Journey 2

Time from the Lodge: 15 minutes to Koutu.  Round trip travel time allowing for a leisurely exploration, approximately 90 minutes.

Turn left from the Lodge.

The Whiria Pa is straight in front of you at the junction with State Highway 12.  Whiria was home to the Ngapuhi chief, Rahiri, who united the Ngapuhi and drove the other tribes out of the Hokianga.  Note the terraces at the top of the hill where buildings once stood.

Turn right onto State Highway 12 then left at the sign for Koutu Loop Road, approximately 1.5 km from the junction.  Follow Koutu Loop Road until you come to Koutu settlement and when the road swings to the right, instead go straight ahead into Koutu Point Road. Park in the parking area on the point. This is the site of the Kauri Timber Mill, which once boasted the largest band saw in the Southern Hemisphere. If you walk around the foreshore to the left you will see the remains of the wharf that saw millions of feet of sawn timber, mainly kauri, shipped to Auckland or overseas.


Return along Koutu Point Road and when you meet the seal, turn left. Follow Koutu Loop Road to the next road on the left, Waione Road. Turn into Waione Road and after about 100m park in the area near the old cattle yards.  Walk around the foreshore and marvel at the spherical Koutu Boulders, which get bigger the further you go. The largest we have found so far is over 5 metres in diameter.

Return to State Highway 12 and turn right towards Opononi.  At the junction with Waiotemarama Gorge Road is the Pakanae Marae and St. Davidís Church.  A central feature of the Marae is a memorial to Kupe, the first Maori to settle in New Zealand.

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Koutu Boulder concretions on the Hokianga Harbour at Koutu Point
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