Landmark Images of Northland

 

 

Cape Reinga is a place of intense spiritual significance to Maori. According to Maori folklore, the spirits of the dead leap off the headland and descend down the roots of the tree into the after life to return to their traditional homeland of Hawaiiki. 

If you look north from the cape, you’ll see where the Tasman Sea and Pacific Ocean collide. Even on calm days, the water is in turmoil as currents fight to gain dominance over each other. 

 

 

 

Hundertwasser toilets were designed in 1998 by the late, Austrian born artist Frederick Hundertwasser, the block is a colourful mix of mosaic tiling, cobblestone flooring and copper handwork, all topped off by a grass roof. Hundertwasser made New Zealand his second home in the 1970s and the toilets were his gift to the small township of Kawakawa. He even lent a hand in the construction process. This might just be the most creative toilet stop you’ll ever experience.

 

 

The Stone Store, New Zealand’s oldest stone building, was built in 1832-36. Designed by Wesleyan missionary John Hobbs and built by an ex-convict stonemason from New South Wales, the Store was meant to house New Zealand mission supplies and large quantities of wheat from the mission farm at Te Waimate. The Stone Store is of national and international significance as the oldest surviving commercial building in New Zealand.

 

 

Tane Mahuta God of the Forest is the oldest known kauri tree, estimated have sprouted from its seed around the birth of Christ. His massive trunk stretches almost 14 meters in diameter, while he towers about 51 meters above the forest floor. Some 30 species of various other plants grow nestled within his branches, some of which are as thick as the younger trees growing all around in the forest.

 

 

The Northland Events Centre is a multi-purpose stadium. The stadium was first built in 1965 and has recently undergone a massive $20 million redevelopment with the new grandstand now known as the Northland Events Centre. The grounds capacity is officially 30,000 but, as is the way in the north, things can be stretched if needed to 40,000.

 

 

 

The Poor Knights Islands are an international icon twenty three kilometres off New Zealand’s Tutukaka Coast. A total Marine Reserve and pending World Heritage Site - the 11 million year old Islands’ volcanic origins provide myriad spectacular drop offs, walls, caves, arches and tunnels. Above and below water, the Islands are abundantly populated with unique and incredibly varied plant, animal and fish life.