Discover Taitokerau Northland: Your next winter escape


Discover Taitokerau Northland: Your next winter escape

As summer travel becomes a distant memory and the cooler weather rolls across the country, don’t let the chill dampen your spirits. Here are five reasons why Taitokerau Northland should be your next winter destination. 

Proximity perfection 

If you’re Auckland-based, it's just a hop skip and jump into Taitokerau Northland, with plenty of scenic routes to enjoy along the way. Day trippers can enjoy the southern reaches of the region, like the sparkling beaches of Waipu, the eateries of Mangawhai, or the giant Kauri Museum in Matakohe. Whangārei and the Bay of Islands are perfect for weekend getaways filled with boat trips, cultural experiences, and exquisite dining options. And those planning a longer winter escape can meander the entire Twin Coast Discovery Highway and the Northland Journeys, getting off the beaten track, visiting iconic destinations like Te Rerenga Wairua Cape Reinga in the far north and discovering hidden gem small towns like Rawene or Mangōnui.  

Already ready to hit the road? Make your journey a seamless one with the latest travel information on the NZTA Journey Planner.


Exclusive Experiences 

Winter is the off-peak season in Taitokerau Northland, so bid farewell to the crowds and enjoy iconic locations to yourself. You may be lucky enough to enjoy smaller group sizes on popular tours like the Footprints Waipoua Twilight Tour into the kauri forest, or a more intimate experience of the cultural performance at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds. Your servers at local restaurants may have a few extra minutes to share their recommendations and you’ll likely be able to spend a little extra time to get the perfect shot at scenic viewpoints like the top of Mt Manaia without holding up a queue.  

Savvy savings 

Speaking of off-peak travel, you’ll likely find that accommodation is a little more affordable (or when it comes to those super popular destinations, a little more available!). From coveted beachfront campsites to luxurious retreats offering irresistible rates, there's something to suit every taste and budget. Embrace the freedom to indulge knowing your dollar will stretch a little further.  

Nature’s playground 

With one of the mildest winters in the country, you might find yourself enjoying double-digit degree days, with blue skies and sunshine. It’s the perfect time to explore the hiking trails, cycleways and beaches. And even though it might be a little cold to get into the water, it’s a great time to get out on the water with a boat cruise, or scenic sail.  

Festivities aplenty 

Immerse yourself in the full calendar of winter events in Taitokerau Northland. Celebrate Matariki and the Māori New Year with some of the Matariki Festivals around the region, or keep an eye out for family friendly events during the winter school holiday break. Don’t miss unique festivals like Brew of Islands and be sure to add regular market days to your itinerary too. 

So why wait? Pack your bags, leave the ordinary behind, and embark on an unforgettable journey to Taitokerau Northland this winter.  




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