It has a range of interesting activities for visitors including the National Clock Museum, the largest of its type in the southern hemisphere. Another interesting visit is to Heritage Park where several old buildings from colonial days have been preserved in a park setting together with an explanatory museum. Those looking for natural sights will love Whangarei Falls, reputedly the most photographed location in New Zealand. For an interesting and not too challenging walk, try the Kauri Walk which leads you through the natural rainforest on boarded walkways and bridges.
South on the A1 you’ll come to Auckland, the largest city in New Zealand and one which successfully rivals the capital for glitz, glamour and great attractions. Try ascending Sky Tower, the tallest building in the southern hemisphere at nearly a thousand feet and which also has an excellent revolving restaurant and observation deck. It can be quite unnerving dining with the world below you but great fun!