The Northland region begs to be explored and is a ‘must do’ for any New Zealander.
From Mangawhai to the picture perfect the Bay of Islands, and through to Cape Reinga, Northland offers a combination of breath-taking seascapes, golden beaches, secluded coves, and ancient forests.
Framed by the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea, Northland offers a pleasant sub-tropical climate only a 50 minute flight from Auckland, making it the perfect destination for your next getaway.
Enjoy beach and water activities, explore one of the many nature walks, visit the historically significant Waitangi Treaty Grounds, or charter a boat to go fishing or to discover the 144 different islands in the Bay of Islands. Each town in Northland has its own unique culture and lifestyle providing an incredible visitor experience. Referred to as the ‘Winterless North’, this is the perfect place to spend quality time relaxing with family and friends.
Local Lux Selected Experiences
Private Sailing Charter
Join your hosts, Don and Marilyn aboard their awesome 54ft sailing catamaran and explore the world-famous Bay of Islands in style, at your own relaxed pace.
No two days are ever the same, your skipper will discuss with you the best course to take advantage of the day’s weather as well as your particular interests. Subject of course to weather, you’ll have the option to stop off at island beaches to swim, kayak, paddle board or just relax and enjoy a lazy picnic lunch.
Your catamaran is equipped with two private en-suited cabins, a spacious lounge/saloon area, wonderful covered cockpit/helm area, BBQ and outdoor dining space.
Easily accessed steps on the stern makes getting aboard, in and out of the dinghy, kayaks or swimming, a breeze. Comfortable seats and large trampolines in the bows are the perfect way to relaxing and watch the oft present dolphins.
Overnight charters are also available on request.
New Zealand boasts some pretty big sand dunes, towering well over 150 metres high in some parts, you guessed it, we slide straight on down them. Kiwis are never one to shy away from an outdoor thrill seeking, adrenaline pumping rush, and sandboarding (or sand surfing as it’s also known) definitely fits into that category.
Choose either to self-drive to the dunes, or join a guided tour (private or scheduled options available). This is a fantastic day adventure to the Far North, visiting 90 Mile Beach, Te Paki Sand Dunes and Cape Reinga. Let your driver guide enthral you in an informative and entertaining account of the culture and history of Northland. Journey into the Far North on this off road adventure. Take in all the highlights of this isolated and dramatic region of New Zealand.
Experience driving along 90 Mile Beach with a stop to stretch your legs and wet your feet if you want too. Explore the remote Te Paki sand dunes, climb up them, and boogie board down. Discover the tranquil atmosphere at Cape Reinga a cultural and spiritual landmark where you will observe the power of two great oceans meeting at the tip of the landscape.
VIP Helicopter Safari – Waipoua Forest, Tane Mahuta and Cape Reinga
Taking you in style to visit two of Northland’s iconic locations. On arrival in Omapere you’ll be met by your private guide, one of Kupe’s (NZ’s first discoverer) descendants for a guided walk of the largest kauri forest in the world and introduce you to their relationship with Mother Nature, and cultural and spiritual experience.
From Omapere you continue by helicopter to the Cape Reinga region via Northlands spectacular West Coast and of course the famous Ninety Mile Beach.Your helicopter flight then continues to a small airfield where you’ll be met by your guide for the 20km drive to the Cape Reinga lighthouse. Your ground tour includes the Cape Reinga Lighthouse, Tapotupotu Bay and the Te Paki stream with its giant sand dunes – try sliding down them on sleds (provided) At the end of your tour arrive back at the airfield for a short flight over spectacular and remote scenery such as the white silica sands of Parengarenga Harbour and Great Exhibition Bay landing at Henderson Bay on the east coast for a full and leisurely lunch near the beach.
From here the flight back along the east coast passes across the Houhora Harbour, Whangaroa Harbour the Cavalli islands and of course the stunning Bay of Islands before returning to your accommodation.