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Northland & Bay of Islands

Located at the northern tip of New Zealand's North Island, Northland is a land of contrasts, with ancient kauri forests, pristine beaches, and charming coastal towns. This region is not only the birthplace of the nation, with significant historical sites like the Waitangi Treaty Grounds, but it also boasts some of the most spectacular coastal scenery in the country, including the famous Bay of Islands.

Northland's climate, known for being subtropical, means warm, humid summers and mild winters, making it a perfect destination year-round. The Northland weather encourages outdoor activities and exploration, whether you're soaking up the sun on the golden sands of Paihia, sailing through the turquoise waters of the Bay of Islands, or driving up to the iconic lighthouse at Cape Reinga.

Travelling by campervan offers the freedom to explore Northland's diverse attractions at your own pace. From the historic charm of Kerikeri to the Tutukaka Coast, known for its world-class diving spots, there’s something for everyone. Take your pick of great Northland holiday parks and campgrounds along the way, ensuring comfort and convenience as you discover the stunning landscapes of this captivating region. Whether you’re interested in Māori culture, keen on adventure sports, or simply in need of a peaceful retreat amidst stunning natural beauty, Northland provides an unforgettable backdrop for a memorable campervan journey.

 

Why explore Northland & Bay of Islands by campervan

Exploring Northland by campervan is the ideal way to truly connect with the region's abundant natural beauty and rich history. With the freedom of the open road, you can navigate the diverse landscapes at your leisure. Start your day with a sunrise at Paihia, have lunch in an ancient kauri forest, and end with a sunset at Ninety Mile Beach. 

The ability to spontaneously choose your destinations each day, without the need to stick to a fixed itinerary or check-in times, means you can immerse yourself fully in whatever captures your interest. Travelling by campervan not only offers all the comforts of home, including your kitchen and bed but also supports a self-sufficient way to travel. This is a big plus in Northland, where you might want to spend several days exploring more remote areas. Plus, having your own facilities means you're never too far from a hot meal or a comfortable night's sleep, no matter where your adventures in Northland take you.

 

Things to do in Northland & Bay of Islands

You certainly won’t be short of things to do in Northland and the Bay of Islands. This popular region is bursting with activities that cater to every interest and age group. Discover Kerikeri’s historic sites, including the oldest stone building in New Zealand. Relax in the laidback setting of Russell, a charming town with a rich history. Adventure seekers can enjoy kayaking along the coast or exploring the underwater world at Poor Knights Islands. For a more leisurely pace, indulge in wine tasting at local vineyards or simply unwind on the pristine beaches of the Bay of Islands. Every corner of Northland promises memorable experiences for all.

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Apollo Campervan branches

Auckland

Departing from Apollo Auckland, you’re perfectly positioned for a half-day drive to Northland & the Bay of Islands. This route ensures a seamless blend of scenic beauty and local culture, culminating in the stunning landscapes of Northland.

Christchurch

The drive from Apollo Christchurch to Northland & the Bay of Islands sets you up for a scenic multi-day journey across the South Island, including the picturesque ferry crossing at the Cook Strait, and into the North Island. 

Queenstown

Keen to make the most of your road trip and explore as much of New Zealand as possible? Book your camper with our Queenstown branch and take your time heading northward over an epic 10-14 days taking in some of the great southern highlights along the way. 

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Auckland

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Helpful tips for visiting Northland & the Bay of Islands

 

Climate and seasons in Northland & the Bay of Islands

Northland and the Bay of Islands are renowned for their mild, subtropical climate, making them inviting destinations throughout the year. The warm Northland weather is perfect for enjoying the region's stunning coastal areas and rich cultural heritage.

  • Summer (December to February) in Northland are warm and humid, with temperatures usually ranging from 22°C to 26°C. This season is ideal for exploring the beautiful beaches, engaging in water sports, or simply enjoying the vibrant outdoor lifestyle with alfresco dining along the waterfront. Summer is also a popular time for tourists, so expect a lively atmosphere, especially in beach towns.

  • Autumn (March to May) sees slightly cooler temperatures and less humidity, making it a perfect time for hiking and outdoor activities without the intense heat of summer. The scenery remains lush, and the less crowded attractions allow for a more relaxed exploration of the region.

  • Winter (June to August) brings cooler weather, with daytime temperatures typically between 15°C and 18°C. The cooler days are ideal for visiting historical sites and museums or enjoying some of Northland’s renowned cultural festivals. Winter in Northland is generally mild, allowing for year-round outdoor activities.

  • Spring (September to November) revitalises the region with early blooms and warmer weather, gradually heating up towards summer. This is an excellent time to witness the vibrant flora and fauna as the landscapes burst into life, making it ideal for photography and nature walks.

 

 

 

What to pack?

Preparing for your campervan road trip in Northland and the Bay of Islands means packing smartly to fully enjoy the region's mild, subtropical climate and rich outdoor and cultural offerings. From sunbathing on pristine beaches to exploring historic sites and sailing in the bay, here’s what to bring:

  • Outdoor gear: The diverse environments, from the sandy beaches of the Bay of Islands to the forested walks of Cape Reinga, call for versatile outdoor apparel. Opt for lightweight, breathable clothing that will keep you comfortable during the warm days, and don’t forget a few layers for cooler evenings — perfect for cosy nights under the stars. Durable walking shoes are essential, whether you're planning to trek through the forests or stroll around the historic towns.

  • Campervan add-ons: Enhancing your campervan setup can significantly improve your travel experience. Consider packing a portable barbecue for enjoyable seaside grills. You may also like to hire extra camping chairs and a table when you book your Apollo campervan to create a comfortable outdoor living space wherever you park. These additions are perfect for relaxing after a day of adventure or for enjoying a meal with a view.

  • Sun protection: The Northland and Bay of Islands region enjoy plenty of sunshine, making thorough sun protection crucial. Include a high-SPF sunscreen, UV-protection sunglasses, and a broad-brimmed hat in your packing list. This will ensure you can safely indulge in the outdoor activities that the region is famous for, from kayaking across clear waters to lounging on the beach.

For more helpful ideas, check out our guide to what to pack for your campervan road trip.

 

 

Attractions and day trips in Northland

 

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

The Waitangi Treaty Grounds are a must-visit for anyone interested in New Zealand's history. As the site of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, it offers a deep dive into the nation's past through engaging exhibits, guided tours, and cultural performances. The beautifully maintained grounds overlooking the Bay of Islands also provide a peaceful setting to reflect on New Zealand's foundational document.

Paihia

Paihia is the vibrant heart of the Bay of Islands, known for its lively waterfront filled with cafes, shops, and galleries. It's the perfect base for exploring the surrounding islands by ferry or enjoying water sports like kayaking and parasailing. The town's relaxed atmosphere and scenic beauty make it a favourite spot for both locals and tourists.

Russell

Once known as a rowdy 19th-century whaling port, Russell has transformed into a charming seaside town. It's rich with historic buildings like New Zealand’s oldest church, and its quaint streets, waterfront promenades, and excellent restaurants offer a picturesque step back in time.

Cape Reinga

At the northern tip of New Zealand, Cape Reinga offers breathtaking views where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean. This spiritually significant site for Māori is accessible via a scenic drive, with opportunities to see the iconic lighthouse and the famous pohutukawa tree that marks the 'leaping-off' point of spirits into the afterlife.

Ninety Mile Beach

Despite its name, Ninety Mile Beach is actually about 55 miles long and serves as one of the country’s most stunning natural highways. It’s perfect for a day of adventure, offering activities like sandboarding down massive dunes or just enjoying a leisurely drive along its vast, sandy stretch.

Kerikeri

Kerikeri is known for its fertile soils and beautiful orchards, but it's also rich in history. Highlights include the Stone Store and Kemp House, the oldest stone and wood buildings in New Zealand. The town also hosts vibrant markets and has a thriving arts scene, making it a delightful destination for culture and cuisine.

Mangonui

Mangonui is primarily known for its historic waterfront lined with heritage buildings that now house charming cafes and shops. This small fishing village is famous for its fish and chips, offering fresh seafood with a view. It’s an ideal spot for a relaxed day soaking up local flavours and sea breezes.

Whangarei

Whangarei, the northernmost city in New Zealand, offers a mix of cultural and natural attractions, including the acclaimed Whangarei Falls and the Town Basin marina filled with galleries and cafes. It's a great starting point for trips to the nearby beaches and lush native forests.

Tutukaka

Known as the gateway to the Poor Knights Islands, Tutukaka offers some of New Zealand’s best diving and snorkelling experiences. The marine reserve's clear waters are teeming with colourful sea life and are perfect for underwater adventures. Above water, Tutukaka’s coast is dotted with secluded bays and pristine beaches to explore.

 

Where to stay in Northland & The Bay of Islands with a campervan

When it comes to finding the perfect spot to park and rest in Northland & the Bay of Islands, there's no shortage of picturesque, comfy campgrounds. Here are a few worth checking out:

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Alyssa Tresider
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The best family-friendly restaurants in Auckland.

Planning to book a campervan hire for a New Zealand road trip to the City of Sails? If you’re looking for some good family restaurants in Auckland to enjoy while you’re there, we’ve got you covered. 

In this handy guide, we’ve rounded up the best family restaurants in Auckland.  From the bustling Auckland Viaduct to quaint corners of the city, we've pinpointed places that cater to every palate, ensuring your campervan holiday is peppered with memorable dining experiences. Whether it's a quick bite or a special meal, these spots promise satisfaction for all ages.

 

Why you should explore Auckland with your family

Sitting near the top of the North Island, Auckland is New Zealand's largest city. It’s also a playground for families seeking a blend of urban excitement and natural wonders. With its stunning beaches, beautiful parks and reserves, world-class attractions, and excellent holiday parks, there’s something on offer for ages and stages. 

The city's family-friendly vibe also extends to its diverse range of eateries. From cosy cafes and tasty takeaways to ethnic cuisine and fine dining, you won’t have to go too far to find great family restaurants in Auckland.

 

What’s the best way to explore Auckland?

When it comes to discovering Auckland's treasures at your own pace, nothing beats the freedom of an Apollo campervan. In fact, our great range of campers are tailor-made for family adventures with spacious interiors, comfortable beds, and essential on-the-go facilities.

Whether you’re travelling with tots or teens, you’ll find the comfort and convenience of an Apollo campervan is hard to beat. Littlies can take a nap or use the bathroom whenever they need to – no worries about heading back to the motel or hunting out a public bathroom! And older kids will benefit from a change in routine, switching off devices, and enjoying some quality family time. There’s something about campervan travel that brings a family together in the best possible way! 

READ MORE: Check out our top 10 tips for campervan road trips with kids.

 

The best family-friendly restaurants in Auckland

Feeling peckish? Park up the campervan and tuck into one of these top family friendly restaurants in Auckland. 

 

Federal Delicatessen

For a slice of the Big Apple right in the heart of Auckland, Federal Delicatessen on Federal Street is your go-to. This spot brings the authentic deli experience down under, making it a fantastic option for families craving a taste of classic American cuisine with a Kiwi twist. The laid-back atmosphere, combined with a menu brimming with comfort food, makes it an inviting place for both adults and kids.

One of the standout dishes worth trying is the Salmon Latkes - crispy potato pancakes topped with lox, crème fraîche, and dill, perfect for sharing. And for the sweet-toothed, the NY cheesecake is a guaranteed hit. 


Mexico Britomart

Nestled in the heart of Auckland's bustling Britomart precinct, Mexico Britomart offers a lively and colourful dining experience perfect for families looking to spice up their meal times. Celebrating the fresh and vibrant side of Mexican cuisine, this restaurant is a feast for the senses, from its eclectic decor to its flavour-packed dishes.

Families will appreciate the welcoming atmosphere and the menu's variety – even the pickiest eaters find something to love! A must-try is their range of soft tacos, customisable with fillings to suit all tastes. With gluten-free and vegan options aplenty, Mexico Britomart caters to every dietary need, making it one of the best family restaurants in Auckland. 


Azabu

Tucked away on Ponsonby Road, Azabu Ponsonby is a gem that brings a slice of Tokyo to Auckland. Known for its award-winning Japanese cuisine, Azabu makes dining out with the family an adventure in culinary exploration. The restaurant's modern twist on traditional Japanese dishes, combined with a vibrant atmosphere, makes it an exciting choice for family meals.

Azabu's menu, rich with Nikkei-influenced dishes, offers something for everyone. A standout for families is the selection of sushi and sashimi, prepared with the freshest local ingredients. 


Non Solo Pizza

In the mood for pizza? You can’t beat Non Solo Pizza. This beloved spot, located in the historic suburb of Parnell, is renowned for its warm ambience and a menu that pays homage to the rich culinary traditions of Italy. 

The wood-fired pizzas, with their crispy bases and flavourful toppings, are a hit among kids, while adults can indulge in the array of pasta dishes, succulent steak, roasted pork belly, or chicken cotoletta. Yum! The inviting garden bar and the lively dining room provide the perfect backdrop for family meals.


Burger Burger

Who doesn’t love a good burger, right? Our top pick for mouthwatering, tummy-filling burgers the whole family will love is Burger Burger. With locations sprinkled across Auckland, this burger haven is known for its commitment to quality, serving up gourmet burgers that are sure to please. The casual, vibrant atmosphere makes it an ideal spot for a relaxed family dinner, where everyone can unwind.

Burger Burger's menu is a testament to their love for burgers, offering a variety of options from classic beef and cheese to more adventurous choices. One of the crowd-pleasers is the Lasagne Topper burger, packed with lasagna, pancetta, pesto mayo, and parmesan. Paired with their famous hand-cut fries and a side of homemade aioli, it's a meal that promises satisfaction in every bite. And you can add extras to any burger so that it’s made just the way you want it. 


Ortolana

Known for its commitment to fresh, local produce, Ortolana is a charming bistro that brings the essence of the garden to your table, making it a special spot for families who appreciate the farm-to-table concept.

Located in the heart of Britomart, Ortolana's inviting atmosphere and open kitchen design allow families to enjoy a meal in a setting that feels both intimate and inclusive. The menu, rich with dishes that highlight the season's best, offers something for every palate. From morning brunches with freshly baked scones to leisurely lunches featuring artisanal pasta, Ortolana definitely belongs on the list of top family restaurants in Auckland.  


Prego

Another Ponsonby Road family favourite, Prego is a cornerstone of Auckland's dining scene, offering a slice of Italy right in the heart of the city. Since 1986, this licensed Italian restaurant has been serving authentic Italian cuisine coupled with warm, award-winning service. 

Prego's menu offers a wide array of dishes that cater to various dietary needs, including halal meats and vegan options upon request. Families can dive into a range of pizzas and pastas, with gluten-free options available, ensuring a satisfying dining experience for all. 


Mekong Baby

Also located on Ponsonby Road, Mekong Baby offers a unique dining experience that transports families to the heart of Southeast Asia. This bustling restaurant and bar is celebrated for its innovative take on fusion cuisine, blending traditional flavours with a modern twist. 

The menu at Mekong Baby is simply mouthwatering, with flavoursome dishes designed to be shared and savoured. Families can enjoy a variety of offerings, from succulent meats to fresh, zesty salads. A standout dish that's sure to be a hit with all ages is the braised pork belly, perfectly balanced with tangy Asian slaw. 


Baduzzi

Situated in the bustling North Wharf area on Auckland’s waterfront, Baduzzi is known for its exceptional service and a menu that pays homage to the rich traditions of Italian cuisine, all while embracing the spirit of Aotearoa.

Baduzzi is a fantastic choice for families, thanks to its welcoming atmosphere and a menu that caters to all ages. The restaurant prides itself on its handmade meatballs – choose from crayfish, wild red deer, slow-cooked lamb, or vegetarian options. You’ll also find a tasty selection of handmade pasta, succulent seafood, and delicious desserts. 


Bao & Noodle

Located on Lorne Street, Bao & Noodle is a culinary gem serving up authentic Chinese cuisine. Bao & Noodle is particularly appealing to families due to its focus on traditional recipes and high-quality ingredients, like their Sichuan peppers sourced directly from Sichuan. 

The restaurant's open kitchen allows diners to watch as chefs skillfully prepare handmade dumplings, adding an element of entertainment to the dining experience. With menu highlights such as DanDan noodles and sauced pork buns, Bao & Noodle offers dishes that are sure to captivate the taste buds of both young and old, making every family meal a memorable one.

 

Where to stay with your family in Auckland

Finding the perfect Auckland holiday park or campground is key to a memorable campervan adventure. Whether you're after the simplicity of a council campsite or the full suite of amenities offered by holiday parks, Auckland has plenty of great options to suit every family. 

For a detailed look at the top picks, dive into our guide to the 10 best family-friendly campgrounds near Auckland. From beachfront retreats to chilled-out bush settings, discover the ideal base for your family's exploration of this vibrant city and its stunning surroundings.

 

Looking for things to do with your family in Auckland?

With your accommodation all set, it's time to fill your travel itinerary with exciting activities. The city is brimming with family-friendly attractions, from museums and galleries to lush parks and thrilling adventure activities. Whether you're looking to immerse in the local culture, enjoy the great outdoors, or simply have fun, Auckland has something for everyone. 

Get inspired and start planning your family's adventure with our guide on 15 family-friendly things to do in Auckland

 

Ready to book your Auckland family road trip?

From the vibrant flavours of Southeast Asia at Mekong Baby to the authentic Italian fare at Baduzzi, Auckland’s family friendly restaurants each offer a unique taste of the city’s diverse food culture. Ready to try a few out? Book your Apollo campervan online today, pick it up from our convenient Auckland branch and start planning your unforgettable, flavour-filled Auckland road trip now!

 

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