Destination guide

Head in the (Land of the Long White) Cloud

Known to locals as the "winterless north" (and "The Land of the Long White Cloud," but don't ask us to explain that one) Northland boasts year-round summer, white-silica and gold-sand beaches, and strings of islands dotting the shoreline, as well as vineyards and citrus orchards. Northland vacation rentals could have you sunbathing on deserted beaches in the morning, and see some of the last standing kauri tress in the Waipoua and Trounson forests in the afternoon. Surrounded by stunning natural beauty on all sides and plenty of adventures waiting to be had, you'll find something to float your boat—or surfboard, paddle board, or whatever—in Northland.

Things to do

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Northland vacation rentals are the perfect jumping-off point to the great outdoors. From the felled magnificence of the kauri forests to the meeting of the Pacific Ocean and Tasman Sea at Cape Reinga, Northland doesn't exactly hide its light under a bushel. Check "swim with dolphins" off your bucket list at Bay of Islands, where you can dive into instantly instagrammable turquoise waters surrounded by your closest flippered friends. A subterranean tour of the Kawiti Caves reveal limestone caverns entirely lit by the eerie, magical glow of the glowworm. Meanwhile, the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and Matakohe's Kauri Museum shed light on the history of the region and the kauri forests.


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Adrenaline junkies come from far and wide to experience the heart-pumping adventures New Zealand holds, and Northland's no exception. Whether you want to try your hand at stand-up paddle boarding, take it easy on a sail boat, dive deep into undersea life, or rise up, up, and away on a parasailing trip, Northland vacation rentals will make the perfect base from which to try any and all of these exploits. Prefer to stick to dry land? Northland's got your back—exploring kauri forests or sand boarding on Ninety Mile Beach are also popular local activities.


Whatever you do, just don't say "winter is coming"

With a nickname like the "winterless north," it's no surprise that Northland vacation rentals present a pretty proposition all year round. It's New Zealand's warmest region, and the only one with a subtropical climate. Boasting around 2,000 average hours of sunshine each year, the hottest months are in January and February when temperatures rise to the mid-70s, while winters (June through August) are mild, with highs of around 60 degrees. Visit in the summer and you'll be forgiven for thinking the rest of the country has joined you on your vacation, but come in the spring or fall, and you won't have as much competition for that paddle board.

Natural features

Old-growth forests, white-sand beaches, and turquoise waters

Northland can be found—you guessed it—at the northern tip of New Zealand, roughly a 3-hour drive from Auckland. New Zealand's northernmost car-accessible reaches can be explored at Cape Reinga, where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean come together. This meeting of the 2 seas could account for the distinctive geographic personalities of the area's eastern and western halves: the tranquil east coast is scattered with nearby islands and scenic coves with picture-perfect turquoise waters and safe beaches, while the wilder western coast features rougher surf and more rugged shoreline.

Where to stay around Northland?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 1,097 vacation rentals near Northland. From 798 Houses to 100 Condos/Apartments, find a unique house rental for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best places to stay near Northland for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Northland?

There are many lovely places to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Northland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular destinations to visit are:

  • Paihia: 268 vacation rentals
  • Bay of Islands: 318 vacation rentals
  • Russell: 254 vacation rentals
  • Mangawhai Heads: 214 vacation rentals
  • Kerikeri: 314 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Northland! Please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Northland?

Whether you're traveling with family or friends, here are the cities with the largest selection of vacation rentals for a holiday trip or just for a weekend in Northland:

  • Paihia: 268 rentals
  • Russell: 254 rentals
  • Mangawhai Heads: 214 rentals
  • Kerikeri: 314 rentals
  • Whangarei: 210 rentals

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Can I find easy-access vacation rentals when traveling by plane to Northland?

Yes of course. Our owners offer a large selection of vacation rentals near airports. The airports with a large selection of vacation rentals in Northland are:

  • Kerikeri Airport (KKE): 319 vacation rentals
  • Whangarei Airport (WRE): 265 vacation rentals
  • Kaitaia Airport (KAT): 196 vacation rentals

For other airports, please use our search bar to access the selection of vacation rentals available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Northland?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Northland. From HomeAway travelers, the most popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Paihia Beach: 317 rentals
  • Flagstaff Hill: 318 rentals
  • Long Beach: 318 rentals
  • Mitimiti Beach: 44 rentals
  • Ancient Kauri Kingdom: 199 rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Northland listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection.

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