This is one of our favourite journeys! Enjoy travelling around the very northern part of New Zealand and soak up all the wonderful sights that our beautiful country has to offer.
Overnight stays at the properties mentioned are only available to Native Parks Motorhome Haven members.
To follow this campervan driving itinerary, pick up and return your vehicle at our Auckland branch. Visit maui campervan hire Auckland for more details.
Auckland to Auckland
Best Time of the Year
Anytime of the year
- Ransom Wines
- Waipu Cove
- The Bay of Islands
- Tane Mahuta
Auckland to Puhoi
Distance 60km - Driving Time 1 hour
Pick up your maui in Auckland and enjoy the short journey over the harbour bridge and up State Highway 1 to Puhoi. We recommend you stop for the night at the Art of Cheese Café with hosts Donna and John. Watch the cheesemakers at work then sample the results and buy some delicious cheese to enjoy on the rest of your journey. Close by is Ransom Wines offering a delightful wine and food experience. With space for maui motorhomes it is another great spot to spend the night.
Puhoi to Whangarei
Distance 116km - Driving Time 1 hour
Keep following the northern sun along Northlands Twin Coast Discovery Highway, stopping at the Waipu Pizza Barn for lunch – excellent coffee, great service and kid friendly. If it’s a hot day the surf at Waipu Cove is glorious or invigorate yourself with a walk along the beach.
For a tranquil night in the countryside continue on through Whangarei and visit Carmen and Adrian at Native Parks. Set in a valley amongst dairy farms with bush clad hills there are friendly farm animals for the kids to meet and a captivating starlight display on clear nights.
Whangarei to Kerikeri
Distance 85km - Driving Time 1.25 hours
Get yourself to Kerikeri and experience the Bay of Islands Farmers Market held Sundays 8.30am to noon. More than 40 stall holders showcase Northlands best locally grown fresh veges and fruit as well as cheeses, olive oils, wine, honey and preserves. Abuzz with locals, pause and chat with the stallholders who are also the growers of the produce they sell.
No visit to Kerikeri is complete without a stop at the historic Stone Store. Then while away the evening at Ake Ake Vineyard & Restaurant with sumptuous vegetarian and seafood meals accompanied by over 100 wines from around the world including their own. Stay overnight and join your hosts Aynsley and John on a late morning tour of the vineyard (Wednesday – Sunday).
Kerikeri to Waipoua
Distance 121km - Driving Time 2 hours
Head back down the western side of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, along the Hokianga Harbour and through the seaside town of Opononi. Enter the Waipoua Forest and be sure to stop and visit Tane Mahuta (God of the Forest), the worlds largest living Kauri tree estimated to be around 2000 years old.
Bring the history of the Kauri alive with a visit to the internationally acclaimed Kauri Museum at Matakohe. Stay the night.
Waipoua to Auckland
Distance 235km - Driving Time 3.5 hours
Follow State Highway 1 south to Wellsford and turn onto State Highway 16 for views out over the Kaipara Harbour. At Waimauku stop in at BeesOnline Honey Centre & Café, enjoy the live bee exhibit and sample honey flavours.
State Highway 16 becomes the North Western Motorway, which will take you back into Auckland City.