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Responsible travel: Auckland – Upper North Island road trip

DAY 2

Concretions on Koutu Beach at Hokianga Harbour Concretions on Koutu Beach at Hokianga Harbour

KAURI COAST HIGHWAY TO THE HOKIANGA HARBOUR

On the road to the Hokianga to meet the ancient trees with a lifespan reaching back 2,500 years. A special moment is twilight in the forest with the massive straight trucks gleaming in the fading light. Today is an in depth exploration of the remote Hokianga, the place of original landings for East Polynesians over 1000 years ago. There is a mangrove wetland boardwalk introducing you to the life of the Hokianga estuaries and a headland walk to obtain sweeping views of the massive sand dunes framing the harbour entrance.

Route map

Matakohe to Ompare 127 km

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Waipoua Forest with local guide
  • Hokianga harbour walks
  • Footsteps of Kupe interactive visitor centre
  • Rawene ferry port and home to some of the oldest settlements in the Hokianga
Tour Manea Footprints of Kupe @ManeaFootprints

WHERE TO TAKE THE BEST SELFIE

  • Backdrop of Opo the dolphin statute
  • Footsteps of Kupe entrance with the stunning carved poles (pou whenua)
  • Yourself sand boarding into the Hokianga harbour
  • In the Waipoua Forest
  • Rawene mangrove boardwalk
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