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St Paul's Rock, Whangaroa Image Credit: Alistair Guthrie

7 Day Auckland Round Trip

This small but gorgeous trip will take you to the most northern part of New Zealand. Drive through the Waipoua Forest, cross the water by ferry and explore the attractions arround Waitangi. See the giant sand dunes and find the last stands of the Kauri tree and the legendary Tane Mahut. After this 7 day road trip, you can always drive further down south. Whangaroa Harbour, also know as the Marlin Capital of New Zealand. The beautiful idyllic bay is a must see and perfect for outdoor activities. Travel to Ruakaka and go for a boat trip or visit the Whangarei Racecourse. Discover culture and history in Auckland and become part of an unforgettable Maori cultural experience! End your holiday in Auckland. Isn't this just the perfect getaway from the daily routine, just enjoy your road trip holiday in seven unforgettable days.

sq km of
giant sand dunes 


Day 1: Auckland

Day 2: Auckland to Hokianga Harbour  (323km, 4hrs 48mins)

Day 3: Hokianga Harbour to Pukenui (110km, 2hrs)

Day 4: Pukenui to Paihia (141km, 1hr, 50mins)

Day 5: Paihia to Ruakaka (100km, 1hr, 27mins)

Day 6: Ruakaka to Auckland (132kms, 1hr 47mins)

Day 7: Auckland


Waipoua Forest Northland, New Zealand Image-via-Destination-Northland

Waipoua Forest

Get in touch with nature in the legendary Waipoua Forest, one of the three major Kauri forests in New Zealand. The splendid emerald expanse boasts of luscious Kauri trees; two of the oldest in the world considering it a home. Tane Mahuta, also known as the “King of the Forest”, and the Te Matua Ngahere are said to be approximately over 2000 years old. The forest is found in the Northland Region’s northwest.



Before you catch the ferry to Kohukohu you can stroll around in the historic town Rawene. With a population of approximately 400 people it’s a lovely small town. Walk around and watch some very old buildings like, Clendon House; the courthouse (1875); Masonic House (1875) and the Methodist Church (1876).

Whangaroa Harbour Northland New Zealand Image: Alistair Guthrie

Whangaroa Harbour

Whangaroa Harbour is the center of the Whangaroa County. This inlet on the Norther Coast of Northland is a perfect place to stop and see the snowy mountains reflecting on the clear blue water.

Ruakaka Beach, New Zealand Image via Alexander Ponick

Ruakaka Beach

Though the beach may not rival all those others found in New Zealand, end your trip where relaxation is freely given by nature’s calm. The Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park is one of the most family-friendly beach resorts with clean park grounds. Plus, it is often referred to as the gateway to some other destinations such as Port Marsden, Ruakaka Racecourse and Marsden Bay.

Places to stay

Caravan parks in New Zealand's North Island

Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park, New Zealand

Ruakaka Beach Holiday Park


Bay of Islands Kiwi Holiday Park, New Zealand

Bay Of Islands Kiwi Holiday Park


Pukenui Holiday Park

Pukenui Holiday


Red Beach Top 10 Holiday Park

Red Beach TOP 10 Holiday Park

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