Far North

In this photo blog the Far North covers the area north of the Bay of Islands and the Kauri Coast: the beautiful Whangaroa Harbour, Matauri Bay, Mangonui area, Karikari Peninsula, Kaitaia and the super laidback Hokianga Harbour. Most travellers turn around at the Bay of Islands, here’s what they are missing…

Hokianga Harbour
Hokianga Harbour – looking towards the West and the ocean.
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The northern shore: Just unreal, this desert rising out of the sea.
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Sandboarding! At the end of the ride you head straight into the water!
Hokianga sanddunes
Amazing sand dunes further up.
Koutu Boulders
Koutu Boulders – quite a competition for Moeraki.
Wairere-Boulders
The Wairere Boulders are a geological wonder within beautiful bush, near Horeke between Kaikohe and Opononi.
Waimamaku beach
The wild Waimamaku beach on the West Coast, south of the harbour.
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Waimamaku beach – doggie waiting for his fishing mate.
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St. Paul’s Rock towers above Whangaroa Harbour, helpful chains make the climb easier.
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And the 360° view is one of the best in New Zealand!
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Whangaroa is a quiet small fishing village with great atmosphere.
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Matauri Bay – view from the road.
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Matauri Bay – the Rainbow Warrior Memorial.
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Matauri Bay campground.
Mahinepua Walk
Mahinepua Bay with another stunner of a walk, amazing views!
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The giant Pohutukawa tree at the whaling museum in Butler’s Point, Hihi, 11m circumference and 900 years old!
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The wonderful viewpoint Rangikapiti Pa between Mangonui and Coopers Beach. The headland on the left is Butler’s Point with its whaling museum.
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Nice view from the Pa at Butler’s Point
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Mangonui is another wonderful small waterfront village with loads of old charm!
Taipa
Taipa beach.
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The nice Taipa estuary with its super clear water.
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Tokerau Beach is at the south side of the Karikari Peninsula, on the way to the more famous Maitai Bay
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Whatuwhiwhi further on has some very pretty beaches and bays
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Another Whatuwhiwhi beach
Bunny tails
Bunny tails.
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Even more stunning, the white silica beaches on the northern side of Karikari Pensinsula, at the end of Puheke Road
Broadwood General Store
Inland you’ll probably stop at the Broadwood General Store.