Despite living in New Zealand for more than 10 years, I’ve never managed to visit Northland. Mainly due to the ever so disappointing Auckland transport and also not having the ability to drive. In order to explore NZ, it’s SUPER essential to know how to drive or else you’re just left with the unreliable/costly transport service or the plans of your friends and family. Nevertheless, this summer my dad decided that we were in need for a weekend gateway and since we never visited up north, a country escape sounded like the perfect idea.
We arrived at our cottage around 10 AM. The cottage was in a secluded farm area, around 15 minutes drive from central Paihia. It was really the perfect location, as we got to escape the busy and overcrowded touristy areas and just relax in a place which was surrounded by beautiful mountains and greens.
After Unpacking and having lunch, we headed off to Paihia to catch our boat tour that took us to Russell, which is one of the main islands in the Bay Of Island region. The tour was an absolute delight unless you get sea sick really quickly, then I would recommend taking lots of water and panadol as the ride does get a bit rocky. I booked the tour tickets through a sale on the Book Me website.
On day two, we headed off to Cape Reinga Lighthouse, which is placed at the tip of the North Island. A confident driver is needed for this long drive, as you are bound to come across some steep and windy roads. On our way back from Cape Reinga, we stopped at 90 miles beach and at an avocado farm! For some weird reason, I always imagined avocados growing in soil like carrots but boy was I wrong.
Just before leaving our beautiful cottage, my dad’s car decided to have a meltdown. Luckily it was just a flat tyre but is a road trip really a road trip without a car malfunction?
Just to add some excitement to our final day, we decided to visit the Rainbow Falls before heading off to Auckland. Like all the other things we visited while in Northland, Rainbow falls definitely did not disappoint.