Northland Activities New Zealand

A lot of New Zealands Northland activities and things to do are based around making good use of the extensive coastline and diverse range of landforms.

You are never very far from the coast in Northland and as you can imagine a lot of activities take place either on the coast, on or in the sea, or water-based in some way.

There is also a wide range of inland and on land things to do… for all the family as well as adventure and adrenaline.

Activities in Northland

This list of activities is not exhaustive. If you pick up some local leaflets from visitor centres, campsites, and accommodation facilities, you’ll find there is so much more to do in all weathers.

Also see... Northland Tourist Route | Northland Places to Visit | Northland Region

Dolphin Cruise
Northland Paihia Dolphin Cruise Tour

Sand Dunes for Tobogganing
Northland Sand Dune Tobogganing

  • Boating and Sailing
  • Bush Walking
  • Climbing
  • Cruises
  • Cultural Performances
  • Diving
  • Dolphin Tour / Cruise
  • Ferry Trips
  • Fishing
  • Four Wheel Off Road Driving
  • Glass Bottom Boats
  • Historic Places
  • Horse Riding
  • Hot Pools
  • Kayaking
  • Paddleboarding
  • Parasailing
  • Sand Tobogganing
  • Scuba Diving
  • Sea Kayaking
  • Skydiving
  • Surfing
  • Swimming with Dolphins
  • Walks
  • Wildlife and Scenic Reserves
  • Wine Trails
  • Whale Watching
Northland Paragliding, Russell and Paihia


There are always lots of events happening in Northland from numerous annual wine, food, and agricultural shows and music festivals, sporting events such as sailing, marathons, walks, and swimming, to the Waitangi Day Celebrations in February.