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With lovely sunny weather, beaches that stretch for miles, beautiful underwater marine reserve, and dense rainforests, Northland is a much-loved holiday destination in New Zealand.

Here are some of the top things to do in Northland.

1. Snorkel Poor Knights Islands

The Poor Knights Islands are a group of islands located about 50 kilometres northeast of Whangarei, and are the remains of a group of ancient volcanoes. Beneath the waves these volcanoes have been hollowed and shaped by the ocean into a web of caves, tunnels and cliffs which are ideal for diving and snorkelling.

The coastline, archways, and clear waters can be explored by boat, and boaties are able to anchor anywhere in the reserve.

There are a range of tourist companies in Northland providing tours and experiences for both experienced and non-experienced divers.

For more information see www.doc.govt.nz.

2. Visit Historical Kerikeri

Historical Kerikeri is a small, historic holiday town nestled around the Kerikeri River and Kerikeri Inlet, in the beautiful Bay of Islands of Northland, New Zealand. With a rich and colourful history, Kerikeri is famous for its lifestyle, water-based activities and attractions. Kerikeri is remembered for being the first permanent mission station in New Zealand.

Alongside historical tours, Kerikeri activities include fishing, diving, boating, walking and snorkelling. Visit the beautiful Rainbow Falls, dive the Cavalli Islands and more.

3. Drive to Remote Cape Reinga & Ninety Mile Beach

Located at the very top of the Northland Region, Cape Reinga is the northernmost point of New Zealand. Visitors can walk up to an historic lighthouse located here, and take in the expansive panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea as they merge.

While here, explore the spectacular Ninety Mile Beach, with its renowned surfcasting beaches.

4. Explore the Waipoua Kauri Forest

The Waipoua Forest is a beautiful kauri forest and the home to the Lord of the Forest - Tane Mahuta, a still growing 1,250 year-old kauri tree. The forests of Waipoua, Mataraua and Waima make up the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland.

Good walking tracks in the forest, and surrounding forests, give easy access to spectacular attractions including the giant trees Tane Mahuta, Te Matua Ngahere and Yakas. A few tramping tracks and routes are also available for those who wish to venture deeper into the forest, especially in the high plateau and ranges.

For more information see www.doc.govt.nz.

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