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In Maori legend, the North Island of New Zealand was an enormous fish, caught by the adventurer Maui. For this reason, Northland is sometimes known as "The tail of the fish", Te Hiku o Te Ika. Northland Maori claim that Kupe made landfall at the Hokianga (although others claim this was at Taipa) in Northland.
If the Maori regard the region as the birthplace of the country, there can be no doubt that it was the European starting-point for modern New Zealand. Traders, whalers and sealers were among the first arrivals, and the gum and timber of the mighty kauri trees brought the early colonisers.
Today you can enjoy a leisurely tour choosing your accommodation in Northland from a huge range of hotels, motels, motor inns and luxury boutique accommodation, or experience Kiwi hospitality in homes offering Bed & Breakfast, farmstays and homestays.
Here are some highlights of Northland not to be missed:
Prices from $180 to $190 per couple
Good place to stop over if you are driving back to Auckland from West Northland
Matakohe House is surrounded by a large, covered, sun-drenched deck overlooking picturesque blooms and water views.
The B&B has four bedrooms with en-suite, a communal lounge used by house guests which is both functional and comfortable with Large Screen Tv and a kitchenette where you can help yourself to tea or coffee and a treat.
Prices from $150 to $265 per couple
Just 20 minutes from Whangarei.
At Kauri Villas we offer more than a comfortable bed and a delicious breakfast. This lovingly restored 19th century villa enjoys a prime position with breathtaking views overlooking Parua Bay, the sea and unspoiled countryside. Our twelve acres of beautiful native bush and waterfalls are host to many native birds, with paths giving access. Relax by the pool or in the heated spa and watch the sunset with a cup of fresh ground coffee or a glass of wine.
Enjoy hosted B&B in the Villas with 2 suites to choose from - Colonial or Magnolia in the main villas, each with their own guest lounge.
Kohinui Holiday Cottage. This can take a maximum of 8 guests, in 4 bedrooms. Or if you only have up to 4 guests, then book the Kohinui Holiday Unit, - 2 bedrooms & open plan kitchen/living room.
Camelia 0ne bedroom self contained cottage is ideal for a single person or a couple.
Kohinui Studio attached to our separate cottage.
Games room with pool table, table tennis, etc.
Ideal for larger groups as we can take a maximum of 18 people. Please enquire via our website for special group booking prices.
Located just 20 minutes from Whangarei, on the road towards Whangarei Heads with its spectacular beaches and walking tracks. With so much to see and do, Kauri Villas is well placed to be the base for your Northland holiday.
Prices from $150 to $400 per couple
14 Kotare Street, Ahipara. 14km west of Kaitaia.
GEMS Seaside Lodge is a beautifully situated holiday home in Ahipara, Northland.
Your choices include two idyllic living arrangements...
The Haven: This spacious upstairs apartment has two double bedrooms (with en suites) and the most stunning panoramic sea views.
The Treasure Trove Studio: Ground floor with sea views and access to the Beach via a tidal inlet.
These apartments have fully equipped, self contained kitchens, Sky TV, BBQs plus access to a washing machine and clothes dryer (8am to 8pm).
Relax and be refreshed in the comfort of your delightful apartment. Alternatively, launch yourself into the varied activities that Ahipara and the Northland surrounds have to offer. The friendly subtropical climate is conducive to the following pursuits:
Leisurely beach walks
4 wheel driving
Golf (course 5 minutes away)
Fishing (chartered boats, surfcasting)
* We are also are a pick up point for tours to Cape Reinga.
Bidz Takeaway for the best fresh fish & chips in town - 1.0km away
North Drift Cafe (open daily 8am-8pm) - 1.1km away
Bayview Restaurant and Bar (includes StoneGrill dining) - 2.9km away
Ahipara Superette store (for groceries) - 1km away
Ahipara liquor store - 1km away
Kaitaia Pak n Save Supermarket - 16km away
Prices from $125 to $130 per couple
Discover the comforts and hospitality of this stylish modern accommodation located a few minute's walk from the city centre. Stroll through the shops, restaurants, and cafés at your leisure.
Great views of the Hatea River and Town Basin area. Parkhill offer a choice of two room types, either a king-size bed with spacious ensuite or twin King singles with ensuite and spa bath. All rooms are smoke-free and contain a TV, air conditioning, ceiling fan, iron and ironing board. A big flat screen TV with Freeview and Netflix. FREE WiFi is also available throughout. Select your own breakfast option, enjoy an in-house breakfast for an additional $15 per head or try one of the numerous cafés nearby or simply bring your own. Off-street parking is available at no charge. Free airport-pickup available on request.
Parkhill is perfectly located for easy access to the CBD.
Your hosts: Rob and Pauline Dinsdale.
Prices from $155 per couple
Wayby Valley, Wellsford
Tracy's Boutique Cabin is set on 56 hectares tucked away in a rural valley that is less than one hour from Auckland's Harbour Bridge.
The Cabin is nestled away on our property and has elevated views of the farm. The Cabin is accessed from a private driveway, with on-site parking. Guests can enjoy a generous breakfast hamper every morning with continental and gluten-free options. Tea, coffee and milk is already provided in the accommodation.
For those guests who would prefer a gourmet cooked breakfast prepared by their host Tracy, that is available for an extra charge of $25 per person/daily.
The large open plan space offers a kitchen, bathroom, seating area, dining area and an ultra-comfortable king size bed. The bathroom has a shower and toilet for your private use. Sumptuous towels and toiletries are offered.
There is also a lovely wood burner that is great when the weather cools down.
The couch can be converted into a bed with a plush feather topper for maximum comfort, so the capacity of The Cabin is 4 people.
Evening meals $75 per person
Gourmet cooked breakfast with Tracy $25 per person
Farm Tour available ($30) (included for Homestead guest/s)
Relaxing & peaceful Reiki* (hands on healing) 1 hour $110
* Your Host is a Reiki Master & Teacher practitioner and
registered with NZ Reiki Association.
Prices from $159 to $169 per couple
3 mins drive from Whangarei Centre. 2 + hrs from Auckland, 1.25 hrs from Paihia
Awarded Boutique Guest House in 2023, on arrival at Chelsea House you will experience a warm welcome and a cup of tea of coffee and baking.
We have two spacious guest rooms, both have comfortable beds with quality linen, TV, ceiling fan, heating, free WIFI & ensuite bathroom.
* Ledwith Room - (Min 2nt stay) has a King bed, with a contemporary décor and French doors opening onto the veranda overlooking the garden as well as a sunny kitchenette for those wanting a bit more independence.
*Parihaka Room - a comfortable King bed in a classic décor, features coloured leadlight glass bay windows and panelling with a modern twist.
The large lounge with many period features is an inviting space for guests to unwind or watch TV or Netflix. There is also a small dining table, giving guests the option to eat in if they wish.
A shared guest area in the hallway has a fridge, microwave & kettle, selection of teas & coffee, bottled water & treats available 24/7.
A delicious continental breakfast with a selection of cereals, local jams, fruits & filled croissants are enjoyed by our guests in the main dining room, or if you have booked the Ledwith room with Kitchenette breakfast is supplied.
Chelsea House is the perfect base to discover Whangarei & enjoy beautiful Northland - Tutukaka Coast, Poor Knights Marine Reserve, Whangarei Heads, Bream Head, and numerous walking trails & unspoilt beaches. Even the Bay of Islands are only 1hr 20mins away and can easily be explored from here.
Other Rural Northland
Prices from $185 to $520 per couple
5 minutes to Whangaroa Waterfront - 30 mins to Kerikeri
BEAUTIFUL, QUIET AND PRIVATE in Whangaroa
3 Self Contained Suites ideally suited for couples and families
see us at www.whangaroaaccommodation.co.nz
Large outdoor patio area, spacious 3 level (Suite A)
Open plan kitchen and dining area, large downstairs bathroom with spa bath. Outdoor veranda with hot spa, bar and large outdoor dining area. Caters to larger groups.
Self Contained Accommodation includes:
Garden View (Suite B) split level
Open plan kitchen, dinning and lounge with bed room, super king bed, bathroom upstairs. Private outdoor space with BBQ, hot spa, outside dining.
Harbour/rural View (Suite C)
Open Plan living, dining, kitchen with super king size bed.
Private deck, BBQ, hot spa, outside dining.
Prices from $120 to $200 per couple
We are 7 kms from Kaiwaka.
Valley Vista Eco Retreat is 31 hectares of rural delight. We are completely off grid and our way of doing things reflects this. We have a developing vineyard and an olive grove underway.
We cherish our eco credentials, with plans to create a wetland and to plant another native bush area.
Staying with us, you have full use of all the facilities and the right to wander around the farm at your leisure.
The Tiny House, while small, is a delightful place to stay, with stunning lake views. The two little decks add to the ambience and pleasure for your stay. Tea and coffee making facilities in room.
The Container Cottage is a comfortable motel style unit designed with you in mind. A large deck, complete with barbecue, adds to your total experience.
The Shepherd's Hut is the full glamping experience, with outdoor bath, bbq, privacy. All food is provided for you to cook, or we can deliver a ready made breakfast.
The Hibiscus Cube is for the budget conscious. With it's own deck and privacy, it is a great option. Currently using a shared bathroom. Breakfast delivered or dine with us.
Prices from $435 to $760 per couple
Tui Lodge is located 48kms north of Whangarei and 49kms south of Russell.
Sleeps up to 8 guests across three bedrooms and one bathroom with extra wide doorways in one bathroom and bedroom for wheelchair access. Complete with linen, bedding, Smart TVs, and heat pumps/air cons. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available with great cell phone coverage. Parking for the boat and up to three vehicles.
Uninterrupted indoor-outdoor flow between the deck and the fully equipped kitchen. Make your own pizzas in the outdoor woodfired pizza oven or enjoy the mouthwatering taste of a classic kiwi BBQ. Comfy furnishings make the perfect environment for everyone to relax and unwind. Drinking water quality is excellent. Our water supply is filtered, and a UV light system installed to kill bacteria.
Bring your boat for that fishing trip, or you can hire a charter boat with our local fish, dive, and cruise skipper Justin.
The beachfront is a 2–3-minute drive, or 10-minute walk and sheltered from large ocean swells by several outlying islands. At one end of the Bay is rugged coastline leading you around rocks to the mermaid pool, or might like to access the pool by using the walking track at the top of Rapata Rd. Ohawini is over the hill with access to the Bay via the beach at half to low tide. Take a picnic to the beach or enjoy takeaways from Skips Fish N Chips on the waterfront. There are lots of rock pools to explore, magnificent Pohutukawa trees to picnic under or just to seek shade. The Bay has a local store providing groceries, fuel, and dive bottles.
Doubtless Bay and Surrounds
Prices from $390 to $590 per couple
47 State Highway 10 Coopers Beach.
Modern and beautiful three level accommodation, located at Cooper Beach in the Far North. Each level is self-contained and has its own entrance. There are two one bedroom apartments, and one three-bedroom apartment with large well equipped kitchen. Beautiful golden sand beach lined with ancient Pohotukawa trees. Send an inquiry for a special rate if you would like to book out the entire three levels.
The property has direct beach access down to Coopers Beach, which is a beautiful beach to enjoy swimming and relaxing, or walk along to the Taumarumaru Recreation Reserve at low tide. Coopers Beach is a very safe beach for children to swim, as there is no drop off and the water is most often calm. Perfect for families of all ages.
The top apartment has one bedroom, one bathroom and a small but well equipped kitchen. The apartment sits amongst the treetops, and has the most magnificent ocean views, overlooking the whole of Doubtless Bay. This apartment is perfect for a romantic getaway or a solo retreat.
The Ocean View Apartment has three bedrooms and two bathrooms with a large well-equipped kitchen. The ocean views from this level are equally as breath-taking as the top apartment, and encompass the whole of Doubtless Bay.
The garden apartment is set amongst the garden with direct beach access just off the lawn. It has one bedroom, and one bathroom and a well-equipped kitchen. Glimpses of the ocean can be seen through the greenery surrounding the apartment.
Prices from $175 to $280 per couple
80 minutes drive north of Auckland, 50 minutes south of Whangarei.
Set at the small beach town of Mangawhai Heads, 80 minutes drive north of Central Auckland on Northland's picture post card East Coast and mid way between Auckland Airport and the Bay of Islands, Mangawhai Lodge offers the perfect retreat for rest and relaxation.
We offer a choice of two quality B&B rooms opening to verandas and panoramic sea views with their own bathrooms and a full breakfast included. Or choose from our two well equipped modern apartments,(one disabled accessible) ideal for guest who prefer to self cater or for extended stays with breakfast available on request. Free WIFI & off street parking.
Perched on a hill opposite the golf course, Mangawhai Lodge offers spectacular views of the Upper Hauraki Gulf, Bream Bay and the white sandy beaches of Mangawhai. Walk to the shopping centre, cafes & restaurants and harbour beach.
Enjoy nearby beaches and walkways, bird life, fishing, surfing, kayaking or relax with a good book soaking up the ambiance. With weekend markets, artisan galleries and several quality eateries and vineyards nearby there is something for every taste and need.
There is a choice of day trips to enjoy the treasures of the north, be it history, beaches, scenery, vineyards, diving or horse riding.
Visit our website at www.seaviewlodge.co.nz for seasonal specials