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Hokianga Harbour: blue skies, sand dunes & ancient trees

February 14, 2012

The Hokianga is not just blue skies, massive sand dunes and ancient trees – it’s also the cradle of not only Ngapuhi, but also of the European settlers in the early 1800s.

I have done too much in the last 24, or so, hours for a little blog, but there are plenty of stories to come out of this area from my pen and camera.  Lonely Planet raved about Footprints Waipoua  (@hokimustdos) and so will I! I took the evening guided walk – with 6 others from Canada, USA, and the Bahamas’ – and we all voted it fabulous. Our local Maori guide, Koro, really did guide us through the forest and introduced us to the biggest, and oldest of the kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest, and more. I don’t want to spoil the story now – book mark this blog and come back for more. (Or watch the airline magazines for this one!)

Another one that’s worthy of a bigger audience than this blog  – although my numbers of readers have gone up while I’ve been travelling Northland, so welcome to you who are just discovering  NZ and my travels – next overseas trip will be Turkey hopefully and, absolutely, Borneo later this year. But back to the story that deserves a post and printed article is Sandtrails Hokianga which i went on this am.

See the photo of the sun just hitting the sand dunes (taken from my room at the Copthorne Hotel &Resort Hokianga) well that was just the start of an adventure, great scenery, and an introduction to Andrew Kendall’s tribal history – including the arrival of Kupe. Like our guide last night, he is a really nice guy: what even better, this tour is an exclusive, limited to three people! I suggest you book in advance if you can.

Some photos as a taste of what’s to come  . . .

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and more. . .

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4 Comments
  1. February 25, 2012 7:00 AM

    Next time you might want to explore off the usual tourist route to places like the Waiotemarama Gorge Scenic Drive: locally owned boutique accommodation, artists & galleries, waterfalls & bushwalks you can walk for FREE. No foreign-owned hotel chains, but lots of local small businesses working together to provide a real NZ experience for visitors.

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    • February 25, 2012 5:22 PM

      that sounds great! i was aware every day how much i couldn’t do in the time i had .. two weeks in the far north was not nearly enough!

      I was so rushed I was happy to be able to squeeze in a visit to my husbands grave at the urapa in Horeke.

      Will contact you next time for suggestions :)

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  2. sonny shelford permalink
    February 15, 2012 4:23 PM

    it’s always good to see home andrew when you take people out on your guided tours..Home will always be home & it is reserved & untouched just the way we like it..it’s our piece of paradise we can come home to every year with out any traffic jams, Noise pollution & over crowding. it’s like going back in time & well preserved. Let’s keep it that way so our children can always experience what we have been brought up with & it’s natural surrounding that man it’s self could never ever replace. Once you change it? you cant replace it..Mitimiti (Home sweet home)

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