Kauri Coast Area Guide
Kauri (Agathis australis)
tree at Warkworth.
Like other areas in Northland, it suffers in comparison with tourism hotspots like the Bay of Islands, despite having its own beauty and attractions.
The region's name stems from the great Kauri trees, and those with a broader interest in this noble plant can visit the Kauri Museum at Matakohe.
It's no surprise, then, to learn that there are various forests and reserves to admire, particularly in the northern half of the territory. One of the most notable is the Waipoua Forest sanctuary, home to the largest Kauri specimens in the whole country.
The Waipoua Forest, the Kai Iwi Lakes and Trounson Kauri Park make up the area's natural highlights.
Elsewhere, it's the typical Northland mix of extensive beaches and coastline, together with native bush, forest and farmland.
Major towns are thin on the ground. Dargaville is the largest, often acting as a central point for exploring the surrounding area or breaking up the journey to or from other regions further north and south.