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Te Arai Te Uru
Hokianga Harbour


We have been away for a few days, travelling north of Auckland and staying at Hokianga, Kerikeri and Whangarei.

We drove up the west coast also known as the Kauri Coast because of the large amount of kauri trees that grow in the Waipoua Forest, the largest tract of unmodified mature kauri forest, home to the largest living kauris: Tane Mahuta and Te Matua Ngahere.

I have come back so amazed at the amount of native bush areas we have in Northland, Bay of Islands. I was so excited even walking in the forest seeing the majestic trees: like the Rimu, Totara, Kawakawa, Manuka, Kanuka, Putaputaweta, and even the FERNS and mosses. So many and so plentiful. I just loved it. And I’ll post some of these soon…

This Lookout is Te Arai Te Uru , the outer South Head at the entrance to the Hokianga Harbour . The sandy piece of land in the distance is a giant sand dune of the North Head. Notice the shape of the Manuka growing on the cliff – see how it has been flattened by the wind as it has grown to the shape of the hill. The harbour mouth opens to the Tasman Sea.

If you look hard enough, you might just see Australia in the distance, 1200 miles away!

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