Photographer's Note

The fresh water Kai Iwi lakes are situated 25.8 kilometres north-west of Dargaville along State Highway 12 near the small settlement of Kaihu. The turnoff to the lakes is signposted at Omamari Road, which is on the regions Twin Coast Discovery Tourist Route. There are three lakes. Lake Kai-Iwi in the south, Lake Taharoa (the largest), and Lake Waikere in the north, situated within Taharoa Domain, a 538 ha recreation reserve.

They come alive in summer as a popular camping spot. There are facilities for swimming, boating, windsurfing, water-skiing, camping and trout fishing. You can walk through lush farmland to the wild west coast where 100km of golden sands stretch south to Pouto, the northern headland of the notorious entrance to the Kaipara Harbour.

For more information have a look at the Fish and Game New Zealand brochure for this location or the New Zealand communities webpage for Kai Iwi Lakes.

This is another photo of Lake Taharoa, this time taken to the right of the buoys seen in the second posting of this series. What appears to be murky water at the bottom of the pic is, in fact, the sand visible in shallow water near the shore. Beyond that, the lake bed drops away very steeply, which is where we see the darker blue water. This is seen much more clearly in my first posting of Kai Iwi Lakes. Alterations to this image were restricted to a slight increase in contrast.

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