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Responsible travel: Auckland – Upper North Island road trip


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Wild West Coast, Auckland


  • Auckland’s wild west coast encounter with driftwood strewn black iron sand beaches and a flourishing colony of seabirds, the gannets
  • Kauri made the ultimate forest sacrifice with a few patches of original forest remaining. The Kauri Museum tells the story of one of New Zealand’s original ‘loss’ tales. Of the wholesale felling of a forest giant, the economic needs of the 18th & 19th century and the status of the kauri today

Route map

Auckland, Waitakere Ranges Visitor Centre, Kumeu, Muriwai Gannets, Matakohe, Dargaville

132 km to 174 km distance (dependent on stay options)

The Kauri Museum

Selfie moments – day 1

  • Corny but great at the Waitakere Visitor Centre the large picture frame just needs you positioned in the shot capturing the lush subtropical forest behind you.
  • Muriwai beach with its gannets and iron sand
  • Kauri Museum with its massive kauri log. The sensuous touch of soft honey coloured kauri as you stroke the timber and wonder about the story of a single tree
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