Destination guide

Far North District: get off the beaten track

While it doesn't get a lot of attention, the Far North District on New Zealand's North Island makes for a great place to get off the kiwi's beaten track. Other than the islands, it's got more coastline for its size than any other part of the country, providing a platform for a long list of adventures to be had both on land and sea. In this day of rampant overdevelopment, it's wonderfully refreshing to walk down onto a beach that doesn't have any signs of human interference. Surprising, when you think that this was one of the earliest places that both Maori and Europeans set up home.

Things to do

Gumdiggers and whalers in Far North District

If you can tear yourself away from the beaches and the coastal hiking trails, there are several spots near your Far North District vacation rental that are well worth some time. During the turn of the 20th century, some 7,000 gumdiggers plied the kauri forests and at the Gumdiggers Park you can experience their lives at the preserved huts. Afterwards, the museum and former Victorian home and gardens of whaling captain William Butler is well worth an afternoon, as is the Te Ahu, a community center which houses all sorts of artifacts dating back centuries, along with a theater and gallery.


Coastal adventures aplenty in Far North District

If you've scored a Far North District vacation rental along the waterfront, you'll have a wealth of outdoorsy adventures right from your doorstep. The coastal hiking footpaths around these parts are truly jaw-dropping, as are the hilly biking trails. Ever wanted to learn to surf? The consistent swells off the shoreline make it a good place to practice. Alternatively, you can get your thrill-seeking kicks by riding the giant Te Paki dunes strapped to sandboards. If you're an angler, there are exciting hooks to be made at sea, or you could find a spot along the coast to cast in your line.


For solitude, try Far North District in spring and fall

Swells of travelers drive up to the Far North District between November and March, to escape the stuffy summer heat in the cities. If you're planning your escape around this time, be sure to book your Far North District vacation rental early or you might just miss out. Don't discount the other seasons. Spring, which starts around September, and fall between March and May, offer some rather pleasant weather, bar the odd rainy afternoon. With far fewer travelers to contend with, it can be an attractive time for those looking to save a few bucks and enjoy a little solitude.

Natural features

Look out for the kiwi in Far North District

New Zealand's unique wildlife offering has long been a draw for visitors. As the island has only got a, relatively, short human history, the wildlife evolved in a remarkably different way to most. The lack of land-based predators meant that many species of bird lost their wings over years of evolution and became flightless, including the iconic kiwi. When you stay in a Far North District vacation rental, many of the other critter highlights are found in the sea. Keep your eyes peeled for pods of dolphins jumping from the water and the sight of fluking whales is hard to forget.

Where to stay around Far North District?

Our 2019 property listings offer a large selection of 600 vacation rentals near Far North District. From 425 Houses to 69 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 Far North District for a holiday or a weekend are on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Far North District?

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

  • Paihia: 268 vacation rentals
  • Bay of Islands: 318 vacation rentals
  • Russell: 254 vacation rentals
  • Kerikeri: 314 vacation rentals
  • Mangonui: 133 vacation rentals

And HomeAway offers you the chance to discover many other popular destinations in Far North District! 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 Far North District?

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 Far North District:

  • Paihia: 268 rentals
  • Russell: 254 rentals
  • Kerikeri: 314 rentals
  • Mangonui: 133 rentals
  • Taupo Bay: 121 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 Far North District?

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

  • Kerikeri Airport (KKE): 326 vacation rentals
  • Kaitaia Airport (KAT): 196 vacation rentals
  • Whangarei Airport (WRE): 265 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 Far North District?

HomeAway offers a large selection of rentals near lovely places in Far North District. 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 Far North District 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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