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Hokianga Heads

These Heads are the entrance to miles of sheltered, mangrove-edged Hokianga Harbour that was busy during kauri logging, now a much-reduced recreational fishing port. The Heads are massive, high sand dunes flanking the harbour entrance, which is noted for its rough water and fast currents. There are good views of the area accessible by car from the southern heads at the site of the old signal station.

Rangi Point is the northern part of the Hokianga Heads. The sand dunes of that area are very well known to locals and tourists. They are much admired and frequently visited by locals and tourist. Access can be gained from the South side by boat across the Hokianga Harbour and also on land from Mitimiti (15 km drive along beach).

There is such a wealth of natures creation to be seen in the different formation in the sand dunes. The North Head Dunes are natural wonder. The area contains an array of interesting features, from sacred areas that visitors are asked to respect, to huge sand sculptures and massive sand canyons. A gallery of natural erosion, a world of shifting sands, wind scarred bluffs and delicate temporary overhangs. From the summit of the dunes is a limitless vision of the coast line and the Tasman Sea. It is in its own unique way it is also one of New Zealand’s spectacular and memorable landscapes.

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