Kauri Coast & Hokianga The Twin Coast Discovery Highway
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.
Enjoy a freshwater dip in the nearby Kai Iwi Lakes, and then disappear into the deep green of the Waipoua Forest – home to Tane Mahuta, the largest Kauri tree in the world (over 2000 year's old!). As you exit the forest, the touring route climbs steeply to suddenly reveal the majestic beauty of the historic Hokianga Harbour.
Turn LEFT at Brynderwyn on to SH12 and visit
The Kauri Museum Matakohe
The Kauri Museum tells the story of the mighty kauri tree, its fascinating gum and pioneering past. The Kauri tree is the focal point and theme of this museum, showing the different stages of how this giant wonder fueled industries that sustained communities of the early settlers. The Museum has over 4,500 sq mtrs of undercover attraction, and is a 'Must See'! Visit our heritage Museum en route to the ancient kauri trees in the Waipoua Forest. Visitor Information Centre on site with main focus on the western route of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway and Northland. Disabled friendly, lots of free parking spaces available, accommodation and cafes nearby. Location: 5 Church Road, Matakohe, New Zealand 0593 Hours: Mon - Sun: 9:00 am - 5:00 pm (Open every day except Christmas Day)
NEW ATTRACTION ON THE KAURI COAST
At exactly 10.02am after a safety briefing, 4 rail carts left Dargaville railway station this morning, Saturday 12 December 2015 bound for their destination at Tangowahine, a trip of approx an hour and 20 minutes.
Gleaming red bodies, with white canopies and clean windscreens, the passengers stepped into the carts full of anticipation, as they journeyed into history on this great adventure. The brainchild of John Hansen and Dave Selby, plus a myriad of behind the scenes helpers, it has taken some years to get this venture up and running. Dave told us that they have had to do repairs to the line itself and will have to maintain the track and bridges in the future. He laughed and said that he will now have to do his day job (baking) from midnight until 6.00am, grab a sleep, then be down at the station for the departures. Going to be a long haul for while.
The first expedition was not without mishap – 2 minor derailments which proved that all the planning and safety procedures worked without a hitch. Mobile phones are fitted to the front and rear carts at present and future plans include the fitting of GPS trackers so that the location of each cart is know exactly, in real time, on the outbound and inbound journey.
Bookings are essential and can be made via phone (021 238 7869) or online via the website http://www.portdargavillecruises.co.nz/.... Elaine is the General Manager and her smiling face is behind the counter at the Dargaville Station with an EFTPOS machine to take payment prior to boarding.
Bookings essential Call Elaine 021 238 7869
New Zealand’s Kumara Capital
a must do in Northland
The Kumara Box check out Ernie’s live Kumara show just 10 minutes drive from Dargaville .
This amazing family farm is headed by Warren Suckling otherwise known locally as ‘Ernie the kumara king’.
The tour starts in what was a kumara storage shed, today it is full of memorabilia collected by Ernie over the years from the regions past.Here Ernie tells stories of the farming history of the Kumara and also the region that you are visiting.
Ernie then takes you for a drive around his extensive kumara farm on his tractor powered train with carriages that have been fashioned from oil drums painted with matching colours of his kumara crops. On the tour you pass local collections of his memorabilia and some of his unique creations and you visit New Zealand’s smallest church.
Following the tour you have option of morning /afternoon tea and tasting some of Warrens wife’s home cooking using kumara as an ingredient.
This is an interesting fun trip for all ages with a lot of laughs. So book now and join ‘Ernie’ for Entertainment and Adventure at The Kumara Box
Bookings are essential Phone: 09 439 7018
Simply the best home cooking you will find is prepared by the bubbly Jo and her friendly staff
138 Victoria Street (opposite Count Down and corner Gladstone Street)
A special treat was seeing a giant Kauri snail - night stalkers and carnivorous.
We went back into the forest during the day by ourselves which was another experience, but made all the richer for having walked the Footprints the night before."
The spiritual environment of the Waipoua Forest provides a natural stage for an unforgettable Footprints Waipoua encounter with some of the largest remaining kauri trees in the world.
'Step into our World' and let our local guides take you on a memorable journey through nature's stages of evolution, whilst providing a mythological and interactive interpretation of life in the forest.