Rich in culture and history and blessed with a pristine natural environment, Northland is where the birth of New Zealand took place with the arrival of the first Maori canoes to the country in this region and the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.
New Zealand’s warmest region, Northland enjoys warm weather throughout most of the year, with the hottest months being January and February – perfect for enjoying the golden beaches, secluded coves, tranquil harbours, -New Zealand’s newest deepwater port is located at Marsden Point, just south of Whangarei – warm waters, dramatic coastline, wild beaches and spectacular forests. Northland is filled with stunning beauty – an aquatic playground and a land of unspoilt natural beauty.
Along the East Coast, Northland greets its visitors with golden beaches fringed by pohutukawa trees, secluded coves, tranquil harbours, forest and coastal walks, and sought-after dive spots. In the Bay of Islands you can find thrilling adventure or perfect peace. The Poor Knights Islands marine reserve along the Tutukaka Coast is a dive mecca, regarded by the late Jacques Cousteau as one of the world’s top dive locations. Northland’s east coast is where visitors and locals alike enjoy boating, surfing and fishing. In the Top of the North, the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean meet producing waves more then 10 metres high at times and surrounding the land with warm, subtropical waters. At the furthest point of New Zealand, Cape Reinga plays host to the historic lighthouse guarding the northwestern approaches. Along 90 Mile Beach surfers take to the waves where giant sand dunes line the shore. It’s a place to keep one’s eyes peeled for the wild horses of the Aupouri Forest.
Further south along the West Coast a sprawling array of inlets and tributaries form the Hokianga region, leading on to the Kauri Coast. It’s a place of wild beaches, spectacular coastline and peaceful forests. An atmospheric drive through Waipoua Forest will acquaint you with New Zealand’s largest living Kauri trees, standing 50 metres tall.
Northland offers a sublime combination of work and lifestyle.
Northland’s population base of approximately 148,000, – about 51,500 (FT) employees-work for over 17,500 businesses and Northland’s gross regional product of $3.4 billion annually represents about 3% of the national total. The region is in a steady growth phase and is attracting new investment and industry development. This growth complements a solid industry base of pastoral farming, horticulture, forestry and wood processing, and tourism.