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Pacific Coast Highway road trip: Gisborne to Napier

Te Wherowhero Lagoon & Nicks Heads

Te Wherowhero Lagoon & Nicks Heads @TeAra Te Wherowhero Lagoon & Nicks Heads @TeAra

A tidal estuary parallel to the beach between Waipaoa River mouth and Te Kuri / Young Nicks Head. The estuary is a critical ecosystem for shorebirds and other life dependent on tidal flows. From the untamed expanse of Browns Beach observe Te Kuri a Paoa / Nicks Head, named by Captain Cook to recognise the cabin boy’s eyesight in spying the land mass. The traditional name honours the dog of Pāoa, Pāoa was the captain of the Horouta waka (canoe), one of the original East polynesian navigators to land on the East Cape. The 200 hectares is under the care of Tairawhiti Environment Centre. A trust made up of landowners, local iwi, GDC, DOC and QE2 has planted approximately 10,000 trees.



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