Waipu – Go west for the day

pahiIt’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 Community Gardens at Paparoa, the Kaipara Harbour at Pahi

Turn off SH1  at the Swinging Cow Cafe onto SH 12 and head towards Dargaville and the Kauri Coast.

Sunshine Organics at Maungaturoto

First stop is Maungaturoto “A Real New Zealand Town” stretched out along the Twin Coast Discovery Highway.  The best thing we encounter is Sunshine Organics – check their website and order on line if you are in the North Island.

Annette Lambly writes about Sunshine Organics in The Northern Advocate:

sunshineorganicsStrong belief in the concept “you are what you eat” prompted a Kaipara couple to open a speciality organic store offering alternatives to chemically produced items that are a staple for many people.

Sunshine Organics opened  in the former BNZ building at Maungaturoto. The store owners believe they have the largest range – and arguably the cheapest -organic products on State Highway 12, if not north of Auckland.

They stock all the basics from milk, yoghurt, cheeses (including quark) to beef, chicken, salami, free range pork and eggs as well as breads, cosmetics, cleaners and grocery items (including gluten free products) pet food, gardening supplies, fruit and produce – you can even grind your own flour.

Robert (Robbie) and Rachel Hinsch have always had a preference for natural, organic products. When the family moved to Paparoa from Hamilton eight years ago and bought the Paparoa Store, they introduced an organic section. read more

arty-farty-paparoa2Arty Farty Community Gardens and Crafts is a fantastic community initiative just down the road – the scarecrow attracted us, and we ended up talking for a while with one of the local women behind the project.  Well worth stopping in for a look.

Off to Pahi on the Kaipara Harbour

Pahi is on the tip of one of the many peninsulas which reach down into the Kaipara Harbour, and even at low tide it is a picture.  A camp ground right by the water, holiday homes dotted on the hills and boats bobbing in the tide.  It is gorgeous and I don’t know why I have never been here before.

Pahi feels  unspoiled by pretension – its New Zealand as it used to be. Dogs and kids playing in the water, boaties launching in their modest boats in the hope for some fish and a good time.

  • On our way home we turn off at Maunguturoto and take the Waipu Gorge Rd to Piroa Falls – we made that another post – read it here!
  • Drive a few more kilometres west and extend the day by a visit to the famous and fabulous Matakohe Kauri Museum

Other Day Trips from Waipu and Bream Bay



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