There are literally hundreds of MUST-DO activities, all an hour’s drive from Ngawha Retreat – and some a little further away.
Please click on the markers below for further information.
And as a special request, the Ngawha Retreat team has put together the below list of recommended “must-do’s” around our area – perhaps you’ll find them of interest!
Now : first things – first.
- As per our local eateries, we would surely recommend these three as an example of pretty exotic mixture of Mediterranean and Kiwi- style cuisines:
- Jerusalem Cafe and Fishbone Cafe in Kerikeri – please take a look at their websites: http://cafejerusalem.co.nz/ and http://www.fishbonecafe.co.nz/ – they both have good fresh food and great coffee for pretty friendly prices, and of course,
- Famous Mangonui Fish-And-Chips Shop & Cafe – simply the best in Southern Hemisphere (we’re not joking: they keep winning top marks in NZ-AUS-UK tourist destinations magazines – with deadly consistency!); here they are:
- Another “Magnificent Seven Plus” Places of Interest (in our humble opinion) are:
2.1. Haruru Falls near Paihia – definitely, not Niagara-looking but VERY refreshing, so pay a close visit on any hot summer day!
2.2. Waitangi Grounds – famous place, – a must to come and touch NZ history by your own hand; http://www.waitangi.org.nz/visit-waitangi/
2.3. Waipoua Forest (sites 2000 y.o. Tane Mahuta – The King of The Forest, our Mighty Kauri Tree; http://www.footprintswaipoua.co.nz/
2.4. Russell Historic Places – heart of our world–known Bay of Islands (Pioneer Village, Museum, Dolphin Safari and lots of other stuff including charter fishing tours and good crafted beer); – http://www.bay-of-islands.co.nz/
2.5. Opononi Beach and walkways along Hokianga Harbour – magnificent scenery! – http://hokiangatourism.org.nz/activities/adventure
2.6. Ancient Kauri Museum in Awanui – climb stairs carved into (!) an ancient kauri trunk and grab your souvenirs made of 1000+ yeerz olde wood –http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Stairs_carved_into_an_ancient_kauri_trunk_%28Ancient_Kauri_Museum%29.jpg
2.7. Drive along our spectacular West Coast Ninety Mile Beach – it’s an official highway, believe it or not, but you need a mighty 4WD for that! – http://www.newzealand.com/int/feature/ninety-mile-beach/
2.8. Cape Reinga – the ultimate northern New Zealand experience, the place where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean; http://www.newzealand.com/int/cape-reinga/ – Please have your petrol tank topped up well before coming over there: nearest known to us gas station is in Japan only!..
2.9. Kawiti Glow Worm Caves (and Wairere Boulders in Horeke Nature Park nearby): a bit of extreme in our view but it “depends on…” –
– and many, many more unlisted!
2.10 Twin Coast Discovery and The New Zealand Cycle Trail are both in very close proximity. See https://www.nzcycletrail.com/ for more details.
P.S. Foreseeing your questions about our local shopping facilities: you will be pleasantly surprised to discover COUNTDOWN, NEW WORLD, Warehouse, first class butcher’s small shop etc. literally within 10 minutes driving (slowly!…) from our place.
All these strategic points are situated in Kaikohe (6 km further along SH12), except of our world-famous up North butchery at Ohaeawai (just 5…6km before Ngawha, on your left-hand side, nearly at the end of the village when heading to Ngawha Springs); plus to these, there are couple of small farms selling free range eggs – one before, and another one just after Ohaeawai (please watch their signs along right side of the road towards Ngawha).
On Saturday morning, there might be veggie/greens market in Kaikohe but if it doesn’t operate, it might be better to rely on COUNTDOWN or NEW WORLD.
By the way: COUNTDOWN wine section is JUST GREAT (!) and it always has decent choice of good brands, – its manager (very nice lady) understands her business extremely well.