The northern tip of New Zealand
Where the Tasman Sea meets the South Pacific Ocean
Where in Maori Spirituality the spirits of the dead go to leave this earth
Descending the cliffs
back to the sea
Sandy beaches and huge dunes spread south along the west coast on Northland
The 90 mile sandy beach ending a Ahipara
A small fishing village at the southern end of the 90 Mile Beach
South of Ahipara are the ancient giant Kauri forests
Trees thousands of years old
Te Matua Ngahere is estimated to be over 3,000 years old and is still growing – an awe inspiring living organism.
These remnant giant trees are a wonder and thankfully have been preserved.
The trip then along the Hokianga Estuary