Entries by Ken Mullarkey

Discover Historic Bay of Islands and Northland

New Zealand is still a very new country, especially when you consider many of us have ancestral roots in Britain, Ireland, and Europe that are steeped in history. Northland holds the lion’s share of New Zealand’s history where Europeans first began setting up home in our beautiful land, and much of the oldest buildings and […]

The New Zealand Tourism Boom

The tourism industry in New Zealand is booming with the export of services reaching new record highs. The World Masters Games followed by the British and Irish Lions tour last year helped push overseas visitor spending for services to a record $3.7 billion for the June quarter. This shows New Zealand exported $5.8 billionin services […]

Twin Coast Cycle Trail

The Twin Coast Cycle Trail is the Far North’s most recent tourist attraction. It runs for 87 kms from Opua in the Bay of Islands to Horeke in the Hokianga Harbour. The trail is “one way” and can be ridden in either direction.  It is divided into 4 sections: Opua to Kawakawa (11 kms) Grade […]

A Chocolate Lovers Tour of Northland

We’ve found another great reason to visit Northland and its nothing to do with sunny days, beautiful beaches, exquisite wine, excellent golf or amazing scenery. Nope. We are in fact referring to chocolate. If you are serious about your chocolate then it’s time to head North and INDULGE! We’re not sure why, but chocolate is […]

Northland Winter Getaways

Always drawing a large crowd over the summer months, Northland is also a great destination for winter getaways. As one of the warmest regions in the country it’s no wonder Northland is known as the ‘winterless North’, and though there are a lot of outdoor activities to enjoy, you will have no problem finding many […]

What’s Happening In The Far North This Autumn

So often when people choose a quieter way of life, be it moving into retirement or moving to a rural town, they worry that their new change of pace won’t be exciting enough. However, more times than not they find new friends and experiences and are left wondering how they ever had time to work! […]

What Northland is Today

Northland is buzzing. With its strong visitor economy, local businesses are centred around the natural beauty of Northland’s water, climate and cultural assets. Northland business, tourism, productivity, living standards and employment have all grown over the past year with a 32% share of the country’s highly-skilled jobs. February 2017 statistics show the Northland housing market […]

Bay of Islands Cruises & Land Tours

Surrounded by hundreds of islands and white sand beaches it is hardly surprising the Bay of Islands has fantastic tours centred around these clear waters. You will find yourself in it, above and looking down on it, or floating on the top of it. The best way to explore the area is from one of […]