My 5-day Northland road trip itinerary, New Zealand

You guys should know it by now: I LOVE ROAD TRIPS.

If that was news for you, then check out this Spanish roadtrip {post / video}, this Cornish roadtrip {post / video}, this Californian roadtrip {post / video}, this Yorkshire roadtrip {post / video} and this Croatian roadtrip {post / video} I did.

Not going to lie… I’m pretty good at curating them and they are by far my favourite way to explore a country.

This time, my road trip obsession landed in New Zealand, having been invited back over to explore the North Island by Tourism New Zealand.

I was to take on a 5-day road trip around the Northland of New Zealand {that’s the bit above Auckland right at the very top of the North Island}.

Little did I know I was about to make some of my most treasured travel memories to date.

Day 2 of the road trip actually landed on my birthday and so my best friend {that moved over here from the UK two years ago} drove up to meet me in Paihia for a very special birthday celebration at Magic Cottage, River Takou.

Check out the blog post here – you’re SERIOUSLY missing out if you haven’t indulged in that post yet.

I would recommend the route I’m about to tell you about, to anyone coming into Auckland and looking to experience some of New Zealand’s finest landscapes and offerings.

Expect…vast turquoise lakes, authentic maori culture, the largest remaining kauri trees in NZ, dolphins, whales and New Zealand’s most northern point {well, nearly} – Cape Reinga.

Here’s my 5-day itinerary and my favourite photos to inspire your own Northland road trip…

Oh and here it is in video if you prefer…

Do leave me a comment if you have any questions or want further help planning your trip!

DAY 1

Arrive in Auckland…

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Drive up to and have Lunch in Paihia at Charlotte’s Kitchen…

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Cruise the Bay of Islands…

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Stay overnight at Magic Cottages…

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DAY 2

Hop on the Cape Reinga tour…

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Stay overnight in Taipa…

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DAY 3

Drive on and along Karekare peninsula beach…

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Drive on to Ahipara…

Jump on a dune buggy and explore the dunes…

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Collect some fresh mussels for dinner…

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Arrive in Omapere and have dinner…

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Embark on the Footprints, Waipoua Spiritual Tour…

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DAY 4

Have breakfast overlooking the Omapere harbour…

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Drive to Kai Iwi lakes {buy lunch on the way} and have a picnic by the lakes…

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Optional stop at the Kauri Museum / head on to Warksworth and check out Goat Island…

Stay overnight in Warksworth…

DAY 5

Drive the coastal route back to Auckland via Orewa {this way you’ll miss the toll road too}…

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Arrive back in Auckland and do the sky jump / Auckland sea plane scenic flight…

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Enjoy a late lunch at the fish market, wander along the harbour front and grab a drink at The Observatory and ice cream at Movenpick…

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Head to Bastion’s Point {near Mission Beach} to watch the sun set over the city…

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BOOM!

Now that’s an epic 5 days that I can tell you will blow your socks off!

Have you done any epic road trips in New Zealand?

I’d love to know!

Thank YOU guys for reading <3

Love as always + happy adventuring,

Mollie x

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