Five reasons why the Northland Journey Into the Wide Blue Yonder is perfect for nature lovers
Into the Wide Blue Yonder is a Northland Journey that follows a circular route to the beautiful Tutukākā Coast and beyond. You’ll feel the lure of the ocean, and be tempted by side tracks to waterfalls, kauri trees, and breath-taking viewpoints. Here’s five reasons Into the Wide Blue Yonder is perfect for nature lovers.
1. The marine reserve at the Poor Knights Islands.
Rated by diving pioneer Jacques Cousteau as one of the top ten dive sites in the world, the Poor Knights Islands are an international icon. These 11-million-year-old islands are a total marine and nature reserve abundant with unique marine life. These volcanic rock formations provide spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches, and tunnels to be explored. Join a snorkelling or dive trip to these magnificent, protected islands, and learn about the unique flora, fauna and history that make them such a special and unforgettable place.
2. The iconic Otuihau Whangārei Falls.
These spectacular 26.3-metre-high falls are easily accessible and can be seen from a viewing platform close to the carpark, you’ll hear them before you see them! Enjoy the serenity of watching water cascade over basalt cliffs. There’s also the option to take a short 5 min walk to the bottom of the falls where you can admire them from a different viewpoint. Choose to stop by just to see the falls or spend a couple of hours exploring the bush walks that start here.
3. The stunning Sandy Bay.
Horse treks, surfing and paddleboarding, there’s some for everyone and plenty to do at this beautiful piece of paradise. Hailed as one of the best surf spots on Taitokerau Northland’s east coast it’s a great place to take a surf lesson with local experts Tutukākā Surf.
4. The seclusion of Whale Bay
If it’s seclusion you’re after, Whale Bay is only accessible on foot, by way of a coastal track at the north end of Matapōuri Bay. This idyllic, white sand, bush fringed beach is perfect for swimming, snorkelling and picnics.
5. The adventure of Glenbervie Forest.
The pine forest and native bush at Glenbervie is a nature lover’s dream with multiple trails to explore on foot or by mountain bike. For some off the ground action, head to the Adventure Forest and challenge your balance on obstacle courses in the treetops.