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Northland is a region located in the Northern part of New Zeeland. It is also nicknamed the Far North because it’s the furthest area on the north of the island. The most prominent city of the region is Kerikeri. Northland is surrounded by waters on both sides, in the East, it bathes in the Pacific Ocean, while the Western coast is bathed by the Tasman Sea. This privileged position allowed the local tourism to flourish and nowadays hundreds of tourists visit this region regularly.
Northland was originally inhabited by the Māori population. This region boasts some of the oldest Māori settlements in New Zeeland and local legends sustain that Northland was the birthplace of what is now the country of New Zeeland.
The complex relief of the region and the land’s resources made living possible for hundreds of years.The relief is mostly made up of hills and forests, and a large surface of the region comprises fertile land. One of the rare beauties of this area are the kauri trees, a tall species of evergreen trees that date back to the Jurassic era. Most travelers who come to Northland are nevertheless interested in the natural beauties on the shores where they can hike, visit beaches or rent a berth and go sailing in the sea or the ocean.
One of the top touristic destinations in Northland is the Kamo Wildlife Sanctuary, a fascinating zoo located in Whangarei, home to numerous exotic animal species like the Bengal tiger and the white lion. The Kauri Museum, located in Matakohe, is a place where visitors can admire the vestiges of the colonial period and the unique kauri furniture exhibits. The Butler Point Whaling Museum, situated in Hihi, is perfect for those who are passionate about sailing as it exhibits a vast collection of boats and boat parts. The Mission House and Stone Store in Kerikeri are the oldest stone constructions and the Cape Reinga Lighthouse, located in Cape Reinga, is a popular symbol of Northland.
Tourists can visit many beautiful natural sights in Northland. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is the most famous historical site in New Zeeland where visitors can admire the large bay, visit the Museum of Waitangi or attend various cultural performances.Other lovely spots that are worth visiting are Trounson Kauri Park containing kauri tree forests, the Te Paki dunes, where many tourists practice sand boarding, Omapere Lake near Kaikohe or the forests at Bream Head Scenic Reserve where the view is breathtaking.|
Northland’s sea beauties are numerous; the Three Kings Islands and Urupukapuka Island are some of the most popular locations with excellent beaches. Berth booking is the best solution to access these places. MarinaReservation.com offers a wide variety of berths that clients can choose from. Other outstanding beaches are those in Oke Bay, Kororareka Bay or Bay of Islands.
The region has numerous modern accommodation facilities, and nightlife lovers won’t get bored here. Northland is the perfect place both for families who want to visit the beautiful sea sights and for adventure lovers who want an exciting hiking experience.
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