Northland Off The Beaten Path

  • Taupiri Bay
    Taupiri Bay
    by iandsmith
  • Looking South Along Henderson Bay
    Looking South Along Henderson Bay
    by kotitihaere
  • Good Rocks for Good Fishing and exploring
    Good Rocks for Good Fishing and...
    by kotitihaere

Northland Off The Beaten Path

  • Koutu Beach (and Boulders)

    On the way to our accommodation in Omapere we were looking for the Koutu Boulders along the waterfront of Hokianga Harbour. We did find the Koutu Loop Road (about 5 km's south of Opononi on Highway 12), but did not succeed in finding these huge rock balls, being one of the secrets of Hokianga. But we discovered Koutu Beach, a rocky beach with a...

  • Kawakawa - remarkable toilets

    The worlds most remarkable public toilets can be found in Kawakawa. A little town situated about 15 km's from Paihia.They are designed by Friedrich Hundertwasser, an Austrian artist who lived in Kawakawa, in 1999 and nowadays a 'must see' for Hundertwasser fans (more information about Hundertwasser:

  • Hikurangi and Waro Limestone Reserve

    This is a really ‘off the beaten path’ tip and I only recommend it visitng when travelling to/from Auckland to the Bay of Islands. Both, the village of Hikurangi and the Waro Limestone Reserve, are not that breathtaking sights, but a pleasant stop on your way.Hikurangi is a small town (north of Whangarei) and was developed around a coalmine in the...

  • Mitimiti .... at the end of the...

    Before getting to Mitimiti you have to drive a windy and hilly gravel road from Panguru. Here you can have a coffee or a lunch before entering a more or less deserted piece of the country.Mitimiti is a small Maori community with about 30 families and is situated at the wild west coast of the Tasman Sea. Just enjoy the wildness and quietness of this...

  • Wairere Boulders - basalt rocks and...

    The Wairere Boulders are situated near Horeke, a small village along the Hokianga Harbour (with the oldest post office of New Zealand). The village is accessible from both Highway 1 and Highway 12 between Opononi and Kaikohe. After our lunch in the local pub of Horeke we did take the Horeke (gravel) Road and after a couple of km's we found the car...

  • Kai Iwi Lakes

    On our way back from Hokianga Harbour to Auckland along SH 12 we made a detour to take a look at the Kai Iwi Lakes. Take the sign posted turn off near Kaihu, about 25 km's north of Dargaville and drive another 10 km's to the lakes.The water of Kai Iwi Lakes (in a matter of fact there are three lakes: Waikare, Taharoa and Kai Iwi) is so crystal...

  • Mangonui - Heritage Village

    Mangonui is situated on Highway 10 at Doubtless Bay. We were completely surprised by this very pleasant cute village with a lot of (for New Zealand) old wooden buildings. The best way to explore this historic village was to walk along the Heritage Trail, which did lead us along more than 20 buildings, even to a hill with splendid views over the...

  • Opononi.

    Opononi is off the beaten track for overseas tourists, but a lot of kiwis know about it. This is because of Opo, the friendly dolphin that came to stay for one summer in the 1950s. Unfortunately Opo was killed by some careless fisherman and the nation apparently mourned. There is a very humble monument to Opo in Opononi... drive slow or you'll miss...

  • Cool off in the Waipoua Forest.

    On a recent trip down the west coast of Northland, after a stop to see Tane Mahuta - the 2000 year old Kauri tree in Waipoua Forest, we detoured along a gravel road to the Waipoua Forest Visitors' Centre. This is signposted from state highway 12.The visitors' centre has lots of information about Kauri in the area and the industries that thrived...

  • Explore the beautiful Tutakaka Coast.

    The Tutakaka Coast is an easy drive northeast from Whangarei. You need to exit the city on the Ngunguru Road (which goes past the Whangarei Falls). You obviously need your own car for this trip, so this destination is off the beaten path for many international visitors.The first town you come to is Ngunguru at the mouth of the like-named river....

  • Waipu - a town with strong Scottish...

    Waipu used to be very much on the beaten path, but since it was bypassed, it is only well known by campers at nearby Waipu Cove, or kiwis with Scottish roots. The town was established by Nova Scotian migrants whose Scottish forbears had settled in that eastern province of Canada in the early 1800s. Due to hard times in Nova Scotia, the celtic...

  • Waimate Mission House.

    I last visited this historic building as a teenager in 1987... unfortunately I don't remember much about it and found this photo recently when hunting around for pics of Northland. It dates back to before the 1840s I think and was home to Samuel Marsden, who was an important Anglican missionary here around the time of the Treaty of Waitangi.I will...

  • The Kaiiwi Lakes.

    Once more, here's a place locals know well, but overseas visitors rarely visit. These fresh water lakes are on the west coast of Northland. The main lake is Lake Taharoa and is an excellent place to camp. Swimming here is nice. The water is really clear and there is a small white sandy beach. Kayaking around the lake is highly recommended.Kaiiwi is...

  • All that glitters is not gold!

    Omapere is just south of Opononi on the Hokianga harbour, on the west side of Northland.As you drive down to it, you'll see a beautiful looking beach. However, don't be fooled by appearences. The beach itself is lovely, but under the water it is very rocky and not that nice for swimming.Apperently you can get a ferry to the other side of the...

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