Farming community on the Kaipara Coast
Although still mainly a farming community, Tapora on the Kaipara Coast has a good range of lifestyle and holiday home owners. The primary school is next to the community hall, and a playschool, and nearby is a golf course. The majority of residents are scattered along the windy roads through the rural community, and out toward the Kaipara Harbour, via Birds Beach. Many of these homes enjoy sweeping rural views and some overlook the expansive Kaipara Harbour. The land is quite steep and used mostly for dairying and cattle farming, with some sheep and cattle blocks. The holiday community at Birds Beach comprises about 20 homes, most built in the 1970s and 1980s. The beach is windswept, tidal, isolated and rich in birdlife. It offers safe, sheltered swimming at high tide in summer, and is popular all year for fishing. On an isolated farmland peninsula is Gum Store Rd and Gum Store Creek, alluding to the area’s early history in gum digging and as a trading post. Tapora is about 30 minutes west from Wellsford, and neighbours the communities of Port Albert and Wharehine.