In New Zealand’s subtropical north – expect contrasting coastlines, ancient forests, colourful locals and top quality craft beer. History hangs heavily in Northland, where you’ll find the earliest Maori and European settlements. It’s thought of as the birthplace of the nation and is home to the Waitangi Treaty grounds where Maori and European signed a historic agreement in 1840.
Nature looms large in Northland, too, with its deserted beaches and ancient kauri forests. These giant trees are one of the nation’s treasures.