We had 9 days travelling around Northland together - in a camper van (which I was never going to drive - even though the rental company took my license number too).
I'm going to highlight a couple of places that we really enjoyed, because when we are planning these kind of trips I always look for bloggers who have written about their personal experiences of places. I find these kind of reviews more helpful/interesting than the standard 'tourism' websites. Not that we received anything for my opinion (I should have got more organised!).
The Advencher (as Flip spells it) Forest is just out of Whangarei. We pulled up on a Tuesday morning -during term time! - to find it opens only on weekends and in the school holiday, outside of those times it's appointment only.
Fortuitously Francois was there doing some maintenance and opened up for us. So us four had the run of the place. Francois was so wonderful. He explained everything really well and he had a great way with the boys.
Because of height restrictions Bounce was only allowed to go on the 'Tamariki Course', so after an initial warm up both he and Flip had a go around this.
The 'Tamariki Course' was excellent. It was challenging and fun for them both and they both did an excellent job on it.
Because Flip could reach to the 1.5m line he was also able to have a go on one of the higher courses. (There are several courses in this category and another couple for those who can reach 1.8m). He and The Atlas did the higher course together and it was really high.
He was really brave on the course - it would have been challenging to me as an adult.
I was so impressed with the variety and challenges in the courses and the care, teaching and set up they had.
If you're ever around that way it gets our triple tick. We loved it