Northland remains unspoilt with kilometres of stunning coastline and beautiful beaches fringed by pohutukawa trees (New Zealand’s Christmas tree). Ancient Kauri forests with walking and hiking trails.Take the Twin Coast Discovery Highway to the subtropical playground of Northland. Rich in its unique history as the site of the arrival of the first Maori settlers over 1000 years ago – Europeans arrived in the late 1700’s.
The historic township of Russell is quite charming with wooden cottages, historic Christ Church with musket holes from the Maori Wars. Visit Pompallier, an early French Catholic Mission, the museum or the many boutiques and cafes. Or just relax and swim in the beautiful beaches or in the infinity pool at Cloud 9 – a luxury Villa overlooking Russell. Take a ferry ride across to the bustling township of Paihia with its large fleet of world-class charter boats for deep-sea fishing or simply a scenic trip around the stunning Bay of Islands. Visit the Treaty House at Waitangi, which is the scene of the 1840 signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand’s founding document.
Further north to the pretty township of Kerikeri, rich in history and home to New Zealand’s first missionaries. The area is well known for its orchards, vineyards and art galleries, gourmet food producers and local potteries. Just a 35-minute drive eastwards takes you to the beautiful Huntaway Lodge located in Te Ngaere Bay. Set on a hillside with fantastic sea views from all rooms and the garden spa pool.