Travelling in your 50s has a lot of advantages over other times of your life. The wisdom of age, a bit more cash in your pocket, still able to take on lots of adrenaline activities and you’ve probably learned a thing or two about what a decent bottle of wine tastes like.
At the risk of stereotyping, most 50+ travellers are looking for a mix of lazy afternoons. a chance to wander, shop, and take it all in. It’s more relaxing knowing you have booked the major things ahead of time, such as accommodation and your rental car – the rest you are happy to leave alone and see where fate takes you.
Here are our top picks for a memorable Autumn break in the Far North.
For a sheltered, laid back walk – the Northland’s West Coast gives you the Waipoua Forest.
Here you will walk amongst giants as this forest is home to some of the largest kauri trees in the world, including the famous Tane Mahuta, “Lord of the Forest”. You can see lots of native birdlife as well in this beautiful tranquil area.
Looking for something more vigorous? The walk to the Haruru Falls in the Bay of Islands is around 6km long and starts and ends from the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Eat, Drink and Be Merry
You are never far away from a loaf of artisan bread, a good strong coffee, the freshest seafood or an award-winning Sauvignon Blanc in New Zealand’s North. Between Mangawhai and Kaitaia (and that’s quite a distance) this region is littered with farmers markets, festivals, restaurants, bakeries, wineries, and orchards selling their fresh produce on the roadside.
The Bay of Islands is particularly flush with food and wine, and a lot of great accommodation options to support it. Kerikeri, Paihia, Russell and Opua are an easy drive from each other. If you arrive in the Bay of Islands by boat, cruise ship or plane the most convenient option is to arrange for your car hire pickup from Kerikeri Airport. The majority of our customers book this way which saves a lot of time fussing about trying to organise your holiday. And because we have lived in the area for a long time, we are sure to have answers to any of your questions.
Autumn’s mild climate was a huge bonus to avid golfers. Northland has around 24 golf courses from Whangaparaoa to Kaitaia in the Far North. If golf is a real passion of yours, see our golfing blog giving you a bigger picture of what to expect.
Take a Dip
The Bay of Islands has a sub-tropical climate so swimming, diving, and fishing from the Paihia Wharf are all realistic options at the time of year. This area is home to hundreds of tours and Far North Rentals can offer you six of the best at a discounted rate, just by booking through our website.
Autumn is a spectacular time of year to come Northward too. The days are still warm and relatively long, accommodation costs are reduced after the heady rush of summer and the scenery is starting to turn to brilliant yellows, oranges, and reds.
Northland is what you may consider ‘an easy place to holiday’. Rich in history, nature, food, tours and sightseeing – it is easy to experience quality with anything and everything you do here. Some of the most beautiful islands in world, pro golf courses, 5-star accommodation, plus a great climate which produces excellent food and wine. Northland is a win-win destination.
Why not organise a group of you to make it even more memorable (we have car hires and van hires suitable for any group!). With so many options and interests covered, there is something for everyone here in the Far North!