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Kai Iwi Lakes & Trounson Kauri Park
Venturing further north along the Kauri Coast, this part of your journey will see you leave Dargaville & Surrounds and continue north on State Highway 12, stopping en-route at the stunning and crystal clear, freshwater Kai Iwi Lakes and then on to Trounson Kauri Park, a protected ‘island’ reserve home to 200 kiwi living in their natural environment
Kai Iwi Lakes
Northland’s Shining Jewel and one of New Zealand’s best holiday spots.
Nestled amongst 538 hectares of premier recreation reserve with white sand freshwater dune lakes renowned for their jewel like beauty beauty and clear waters.
The Taharoa domain reserve (map A) contains three lakes known as the Kai Iwi Lakes. These crystal clear, freshwater lakes cover an area of 305ha and are suitable for a range of water based recreational activities including boating, diving, fishing, sailboarding, swimming, yachting and kayaking.
Kayaks can be hired at the lakes and being extremely shallow, the lakes provide a safe playground for families with young children. Annually water skiing championships are held at Kai Iwi Lakes.
An extensive walking track system has been developed within the reserve.
The Taharoa Domain is 2.5 km from the Tasman Sea and a walkway access to the coast is available though an adjoining farm property west of the domain.
In addition to various accommodation facilities, Kai Iwi Lakes also offers campground and campervan facilities.
Travelling from Kai Iwi Lakes to Trouson Kauri Park look out for Nelsons Kaihu Kauri.
This is an octagonal gallery which is supported by an amazing 30 ton kauri stump and houses some of the best kauri furniture, wood turned pieces, carvings and local artisan work you will find.
If you are running short of petrol Kaihu Motors is next door and then on the left you will find the historic and character Kaihu Tavern.
Trounson Kauri Park
an enchanting walk by day … a magical kiwi, bird & insect kingdom by nightTrounson Kauri Park(map B) is a 450 hectare forest reserve restoration project which seeks to restore the former richness of native biodiversity this forest once boasted, allowing people to enjoy a glimpse of what pristine kauri forests were once like. In 1890 when the kauri timber industry threatened to wipe out all significant areas of Northland kauri forest, 3.34 hectares were set aside by the government to create a Scenary Preservation Club and an early settler, James Trounson, added a further 22 hectacres. Trounson then offered a further 364 hectares and the area was officially opened as Trounson Kauri Park in 1921. The establishment of this protected area then led to the protection of the Waipoua Forest and the giant kauri trees such as Tane Mahuta in 1952. To this day, Trounson Kauri Park is an enduring example of community and government co-operation. Managed by the Department of Conservation, the park is one of the predator-free mainland islands of New Zealand.
Kiwi Night Walks
Being predator-free means that Trounson Kauri Park is one of the few mainland places where Brown kiwi can be found living in their natural habitat.
The night walkinto the forest takes guests into the nocturnal environment of approximately 200 kiwi. Kiwi mate for life and visitors on the night walk can usually hear the repeated squawking call of the male kiwi and the lower more mumbling response from the female bird.
Whilst sightings happen often, they cannot be guaranteed as the kiwi is very shy and elusive.
In addition to kiwi, the protected and unspoilt environment of the Trounson Kauri Park is home to many other native creatures such as kukupa (native wood pigeon) pekapeka (bats), weta (insect) and the kauri snail.
Being a protected reserve many species of wildlife can be found at Trounson Kauri Park