Explore the subtropical ‘winterless north’ of New Zealand, from the sandy horizon of Ninety Mile Beach to the wild marine life of the Bay of Islands.
Covering the country’s extreme northernmost tip, Northland features both New Zealand’s best beach destinations and some of its most untouched. The likes of Hokianga are deep in historic Maori territory, thick with towering kauri trees and wild bananas and peaches. The popular North Shore, on the other hand, is known for its calm golden beaches.
The year-round warm climate of the region makes it a top spot for New Zealand’s trademark adventure tourism. Luxury tours in Northland let you see the area on foot, by sea or even air, with a huge choice of experiences from surfing to bridge swinging, canyoning to paragliding.
Off the coast of Northland are the tiny pieces of paradise that form the Bay of Islands. The turquoise waters fruitful with seafood attracted Maoris hundreds of years ago, and the sheltered harbours were even an anchor point for Captain Cook. Today, the bay is a brochure-ready backdrop of lush kauri trees and a sparkling shore.
The startlingly clear Pacific Ocean is teeming with multi-coloured marine life, and the coastline is scattered with wrecks that make the islands fantastic for diving. Boat excursions are essential: in any season, there’s an estimated 80% chance of seeing dolphins, and often the chance to swim with them. Keep an eye out for seals and whales, too.
Whether you’ll be exploring through the mountains or gently drifting on a yacht, New Zealand’s breathtaking Northland is perfect for adventure. The Lightfoot team’s years of experience and concierge-style service will help design your perfect tailor made luxury holiday.