We have to wait for over an hour in Kohukohu for the ferry to come across the bay as there is quite a long queue today to cross over to Rawene but it’s quite cool sitting in the van crossing over from Kohukohu to Rawene. We follow the river down to Omapere with it’s huge sand dunes sliding down into the sea, in the distance the mountains of Warawara form the background to the bay. From the end of the pier we watch the guys jumping into the sea, the tidal flow is so strong at this point it pushes them back to shore without them having to swim. Just further down the coast we stop at Arai-at-Uru Recreation Reserve and take a walk out to the headland. The recreation reserve is a beautiful place with wonderful stunning views out across the bay and towards the sea. Across the bay the sand dunes stretch into the distance with the waves rolling in on the shoreline. The incoming tide mixes with the outflowing waters of the estuary, churning up the surface the water into a white froth.
Arai-Te-Uru Recreation Reserve
We stop at one of the main attractions in Waipoua forest, Tane Mahuta the giant kauri tree is about 1250 to 2500 years old and it’s a largest Kauri tree still standing, it’s name means Lord of the forest. It is quite a sight to see we park on a main road and walk a short way into the forest, we have to wash our shoes before entering the forest to protect the roots of the kauri trees from bacteria. In the quiet of the forest Tane Mahuta has earned its name, Lord of the Forest, it’s massive.
December 30th 2016
Check out Tane Mahuta : Waipoua Forest : Tane Mahuta DOC Park
Where : Arai-Te-Uru Recreation Reserve, Omapere / Tane Mahuta, Waipoua Forest, New Zealand.
Travelling : Leaving Ahipara along Highway 1 towards the Kohukohu to Rawene car ferry, the crossing over Hokianga Harbour saves a long drive around and is a good access to Waipoua Forest from the North.
Camping : Ahipara Holiday Park. A short walk down the hill onto Ninety Mile Beach. Watching the drivers trying to get their cars off the beach through the deep sand is interesting to watch how they use different methods.
Next Up : A Head for Heights / Auckland