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The Kaipara district lies within the ancestral areas of our Ngati Whatua and Te Roroa Maori Tribes.

The traditions of Ngati Whatua establish the arrival of their ancestor, Rongomai Te Ariki on board the ancestral canoe Mahuhu Ki Te Rangi at Kaipara around the year 1250A.D. Today, the Kaipara Harbour is acknowledged as having the longest shoreline of any harbour in the southern hemisphere.

Tokatoka - the plug or core of a volcano

Our people of Te Roroa are among the custodians of the giant kauri forests of the Kaipara, the place that has come to be known by visitors as the Kauri Coast.

Together, the Kaipara Harbour and the Kauri Coast provided the means for both Maori and European settlement and development. The giant Kauri trees were prolific in the early settlement days and generated large income from overseas shipping companies for the sailing ship building industry.

Kaipara also had some of New Zealand's largest Maori settlements. The largest being at Tokatoka where some 10.000 Maori lived at one time, supplying the vast majority of the fresh produce to the Auckland Market.

Today the Kaipara remains blessed by heritage and by nature, an attractive mix of productive farming and forestry together with relics of ancient Maori occupations and early European settlements within a natural setting of volcanic hills, massive native rain forests, extensive dune country and fresh waters lakes.

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Our whanau and families are here to support your enjoyment of our place by providing you with accommodation, land & water activities, attractions to visit, shopping and pure hospitality.  Tourism Operators in the Kaipara Region»

All of this within 1 hours drive north of Auckland.

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