Pakiri Beach

White sand par­adise be­side blue sea

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Pakiri Beach is renowned for its wild, sweep­ing ocean beach that stretches for 24km from Leigh to Te Arai Point, with Bream Head, Lit­tle Bar­rier and the Hen and Chick­ens Is­lands brood­ing on the hori­zon. Pakiri is the an­ces­tral home of Ngati Wai, and in its hey­day, in the 1850s, thou­sands of tonnes of kauri were cast into the surf at the Pakiri River and towed to­ward Auck­land. A tim­ber mill used to op­er­ate on the ground that now houses the Pakiri Hol­i­day Camp, and ships were built near the river mouth. The old Pakiri church has been re­stored, en­sur­ing the area’s his­tory is pre­served, and the lit­tle school re­mains open, de­spite oc­ca­sional at­tempts to close the rural main­stay. The town­ship has a small clus­ter of homes, ten­nis courts and a com­mu­nity hall, and most of the coun­try­side to the south and east is steep farm­land. The west­ern side un­folds into a mix­ture of coastal and rich flat farm­land. A horse hire busi­ness al­lows vis­i­tors to get first-hand ex­pe­ri­ence of the beach, its sand dunes and farm­land. Be­hind the lit­tle town­ship is the be­gin­ning of the Tamahunga Trail, part of the Te Araroa walk­way through­out New Zealand.

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