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Friars Region - Northland
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subtropical and pristine beaches
With a subtropical climate and pristine beaches, the Northland region is a natural aquatic playground. The beaches on the east coast have golden sands and gentle waters while the west coats features black iron sands and energising surf. Modern marinas and sheltered anchorages provide access to great diving, sailing and big-game fishing seas. Bush walks through ancient kauri forests and world-renowned golf courses provide the landlubber with ample recreational opportunities. Predominantly a farming and forestry area, Northland is rich in a history that links the early Maori iwi (tribes) to European settlers. Hokianga Harbour in the far north is claimed by local iwi to be where the first canoes bringing Maori settlers arrived. The area is also the location of some of the country's most significant historical events: the Treaty of Waitangi, New Zealand's founding document, was signed on 6 February 1840 in the Bay of Islands and New Zealand's first Christian service was held at Kerikeri in 1841. Northland has a lot to offer and a touring route driving up one coast and down the other provides a great four-day excursion
areas within Northland
Friars has identified the following areas within Northland. Below is a breakdown of Friars listed hosts in Northland per locality.
- Far North: Ahipara (1), Whangaroa (1), Te Ngaere Bay (1), Mangonui (1), Coopers Beach (2), and Cable Bay (1)
- Bay of Islands: Otaha Beach (1), Opua (1), Paihia (2), Russell (2), and Kerikeri (2)
- Kauri Coast: Dargaville (1)
- Whangarei Area: Whangarei Heads (1)
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