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Top Choice Historic Site in Paihia & Waitangi

Waitangi Treaty Grounds

Occupying a headland draped in lawns and bush, this is NZ's most significant historic site. Here, on 6 February 1840, the first 43 Māori chiefs, after much discussion, signed the Treaty of Waitangi with the British …
Top Choice Museum in Paihia & Waitangi

Museum of Waitangi

The new Museum of Waitangi is a modern and comprehensive showcase of the role of the Treaty of Waitangi in the past, present and future of New Zealand. The second storey is comprised of the Ko Waitangi Tēnei (This i…
Top Choice Gallery in Whangarei

Whangarei Art Museum

At the Te Manawa Hub information centre, Whangarei's public gallery has an interesting permanent collection, the star of which is a 1904 Māori portrait by Goldie. Also planned is the Hundertwasser Arts Centre, based…
Top Choice Cafe in Mangawhai

Wood Street Freehouse

Craft beer has arrived in Mangawhai at this buzzing cafe, including beers from local Northland brewers such as Schippers and the Sawmill Brewery. Excellent food includes burgers, gourmet pizzas and shared plates – t…
Top Choice Cafe in Kerikeri

Food at Wharepuke

With one foot in Europe, the other in Thailand and its head in the lush vegetation of Wharepuke Subtropical Gardens, this is Kerikeri's most unusual and inspired eatery. On Friday nights it serves popular Thai banqu…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Russell


Serving an imaginative take on Kiwi classics (lamb, venison, seafood), the Gables occupies an 1847 building on the waterfront, built using whale vertebrae for foundations. Ask for a table by the windows for maritime…
Top Choice Cafe in Doubtless Bay

Little Kitchen on the Bay

Our favourite Doubtless Bay eatery is this cute spot just across from the harbour. During the day the sun-drenched interior has Mangonui's best coffee, excellent counter food and good mains – try the terrific burger…
Top Choice Modern NZ in Whangarei

à Deco

Northland’s best restaurant offers an inventive menu that prominently features local produce, including plenty of seafood. Art-deco fans will adore the setting – a wonderfully curvaceous marine-style villa with orig…
Top Choice Museum in Whangarei

Clapham’s Clocks

This very interesting collection of 1400 ticking, gonging and cuckooing timepieces constitutes the National Clock Museum.
Top Choice Historic Building in Kerikeri

Stone Store

Dating from 1836, the Stone Store is NZ's oldest stone building. It sells interesting Kiwiana gifts as well as the type of goods that used to be sold in the store. Tours of the wooden Mission House, NZ's oldest buil…