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Northland

Northland is located in what is often referred to by New Zealanders as the Far North, or, because of its temperate climate, the Winterless North. It occupies the upper 80% of the 285 kilometre-long North Auckland Peninsula, the southernmost part of which is in the Auckland Region. Stretching from a narrowing of the peninsula close to the town of Wellsford, Northland extends north to the tip of the North Auckland Peninsula, covering an area of 13,940 square kilometers, a little over five per cent of the country's total area. It is bounded to the west by the Tasman Sea, and to the east by the Pacific Ocean. The land is predominantly rolling hill country. Farming and forestry occupy over half of the land, and are two of the region's main industries. The western coast of the region is dominated by several long straight beaches, the most famous of which is the inaccurately named 80 kilometre-long stretch of Ninety Mile Beach in the region's far north. Two large inlets are also located on this coast, the massive Kaipara Harbour in the south, which Northland shares with the Auckland Region, and the convoluted inlets of the Hokianga Harbour. The east coast is more rugged, and is dotted with bays and peninsulas. Several large natural harbours are found on this coast, from Parengarenga close to the region's northern tip, past the famous Bay of Islands down to Whangarei Harbour, on the shores of which is situated the region's largest population centre. Numerous small islands also dot this coast, notably the Cavalli Islands, the Hen and Chickens Islands and the Poor Knights Islands. The northernmost points of the North Island mainland at the top of Northland are Cape Maria van Diemen, Spirits Bay, Cape Reinga, and North Cape with the northernmost point being the Surville Cliffs.

Dargaville

Dargaville is a town in the North Island of New Zealand 45 kilometres southwest of Whangarei. It is situated on the bank of the Wairoa River in the Northland region. Dargaville was founded on the 19th century kauri gum and timber trade, and briefly had the New Zealand's largest population. It is noted for the high proportion of residents of Dalmatian descent.

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Kauri Cliffs - Matauri Bay

Solitaire Lodge is situated on a private, secluded peninsular on the shores of beautiful Lake Tarawera, its elevated position provides spectacular views across the Lake to the grandeur of Mount Tarawera. Like a gem, Solitaire Lodge well complements its setting and is recognised as one of New Zealand's foremost luxury lodges.

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