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Northland & Bay of Islands

Located at the northern tip of New Zealand's North Island, Northland is a land of contrasts, with ancient kauri forests, pristine beaches, and charming coastal towns. This region is not only the birthplace of the nation, with significant historical sites like the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, but it also boasts some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the country, including the famous Bay of Islands.

Northland's climate, known for being subtropical, means warm, humid summers and mild winters, making it a perfect destination year-round. The Northland weather encourages outdoor activities and exploration, whether you're soaking up the sun on the golden sands of Paihia, sailing through the turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands, or driving up to the iconic lighthouse at Cape Reinga.

Travelling by campervan offers the freedom to explore Northland's diverse attractions at your own pace. From the historic charm of Kerikeri to the Tutukaka Coast, known for its world-class diving spots, there’s something for everyone. Take your pick of great Northland holiday parks and campgrounds along the way, ensuring comfort and convenience as you discover the stunning landscapes of this captivating region. Whether you’re interested in Māori culture, keen on adventure sports, or simply in need of a peaceful retreat amidst stunning natural beauty, Northland provides an unforgettable backdrop for a memorable campervan journey.

 

Why explore Northland & Bay of Islands by campervan

Exploring Northland by campervan is the ideal way to truly connect with the region's abundant natural beauty and rich history. With the freedom of the open road, you can navigate the diverse landscapes at your leisure. Start your day with a sunrise at Paihia, have lunch in an ancient kauri forest, and end with a sunset at Ninety Mile Beach. 

The ability to spontaneously choose your destinations each day, without the need to stick to a fixed itinerary or check-in times, means you can immerse yourself fully in whatever captures your interest. Travelling by campervan not only offers all the comforts of home, including your kitchen and bed but also supports a self-sufficient way to travel. This is a big plus in Northland, where you might want to spend several days exploring more remote areas. Plus, having your own facilities means you're never too far from a hot meal or a comfortable night's sleep, no matter where your adventures in Northland take you.

 

Things to do in Northland & Bay of Islands

You certainly won’t be short of things to do in Northland and the Bay of Islands. This popular region is bursting with activities that cater to every interest and age group. Discover Kerikeri’s historic sites, including the oldest stone building in New Zealand. Relax in the laidback setting of Russell, a charming town with a rich history. Adventure seekers can enjoy kayaking along the coast or exploring the underwater world at Poor Knights Islands. For a more leisurely pace, indulge in wine tasting at local vineyards or simply unwind on the pristine beaches of the Bay of Islands. Every corner of Northland promises memorable experiences for all.

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Northland and the Bay of Islands, situated at the northern tip of New Zealand's North Island, are ideal for campervan explorations rich in history, natural beauty, and adventure. With numerous scenic routes that lead to secluded bays and vibrant coastal towns, the journey itself becomes as captivating as the destinations. Well-equipped campgrounds along the way make it easy to park up and soak in the scenery or enjoy starlit nights away from hustle and bustle.

14-day New Zealand family campervan itinerary
Alyssa Tresider
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14-day New Zealand family campervan itinerary.

A campervan road trip around New Zealand is a bucket list experience for many. And for kids, it’s a holiday they’re sure to remember for years to come. In this ultimate 14-day New Zealand road trip, you’ll kick off your adventure in Queenstown and make your way up the country to Auckland. Along the way, you’ll tick off some of the best highlights and hidden gems New Zealand has to offer. It's undoubtedly one of the best New Zealand road trips for families, with loads to see and do for all ages. Ready to start planning your family campervan holiday? Let’s dive in!

 

Travel: 14 days

Route: Queenstown to Auckland 

Best time of the year: Anytime

Highlights: 

  • Grab an iconic Instagram shot of That Wānaka Tree

  • Marvel at the breathtaking vistas at Franz Josef Glacier

  • Immerse yourself in local arts and savour exquisite wines in Nelson and Blenheim

  • Witness the spectacular Marlborough Sounds on the Cook Strait Ferry Crossing

  • Explore New Zealand's rich stories at Te Papa Museum

  • Traverse dramatic volcanic landscapes at Tongariro National Park

  • Relive the magic of Middle-earth with a stroll through Hobbiton 

  • Experience the beauty of Hamilton Gardens

  • Take in sweeping views of Auckland at Sky Tower

 

Day 1: Queenstown to Wānaka

Travel time: 1 hr 30 mins

Distance: 111 km (via State Highway 6. Please note, campervans are not permitted to travel on Crown Range Road)

Day one of your ultimate 14-day New Zealand road trip starts at our Apollo Queenstown branch where you’ll be met by our friendly team as you pick up your pre-booked campervan hire. We’ll get you set up and ready for the road with everything you need to know about your campervan hire. 

Relax and take your time today as you enjoy a scenic 1.5-hour drive to the alpine village of Wānaka. One of the (many) beautiful towns of the South Island, Wānaka is surrounded by captivating scenery. A must-do while you’re here is to see and photograph That Wānaka Tree. Make the most of your stay here by exploring some of the nearby walks and trails and enjoying the great eateries. For a fun activity the whole family will enjoy, head to Puzzling World. This world of weirdness is packed with fun things to do. Figure out the crazy optical illusions, explore the mazes and visit the famously fascinating loos!

Settle in for the night at the Wanaka TOP 10 Holiday Park, known for its excellent facilities and prime location close to the lake.

TOP TIP: Kids a bit restless? Check out our guide on how to entertain kids in a camper

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 2: Wānaka to Franz Josef Glacier

Distance: 284 km

Travel time: 4 hours

The journey from Wānaka to Franz Josef Glacier is one of the most visually stunning segments of your New Zealand road trip. As you traverse the West Coast, the drive unveils dramatic changes in the landscape, from lush forests to rugged mountain views, encapsulating the raw beauty of New Zealand's wilderness.

Make a point to stop at the Blue Pools Track along the way. This easy walk leads you to crystal-clear waters framed by native bush, offering a refreshing break and fantastic photographic opportunities. 

Another worthy pause is Hokitika, a charming town renowned for its arts and crafts. A stroll through the town during lunch allows you to experience its creative spirit and perhaps find a unique piece of pounamu (New Zealand jade) to take home.

As you arrive in Franz Josef, immerse yourself in the grandeur of its namesake glacier. Opt for a guided tour on the ice or take to the skies with a scenic flight that offers panoramic views of this frozen wonderland. For a more relaxing end to your day, visit the Glacier Hot Pools. These natural thermal pools, set amidst dense rainforest, provide a serene environment to unwind and reflect on the day’s adventures.

Enjoy a cosy night at Franz Josef TOP 10 Holiday Park, it’s the perfect spot to rest and recharge for another day of exploration.

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 3: Franz Josef Glacier to Punakaiki

Distance: 217 km

Travel time: 2 hours, 50 mins

On day three, your New Zealand road trip takes you from Franz Josef to Punakaiki with more awe-inspiring coastal views and the chance to see dense, native rainforests that line the rugged West Coast. 

Plan a lunch break at Greymouth, the largest town on the West Coast. This town offers a deep dive into the region's mining history and a chance to explore its heritage. 

When you arrive in Punakaiki, prepare to be amazed by the Pancake Rocks and Blowholes. These unique geological formations resemble giant stacks of pancakes and have been shaped over millions of years by the relentless forces of wind and water. The best time to visit is at high tide when the sea surges into the caverns below the rocks, forcing jets of water skyward through the blowholes in a dramatic display.

For your overnight stay, the Punakaiki Beach Camp offers a scenic spot to relax by the ocean. 

 

Day 4: Punakaiki to Nelson

Distance: 263 km

Travel time: 3 hours, 50 mins

Day four of your NZ road trip takes you from Punakaiki to Nelson. As you travel eastward, enjoy the stunning contrasts from dense rainforests to the rugged, scenic shoreline, before heading into the sunnier regions of Nelson. 

Along the way, stop and stretch your legs in Westport, a cosy coastal town perfect for a morning tea break. Take time to browse the local shops and galleries, which offer a range of unique artisan crafts and artworks, giving you a taste of the local culture and creativity.

In Nelson, known as the sunniest city in New Zealand, immerse yourself in the local art scene by visiting some of the top galleries and studios. You might like to plan a dinner of fish and chips on Tahunanui Beach tonight. Relax and enjoy the scene as the sunset paints the sky with colours that reflect beautifully over Tasman Bay.

For your stay tonight, park up at Nelson City TOP 10 Holiday Park, conveniently located close to both the city’s bustling centre and the beautiful beach. 

 

Day 5: Explore Nelson

You’re almost halfway through your ultimate New Zealand road trip, so enjoy a pause today to explore more of the charming city of Nelson. 

Start with a trip to the Nelson Provincial Museum. It's a great place to check out regional history with exhibits that are easy for kids to enjoy too. The museum does a fantastic job of making the geological, cultural, and social stories of the area engaging for visitors of all ages.

If you’re looking for a bit more outdoor fun, Natureland Zoo is perfect, especially for younger kids. Located near Tahunanui Beach, the zoo is all about conservation and education, offering kids the chance to meet a mix of native and exotic animals up close.

Or, if you’re in the mood for some quiet time, take a walk through the Miyazu Japanese Garden. The gardens are peaceful and well-maintained, making them an ideal spot for a family picnic.

Enjoy another night at the Nelson TOP 10 Holiday Park. 

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 6: Nelson to Blenheim

Distance: 118 km

Travel time: 1 hour, 40 mins

Today your road trip takes you from Nelson to Blenheim, guiding you through some of the most picturesque parts of the Marlborough region. This drive is shorter, allowing plenty of time for stops and exploration along the way.

A must-visit stop is Havelock, known as the greenshell mussel capital of the world. Take advantage of this by having lunch at The Mussel Pot, a cosy spot that specialises in fresh, locally sourced mussels cooked in a variety of delicious ways. After lunch, spend some time wandering around Havelock. The town may be small, but it's full of charm and a great place to stretch your legs and enjoy the scenic views.

Once you arrive in Blenheim, there’s plenty to keep you busy for the afternoon. Start with a visit to the Omaka Aviation Heritage Centre, an internationally renowned museum that features dramatic displays of WWI and WWII aircraft. 

For a family-friendly outing, consider visiting one of Blenheim’s renowned vineyards. Many wineries in the region offer tours that are interesting for adults and accommodating for children. 

Finish up your day at the Blenheim Bridges Holiday Park. It's a great base to relax after a day of touring and tasting and prepare for more adventures ahead.

 

Day 7: Blenheim to Wellington

Distance: 157 km 

Travel time: 5 hours, including ferry crossing

Today is the halfway point of your New Zealand travel itinerary, taking you from the South Island and kicking off your North Island road trip. 

Start your day by taking the short drive from Blenheim to the quaint town of Picton, which serves as your gateway to the Cook Strait. In Picton, take some time to explore this charming coastal town. Walk along the marina, browse the local shops, and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere before you board your ferry. 

The Cook Strait ferry crossing is a highlight of any NZ road trip. The journey offers stunning views of the Marlborough Sounds and the sea passage itself. Relax and enjoy the 3.5-hour crossing by taking in the views, watching a movie in the lounge, or having a bite to eat in the café. 

Once you arrive in Wellington, immerse yourself in the vibrant culture of New Zealand’s capital city. A must-visit is Te Papa Tongarewa, the national museum of New Zealand. This world-class museum offers fascinating exhibits that span New Zealand's historical, cultural, and natural heritage, making it a captivating experience for visitors of all ages.

For your stay in Wellington, book a few nights at Wellington's Kiwi Holiday Park. This holiday park offers a comfortable and convenient base to explore more of what Wellington has to offer, with easy access to the city's major attractions.

 

Day 8: Explore Wellington

Celebrated for its vibrant arts scene, stunning landscapes, and rich history, the city of Wellington is the perfect place to explore by campervan. So, let’s take another day to check out some of the highlights. 

Kick off your morning with a ride on the iconic Wellington Cable Car, which not only provides a fun start to the day but also offers breathtaking panoramic views of the city and harbour. Once at the top, explore the Wellington Botanic Garden.

Afterwards, make your way to the Wellington Waterfront, an ideal spot for a morning walk along the harbour. This vibrant area is bustling with cafes, parks, and intriguing art installations, providing a picturesque setting to relax and people-watch.

For lunch, head over to Cuba Street, Wellington’s bohemian quarter. Known for its eclectic mix of vintage shops, unique cafes, and vibrant street art, Cuba Street has loads of great dining options ranging from quick eats to gourmet experiences, all set in a lively atmosphere.

In the afternoon, treat the family to a Weta Workshop visit. This cool Wellington attraction offers a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at how movie magic is made, with an up-close view of intricate props, costumes, and creatures from blockbuster films.

Finish your day back at Wellington's Kiwi Holiday Park.

READ MORE: Family friendly things to do in Wellington.

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 9: Wellington to Tongariro National Park

Distance: 331 km

Travel time: 4 hours, 20 mins 

Day nine of your New Zealand road trip takes you from the coastal charms of Wellington to the rugged beauty of Tongariro National Park. 

As you make your way to Tongariro, be sure to plan a stop in Whanganui, a town rich with cultural heritage and beautiful riverfront views. Take a break here for lunch and spend some time exploring its historic sites and vibrant arts scene. The Whanganui River provides a stunning backdrop for a relaxing break and is perfect for a leisurely walk along the riverbank to stretch your legs.

Once you arrive at Tongariro National Park, prepare for some of the most breathtaking scenery New Zealand has to offer. The park, a dual World Heritage site, is famed for its stunning natural beauty and diverse hiking trails. Take advantage of the numerous scenic walks available, ranging from short, easy strolls to more challenging hikes that offer spectacular views of the volcanic landscape.

For your overnight stay, Tongariro Holiday Park offers a comfortable and convenient base close to the park’s main attractions. 

 

Day 10: Tongariro National Park to Rotorua

Distance: 170 km

Travel time: 2 hours, 10 mins 

Today you’ll be leaving the majestic Tongariro National Park as you head further north to the geothermal wonderland of Rotorua. 

A lovely midway stop is the town of Taupō, nestled on the shores of the vast Lake Taupō, New Zealand's largest lake. Break for lunch here and take in the stunning views of the lake and the mountains beyond. The lakefront is perfect for a relaxing break, with plenty of cafes and restaurants offering scenic dining experiences.

Once in Rotorua, there are plenty of family friendly activities to enjoy. A good option for the afternoon is a visit to Agrodome, where you can experience a fun and educational farm show, showcasing sheep shearing and dog trials. Families can also get stuck in with hands-on activities like feeding lambs or even a farm tour. 

Another great option is the Rainbow Springs Nature Park, which offers a chance to learn about New Zealand's native wildlife, including the opportunity to see New Zealand’s elusive kiwi. 

For your stay in Rotorua, settle in at the Rotorua Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park

 

Day 11: Explore Rotorua

Rotorua is one of New Zealand’s top destinations for families on a campervan road trip. And today you’ll have a full day to make the most of this geothermal gem. 

Kick things off at Skyline Rotorua. To get there, you’ll hop on a gondola and head up Mount Ngongotaha – the views as you climb skyward are stunning! Once you're up there, you can zip down the luge tracks, swing high on the Skyswing, or if you’re feeling sporty, hit the mountain biking trails. It’s a fantastic way to start your day with a bit of adrenaline.

Next up is Te Puia, where you can check out the famous Pohutu Geyser and immerse yourself in Māori culture. They’ve got everything from live carving and weaving demonstrations to storytelling and a powerful cultural performance. It’s a great place to connect with New Zealand’s heritage.

When you’re ready to unwind, head over to the Polynesian Spa. Treat yourself to a soak in their hot mineral pools with a view of the lake – it’s pure bliss and the perfect way to recharge.

In the afternoon, why not take a walk through the treetops at the Redwoods Treewalk? This walkway lifts you high above the forest floor among ancient trees. It’s both peaceful and pretty impressive.

Enjoy another night tonight at Rotorua Blue Lake TOP 10 Holiday Park.

READ MORE: Family friendly things to do in Rotorua

Image: Tourism New Zealand

 

Day 12: Rotorua to Matamata

Distance: 94 km

Travel time: 1 hour, 25 mins 

Day 12 of your New Zealand road trip moves you from the bubbling hot pools and adventure of Rotorua to the charming rural town of Matamata – also known as Middle Earth!  

The star attraction in Matamata is undoubtedly the Hobbiton Movie Set, the iconic filming location for The Shire in The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit movies. Here, you can wander among the iconic Hobbit holes, have a pint at the Green Dragon Inn, and even stand beneath the famed Party Tree. The guided tours are packed with fascinating titbits, offering insights not just into the making of the films but also into how this vibrant set has been woven into the fabric of the landscape.

Don’t rush off too quickly after your tour – Matamata itself deserves a little exploration. The town exudes a warm, rural charm and features an i-SITE visitor centre that mimics the Hobbiton style, making even a stop for information a part of your adventure.

As the day winds down, enjoy the peaceful setting at Opal Hot Springs and Holiday Park

 

Day 13: Matamata to Auckland

Distance: 185 km

Travel time: 2 hours, 30 mins

It’s the second-to-last day of your New Zealand road trip, but don’t worry, there’s still loads to see and do. Today, you’ll leave the quaint charm of Matamata behind as you make your way to Auckland, New Zealand's largest and most vibrant city. 

A must-do stop along the way is the Hamilton Gardens. This popular attraction is a real treat with its globally inspired gardens that transport you from an Italian Renaissance Garden to a traditional Japanese Zen Garden, all in one afternoon. It’s a great spot to stretch your legs and soak in some beauty and tranquillity.

When you get to Auckland, there’s plenty to keep you busy. Start with a trip up the iconic Sky Tower. It's the tallest building in the Southern Hemisphere, and the views from the top are incredible – definitely a must-do for a sweeping look at the city and beyond. Then, head down to the Viaduct Harbour to relax by the water and maybe grab a bite at one of the waterfront cafes or restaurants.

Wrap up your day at Takapuna Beach Holiday Park, right next to the beach. It’s an ideal place to unwind by the sea after a day of city exploring. Plus, Takapuna’s lively cafes and shops are just a stone's throw away if you’re up for a little more adventure before calling it a night.

 

Day 14: Explore Auckland

It’s the last day of your New Zealand road trip but there’s still time to squeeze in a few extra highlights.  

Why not start with a visit to the Auckland Zoo? It’s a hit with families, featuring a fantastic array of animals from around the world. The zoo is big on conservation and makes learning about wildlife fun for everyone with its hands-on exhibits and engaging tours.

After some wild encounters, visit the Auckland Museum. This museum is a goldmine of natural history, Māori and Pacific Island heritage, and New Zealand’s wartime history. Its interactive galleries are perfect for kids, making learning fun and accessible.

Top off your NZ road trip with an afternoon at Butterfly Creek to see the dinosaurs and beautiful butterflies from around the world. It’s nice and handy to Apollo’s Auckland branch too. 

The last item on your travel itinerary is to drop off your campervan at Apollo's Auckland branch. Don’t forget to share any hidden gems you found along the way and let us know if we can help plan your next awesome campervan adventure!

 

Is a New Zealand road trip calling you?

From the alpine beauty of Franz Josef to the magic of Middle Earth, a New Zealand road trip has it all. Ready to get started? There's no reason to wait, book your Apollo campervan online today and set the stage for an unforgettable family campervan holiday.

 

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Auckland

Departing from Apollo Auckland, you’re perfectly positioned for a half-day drive to Northland & the Bay of Islands. This route ensures a seamless blend of scenic beauty and local culture, culminating in the stunning landscapes of Northland.

Christchurch

The drive from Apollo Christchurch to Northland & the Bay of Islands sets you up for a scenic multi-day journey across the South Island, including the picturesque ferry crossing at the Cook Strait, and into the North Island. 

Queenstown

Keen to make the most of your road trip and explore as much of New Zealand as possible? Book your camper with our Queenstown branch and take your time heading northward over an epic 10-14 days taking in some of the great southern highlights along the way. 

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Helpful tips for visiting Northland & the Bay of Islands

 

Climate and seasons in Northland & the Bay of Islands

Northland and the Bay of Islands are renowned for their mild, subtropical climate, making them inviting destinations throughout the year. The warm Northland weather is perfect for enjoying the region's stunning coastal areas and rich cultural heritage.

  • Summer (December to February) in Northland are warm and humid, with temperatures usually ranging from 22°C to 26°C. This season is ideal for exploring the beautiful beaches, engaging in water sports, or simply enjoying the vibrant outdoor lifestyle with alfresco dining along the waterfront. Summer is also a popular time for tourists, so expect a lively atmosphere, especially in beach towns.

  • Autumn (March to May) sees slightly cooler temperatures and less humidity, making it a perfect time for hiking and outdoor activities without the intense heat of summer. The scenery remains lush, and the less crowded attractions allow for a more relaxed exploration of the region.

  • Winter (June to August) brings cooler weather, with daytime temperatures typically between 15°C and 18°C. The cooler days are ideal for visiting historical sites and museums or enjoying some of Northland’s renowned cultural festivals. Winter in Northland is generally mild, allowing for year-round outdoor activities.

  • Spring (September to November) revitalises the region with early blooms and warmer weather, gradually heating up towards summer. This is an excellent time to witness the vibrant flora and fauna as the landscapes burst into life, making it ideal for photography and nature walks.

 

 

 

What to pack?

Preparing for your campervan road trip in Northland and the Bay of Islands means packing smartly to fully enjoy the region's mild, subtropical climate and rich outdoor and cultural offerings. From sunbathing on pristine beaches to exploring historic sites and sailing in the bay, here’s what to bring:

  • Outdoor gear: The diverse environments, from the sandy beaches of the Bay of Islands to the forested walks of Cape Reinga, call for versatile outdoor apparel. Opt for lightweight, breathable clothing that will keep you comfortable during the warm days, and don’t forget a few layers for cooler evenings — perfect for cosy nights under the stars. Durable walking shoes are essential, whether you're planning to trek through the forests or stroll around the historic towns.

  • Campervan add-ons: Enhancing your campervan setup can significantly improve your travel experience. Consider packing a portable barbecue for enjoyable seaside grills. You may also like to hire extra camping chairs and a table when you book your Apollo campervan to create a comfortable outdoor living space wherever you park. These additions are perfect for relaxing after a day of adventure or for enjoying a meal with a view.

  • Sun protection: The Northland and Bay of Islands region enjoy plenty of sunshine, making thorough sun protection crucial. Include a high-SPF sunscreen, UV-protection sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat in your packing list. This will ensure you can safely indulge in the outdoor activities that the region is famous for, from kayaking across clear waters to lounging on the beach.

For more helpful ideas, check out our guide to what to pack for your campervan road trip.

 

 

Attractions and day trips in Northland

 

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are a must-visit for anyone interested in New Zealand's history. As the site of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, it offers a deep dive into the nation's past through engaging exhibits, guided tours, and cultural performances. The beautifully maintained grounds overlooking the Bay of Islands also provide a peaceful setting to reflect on New Zealand's foundational document.

Paihia

Paihia is the vibrant heart of the Bay of Islands, known for its lively waterfront filled with cafes, shops, and galleries. It's the perfect base for exploring the surrounding islands by ferry or enjoying water sports like kayaking and parasailing. The town's relaxed atmosphere and scenic beauty make it a favourite spot for both locals and tourists.

Russell

Once known as a rowdy 19th-century whaling port, Russell has transformed into a charming seaside town. It's rich with historic buildings like New Zealand’s oldest church, and its quaint streets, waterfront promenades, and excellent restaurants offer a picturesque step back in time.

Cape Reinga

At the northern tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga offers breathtaking views where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. This spiritually significant site for Māori is accessible via a scenic drive, with opportunities to see the iconic lighthouse and the famous pohutukawa tree that marks the 'leaping-off' point of spirits into the afterlife.

Ninety Mile Beach

Despite its name, Ninety Mile Beach is actually about 55 miles long and serves as one of the country’s most stunning natural highways. It’s perfect for a day of adventure, offering activities like sandboarding down massive dunes or just enjoying a leisurely drive along its vast, sandy stretch.

Kerikeri

Kerikeri is known for its fertile soils and beautiful orchards, but it's also rich in history. Highlights include the Stone Store and Kemp House, the oldest stone and wood buildings in New Zealand. The town also hosts vibrant markets and has a thriving arts scene, making it a delightful destination for culture and cuisine.

Mangonui

Mangonui is primarily known for its historic waterfront lined with heritage buildings that now house charming cafes and shops. This small fishing village is famous for its fish and chips, offering fresh seafood with a view. It’s an ideal spot for a relaxed day soaking up local flavours and sea breezes.

Whangarei

Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, offers a mix of cultural and natural attractions, including the acclaimed Whangarei Falls and the Town Basin marina filled with galleries and cafes. It's a great starting point for trips to the nearby beaches and lush native forests.

Tutukaka

Known as the gateway to the Poor Knights Islands, Tutukaka offers some of New Zealand’s best diving and snorkelling experiences. The marine reserve's clear waters are teeming with colourful sea life and are perfect for underwater adventures. Above water, Tutukaka’s coast is dotted with secluded bays and pristine beaches to explore.

 

Where to stay in Northland & The Bay of Islands with a campervan

When it comes to finding the perfect spot to park and rest in Northland & the Bay of Islands, there's no shortage of picturesque, comfy campgrounds. Here are a few worth checking out:

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