NZ's oldest tree
Tane Mahuta is a Kauri tree estimated to be around 2,000 years old and has a spiritual significance to the indigenous Maori. The tree can easily be accessed off State Highway 12 between Dargaville and the beautiful Hokianga harbour.
There is good signage for the tree and you basically park right next to the motorway and either view the canopy of the tree from the park, or take the short wooden walkway approximately 200 meters to the base of the tree.
There is a shoe cleaning station at the entrance and the walk is completely raised off the ground to prevent the Kauri root disease. There is a volunteer guide there to answer questions and will help take photos. She said the tree was greener this year than she has ever seen it. I would highly recommend visiting the tree as part of a western loop of Northland.
Hokianga Harbor has amazing views and is well known for good fishing. Not into fishing, but like seafood, there is a great fish & chips shop just across from the wharf.
Take in the views of the sand dunes, along with the Koutu Boulders. They are round boulders accessible at low tide in the harbor by taking a short walk. Their entrance is about 4km off the state highway.
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