If you’re living in or visiting Auckland, doing a road trip from Auckland to Northland is a must do!
There are so many beautiful stops to make along the way!
But can you do all of them?! We couldn’t squeeze them all in on our 4 day trip, but we made our best effort and had activity filled days everyday!
And I will be going back to see what I missed the first time!
Here is the perfect Auckland to Northland road trip itinerary, put together by many recommendations from friends:
Piroa Falls – The perfect first stop on your road trip. A short 5 minute walk from the road, and there was no one else there! Score!
Waipu Caves– A free cave to explore and find glow worms!
Whangarei – A nice place to stop for lunch with lots of great options. Try Suk Jai Thai!
Whangarei Falls – A very popular, but amazing, waterfall.
Mt Manaia– A 2 hour walking track to the top of the mount for stunning views of the harbor. Be prepared for lots of stairs!
Te Whara Track– A 5-6 hour coastal walk.
Mermaid Pools– Beautiful ocean side rock pools!
Poor Knights Island– It’s the BEST place for snorkeling and diving! Read all about it here.
Paihia – A cute little city and a perfect place to spend the night on your road trip. We stayed at the Airbnb’s all along our journey that were in such nice locations and were hosted by the best people.
Opua Forest Paihi Lookout – “School walkway” – A short 20-25 minute walk through the bush. The walk is nice, but the view isn’t spectacular.
Haruru Falls– A little waterfall right off the side of the road.
Russell – Part of the Bay of Islands that is a short ferry ride away!
Flagstaff Hill – Love a good lookout!
Duke of Marlborough – A restaurant recommended by many.
Urupukapuka Island– Part of the Bay of Islands.
Kerikeri– A town that we loved spending the day walking around in.
Charlie’s Rock– An easy 10 minute walk to the falls. And it’s a perfect swimming spot. There was no one else there either!
Cafe Zest & The Waffle Room– Our big dessert splurge! The waffles were amazing… can you even tell there is a waffle under there?!
Makana Confections– Mostly because they have really yummy free samples.
Rainbow Falls– My favorite waterfall of the road trip. If you’re feelin’ adventurous, climb or swim behind the waterfall for the best view of all!
Te Wairere Waterfall/Wairoa Stream Walking Track– More waterfalls!
Churchills Butcher – Not your typical thing to see on a list of recommended places but we loved this place so much, we went 2 days in a row. It’s very budget friendly and a great way to have amazing food while saving money!
Whangaroa– St. Paul’s Rock, a 30 min walk up to the top for a great view of the harbor!
Karikari Peninsula – The perfect place to stay a night on your way up to Cape Reinga.
Karikari Bay Walk– A beautiful beach walk.
Cape Reinga – The very top of New Zealand! You can’t miss Cape Reigna. Yes, everyone else is there too, but the views are gorgeous!
Te Paki Sand Dunes– You can rent a board for $15, climb the huge sand hills, and speed back down them. SO much fun!
90 Mile Beach – Make a pitstop to check out this long stretch of beach, and you can even drive on it if you have a car with 4 wheel drive!
Tomo Berries Real Fruit Ice Cream– I don’t know if it was extra good, or if I was just extra in the mood for ice cream. But when am I not in the mood for ice cream?
There are so many amazing places to see from Auckland to Northland, right?! New Zealand is the best.
Leave a comment if you have any other stops that need to be added to this list!
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