North Island, New Zealand
The Northland region is the only area of New Zealand which has a sub-tropical climate, making it a mecca for tourists seeking the sun all year round. It is also home to many significant Maori cultural sites. The Maori people believed that the North Island of New Zealand was a fish facing south, with the Northland region being the tail. The Cape Reinga region at the very northern tip of the island is where they believed that the ancestor spirits departed to swim north to the sacred homelands of Hawaiki. Also here is one of New Zealands most popualr holiday regions, The Bay of Islands which boasts serene bays, placid beaches and great sailing around its myriad of islands.
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Another place to see New Zealand through Maori eyes is Waitangi Treaty Grounds, the place where the Maori signed a treaty with the British to form a colony. Culture North runs an evening Sound and Light performance here, which tells the 1000 year old Maori story, with opportunity to mingle with traditionally dressed Maori performers. Along the west coast of Northland you can sand-board down giant sand dunes or stand in an ancient forest and marvel at Tane Mahuta, the tallest Kauri Tree in New Zealand.
The city of Whangarei is a great place to base yourself for day tours of the Northland region, and has plenty of accommodation for all budgets. Enjoy breakfast quayside watching the yachts or stock up on the freshest of local produce at the Saturday morning Farmers' Market.
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