Northland is beautiful and it feels a long way from anywhere. Long white beaches stretch between ancient volcanic headlands, remote dune-scapes meld into sub-tropical forests, warm evenings yield to starry nights. There is plenty of time for swimming in secret coves of turquoise water, brilliant short walks as well as one big climb. Two fabulous locations will act as the base from which to explore this magical area. Unpack your bag and feel like you are on holiday as you stay two nights at each spot. Return after a good days hiking and unwind on the veranda with a glass of wine. Highlights include the remote coastal hike near the Bay of Islands, the feeling of isolation at the very tip of New Zealand, the expansive Te Paki sand dunes and standing under BIG trees.