Explore Northland

The Destination: Northland

Carrington connects you with cape, caves, coast, culture and New Zealand charm.

Northland boasts some of the most authentic, spectacular New Zealand adventures and experiences, a thousand journeys start at Carrington. 

Connect with cape where two oceans collide at Cape Reinga, taking a coach ride to the top of New Zealand via 90-mile beach. Have a desert adventure, testing your balance, sand boarding down Te Paki dunes.

Connect with caves entering Riko Riko, the world’s largest sea cave. Experience underwater wonderlands, subtropical diving through one of the many wreck dives around Northland.  

Connect with the coast in the ‘winterless North’, known for its subtropical climate. Take a boat trip through the ‘Hole in the Rock’ in the Bay of Islands, or swim with the dolphins. Karikari Peninsula is beach perfection with expanses of white sandy beaches; swim, fish and dive in great scenic locations like Doubtless Bay, Coopers Beach, Cable Bay, Taipa Tokerau Beach and Maitai Bay. Explore the quaint fishing village of Mangonui – famous for its fish and chips.

Connect with a culture like never before. Northland is particularly rich in Maori tradition, having welcomed canoes of the first explorer Kupe over 800 years ago. Take a visit to Waitangi Treaty Grounds, or a forest walk with local Maori guides, then try your hand at paddling a 40ft Maori war canoe. Visit Tane Mahuta; stand in awe at the base of the world’s largest Kauri Tree, as you step into Puketi Forest’s nocturnal world, then head to Mission House and Stone Store or the award-winning Kauri Museum. You may even be lucky enough to experience a kiwi or tuatara at Kiwi North.

We are blessed with a raft of things to do around Carrington. Whether you seek adventure, nature or culture it's all here and waiting for you. The team at Carrington can organise activities for you during your stay - just ask!

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Highlights at Carrington


Accommodation at the heart of Northland. Experience classic design and timeless charm at Carrington Estate. Comfortable and beautifully appointed, spacious Lodge Rooms, Three Bedroom Villas and Luxury Houses feature views of the golf course, vineyards and the Pacific Ocean. You will want to stay forever at Carrington.

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New Zealand’s North is a showcase of the country’s world-famous produce. With ingredients grown on the estate, scallops from Karikari Beach, oysters from Rangaunu Harbour, local mussels and cheeses, the dining is superb. You can even go fishing with a local captain and bring your best catch back to the resort’s kitchen to prepare for your evening meal.

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Between the sweeping ocean views to the north and east, and the hillside vineyards of Karikari Estate to the south, is the Northland golf course at Carrington Estate. Designer Matt Dye designed the championship-standard 18-hole Carrington Golf Course. Spectacular views of the golf course, wetlands, Northland beach and ocean beyond are visible from the clubhouse and lounge complex.

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The estate’s award-winning Estate Winery offers stunning views across the acreage out to the Pacific Ocean. The region’s unique climate, location and weather conditions combine to produce high-quality wines. Carrington Winery is open for Wine Tastings and dining during the Summer months, where breathtaking views pair beautifully with award-winning wines and estate grown food.

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The spectacular Karikari Peninsula never fails to impress when it comes to choosing a Northland wedding venue. With such panoramic views, it's hard to imagine anywhere more picturesque or romantic for a completely indulgent wedding. Bridal parties can spread out and entertain in the spacious and private self-contained Three Bedroom Villas or Luxury Villas while guests enjoy the resort's chic Lodge Rooms. Carrington Estate offers an altogether unique and unforgettable wedding experience.

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