Northland's Kauri Coast Take a back road.....see where it leads
Turn left at Brynderwyn for the Kauri Coast & Hokianga and wind your way around the shores of the mighty Kaipara Harbour to the famous The Kauri Museum at Matakohe. Just after the riverside town of Dargaville, take a left turn to Baylys Beach for your first encounter with the wild Tasman Sea.
You can drive all the way from Pouto in the South to the Maunganui Bluff in the North, however before you head out please check the tides. This is an awesome scenic trip during which you will see many varieties of sea birds and feeding holes of the endangered Toheroa shellfish. You can actually pick bi-valve Tuatua all year round if you are lucky and provided you stay within the quota. You may see sand yachts, trail bikes, hang gliders, dune buggies, 4-Wheel Drives, jet skiiers, surfers, kite fishermen and long liners, hoping to catch kingfish, kahawai or snapper. There are likely to be fishermen netting for mullet or flounder, and some fortunate people have seen seals or sea lions.
Harding Park (PO Box 166)
Dargaville, New Zealand
Phone: +64 9 439 7555
Fax: +64 9 439 7133