to ensure they are safe and ready for visitors.  

Check their website for regular updates to the affected areas, including a list of confirmed DOC site closures for Northland. 

Check the alerts on individual DOC hut and tracks in Northland.