It is home to some of the longest beaches in the country. Ninety Mile Beach (which is only actually 55 miles long) is the most famous, running along the west coast of the Far North, popular with tour buses and people willing to risk getting their cars stuck in the sand.
Baylys Beach is the gateway to the 100km long Ripiro Beach, New Zealand’s longest driveable beach, running from the Pouto Peninsula to Maunganui Bluff. It was slightly reminiscent of a salt flat, easy to lose your sense of depth in it’s vastness. Some of the largest surviving Kauri trees can be found in the Puketi Forest, seen on the Manginangina Kauri walk.
Some of the best diving in New Zealand can be found off the coast of Northland, including the world famous Poor Knight Islands.
Finally Cape Reinga / Te Rerenga Wairua is both a stunning natural point, the northern most point of mainland New Zealand where the Tasman and Pacific oceans meet, and a deeply sacred place where Māori believe their spirits depart when they die.