Ten days of walks and hikes in Northland
Day 8: Ngawha Springs
Drive from Cape Reinga to Ngawha Springs Two hours 40 minutes
Head down and just out of Kaikohe and book yourself in for a relaxing spa treatment at one of the Ngawha hot springs. Right in the heart of Northland’s geothermal region, here you can bathe in the hot mud thermal pools and rejuvenate your skin. Once you’re feeling refreshed a visit to Monument Hill offers excellent views and is the top spot for a picnic.
Day 9: Waipoua Forest
Drive from Kaikohe to Waipoua Forest One hour 41 minutes
Of all New Zealand’s kauri forests, none is more famous than Waipoua Forest. As the largest remaining tract of native forest in Northland, Waipoua is an ancient green world of towering trees and rare birds.
This forest is the home to Tāne Mahuta, the country’s largest kauri tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old and still growing. A five minute walk from the roadside will bring you to the foot of Tāne Mahuta, probably the largest tree you’ll ever lay eyes upon. Nearly 18 metres to the first branch and 4.4 metres in diameter, Tāne Mahuta is rightly called ‘The Lord of the Forest’.
Keep Kauri Standing
Kauri dieback disease is killing our native kauri. It spreads by soil movement, but you can help prevent it: • Stay away from kauri tree roots. • Clean your gear before and after visiting kauri forest.
Day 10: Kai Iwi Lakes
Drive from Waipoua Forest to Kai Iwi Lakes 53 minutes Kai Iwi Lakes are a place of sheer beauty. These lakes were created more than 1.8 million years ago and now are family favourite for Kiwi campers. You’ll fall in love with the crystalclear waters and pure white sandy beaches. These freshwater lakes rival the tropical beaches of the Pacific. They are great for swimming, fishing and kayaking.
Enjoy lunch at Kaiwaka before heading back to Auckland One hour 43 minutes
We hope you enjoy your visit to Northland. Before you head off please check out these top tips to protect our taonga to help us keep Northland’s amazing places and unique wildlife safe.
Above top: The memorial to the Rainbow Warrior on the cliffs above Matauri Bay. Second from Top: Cape Reinga. Phto by Peter Rein-Hodurek Third from top: Ngawha Springs, just out of Kaikohe. Bottow: Tāne Mahuta. Photo by itravelNZ. Below right; The crystal clear waters of Kai Iwi Lakes.