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Written by Akke Tiemersma, Ko Tenei te Wahi / This is the Place   
Friday, 03 October 2008

When we first came to Northland and looked for somewhere to live on the coast, everyone raved about Matapouri Beach, how beautiful it was. They’d drive through Ngunguru and notice that there was a river and a bit of a beach and they’d continue driving through to Matapouri.

...and the sandspit, Pimanu, relatively untouched because of a lack of road access; a place that feels wild and remote.

But Ngunguru has hidden qualities and that’s what we fell in love with. Some of these qualities were revealed one day when a friend took me for a discovery walk. We started at School Beach (Kauakarangi) at low tide heading north, and walked just around the rocks, into a beautiful half-round bay with lovely shells under foot and Pohutukawa overhanging the beach. There are four more little beach nooks, each with their own individual character and appeal. The last one before Wellington’s Bay, called Red Rock Bay (also known as Picnic Bay), affords a view all the way up the ocean side of the Ngunguru Sandspit. To get around all five nooks to Wellingtons Bay (Whangaumu) takes about 20 minutes. It’s safe to go three hours either side of low tide.

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