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Driving Northland (Warkworth to Whangarei)
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john mac
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By john mac
Published on 13th July, 2009
 
Driving is as broad as the road unless you know where to drive. Road conditions in new Zealand are excellent so as our Warkworth to Whangarei roadtrip. Angles in Northland are too healthy for the eyes. Luscious forests, long green valleys, breezy beaches, high mountains and nice towns to discover is just an overall awesome i must say.

Driving Northland (Warkworth to Whangarei)
Driving is as broad as the road unless you know where to drive. Road conditions in new Zealand are excellent so as our Warkworth to Whangarei roadtrip. Angles in Northland are too healthy for the eyes. Luscious forests, long green valleys, breezy beaches, high mountains and nice towns to discover is just an overall awesome i must say. Turning right from Wellsford will take you to the Pakiri Beach, their holiday park introduces all types of accomodation for families, backpackers, short or long stays and just a lot of things to do there. You can spend a cold night on tents too. Pakiri Beach will make your day take time to tour the beach by a horse, fishing off the beach, scuba diving with the pink and orange fishes, or drag yourself on the nearby golf course. After a full day you can pack your things back and hit the highway and head to another beach through the Twin Coast Discovery Highway out to Mangawhai.

Mangawhai is a little seaside village and is like a hidden spot to discover as few people flock to at Mangawhai however it keeps on attracting more people as the days go by. It is another surfer's paradise while being a good spot for kids too. Getting to Mangawhai wouldn't be a regret, aside from an easy access from Pakiri, there's a uniqueness on the tracks to walk by and probably the friendliest diving spot. Charter and recreational fishing boats ply the off shore waters and it would be another good day on the shore. Mangawhai with 5 beautiful beaches within a 10-15 minute drive is as spoiling as a chocolate mountain. Mangawhai restaurants are well catered if you want to have a fine meal. Or you can also drop off at some superettes if driving. If your not done with Pakiri and Mangawhai Follow Waipu's Heritage Trail by feet or by car, follow the coast road south to Waipu Cove, another beach great for swimming, fishing and don't miss - surfing. There are campgrounds here too. Moving on Ruakaka beach awaits returning to SH1 via Waipu or 30km south of Whangarei. Here you can find accomodations close to the beach or campgrounds too. Ruakaka is your gateway to the oil refinery at Marsden Point.

Returning back to SH1 continue driving to the only city in Northland, the Wangarei. Visiting the Wangarei falls would be a good experience for first timers you can see a close up of the falls from standing on the bridge but its not as spectacular as the other falls you'd see in Canada. Don't miss the Clapham's Clock Museum,a renowned teahouse too. Whangarei has a pretty harbor, arts and crafts shops. Going west will take you to Dargaville in less than thirty minutes, your gateway to the Ancient forests of the Kauri Coast which features the Waipoua Forest. That is if you want some forest encounters.