Northland – Bay of Islands

In Northland (Te Tai Tokerau) you’ll gain an insight into the coming together of two peoples, Māori and Pakeha. Northland is renowned for its spectacular coastlines, marine reserves and kauri forests. The natural landscape is a specialty, full of amazing opportunities to connect with the land, sea and forest. Northland attracts visitors for its pristine white sandy beaches, maritime sports and a relaxed pace, authentic Māori culture, natural wonders, and stories about the heritage and people. Find out more at

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Whangarei Domestic Airport Kerikeri Domestic Airport

Ahipara Horse Treks

+64 4 9 408 2532

Ahipara Horse Treks is a locally owned and operated business. We are located in Ahipara, at the base of Ninety Mile Beach, just 10 minutes drive west of Kaitaia. We provide 1 and 2 hour treks along one of New Zealand’s most beautiful west coast beaches, and may include, where practical gently rolling grasslands and the excitement of ocean riding. Our horses are very safe and suitable for all ages and riding abilities, allowing you to enjoy the stunning scenery accompanied by our friendly and experienced guides!

The spiritual environment of the Waipoua forest provides a natural stage for unforgettable day and night guided walks with local Māori guides and the largest and oldest kauri trees in the world. Our signature fou hour Twilight Encounter night walk is one of two New Zealand and 82 Global encounters that feature in the Lonely Planet publication Code Green: Experiences of a Lifetime. Step into our world and embark on a memorable journey of storytelling, Māori song and interactive interpretation.

Moon Gate Villa's timeless and elegant design offers unique accommodation surrounded by 1.5 acres of gardens, waterfalls and reflective pools. A hidden treasure 2 minutes from Kerikeri village. Nearby is the Kerikeri basin, cradle of modern New Zealand and steeped in Māori and European history. Lionel, your host is native Māori, and would be delighted in assisting you to discover our local Māori culture.

NZ Surf and Kite

+64 21 024 17794

108 Takahe Street, Ahipara,
Northland 0481

We teach our surf students about surfing life in New Zealand. We offer a full week of surf lessons, surf cinema, meteorology talks from our local radio weather man, a cultural exchange at local marae that includes a powhiri and karakia to keep our students safe in the water. We conduct beach clean ups and donate our time to give back to the local community - oh and we cook! As a chef with 30 years experience who loves to teach our international students about the local kaimoana (seafood) delicacies like the tuatua that lay right under our feet as we surf.

Taiamai Tours Heritage Journeys

+64 9 405 9990

The Bay of Islands is home to Taiamai Tours heritage journeys and the Ngapuhi nation is New Zealand’s largest tribal Māori group. Our interactive Waka (traditional Māori war canoe) experience provides a rare and unique insight into our ancient customs, rituals and traditions. We invite you to join us on a voyage into our world where you will gain an understanding of our culture. We share our histories and stories as we paddle our 50ft Waka Taua (War Canoe) together on the tidal estuaries of the Waitangi River.

The Kauri Museum

+64 9 431 7417

The award winning Kauri Museum is famous for its hospitality and the legacy left behind by the ancient kauri trees which once covered northern New Zealand. The New Zealand Kauri  (Agathis australis) has cultural significance, to Māori and more recent settlers alike. Their prized timber and gum, formed the industries that shaped modern New Zealand. In addition to preserving our past, the Museum has a role to play in conserving their future, collaborating to “Save our Forests” by raising public awareness to control the spread of the Kauri Dieback disease and promote forest ecology.

Experience the warmth of true Māori hospitality with a 5-hour extravaganza of traditional Māori tikanga (practices) including art, food, songs and history sharing.  Become a part of the whanau (family) and learn about New Zealand’s beautiful Māori culture directly from knowledgeable and passionate descendants of the land. You will immediately feel welcomed and at ease with your guides as you experience their culture, land, stories and kai on this unforgettable experience. Seeing Kiwi and Tuatara is all part of your day where you will be creating memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

Tuatara Design Store

+64 9 430 0121

Tuatara is a unique retail store and gallery that specializes in quality Māori, Pacific and New Zealand art, craft and design. Tuatara offers an eclectic and inspiring mix of artwork, jewellery, fashion, linen, furniture, giftware and kiwiana as well as traditional Māori taonga or treasures.  Tuatara aims to be inclusive to all artists and craftspeople but is particularly supportive of Māori artists and their work.

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

+64 9 402 7437

Discover New Zealand's birth place. Set in park like grounds overlooking the Bay of Islands, Waitangi Treaty Grounds is New Zealand's most historic site where, in 1840, the Treaty of Waitangi was signed between Māori Cheifs and the British Crown. Special features include: Te Whare Runanga (unique meeting house), Ngatokimatawhaorua the world's largest waka (ceremonial canoe), The Treaty House and the new Museum of Waitangi.

Whispering Trails

+64 21 047 8516

When you venture into our environment you hear the whispers of our ancestors. It is their history, stories, thoughts and memories that guide us. We would like to share these with you. Once you learn about our connection to the land and environment you will better understand our culture. Let the whispers guide you along trails that bring the past to the present for our future. With shared wisdom and knowledge handed down through generations, your guided experience will become a timeless journey.

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