There is also a lovely beach at Houhora Heads which was deserted when we were there.
It had also stopped raining which made it look all the better.
There are also good views of the surrounding mountains to be enjoyed.
Houhora Heads is situated near Far North Road which links Cape Reinga and Kaitaia. It is home to a local museum and golf-course, with bus tours from the Bay of Plenty to Cape Reinga using it as a halfway stop. Game-fishing is popular all-year-round, with access to Houhora Harbour.
At Houhora Heads you can also find the Wagener Park Maori Museum, with its exhibits of the Maori lifestyle.