Kauri Coast

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Tours in Kauri Coast

Kauri Coast - Top of the North

At the top of the North Island, this region offers some great walks, an awesome bike ride through Donnolly’s Crossing and ancient Kauri forests to explore. For those who are keen we enjoy a fresh morning cycle with a good fix of kiwi culture and history to be had. This remote area is home to ancient kauri forests, giant sand dunes, historic country towns and impressive hidden shipwreck sites. Another joy in this lovely country!

Time spent here while on a Flying Kiwi tour:

We travel through the Kauri Coast with time to explore on our way from Paihia to Orewa.

Tours that take you here:

Ultimate Explorer - 27 or 28 days Hot Rocks - 9 or 10 days
Total Aotearoa - 24 days Northern Wanderer - 8 days
Reverse Traverse - 14 or 15 days Beach It - 4 days

Things not to miss:

Tane Mahuta in the Waipoua forest is thought to be the largest old oldest Kauri tree to be standing. While its true age is unknown, it is thought to be somewhere between 1250 and 2500 years old and stands at an impressive 51.2 meters high and a staggering 13.77 meter girth.


Things to Do:

Opononi Sandboarding: This is a crew favourite and always a winner for anyone choosing to take the short boat ride to the golden sand dunes. Here you will use a boogie board to surf the dunes right down into the warm waters of the Hokianga harbour

Tane Mahuta2

Hiking Options:

Waipoua Forest Walkway –  Marvel at the impressive Kauri trees as you wonder through the lush native forest. At the end of the track you will meet Tane Mahuta, an ancient wonder of the natural world.

Cycle Options:

Donnelleys Crossing Cycle Ride – you have the chance to cycle the road through some of the best examples of kauri forest remaining in New Zealand in the Waipoua Forest before taking in the historical train line remnants of Donnelleys crossing and finish up at a Kauri store and cafe. This challenging ride of 33km is well worth the effort if you can manage it.