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Karikari Peninsula

Karikari Peninsula is located in Northland Region
Karikari Peninsula
Karikari Peninsula
Rangaunu harbour and Rangiputa settlement

The Karikari Peninsula on the east coast of the far north of Northland is between Rangaunu Harbour to the west, and Doubtless Bay to the southeast. It is a right-angled land mass of two relatively distinct parts. The rocky northern part, which has an east–west orientation and is approximately 17 km long, was originally an island[1] but is now connected to the mainland by a low sandy tombolo approximately 11 km long, which has a north–south orientation.[2][3][4] The spiritually significant Puwheke sits high above the north-facing beaches.[5]

The local iwi are Ngāti Kahu.[6] In Māori mythology, the waka Waipapa, captained by Kaiwhetu and Wairere, made its first landing in New Zealand at Karikari.[7]

The two largest settlements are Whatuwhiwhi, which is situated the south side of the north-eastern part of the peninsula and nearby Tokerau Beach, which lies at the northern end of the eastern side of the sandy strip. Maitai Bay (also known as Matai Bay) on the northeast coast and Rangiputa on the west coast are popular tourist destinations.[8]

The tombolo once had kauri forests, but now the only vegetation is short scrub, some gorse and wīwī.[9] Grapes are grown on the northern side of Karikari.[1]

Coordinates: 34°51′0″S 173°25′0″E / 34.85000°S 173.41667°E / -34.85000; 173.41667


Matai Bay
  1. ^ a b "Mangonui and district". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
  2. ^ Parkes, W. F. (c. 1965). The Visitors' Guide to the Far North - Mangonui County (3rd ed.). p. 26.
  3. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 3. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 17. ISBN 1-877333-20-4.
  5. ^ "Puwheke". Retrieved 24 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Ngāti Kurī, Ngāi Takoto, Te Pātū and Ngāti Kahu". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
  7. ^ "Canoe traditions - Other northern canoes". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand.
  8. ^ "All about the Doubtless Bay area". Doubtless Bay Promotion Inc.
  9. ^ "Doubtless Bay". An Encyclopedia of New Zealand 1966, Te Ara. Retrieved 12 December 2011.