Exploring the beaches of Northland, NZ

By Nikki Addison

Pataua Beach
Pataua Beach
New Zealand's Northland is home to some of the most beautiful beaches in the country - if not the world.

If you’re looking for somewhere to explore this summer, do yourself a favour and visit Northland. More specifically, why not take the perfect summer roadtrip and drive your way up the rural coastline from Auckland?

You’ll experience the pristine, Pohutukawa-laden beaches New Zealand is known for, without the huge crowds that popular tourist spots like Cathedral Cove and Hot Water Beach bring. Northland’s beaches offer the ultimate playground to spend your summer, with opportunities to surf, swim, fish and experience untouched nature.

Travellers will also get a feel for small-town New Zealand as they pass through the humble beachside villages that are part-and-parcel to the coast.

Check out just a few of lower Northland’s stunning beaches below – and extend your trip up to the Bay of Islands for more waves if you can.

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