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Kaitaia Things to Do

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    The Most Northen i-SITE Visitor...

    by kotitihaere Written Oct 31, 2012

    Your final chance to check out information at the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre if you are travelling north, or if you have already been north, your first chance to check out the i-SITE Visitor Information Centre before heading south.

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Kaitaia Hotels

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  • Loredo Motel

    25 North Road, Kaitaia, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Excellent

    Good for: Families

  • Orana Motor Inn

    On a road trip through the Northland, I had no specific itinerary or plan, therefore just made...

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  • Wagener Holiday Park

    214 Houhora Heads Road, Houhora Heads, 0484

    Satisfaction: Poor

    Good for: Couples

  • Northerner Hotel

    corner North Rd & Kohuhu St, Kaitaia, New Zealand

    Satisfaction: Terrible

    Good for: Families

  • Shipwreck Lodge

    70 Foreshore Rd, Kaitaia, NZ

Kaitaia Transportation

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    BusAbout Kaitaia

    by kotitihaere Updated May 28, 2014

    The public transport to get around Kaitaia is run by CEBC, the Community and Business Environment Centre. They call the public transport that they run Busabout as you can, well, bus about. It also runs of 50% biofuel.

    The main Busabout Kaitaia runs at various times during the day between town and Pak N Save, with various stops along the way.

    There are also daily buses that fit in with workers from Ahipara to Kaitaia return as well as Mangonui to Kaitaia Return and this route can also get you out to the Karikari penninsula. Oncer a week there is also an extra bus that runs between those 2 places.

    There is a weekly service from Kaitaia to Pukenui, return. If you catch the morning bus up to Pukenui you can spend about 4 hours around the area until catching the afternoon bus back to Kaitaia if you want to do a day trip to Pukenui.

    Fares are very reasonable, with the most expensive fare of $5.00 being to Pukenui or Mangonui.

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    The Busabout Kaitaia
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    Most Northern Airport - A Step Back In...

    by kotitihaere Written May 23, 2014

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    The Kaitaia airport is the northern most commercial airport in New Zealand but do not expect luggage carousels, shops, cafes' and all of the facilites most people would think of at an airport.

    Instead think of stepping back in time, to the day when luggage was loaded by hand and you had to collect your luggage off a loggage trolley and that will be your introduction to Kaitaia!

    During the week there are 2 flights a day to and from Auckland and the airport is manned about 30 minutes before and after the flights.

    Air New Zealand is the only airline that flies into Kaitaia. If you book well in andvance you can pick up cheap flights at around $50 per person per flight.

    The flight takes about 45 minutes from Auckland - all seats are window seats and there are no refreshments served on board as the only staff on the flight are the pilot and co-pilot!

    If the weather is bad and the flights can not land in Kaitaia you may be sent to Auckland by van from Kaitaia. This trip will take about 5 hours with a stop in Whangarei where you will have to buy refreshments.

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Kaitaia Shopping

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    Pak N Save: Last Chance to Stock Up Before Heading...

    by kotitihaere Written Mar 20, 2006

    Kaitaia is the last town north, so if you are going further north to camp or stay, then it is very advisable to stock up on supplies here. There are a few shops further north, but the costs are higher due to the extra transport costs to get the goods up there.

    What to buy: If you are going to be using the DOC camps further north, milk powder is always good as there will be no fridge at the camp.

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Kaitaia Local Customs

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    Leave dirty footwear outside shops!

    by kotitihaere Written Mar 20, 2006

    At some shops you may see gumboots outside - locals will often remove their footwear before entering a shop if the footwear is muddy.

    Rather Clean Gumboots Outside

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Kaitaia Favorites

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    Introducing Kaitaia :-)

    by kotitihaere Written Mar 20, 2006

    Fondest memory: Kaitaia is the most northern town of the Northland region and the gateway to the Far North. With a population of around 5000, swelling at Christmas time with an influx of tourists, Kaitaia maintains its rural charm and laid back lifestyle.

    Walking around the town, you may get a friendly nod or a "kia ora" from strangers as you pass. At some shops you may see gumboots outside - locals will often remove their footwear before entering a shop if the footwear is muddy.

    You will also see alot of 4WDs - they will usually be muddy or sandy as in this town, 4WDs are used as they should be - for off roading, crossing streams, driving around farms and around beaches.

    If you are planning on going further north to camp, then stock up at Pak N Save - the local supermarket. While there are other shops further north, Pak N Save has the most extensive range of goods and the best prices.

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