Although it’s still predominantly a farming community, Tapora, on the Kaipara coast, also has a good mix of lifestyle blocks, holiday homes and permanent residences.
The primary school rubs shoulders with the community hall, a playschool and a nearby golf course, but the majority of residents are scattered along the windy roads through the rural community, and out towards the only easy access to the Kaipara Harbour, via Birds Beach.
Many of the homes enjoy sweeping rural views – some overlook the vast expanse of the Kaipara Harbour, the second largest inlet harbour in the world.
The land is quite steep and used mostly for dairying and cattle farming, with some sheep blocks. The holiday community at Birds Beach, at the end of Journey’s End Rd, comprises about 20 homes, most built in the 70s and 80s. The beach is windswept, tidal and isolated, but it has its own beauty, and is rich in birdlife. It offers safe, sheltered swimming at high tide in the 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 gumdigging and as a trading post.
Tapora is about half an hour’s drive from Wellsford, west of neighbouring rural communities of Port Albert, Wharehine and Tauhoa.