Kaitaia is the largest town in the far north of New Zealand and it is a good base for all of the good tourist spots of the far north like Cape Reinga, Nighty Mile Beach and Paihia. It is also the warmest place in New Zealand and takes around 4 -5 hours drive from Auckland via the Twin Coast Discovery Highway.
It is home to the Far North Regional Museum, which has the earliest authenticated European work of art left in New Zealand – a 1,500 kg wrought-iron anchor, lost in a storm in Doubtless Bay by J F M de Surville, the French explorer, in 1769. It also has the Northwood Photographic Collection produced by Arthur Northwood and his brothers from early last century.
Several accommodation options are available in the area and tours leaving Kaitaia daily can be booked either from the Kaitaia Visitor Information Centre located at Jaycee Park South Rd, Kaitaia, tel: +64 9 408 0879 or you should check with your accommodation officer.