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From Auckland to Cape Reinga: Exploring the North Island of New Zealand

Skyline of Auckland A road trip across New Zealand is a grand quest that would take you along rocky coastlines, winding mountains, and rolling hills. Fortunately for you, some of the country’s finest landscapes could be found north of Auckland.

Moreover, you don’t need to commute if you dread the hassle of changing modes of transportation. Metropolitan Rentals noted that there are many rentals out there. Get in your van hire and go to Ninety Mile Beach up to Cape Reinga, which is at the top of all of New Zealand.

Where First?

Drive to north of Auckland and go to Paihia, a seaside town known to be the jump off point to The Bay of Islands. About 144 islands make up the Bay of Islands — think Whitsundays, crystal clear cerulean waters, coastal roads, and greener than green countryside.

Paihia is an exceptional place to discover the Waitangi Treaty Grounds (the birthplace of the country’s founding document), swim with the dolphins, sail around, and explore the Hole in the Rock. You could likewise ride a ferry to the island town of Russell for some beach bumming.

Where Next?

After exploring Paihia, you could then go to Cape Reinga and Ninety Mile Beach. Cape Reinga, the topmost place of New Zealand, is a remarkable spot for sand boarding, visiting the famous lighthouse, and looking out into the vast Pacific Ocean. Cape Reinga is sacred to the Maori people. Once they die, they believe that their spirits go down the Pohutukawa tree to get to the ocean, ascend on the horizon at Three Kings Islands, and say goodbye to Aotearoa before going back to their sacred ancestral lands.

Where to End?

You could end your trip at Spirits Bay (also called Tapotupotu Bay) where there’s a campsite by the Department of Conservation, which is located right on an immaculate sandy cove’s edge. In addition, you could go inland and trek the Kauri Forests and its many waterfalls. Lots of natural rock jump-off points and pools also just a short distance away from Paihia.

A road trip north of Auckland is undoubtedly the best way to experience New Zealand. The country encourages camping, so it’s free pretty much anywhere (except in places with no camping or parking signs, of course.). So plan your trip and get ready for the road of a lifetime.