Northland 3 Day Road Trips
These itineraries feature bucket-list activities and local legends of Northland to encourage Auckland-based students to explore their extended backyard.
Each video shot during the trip planning captures the people and the unique story behind the individual businesses, showcasing authentic Northland or, in the words of the students themselves, “a true Kiwi paradise, only two hours from Auckland”.
Waitangi & Bay of Islands
Check out this itinerary for a weekend packed with Northland culture and adventure. You can tick off a few Northland must-try foods like oysters, kina and makana chocolate while you’re there and you might even spot some dolphins. Start your road trip from Whangarei (only an hour’s drive to the Bay of Islands) or from Auckland (3.5 hours drive).
Farm Life, Woofing & Sustainability
Check out this itinerary for a taste of Northland farming and sustainability with a bit of culture and adventure too. Experience hands-on farming and sustainability on a working Northland farm followed by nature walks at neighbouring Tahi New Zealand. On Sunday, wake up to horse-riding then an unforgettable Maori Cultural Tour with Kauri trees on Sunday. Finish with a monster scooter run at HeadsUp Adventures if you’re keen. All this, only a 2.5 hour drive from Auckland.
Kauri, Kiwi and Kaimoana
Explore the Kauri Coast and Hokianga. Highlights include an organic farm visit, collecting seafood (kaimoana) and cooking it with Awesome Adevntures, kauri gum polishing at The Kauri Museum, Tane Mahuta (NZ’s largest kauri tree), a night walk with kiwi, 4WDing on the beach to Pouto Lighthouse, and old world experiences at the Paparoa Hotel. Optional carving and woodturning workshops.
Whangarei & Pataua North
Check out this itinerary for a taste of all the nature, culture and adventure Northland has to offer. Experience Tahi New Zealand Eco Lodge and walks, kayaking and horse-riding on Saturday, then an unforgettable Maori Cultural Tour with Kauri trees on Sunday. Finish with a monster scooter run at HeadsUp Adventures. All this, only a 2.5 hour drive from Auckland.