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Pacific Coast Highway road trip: East Cape Te Araroa

Hicks Bay

Hicks Bay beach with local inhabitants, wild horses Hicks Bay beach with local inhabitants, wild horses

For abandoned industrial buildings Hicks Bay is a must do stop with its freezing works slowly rusting, collapsing into the surroundings. The once busy wharf is now a decaying reminder of the days when ships tied up to load up frozen meat. Look out for wild horses that frequent Hicks Bay for the seaweed treats, and crop grass on the beach verges. The town has a general store, takeaways specialising in fish n chips, and a local marae Hinemaurea ki Wharekahika. There are toilets opposite the general store.

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