Ten days of walks and hikes in North­land

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Day 8: Ngawha Springs

Drive from Cape Reinga to Ngawha Springs Two hours 40 min­utes

Head down and just out of Kaikohe and book your­self in for a re­lax­ing spa treat­ment at one of the Ngawha hot springs. Right in the heart of North­land’s geo­ther­mal re­gion, here you can bathe in the hot mud ther­mal pools and re­ju­ve­nate your skin. Once you’re feel­ing re­freshed a visit to Mon­u­ment Hill of­fers ex­cel­lent views and is the top spot for a pic­nic.

Day 9: Waipoua For­est

Drive from Kaikohe to Waipoua For­est One hour 41 min­utes

Of all New Zealand’s kauri forests, none is more fa­mous than Waipoua For­est. As the largest re­main­ing tract of na­tive for­est in North­land, Waipoua is an an­cient green world of tow­er­ing trees and rare birds.

This for­est is the home to Tāne Mahuta, the coun­try’s largest kauri tree, which is ap­prox­i­mately 2,000 years old and still grow­ing. A five minute walk from the road­side will bring you to the foot of Tāne Mahuta, prob­a­bly the largest tree you’ll ever lay eyes upon. Nearly 18 me­tres to the first branch and 4.4 me­tres in di­am­e­ter, Tāne Mahuta is rightly called ‘The Lord of the For­est’.

Keep Kauri Stand­ing

Kauri dieback dis­ease is killing our na­tive kauri. It spreads by soil move­ment, but you can help pre­vent it: • Stay away from kauri tree roots. • Clean your gear be­fore and af­ter vis­it­ing kauri for­est.

Day 10: Kai Iwi Lakes

Drive from Waipoua For­est to Kai Iwi Lakes 53 min­utes Kai Iwi Lakes are a place of sheer beauty. These lakes were cre­ated more than 1.8 mil­lion years ago and now are fam­ily favourite for Kiwi campers. You’ll fall in love with the crys­tal­clear wa­ters and pure white sandy beaches. These fresh­wa­ter lakes ri­val the trop­i­cal beaches of the Pa­cific. They are great for swim­ming, fish­ing and kayak­ing.

En­joy lunch at Kai­waka be­fore head­ing back to Auck­land One hour 43 min­utes

We hope you en­joy your visit to North­land. Be­fore you head off please check out these top tips to pro­tect our taonga to help us keep North­land’s amaz­ing places and unique wildlife safe.

Above top: The memo­rial to the Rain­bow War­rior on the cliffs above Matauri Bay. Sec­ond from Top: Cape Reinga. Phto by Peter Rein-Ho­durek Third from top: Ngawha Springs, just out of Kaikohe. Bot­tow: Tāne Mahuta. Photo by itrav­elNZ. Be­low right; The crys­tal clear wa­ters of Kai Iwi Lakes.

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