Northland is a place where twin coasts become one, where two seas meet and where countless expressions of nature’s versatility almost beg for discovery. Both coasts offer much of the unspoilt natural beauty for which New Zealand is famous, but in addition, each coastline has a diverse but complementary aspect, making Northland a visitor’s paradise. And it is all connected through the Twin Coast Discovery Highway.
The Kauri Coast here in the west offers a stunning scenic contrast to our eastern neighbours, known for its unforgiving coastline and incredible history. Home to the world’s oldest and largest ancient kauri trees, our nation’s largest harbour & longest drivable beach, prehistoric rock formations, crystal clear freshwater lakes, kiwi in the wild and fantastic hospitality … the list goes on and all in the warmth of ‘winterless’ Northland.
Your Kauri Coast journey on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway starts less than 2 hours from Auckland. Stretching from Brynderwyn in the South to Hokianga in the North, it is recommended the Kauri Coast be travelled northbound to capture the best vistas – travelling south misses some truly awesome and stunning sights including the breathtaking first glimpse of the Hokianga Harbour at Omapere.
Turn left at Brynderwyn and wind your way around the shores of the mighty Kaipara Harbour to the famous 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 years old!). Waipoua Forest is the best preserved and largest of the remaining Kauri Forests in New Zealand where you can enjoy many short walks. As you exit the forest, the touring route climbs steeply to suddenly reveal the majestic beauty of the historic Hokianga Harbour.
So much of New Zealand’s scenic beauty in just one easy to reach region... it's all right here.
The Kauri Coast - Naturally New Zealand’s Ancient, Eco & Cultural Destination.