The rolling green hills of the Karikari Peninsula stretch out before you, leading off towards the deep blue of the Pacific Ocean in the distance. It’s an impressive vista; barely a soul in sight, this secluded slice of paradise takes your breath away and leaves you feeling completely relaxed and reinvigorated.
Bounded to the west by the Tasman Sea and the east by the Pacific Ocean, New Zealand’s Northland region is a truly beautiful part of the world. Situated on the picturesque Karikari Peninsula, Peppers Carrington Resort is the perfect Northland accommodation option for those who want to relax and unwind.
Situated between a secluded white sandy beach and the vineyards of Karikari Estate, this Northland resort is set amongst 3000 sprawling acres – what better way to escape?
Activities & Attractions
A truly unique part of New Zealand, the Northland region provides visitors with a wide range of activities and attractions to choose from.
For those who love the great outdoors, adventure abounds. Whether you choose to set out on foot, ride a mountain bike or traverse the region on horseback, you are sure to enjoy the clean ocean air and impressive views that grace much of the area. There are many places to hike and ride; enjoy the many tracks that wind their way through the estate on which Peppers Carrington Resort is situated, or strike out further afield in search of something more challenging.
A popular place to bushwalk, the famous Waipoua Forest is less than three hours away on the west coast. These tracks lead visitors past giant kauri trees, including the largest one in the world that’s estimated to be 1400 years old.
If time is on your side, a trip to the north western tip of the region is a must. A popular tourist attraction, Cape Reinga delivers breathtaking views out across the beautiful blue ocean. The Cape is also significant in the Māori culture; the Māori name, Te Rerenga Wairua translates to leaping-off place of spirits and it’s believed that the departed spirits leap from the Cape to begin the journey to their final resting place.
No matter where you are in the Northland region, you’re never too far from the coast. There are many impressive beaches to visit, from the picturesque Matai Bay on the Karikari Peninsula, through to the iconic Ninety Mile Beach on the west coast. If you love to surf, there are endless breaks to choose from.
Another popular tourist attraction, the Bay of Islands is not to be missed. Less than an hour and a half away, this aquatic playground features 144 islands, beautiful golden sand, secluded coves and turquoise water. Whether you choose to head out on a cruise, swim with dolphins or relax on the beach, this beautiful part of the world is sure to take your breath away.
If your idea of relaxing includes a spot of fishing, you’ll be pleased to find that New Zealand’s far north offers some of the best fishing opportunities in the country. In fact, most of the world records for striped marlin have been established off the Karikari Peninsula. Visitors can cast a line from the beach or head out on a fishing charter; whether you prefer game fishing, deep sea fishing or land-based fishing there’s an option to suit.
The Northland region has much historical importance. The town of Kerikeri lays claim to being the first permanent European settlement in the country, whilst the nearby settlement of Waitangi was the place where New Zealand’s founding document – the Treaty of Waitangi – was signed by the British Crown and Māori tribes in 1840. You can visit the Waitangi Treaty Grounds and experience this significant piece of New Zealand’s history first-hand.
The Northland region is also home to some of the finest food and wine in the country. There are more than fifty vineyards throughout the area, including the renowned Karikari Estate Winery & Vineyard and picturesque Longview Estate. Weekly Farmers and Growers Markets – held in Whangarei, Kerikeri, Paihia and Paparoa – give visitors the chance to experience the ‘gate to plate’ philosophy first-hand. Selling everything from fruit and vegetables to preserves and baked goods, these markets are the best place to buy fresh produce. For guests of Peppers Carrington Resort, Carrington Restaurant offers a truly superb in-house dining experience, serving sumptuous meals that make the most of the fresh, local produce.
Due to its very mild climate, the Northland region is often called the Winterless North. With maximum temperatures during the winter months ranging from 14 to 20 degrees Celsius, it’s a great destination to visit all year round.
Exuding old-world charm and timeless appeal, Peppers Carrington Resort is the perfect place to stay for those wanting to experience New Zealand’s northern region. With sweeping views of the Pacific Ocean, endless vineyards and a picture-perfect golf course, this Northland resort offers opulent living at its finest.
Choose from a spacious Lodge Room, or reserve the Three Bedroom Villa if you require a little more space. If you want to explore the Northland region, there’s no better place to return to at the end of the day.