There are three domestic airports providing access to Northland. Or clients may prefer to explore the area along the way, arriving by sea or road. Tours, taxis and buses are all available once they've arrived.

By Road

Easily accessible, simply drive up State Highway 1 to go up the east coast of Northland and through to Cape Reinga.

Approx drive time and distances to other areas:




Approx Drive Time

Auckland to Whangarei



2 hours 30 mins

Auckland to Paihia



3 hours 45 mins

Paihia to Kerikeri



30 mins

Paihia to Whangarei



1 hour 15 mins

Paihia to Omapere



1 hour 15 mins

Paihia to Kaitaia



1 hour 30 mins

Kaitaia to Cape Reinga



1 hour 45 mins

Your clients can get around the North Island by coach with InterCity Coachlines or a number of other suppliers.

Driving Routes
Starting in Auckland the Twin Coast Discovery Route runs throughout Northland’s east and west coasts and up to the Far North. On this route your clients can also take advantage of heritage, art, golf and wine trails.

By Air

Access to Northland is through one of the domestic airports located in Whangarei, Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) and Kaitaia.

Domestic airlines include:
Air New Zealand
Salt Air
Mountain Air
Great Barrier Airlines

Approx flying time to other cities:


Approx Flying Time

Whangarei to Auckland

30 mins

Whangarei to Wellington

1 hour 35 mins

Kaitaia to Auckland

45 mins

Bay of Islands to Auckland

40 mins

Bay of Islands to Wellington (via Auckland)

2 hours 20 mins

Getting to and from the airport
Whangarei, Kerikeri and Kaitaia airports are located 5 to 10 minutes away from the city or town centre. Kerikeri is also only 25 to 30 minutes drive away from Paihia.

Taxi and shuttle services are also available with Whangarei also offering a bus service ($3).

Whangarei to city centre: Taxi approx $20-$25, shuttle $15 first person, $5 per person thereafter

Kerikeri to town centre: Shuttle approx $25

Kerikeri: Taxi approx $55, shuttle approx $25

Kaitaia to town centre: Taxi and shuttle approx $20

By Sea

A number of ferries are available throughout the day, including vehicle ferries.

Getting Around Northland

Getting around the town and city centres is easy by foot, with some also providing bus options.  To help get from town to town hire cars are available from Whangarei, Bay of Islands and Kaikohe. Minivan tours of the Far North can be arranged in Paihia and tours of 90 Mile Beach arranged in Whangarei, Paihia, Doubtless Bay and Kaitaia.

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