Paihia – Bay of Islands
The iconic Bay of Islands is a tale of two coastlines. While the west coast is rough and eloquent, the east coast is suave and sophisticated.
Paihia is the second biggest town of the area and considered as the most compatible base to start your journey to explore the Bay of Islands. In the beautiful Bay of Islands a boat ride must do to swim with the dolphins, or for diving, fishing or just relaxing in the sun. The Waitangi Treaty Grounds is another must visit place here for its significant historic sites.
On the west coast you will see the biggest kauri tree in existence- the striking Tane Mahuta. Then travel to north to Hokianga Harbour and Ninety-Mile Beach areas to gather an exceptional experience at the white sand dunes among the phlegmatic beach communities.
At the northernmost point of the north island, Cape Reinga, there you can overview the grand collision between the two seas, the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea. The only city in the Northland, Whangarei has plenty of accommodation where you will feel the native cultural essence in everything. Pay a visit to the yachts and the farmer’s market for the fresh local foods to taste.
The beautiful diversity of Northland will make you overwhelmed when you travel through the Twin Coast Discovery Highway. The journey involves scenic passage through the stretched coastlines along the Tasman and Pacific coasts,
This comprehensive touring route along the Tasman and Pacific coasts mingles stretches of coast, views of the rolling farming country and cryptic Kauri rainforest.