Day Trips

Makakohe Limestone Island

MV Waipapa Whangarei Harbour Cruises

I have often looked out on Matakohe Limestone Island in Whangarei Harbour and thought I would love to go there. I had heard of the replanting work which began in 1990 when it was made a scenic reserve and the re-introduction of kiwi, lizards and other birds which now thrive in this predator free world. Last…

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Whangarei Heads

The fabulous headland Bream Bay looks out on is Whangarei Heads. From Waipu to Ocean Beach is about 1.5 hr drive. It is one of the most amazing picturesque drives in NZ – winding around the Whangarei Harbour and out to the beach.  Rosemary writes about the area A great place to explore – my favourites…

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The Piroa Falls – a local secret

Piroa Falls is one of Bream Bay’s more hidden secrets –  a gem of a place, that is not quite so ‘hidden’ since the NZ Herald pointed out that it is one of the great non-beachy places to enjoy in the summer.  An easy 10 minute bush walk takes you to the falls – it…

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Waipu – Go west for the day

It’s a beautiful spring day in Waipu. The beach is always seductive, but we decided on a day road trip and see what else was on offer.  We headed back over the Brynderwyns and turned west – towards the Kauri Coast, but not quite – we are off to explore Sunshine Organics at Maungaturoto, and…

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What next after a prize winning Garden Centre

Story by Hannah Spyksma After selling Mangawhai’s award winning Naja Garden Centre barely 18 months ago, local business veterans, Natalie and Jac Spyksma have just announced the opening of their latest venture. The couple have opened a business in Langs Beach, providing two or three day fully catered walking adventures for small groups.

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