5 Reasons Northland's Te Ara Coast to Coast is Ideal for Active Relaxation
The aptly named Northland Journey Te Ara Coast to Coast runs between the Bay of Islands on the East Coast to Hokianga on the West Coast. This Journey is perfect for those early risers who want to make the most of the day as they can wake to a magnificent sunrise over the Pacific Ocean one coast and travel across to the other coast and finish their adventure with an equally impressive sunset over the Tasman Sea. Along the way you will have the opportunity to discover many culturally significant and historical sites and explore small towns and villages with big hearts. Here's five reasons why this journey is perfect for those active relaxers that like to pack a lot into their day:
1. Explore Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site - Waitangi Treaty Grounds
A must-do for any kiwi visiting the area. Stand on the site where Aotearoa New Zealand’s founding document, the Treaty of Waitangi, was signed on 6 February 1840 by the Māori Chiefs of Aotearoa and the British Crown. Take a journey of discovery through Aotearoa New Zealand’s most important historic site. Explore two contemporary museums, Te Rau Aroha and Te Kōngahu Museum of Waitangi. Watch carvers at work in the carving studio, visit the historic Treaty House, Te Whare Rūnanga, traditional Māori waka taua (war canoes) and enjoy a full programme of tours and cultural performances.
2. Cycle from coast to coast on the Twin Coast Cycle Trail
Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail is one of New Zealand’s Great Rides. Stretching between the Bay of Islands in the east to Hokianga Harbour in the west, this cycle trail is rich in history and varied landscapes. Enjoy coastal views, wetlands, native forest and rolling farmland as you cycle from coast-to-coast. Following smooth rail trail, dedicated cycle paths and country roads, this trail gives riders the opportunity to discover historic and cultural sites while enjoying Taitokerau Northland’s comfortable sub-tropical climate.
3. Soak in geothermal Ngawha Springs
Bathe in the healing waters of Ngawha Springs. The mineral-rich geothermal waters bubble up from underground. The springs have a long history of being a restorative and healing place to visit. There are 16 geothermal pools in the public area, and each has a different temperature, colour and minerals, and their own unique characteristics and healing properties.
4. Observe a geological phenomenon at Wairere Boulders
Explore the unique environment of the Wairere Boulders – a geological phenomenon. Walk the trails through the boulder valley amongst large, eroded basalt rock formations, millions of years old, alongside subtropical rainforest. Self-guided walks are between 30 minutes and 2 hours in duration.
5. Enjoy a breath-taking sunset at Hokianga Harbour
The sunset over Hokianga Harbour is one of the most spectacular you will see in Aotearoa New Zealand. The stunning 150m high sand dunes which frame the north side of the entrance to the harbour make an incredible backdrop. Sit back, relax and enjoy the tranquillity of the beautiful west coast.