Photo by Bernard Spragg. NZ
About Northland, NZ
Northland is New Zealand’s northernmost region. This region is known for its pleasant climate, varied and stunning scenery, diverse coastlines, beaches, kauri forests, and Maori culture. Northland is where Kupe, the Maori explorer, first arrived on a canoe 800 years ago and discovered the country. Today, about 30% of the population are Maori.
West of Northland is the Tasman Sea, and east is the Pacific Ocean. The Auckland Region is south of Northland. The region’s landscapes feature rolling hills, waterfalls, estuaries, rivers, lakes, and forests. The Waipoua Forest on the region’s northwest coast holds the biggest and best-preserved remains of the ancient kauri forests. Tane Mahuta, New Zealand’s largest known tree lives in this forest, just south of the Hokianga Harbour.
On Northland’s west coastline, you’ll find rugged, unspoiled coastline, sand dunes, and many shipwreck sites just waiting to be explored by adventurous divers. On the east coast, you’ll find sheltered bays, peninsulas, and harbours. Both coastlines have long sandy beaches.
Swimming Water Quality in Northland
Northland Regional Council monitors a total of 60 swimming spots in this region. These spots include 46 coastal beaches, 3 lakes, and 11 rivers. The sites are sampled weekly from December 1 to March 1.
Water Sports and Activities in Northland
Swimming, diving, surfing, sailing, boating, and fishing are all popular things to do in the Northland region. The Bay of Islands on the region’s east coast is a beloved spot for watching dolphins, fishing, or diving. Waipapakauri Beach is located near the centre of “Ninety Mile Beach”, and is a favourite place to go swimming, surfing, boating, fishing, and hang gliding.
The breathtaking Whangarei Falls are one of the best-loved landmarks in Whangarei. Many native birds and animals live in the area, and some of the kauri trees here are over 500 years old.
Weather in Northland
Northland is warm and humid with a subtropical climate. Sometimes, it’s referred to as ‘the winterless North’. The region is warmest from December to February, with temperatures ranging from 23-24 °C (73-75 °F). The water is most inviting during these months as well, reaching 21 °C (70 °F).
From its rich Maori history and culture to its bounteous opportunities for water recreation, Northland is one of New Zealand’s most must-see regions.
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