Exploring Northland on two wheels and two feet

By: Elisabeth Easther | elisabeth.easther@nzherald.co.nz

Eager to entice more travellers to the Far North, local men Mike Simm and Steve Brodie have created a company that will see visitors spending more time (and yes, more money to benefit local communities) in their neck of the woods. Featuring three main itineraries, the focus is on history, culture, adventure with biking, hiking and jet skis all on the menu with a bit of relaxing thrown in for good measure.

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He Tangata: Mike Simm of Northland Experiences

As told to Elisabeth Easther.

I'm originally from Wellington, but I've been living in the Bay of Islands for the past 30 years. We bought Fullers when they went into receivership in 1989 and moved here from Auckland in 1990. 
In 11 years, we turned the business around and, in the process, I became a 
committed Northlander.

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Northland Experiences: Magical experiences on the Cook to Kupe tour

By Steph Godsiff

Cook to Kupe Cycling Tour - rich in history, culture, scenery, quirky towns, interesting locals, boutique accommodation, gastronomical delights and magical experiences. It was with great excitement that I packed my bag for the next five nights! I am lucky enough to live in the Bay of Islands and a walking and cycling company asked me if I would like to accompany them on a trial of one of their new tours namely the Cook to Kupe I jumped at the chance.

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