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3 Non-Touristy Gems Worth Visiting on the North Island

On a New Zealand road trip and looking for a few stops that won’t be littered with other tourists?  There are numerous spots all over the North and South islands that you can enjoy in solitude if you just know where to look.  Here are three gems that I found to be quite non-touristy on my travels around the North Island.

1. Kawakawa Bay

I swear by the old gods and the new that Kawakawa Bay is home to some of New Zealand’s brightest, most turquoise water!  You definitely will not find many tourists in this seaside spot.

Read More: Checking In: Kawakawa Bay’s Beachcomber Motel

2. The Pinnacles

An amazing hike at the base of the Coromandel Peninsula.  The views at the top are worth four hours of tough steepness and slippery rocks.  We crossed paths with no more than five or six people on the way up.

Read More: The Pinnacles

3. Whale Bay

A stunning tucked away beach on Northland’s Tutukaka coastline.  I visited for the first time in the autumn and was welcomed by an empty beach.

Read More: Whangarei Heads and the Tutukaka Coast

Tara Higgins

Tara Higgins

Tara loves all things London and wants to spend the rest of her life reading books in beautiful places. She can often be found nestled up in a bookshop, drinking a pint at the pub, or searching for the best pizza slice in town.