Northland is the northenmost region in New Zealand, encompassing the long, skinny tip of the North Island north of Auckland, home to the mildest weather in the country. We spent a week exploring the area, taking our time, camping at various coastal spots along the way and enjoying some of the beautiful highlights that call this region home.
The Tutukaka Lighthouse Walkway is an easy walk with beautiful coastal views. We enjoyed this little walk, especially since we had just camped in our van in one of the bays that you can see from the lighthouse at the top of Kukutauwhao Island.
Picking this one over the much more popular Haruru Falls was a fantastic decision. We drove past Haruru Falls which is deceptively tiny compared to the photos online. Rainbow Falls was impressive, thunderous and we got soaking wet with the spray that, when the light passes through, creates a rainbow (hence the name!). Highly recommend.
Great Sand Dunes
The Great Sand Dunes of New Zealand are famous for literally being a massive pile of sand up near Cape Reinga that, if you so choose, you can descend on a sand board (I did this in Australia; it was wicked fun).
Last but not least, the famous Cape Reinga, the northenmost tip of New Zealand. While there isn't a tremendous amount to do in the surrounding area, Cape Reinga is worth the trip, rain or shine. We ended up visiting Cape Reinga on probably the rainiest day of our entire roadtrip and had a blast battling the wind and rain as we walked the ten minutes up to the lighthouse.