Northland is rich in a unique history that ties both Maori and non Maori people together. Approximately 1000 years ago the legendary explorer Kupe sailed to Northland aboard the ocean going waka (canoe) Nga Toki Matawhaorua, arriving in Hokianga Harbour.
Waitangi is considered by many New Zealanders to be the 'birthplace' of modern New Zealand, where the Treaty of Waitangi was signed in 1840 declaring British sovereignty over New Zealand. Russell, once one of the world's most nefarious whaling ports, is now one of New Zealand's best preserved provincial towns boasting shops and restaurants along its pohutakawa-lined waterfront.
Often dubbed "The Winterless North" because temperatures never reach freezing, Northland abounds with beautiful subtropical landscapes. Ninety Mile Beach offers wide stretches of golden sand, many spots for surfing the waves or even sand-sledding at Te Paki dunes. Further south, the Waipouwa forest is home to New Zealand's largest Kauri tree, Tane Mahuta, which means "Lord of the Forest".
Eagles Nest is located immediately outside of Russell.
The Lodge at Kauri Cliffs is situated on Matauri Bay, a short drive from Kerikeri.