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Northland, New Zealand

Kids in Northland, New Zealand

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Bush'n'Bike Adventure Company

Bay of Islands - Kawakawa

Adventure activities

This combination of quads, horses and go-karts is a sure-fire hit. Splash through rivers and 4WD along rugged bush tracks and challenging terrain. Alternatively, amble quietly through the spectacular river valley setting on horseback. First-timers and old-timers can all come along for some great, family fun.

  • Prices: Quad bikes $75 for 1.5 hr tour, 2.5 hr tour by arrangement. Passengers: $55 adults, $25 children for 1.5 hr tour. Off-road go-karts: $75 for 1 hr, $40 for half and hour. Horseback Adventures $55 pp for a 1.5 hr trek. Kid quads and pony rides $15. Prices are subject to alteration.
  • Contact: Tirohanga Road (off SH10), Kawakawa, Nr Paihia, Bay of Islands
  • Tel: 09-404-1142
  • Fax: 09-404-1143
  • Email: info@adventurecompany.co.nz
  • Web: www.adventurecompany.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Gumdiggers' Park & Ancient Buried Kauri Forest

Waiharara

Cultural tours

A four-minute detour on the way to Cape Reinga brings you here, and unless you are an awful lot more informed than me, I can guarantee it will be an instructive experience. Dalmatian gumdiggers? Kauri gold? Gum spears? Tattoos and linoleum? Nope, I had no idea either, but this is a fascinating insight into an almost forgotten part of New Zealand's heritage. There is also a gecko trail, and an onsite shop selling locally crafted kauri artefacts.

Gumdiggers' Park & Ancient Buried Kauri Forest
  • Prices: Adult $10; child $5; family pass $25 (2 adults + 2 or more kids); under 8s are free.
  • Contact: Heath Road, Waiharara, RD1 Awanui
  • Tel: 09-406-7166
  • Email: info@gumdiggerspark.co.nz
  • Web: www.gumdiggerspark.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Sheepworld

Warkworth

Nature & wildlife

I’d always thought New Zealand was Sheepworld until I happened upon this place. Just off the highway outside Warkworth you can look, listen and learn as sheep dogs display their mental prowess shepherding sheep to and fro. Admittedly, the dogs win paws down in the ‘brainy’ stakes (I didn't get the chance to see ducks giving them a waddle for their money in the Dog and Duck show so can't comment on that), but one can’t help but feel some sympathy for the shivery-looking sheep herded into a corner post-shave. The shearing operation is a fast and fascinating one... however, and you’ll soon feel less sympathetic once you slip into the your new woollen socks and jumper.

Sheepworld
  • Prices: Full admission $17.50 adult, $8 child includes Sheep and Dog show (at 11am and 2pm) and entry to the park and its 30-acre eco-dicovery trail. Black Sheep Café and woollen products shop open daily. Dog and Duck show at 2pm on the weekend.
  • Contact: State Highway 1, 4km north of Warkworth
  • Tel: 09-425-7444
  • Fax: 09-425-7666
  • Email: info@sheepworld.co.nz
  • Web: www.sheepworld.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Zion Wildlife Gardens

Whangarei

Nature & wildlife

Craig Busch is so legendary in the lion world (among the humans, not the lions) that I saw a documentary about the ‘Lion Man’ himself on the plane over to New Zealand. The guy certainly has a way with big cats, and none come bigger than Samson, father to a pride of twelve Barbary lions. Extinct in the wild, there are just 250 of these mighty felines in captivity making Zion Wildlife incredibly important in the conservation and understanding of the species. Also at home here are ten white lions who originate from South Africa, two cheetahs and nine royal white Bengal tigers. Take a tour to meet the lions at close range and learn about these incredibly rare creatures whose fragile existence belies their powerful presence.

Zion Wildlife Gardens
  • Prices: Guided tour through the gardens: 60 mins, $60 adult, $30 child. Cub Encounter tour is an 80-minute private tour: $200 adult, $50 child. Big Cat Tour 90 mins ($250 adult) includes chance to handle a large cat with two senior handlers. Ask about tours with Craig himself.
  • Contact: Gray Road, Kamo, Whangarei
  • Tel: 09-435-0110
  • Email: zion@zionwildlifegardens.co.nz
  • Web: www.zionwildlifegardens.co.nz
  • Updated: 31/01/2008

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Northland Highlights

  • Explore the secluded bays, long white beaches, velvet-green rolling hills and sleepy fishing settlements of the Whangarei Heads. This is one of the most beautiful, and gladly, least visited parts of Northland.
  • Dive or snorkel the fantastic Poor Knights Islands, go inside the biggest sea cave you'll ever see and round off the day with a pizza in Tutukaka's quiet harbour.
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