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The Kauri Coast
Twin Coast Discovery Highway Pathway to the Bay of Islands
Turn LEFT at Brynderwyn, Stop, Stay and experience the Kauri Coast
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Naturally Historic - Unspoiled - Rugged
Tokatoka peak Photo Kaipara District Council
There is much to discover up here, where the air is fresher, the grass greener and the water warmer. To help you along the way is the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, a circular scenic route that will help you unearth the best of this wonderful region.
While cruising the highway, keep your eyes peeled for our off-the-beaten-track tourist drives that will take you just about anywhere you fancy.
Enjoy a leisurely cruise on the Northern Wairoa
Call Dave at Dinnys, 09 439 5146
Discover a place of wild surf beaches, spectacular sand dunes, giant Kauri and mysterious ship wrecks. Ninety minutes north of Auckland, turn left at Brynderwyn and follow the Twin Coast Discovery Highway along Northlands’ Kauri coast.
Get into action
- Learn about the history of the early pioneers and their relationship with the mighty Kauri trees at the Kauri Museum in Matakohe.
- Get some real fresh air while climbing TokaToka Peak. This is a short (steep) walk with amazing views at the summit.
- View the works of legendary craftsmen at the many Kauri Gallery’s.
Unique Art Gallery's Tucked away in studios all over the Kaipara region are painters, photographers, jewellery makers, wood carvers, sculptors, weavers, and other artists.
Mangawhai Arts, Dargaville Arts
Nelson's Kaihu Kauri gallery
- Check out the relics and treasures of the shipwrecks at the Dargaville Maritime Museum.
- Find your own Historic shipwreck on Ripiro Beach, the longest drivable beach in NZ. Taking a tour with a local guide, might improve your chances.
- What about kite fishing, surf casting, horse riding, quad biking and star gazing at Baylys
- Go water skiing, sailing, trout fishing or just lay in the sun at the crystal clear Kai Iwi Lakes.
- Spot Kiwi birds and giant Kauri snails during your guided night walk at Trounson Kauri Park.
- Stand in awe of Tane Mahuta, 2000 year old Lord of Waipoua Forest.
The Kauri Museum, Matakohe
Maropiu Waterfall Photo by Lynley Thompson
South of Dargaville, the Pouto Peninsula is one of Northland’s best-kept secrets, a place of ever-shifting sands, petrified kauri, fossilized leaves and an eerie past full of mystery and intrigue.
Chill out & tuck in
Eating has always been a huge part of the travel experience, so tantalize your taste buds, tuck in, and really get a taste of the Kaipara and Kauri Coast. Some of the freshest and tastiest meals can be found at our local Café and Restaurants. But wherever you go, make sure you order the local specialty: kumara (sweet potato).
shipwreck on Ripiro Beach
The Kauri Coast has a variety of accommodation options to suit different needs and price ranges. Relax at a farm or a seaside cottage, listen to the waves from your tent or luxuriate in a eco lodge. Traditional B&B’s, Motels and Hotels hidden in greenery, overlooking the beach, perched on hills or set amidst gardens and native bush, these character lodgings are a delightful part of Northland’s Kauri Coast.