Two coasts that stretch from the rolling pastureland north of Auckland, to Cape Reinga, the northernmost tip of the country -- Northland is your historic playground.
Tours to Cape Reinga drive along "Ninety Mile Beach" popular for surfcasters and surfing.
With 144 islands, the Bay of Islands offers game fishing, diving, swimming and boating.
At Dargaville, visit some of the oldest trees in the world - kauri - are in the forests here and hiking and walks are very popular.
Russell is the town where Maori and Pakeha signed the Treaty of Waitangi, and this whole region is historically rich with small museums, and reminders, of early settlers, and further south, Whangarei is a small city, renowned for ship building as well as deep sea fishing. The Greenpeace flagship, Rainbow Warrior - bombed by the French - rests here as a marine reserve and dive attraction
Goat Island Marine Reserve
Opua - sailing