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  • leslie h
    3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    What a delightful experience this was. Never been on a museum visit like it. We had a tour conducted personally by owner Jan who is super nice and full of stories to really give a flavour of what it was like to be a whaler.

    And the gardens - just gorgeous and you get to have a private picnic opportunity in them (bring it with you).

    We would have visited just for the gardens so the combination is a great experience.
    Written 29 January 2024
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  • Brian D
    Darlington, UK973 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Gorgeous beach with a row of phutikawa trees - a magnificent sight of New Zealand Christmas trees. If you move along from the car park there is plenty of space on the beach.
    The long drop is a bit smelly!!
    Written 27 January 2024
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  • Explore21888825843
    Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Definitely worth the visit. Friendly locals helped us find the road to the reserve. Drive into "Reserve Road" (unsealed) off Rangikapiti Road. Carpark just below the trig point and short uphill walk from there. We were not in ideal walking shoes but the other walking tracks around the reserve look interesting - for another time. Terrific views at the top.
    Written 17 October 2023
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  • Explore21888825843
    Auckland Central, New Zealand4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A lovely walk on a sunny day. The views along the coastal walk are great. We found the Loop Walk section that is through some lightly treed area by a stream was delightful. Good parking at the end of the access road off Highway 10. Suitable for most abilities - some uphill. Not suitable for pushchairs, wheelchair or others with mobility barriers. We took about 40 minutes at a slow to moderate pace around the whole track.
    Written 17 October 2023
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  • Cliff J
    London, UK2,128 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pick-up a Heritage Trail map/leaflet ($1) from the very good, helpful Information Centre in town. The map lists 21 of the oldest buildings around town, with #1 The Old Courthouse, right next door to the information centre. There is a steep climb between numbers 4 and 5 but the views are worth the effort. The whole trail takes around 90-minutes at a leisurely pace. Some of the building are private houses and you are asked to respect their privacy.
    Written 28 March 2020
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  • samlmm
    Boynton Beach, FL95 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful location, wonderful tasting experience. From their sparkling wines, to multiple whites, multiple reds and finishing with their desert wines, fantastic diversity. Absolutely, everyone will find something to enjoy. Karen did a wonderful job of walking us through all the possibilities and even offering a couple vintages of the same wine, when available. All grape varieties were represented well.
    Written 31 July 2023
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  • Nale
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great little gallery with some beautiful art on display. Friendly and helpful staff. Definitely worth the time
    Written 10 July 2021
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  • Jenny B
    4 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Mostly bric a brac, car boot and op shopping. lovely kitchen indoors selling baking, tea and coffee.
    some stalls with pickles and chutneys or honey for sale
    Written 7 February 2019
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  • Janie T
    Auckland, New Zealand3 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Delightful personal guided tour. Local knowledge abundant and personally prepared picnic lunch in remote northland bay.
    Written 22 March 2021
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  • Robby G C
    Toronto, Canada78,235 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    This is the best tout we ever had! We were picked up at our bed and breakfast and we had a tour all over the top of the Northern peninsula. It lasted all day and we sure enjoyed every activity. We ate breakfast at a beach and lunch at another beach. Everything was provided for us and we had nothing to worry about!

    The highlights of our trip in chronological order:

    1.Rarawa Beach

    Near the town of Ngataki there is a beautiful white sanded beach. Supposedly many locals like to sure here. However I saw many riding on a motor bike or having a picnic in the dunes. It’s true though has waves. It sure is nice to walk in the ocean barefoot. The white sand is so fine that it makes it a pleasant experience.
    Another nice feature, there aren’t too many people on that beach, so everyone can have their privacy.

    2. Cape Reinga
    On one of New Zealand's most northerly shores lies a fascinating area: Cape Reinga.

    The Cape Reinga lighthouse graces the view of two mighty bodies of water, the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean, as they come crashing together. The roll of their waves beat mercilessly upon the many beautiful beaches surrounding the cape. It is an astounded view!

    The fauna in this region can't exactly be considered "towering". The area is subject to nearly constant heavy winds, and as a result, it is renowned for being an place where Bonsais grow naturally.

    There is this one tree, however, that continues to spread its lofty branches high into the sky, soaring way above any of the other plant life in the region. It is a lonely Pohutukawa tree (also called a "Christmas Tree" due to the fact that it breaks out into beautiful red blooms around Christmas time each year). The Pohutukawa's branches are gnarled and twisted, defying the heavy easterly winds, and the scientists have to stand and scratch their heads, wondering how such a tree could even exist. But not only does it stand tall now, it has been standing tall for the last 800 years! Though they have tried, the intense winds haven't been able to bring it down!

    Cape Reinga is located at the northernmost area of New Zealand, approximately 60 km north of Kaitaia.

    3. Te Paki Sand Dunes

    The dunes at Te Paki Sand Dunes are humongous! So humongous that all tourist busses stop here, to allow their passengers do some sand boarding. It is quite a trek to climb those dunes, but once at the top, going down on a board is an exhilarating experience, to be done over and over again, if there is time!

    This place has also a wide range of native plants and animals.

    It is really worthwhile to stop here. Bring a board with you if you can!

    4. Tapotupotu Beach

    We had the privilege to have lunch at Tapotupotu Bay. Before eating I went to take pictures of this picturesque beach. Nearby there was a rustic camping ground. It seems it was quite cramped. It is the most northerly campground in New Zealand.
    However the bay was so beautiful! The dunes added some ambience with its many plants and there was also one mighty tree nearby that enhanced our experience at this beach.

    5. Ninety-Mile beach

    The Ninety-Mile beach is a beautiful beach on the North island of New Zealand. Surrounded by dunes, flat sand and an active Tasman Sea, it attracts all kinds of people. However it is far from being a safe place, especially if someone decides to swim in the sea.

    It is renowned for its left hand surf breaks and its beautiful sunsets. This beach is mostly a highway, at least during low tides. Busses, jeeps and even cars drive at outstanding speeds there! Some people sunbath, but there weren’t many when we were there!

    In late February or early March they have there a five day fishing competition. Everyone out there hopes to catch the largest snapper.

    When we first arrived there with our tour group, we stopped near a huge dune, where we were able to sled on it. It was quite fun. A memory never to forget!
    Interestingly enough the Ninety-Mile beach is only 55 milrs long. Maybe it is called so, because many drive at 90 miles an hour on that beach?

    Still, it is an amazing beach!

    6. Northland Region Ancient Kauri Kingdom

    An unique shop in the Northland that attracts myriads of tourists!

    Our tour guide stopped here for us to peruse through this store. I was amazed by the many wood products. Some were quite expensive, others were more affordable. They had some huge wooden statues. We bought a wooden frame and a bookmark, as a souvenir of New Zealand.

    All these wooden products come from ancient Kauri woods that are found in the swamps in the Northland of New Zealand. Most of them were buried there for thousands of years.

    They guarantee all of their products the age, quality, authenticity and workmanship and naturally for being manufactured in New Zealand.

    We were amazed by the huge wooden staircase, all carved from a very old kauri stump that had to be dragged out of the swamps and transported to the location of this store. I have no idea how they transported it, as it was 140 tons, the largest swamp kauri log ever found.

    When trying to extract this tree in one piece, it snapped the 2 winch ropes (They could sustain 90 tons each!). They had no choice but to cut 110 tons off and pull that one out first. The remainder 30 tons was pulled out afterwards. They were able to cut a 50 tons section to turn this section into a staircase.

    Carving this monstrosity took a lot of effort and a lot of sweating! First they had to pour a half meter thick reinforced concrete pad, to keep the log upright. It took 500 hours to carve the staircase with a chainsaw. Quite impressive, don’t you think!

    We saw many other attractions that were all quite outstanding.
    Written 11 June 2015
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