There’s something addictive about New Zealand’s north. On the drive from Auckland up through Northland to the tip of Cape Reinga, the stunning landscape ranges from verdant green hills to black-sand beaches to vibrant farmland to sprawling old-growth bush. From this fecund region springs some of the nation’s best food and drink – and a sense of community you can trace to its people’s intuitive sense of respect for the land. Here are the best spots to eat, drink, stay and explore on a road trip through New Zealand’s North Island. Auckland Here’s where you’ll start your journey: not the country’s capital, but perhaps its purring engine. Auckland’s not all business though – it’s also the site of much dining, drinking, dancing and culture. Once you make the short trip into town from the airport (as ably demonstrated by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern, who recently picked up visiting US talk-show host Stephen Colbert herself), your options are more plentiful than your time. We suggest you head straight into the city. Photography: Kate Shanasy EAT Amano This special bakery and trattoria housed in a double warehouse by the wharf in downtown Britomart is a stand-out in all of New Zealand....