With a balmy, sub-tropical climate, along with some of the finest beaches, countryside and natural attractions New Zealand has to offer, Northland is unmatched as a playground.
Events and activities
From driving the Twin Coast Discovery Highway to swimming with dolphins in the Bay of Islands, these websites will give you an excellent overview of where to go and what to do in the region.
Sport and recreation
District councils around the region provide a range of recreation facilities including sportsgrounds, parks and gardens. Your local community center may also run many different social activities and groups for the community to join.
Check with your local council for the options available.
Sports clubs and groups
New Zealanders enjoy a huge range of sporting activities - the nzsport site lists everything from Aikido to Zen Do Kai! Check their site to see what’s available in your area, and how you can get involved. Joining a club or team is a great way to meet people.
Tracks and walks
There are many opportunities to stretch your legs, clear your lungs and get close to nature on the walkways and tracks you’ll find wherever you go in New Zealand. Check the Department of Conservation site to find the great walks available in the Northland region.
Northland offers plenty of opportunities for children to play in safe playgrounds, including a number of skateboard parks. Check with your local district council to find playgrounds and parks near you or, if you’re in Whangarei, check this site.
Fishing and Hunting rules
Both fishing and hunting are a big part of life for many Northland people. Check the Fish and Game NZ Northland page for full information to enjoy the region's recreational hunting and freshwater fishing opportunities.
Northland is a wonderful place to be a recreational saltwater fisher. However, to stop overfishing, and conserve New Zealand's natural heritage, some areas are closed to fishing and some limits on daily catches will apply wherever you are. The catch limits apply to shellfish, such as mussels, paua or pipi, as well as to fish. Check the regulations in your local area before you fish or gather shellfish. You can find these on the Ministry of Primary Industries (MPI) website.
Dog walking areas/ dog regulations
New Zealand has various laws about looking after and controlling dogs. District councils have their own bylaws. Check with your local council or, if you’re in Whangarei, visit this site:
Northland’s subtropical climate makes cycling in the region a year-round pastime and it has many excellent cycling trails. Check these sites for details.
Art and culture
Museums and galleries in the area
Northland is rich in Maori history and was the first area to be settled by Europeans. And the great climate and abundance of local materials attracts many leading artists and craftspeople to the area. Check these sites for museums and galleries around Northland.
Major shopping centres
There’s good everyday shopping in all of Northland’s larger centres. The largest shopping complex in the region is The Strand in Whangarei, with over 40 speciality shops under one roof.
There are many community markets around the region selling produce, crafts and second hand goods. Northland also claims to have two of the best farmers’ markets in New Zealand. This site has details.