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the stories 7 > true story: ben + caroline's trip to the north 14 > top spots to stop on state highway 1 16 > spot north photo gallery 24 > cape reinga + the top of the north 28 > a taste of kerikeri 34 > chasing dolphins in the bay of islands 42 > paradise found at whangarei heads 50 > close encounters with the big cats of Zion 55 > top spots to dine in whangarei 62 > west coast sand trail 66 > the shipwreck coast 72 > exploring the poor knights 78 > oakura bay + the mermaid pool 82 > wider than warkworth 86 > wines of waiheke + west 90 > auckland social spots 95 > living here : northland 104 > competition: win a cheetah chat at zion

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the sections start 23 > far north 27 > bay of islands 41 > whangarei and whangarei heads 61 > west coast including kauri coast + the waitakeres 71 > east coast 85> auckland

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From the Editor

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It has been 100 miles an hour here at Spot North headquarters pulling together our very first issue. It's been a labour of love not only by our team, but also by all the people who have provided their stunning photography for use in the magazine. Thank you, oh generous ones. I fall in love with the North pretty much every day. We live in paradise and I wouldn't be anywhere else in the world. What amazes me though, is that this is one of the worlds most beautiful places yet the number of visitors to the region isn't very high at all. It appears to be a well kept secret. Well, no more! Spot North intends to spread the word. Inside the pages of this magazine you will find inspirational features on top spots in the North of NZ - everywhere North of Auckland Airport. We will showcase these stunning spots in a manner they deserve to be presented in with big format pictures on pages of a quality magazine. We encourage you to get out and explore the north and all the incredible experiences on offer here... and we invite you to come back and share those experiences with other readers of Spot North. First up, we bring you the story of Ben and Caroline's crazy trip from Melbourne to the top of NZ and back. Their journey gives good insight to what the North is all about. We will bring you a true story every issue.

The talent which live in the North is abundant. The Kerikeri story on some top spots is proof of this (pg 28).

We have some of the worlds most talented people living here - artists, chefs, environmentalists, manufacturers, performers... the list is really endless. The Spot North team intend to tell you about them. Whether you are considering a holiday in NZ, whether you live in NZ and are coming up for a vacation or if you live in the North and want more places to see and things to do... we'll tell ya where t'go! The pictures in the magazine tell more than a thousand words, so the stories are enough to give you just a taste of the spot. We're not a travel guide so you wont get all the info served up - just enough to peak your interest so you'll get out there and discover it for yourself. You can check out our online infosite for more info Another HUGE thanks... to the Jeeves family of Whangarei, without whose help Spot North would still be sitting on the drawing board. Thank you for sharing our vision. So, enjoy! We'd love to hear what you think about the mag, oh, and when you are out and about.. tell people that you saw them in the first issue of Spot North! Safe travels,



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Lucy Mullinger moved from England to Whangarei with her family when she was four. She grew up in Whangarei and has a local knowledge of all the hot spots. Lucy is a qualified journalist who has written for magazines and newspapers nationwide. During her spare time she enjoys visiting the beautiful Northland coastline.

Lorraine Downes, Former Miss Universe and Authentic Beauty Advocate


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Emma is the “glue” of the Spot North team and keeps things in the studio running smoothly and is also a contributing writer to the magazine. She is a bright wee thing - she holds a Bachelor of Commerce with a triple major! Originally from Warkworth, Emma now resides in Whangarei. PUBLISHER / EDITOR / ART DIRECTOR / DESIGNER





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Northland Paddleboarding Northland offers some of the best paddleboarding in the world. 1700km of beaches, bays, harbours, islands and inlets to explore & world class surf for all levels If you’ve never tried paddleboarding before then now is the perfect time to learn. Fantastic for your fitness, it’s the ideal way to get up close and personal with the stunning Northland scenery. We are New Zealand’s longest running dedicated paddleboarding school and our qualified professional instructors will quickly have you gliding effortlessly across the water. We run a ‘dry’ school - you won’t get wet unless you want to! INDIVIDUAL S , FA M IL IES , PA RT I ES , YO U T H GROUPS (AG E 8 + ), CO R P O R AT E - W E C A N CATER FOR A N Y R EQ U IR E M E N TS . If you’re already an experienced paddleboarder then why not book a cruise or tour - we can take you to those secret spots you’d never discover by yourself. Or why not try our introduction-to-surf course? Whatever your ability level, we can make it as challenging or as easy as you like.

Call us on 09 407 6543 and let’s go paddleboarding! Need a SUP board for your travels? Our Red Air Rental fleet will be the answer to all your prayers. Tough, high performance paddleboards that pack away into a small bag; ideal for cars, campervans, boats, etc. Super easy to inflate and rates from just $21/day (includes adjustable length paddle, pump & leash. Wetsuits available also). We can arrange collection/drop off to suit but prior booking is essential.

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to be continued...

Ben and Caroline’s trip to the North of New Zealand is a two part series. Be sure to catch the next part of their travel story where they head back down the coast, exploring more beautiful places in the North. Included in Part 2: Rawawa Beach, Mangonui (and the famous Mangonui Fish Shop), the Bay of Islands, Ngawha Springs, Waitangi, the Hokianga Harbour, Opononi, Tane Mahuta and then back to Auckland City. Spot North sincerely thank Ben and Caroline for sharing their experience with us all. If you have a journal of your trip in the North you would like to share, contact us!

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The Ultimate Bay of Islands Twin Tour Experience

Don’t compromise! Give yourself the best time and join us for the ultimate tour and cruise experience. Make the most out of Northland! One day is just not enough to see it all! Make it all the way to the top of New Zealand on our Dune Rider – Cape Reinga via Ninety Mile Beach Adventure and explore the Bay of Islands with us on the Discover the Bay – Swim with the Dolphins combined cruise. Enjoy the complete Northland experience with Explore NZ!

Discover the Bay - Swim with the Dolphins

Dune Rider - Cape Reinga via 90 Mile Beach

• Cruise among the 144 islands with skipper’s commentary • Visit the iconic ‘Hole in the Rock’

• Full day trip to Cape Reinga lighthouse, where the two oceans meet

• See the local wildlife with a lifetime dolphin/whale viewing guarantee

• Freshly prepared lunch box included • Drive along Ninety Mile Beach and ride the sand dunes

• Option to swim with the dolphins when conditions allow (additional $30 swim price – payable onboard)

• Entry fee into Gumdiggers Park and tour included

• Enjoy island time at Otehei Bay, Urupukapuka Island (morning cruise only)

• Visit Mangonui Fish Shop (fresh fish and chips optional extra)

• Fully licensed high-speed catamaran with range of drinks and snacks available for purchase

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• Stop at the Ancient Kauri Kingdom • Purpose built off-road vehicle with lots of leg room and comfortable reclining seats

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make the most of your drive up state highway 1 - check out these places that are a little out of the norm and well worth the stop

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1 SKY JUMP / SKY WALK - Sky Tower, Auckland

Set the mood for your road trip and start of on a high! Take a leap of faith and jump off or walk around Auckland’s Sky Tower.

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2 SHEEPWORLD - SH1 4km nth Warkworth Heaps of animals to see here at this farm and nature park. Experience farm life, see a sheep shearing demonstration and pick up some NZ wool products..

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Meet the big cats. Take a guided tour or for a totally mindblowing experience, have a Cheetah Chat or be a keeper for a day!

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3 AHI KAA O TE HANA - SH1 Te Hana Newly opened is this traditional Maori pa and village. Some amazing Maori art in the gallery to be had also. A must for culture seekers.

4 KAIWAKA CHEESE SHOP - SH1 Kaiwaka Yum is all we can say here.. a cheese paradise. Enjoy a cheese tasting. Lots of other specialties here too. Come back through Kaiwaka at night to see the towns fairy lights!

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6 LIVING NATURE - SH1 Kerikeri Discover truly natural beauty products. Made on site, you’ll be captured by the science of nature and these magic smells. Even something for the boys!

8 ANCIENT KAURI KINGDOM - SH1 Awanui The first place to start learning about the NZ Kauri before you set off to see the famous trees throughout the North. Ancient Kauri is 45,000 years old - some good stories to be heard here.

7 MANGONUI FISH SHOP - Beach Rd, Mangonui The North’s top fish and chip spot.. so they’ve said for years. Try some fresh seafood and soak in the stunning views of Mangonui Harbour and Doubtless Bay.

Ph: (09) 406 0478

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1. Ocean Beach, Whangarei Heads - Lupen Grainne 2. (bottom left) Piha, West Coast - Nazar Abbas 3. Ninety Mile Beach, West Coast - Marcus Swan

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1. Muriwai Beach - Alliv Samson 2. Fishing in the North - Ria Verschuren photos/cerfon 3. View of Whangarei Heads - Don Waterhouse 4. Sheepworld - Natalie Davis

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SHARE + WIN !! Got a great photo you'd like to share with other Spot North readers? Send it in to us at: along with your name and contact details. If your pic is published in the Spot North Photo Gallery, you'll be in the draw to win a cool new camera! One camera to be given away every issue. See the Spot North infosite for full terms and conditions.

w w 1. Sunset at Whangarei Heads - Callum Chowns 2. Birdlife at Whangarei Heads - Callum Chowns

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CAFE E U TO P I A Driving down the dip into Kaiwaka, Eutopia Cafe will catch your attention to the left with its fascinating sculptural architecture. Wonder in and their array of organic produce and coffee will tempt your taste buds. Their food caters for many types of dietary requirements making their menu pleasing to the gluten intolerant among us and even vegans. Their extended weekend brunches provide the perfect excuse to mix art with food on your way North. So drop in between 9am and 4pm Saturday through Thursday or between 9am and 5pm on Friday located on the State Highway in Kaiwaka. To contact Cafe Eutopia call 09 431 2999 or email them at

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X THE KA I WA K A C H EE S E S H O P Buffalo Mozerela and Buffalo Yoghurt, Senseo Coffee, even Sheep Cheese?! Yes , just opposite the Eutopia Cafe is the fantastic Kaiwaka Cheese Shop, a unique one-stop-shop of specialty cheeses and a selection of specialty meats as well as a range of other deli foods and other unusual products. So if you are a cheese fiend or an organic devotee, stop in at this local cheese house which specialises in boutique cheeses sourced from around the country and the World with many other organic, deli and wine selections. It is a wonderful place to find something a bit different to take on your journey North or as a gift. To contact the Kaiwaka Cheese Shop call 09 431 2195 or visit their website at


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Following State Highway One north, you will pass through Kaiwaka an arty town by day and a fair ylight lit town by night located an easy 40km north of Warkworth. Though Kaiwaka is rather small, even by New Zealand standards, this blink-and-you’ll-miss-it township is worth keeping a vigil eye out for. From specialty stores to its artistically noteworthy cafe, Kaiwaka is a perfect place to have a break to stretch your legs. Here are a few places to visit.


BUY T H E WAY B O U T I Q U E Buy The Way is a fashion boutique situated in the centre of Kaiwaka. It is a funky store with fabulous hair accessories, jeweller y, bags, a large selection of clothing and great gift ideas. The store is open 7 days a week from 10am to 5pm at 1956 SH1, Kaiwaka. If you would like to contact Bianca at the boutique store you can give her a call on 09 431 2884.

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Enjoy the spectacular sunsets, lulling sound of waves breaking on the beach, white sandy beach and sparkling clear blue waters either swimming, fishing, diving, walking or simply relaxing in our tranquil and secluded setting. Our fully self contained and serviced motel consists of 8 units including a studio, 5 x 1 bedroom and 2 x 2 bedroom units. We also offer a bbq area, spa pool, dinghy and kayaks, fish cleaning benches, fish smoker, boat tractor hire, boat ramp and parking, fishing rod hire, guest laundry, extra freezer space, trampoline to our customers. Reef Lodge is located close to other amenities such as Carrington Golf Course, Karikari Estate Winery and is also a great base for trips to Cape Reinga and surrounding areas. R A NG IP U TA B E A C H | KARIKARI PENINSULA | NORTHLAND 44 Gillies Road, Karikari Peninsula Ph: +64 9 408 7100 Email: Spot North Issue 1 Template.indd 22

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Far North

Websites to explore:

Te Rerenga Wairua Where the Spirits Leap

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Te Rerenga Wairua is the legendary Cape Reinga - 'Reinga' being the name for 'Underworld' in Maori. 'Te Rerenga Wairua' meaning the leaping-off place of spirits. Both refer to the Maori belief that the cape is the point where the spirits of the dead enter the underworld and it's not uncommon to hear tourists report they sensed it to be a very spriitual place while there. To experience the restless dissension of the colliding seas where the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea meet is one of the many attractions of the top of the north. Kaitaia is the northernmost town of New Zealand and has a rich history dating back to days when it was an old gum digging town.

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Inundated with history, culture and adventure, the Far North gives anyone travelling many enjoyable memories. A day here can include everything from exploring the monstrous treasured Kauri trees native to New Zealand, going on a 4x4 adventure, fishing off 90 Mile Beach or kayaking along the beautiful, unspoilt waters.


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The landscapes in the Far North are no short of breathtaking and other must see places are Doubtless Bay, Aupouri Peninsula, Karikari Peninsula and Te Paki sand dunes (which you can surf down!) With the combination of Maori legend, stunning coastlines and adventure, this area is certainly one to be included on your north travel itinerary.

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Cape Reinga Where Oceans Meet & Spirits

Depart for the Underworld By Alison Kirkman

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Cape Reinga lies at the very tip of the Aupouri Peninsula on the northland, approximately 450kms from Auckland. The road to Cape Reinga turns into a dirt track for the last 18kms of the journey and the lighthouse that stands there is not open to the public, though is still one of the most visited places in New Zealand. It is the place where the Tasman Sea and the Pacific Ocean meet. You can actually see their waves crashing together as you take in the breathtaking views across the vast bodies of water. The lighthouse was built in 1941 and was New Zealand's last manned lighthouse with keepers watching over its operation until 1987. It was a two-keeper station - one of the least accessible lighthouse stations in New Zealand when it was built. So much so that a school was also built there in 1951 for the keepers' children to attend. Over time access was improved and by the mid 1960s the school had closed and the lighthouse was attracting more than 200 visitors a day. Nowadays its operation is automated and monitored remotely.

Below and to the east of the lighthouse is Spirits Bay which, according to Maori legend, is where spirits depart. The spirit is said to climb a pohutukawa tree at the edge of a cliff before travelling across the bay and into the after life, back to the Maori homeland of Hawaiki. The whole area feels very spiritual and as a mark of respect, visitors are requested not to eat or drink while walking on the site. There are other points of interest along the way such as the great Kauri forests with trees upwards of 800 years of age and Ninety-Mile Beach where you can try your hand at sandboarding down the giant dunes. You can hike the Cape Reinga walkway, a 53km circular trail taking in a whole range of landforms as well as giving you the opportunity to witness a huge variety of birdlife. There are campsites but you will need to come prepared with everything you need as this is a very remote area. Cape Reinga is one place in the world you should not miss out on visiting. It is truly breathtaking - one of nature's wonders and somewhere you will remember for a very long time.

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The Bay of Islands has achieved worldwide recognition as a top holiday destination and rightfully so. It's your paradise of land and water excitement or a relaxing holiday away from everyday life. The Bay of Islands also plays a large part in New Zealand's heritage. It was the site of the first European settlers and the home of the Treaty House of Waitangi where indigenous Maori signed with Pakeha (European) leaders. The most visited areas are Kerikeri, Opua, Russell, Waitangi and Paihia. What many don't know is that Russell was New Zealand's first capital and a bustling one at that. Nowdays, you will find Russell to be a more relaxed spot which attracts many regular holiday-makers. Those with an artistic flair won't want to miss out Kerikeri with its arts and craft stores, historic buildings and sculptures. There are a number of popular tourist spots in Kerikeri including the Farmers Market with its locally produced specialty goods, local wines, arts and delicious fares. If it is Maori culture you are seeking, this is a great place to start - it's the home of several historic connections for you to explore. Walking north of Russell's main township is Flagstaff Hill where Hone Heke, a Maori leader and the British Colonials faced off over their disputes. Over in Kerikeri you can take a small detour to see New Zealand's earliest permanent settlement including some beautiful historic buildings.

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The adventure seekers can take off on a skydive, parasail, boat tour, overnight kayak trip through the islands or a dolphin experience while those who enjoy their feet firmly on the ground can spend their time amongst the stunning scenery on one of the many bush walks or on a leisurely stroll along the beach front. By the end of the day you can be sure to have a wonderful sleep in one of the hotels, motels and lodges dotted along the coastline or live it up at one of the many bars and restaurants. Whether you want a culture boost, an artistic glimpse, some fun in the water (or soaring over it!) or perhaps a relaxing beach holiday, the Bay of Islands, with all of its 144 islands and bays, will certainly take care of you.

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Kerikeri One trip to Kerikeri uncovered a wealth of talent that will have us return, again and again. by Natalie Davis While browsing the internet for interesting places in Kerikeri, I stumbled across an oasis. There, amongst numerous photos of the well-known Stone Store and Kerikeri Farmers Market was an image that to me, looked more like it was of a resort in Fiji. That was the start of a journey that would put Kerikeri in a new light for me. Our time at Wharepuke was enough to give me the feeling I had been on an overseas vacation. It could be that I was in heaven the second I tasted the food made by Colin at Food at Wharepuke, the restaurant on the grounds. It could have been the serene walk we took through the 5 acres of award winning subtropical gardens. Or perhaps it was the feeling of waking up in

paradise the next morning in our eco-cottage. Without a doubt, I felt a serenity that had been missing from life for a while and I was instantly at peace and rejuvenated. There is more to Wharepuke than meets the eye. The land has been in the same family since 1938 when it was planted with citrus and kiwifruit. Reputably the first land in Kerikeri to be ploughed, it was turned into the beginnings of these grand sub-tropical gardens in 1993 by Robin Booth, a nurseryman and landscape designer. The dream grew and took hold of younger family members and their partners, which eventuated in 1 bedroom, self-contained eco-cottages being built on the grounds to be offered out as accommodation. The entire

set up is a collaboration of talents of the various family members who worked together to build it into what it is today. The cottages are simple, yet comfortably modern and individually decorated by their owners. Special touches are apparent, such as a kitchen bench in one cottage being made from a Kauri log found on the beach some 25 years ago. Handmade prints hang in the bedrooms, made by Mark Graver, husband of Robin’s daughter Tania who both also live on the property and operate an art gallery and a non-toxic printmaking studio at Wharepuke. In the hub of the gardens is an old army barrack, once the Lynfield Hall, which was relocated from Auckland by the army many years

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ago. It acted as a recreation room for the gardens but 3 years ago, a collaboration of another sort took place and the old hall is now home to the award winning restaurant Food at Wharepuke, and Chef Colin Ashton. Colin and his wife Rachel have worked and travelled together extensively with an exciting story to tell – Colin has even cooked on tour with Shania Twain and The Red Hot Chilli Peppers. They moved to Kerikeri from Waiheke Island, where Colin worked as head chef at Passage Rock winery. They were on the hunt for their next new venture and had booked into Wharepuke as a place to stay while they looked around the town at other opportunities. On setting sight on the old army barracks, they saw an opportunity for a renovation and knew they had discovered something special .


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ill go 88 Lodge w r favourite down as ou time B&B of all arlene , - Chris & D USA

A unique accommodation experience, with hosts who excel in creating a friendly home away from home atmosphere. Geoff & Chris have extensive knowledge of the good things in both the Bay of Islands and all Northland. They delight in making sure the very most can be made of this secret part of New Zealand. 88 Lodge is delightful. Accommodation is en-suite for your comfort and privacy. King sized beds and peaceful surroundings ensure the best nights sleep. Then awake to a breakfast created to your personal preference. Sub-tropical gardens surround the Lodge and its swimming pool. Small enough to be intimate and personal but spacious enough for you to feel you are in a wonderland all of your own. Within five minutes drive you will find heritage and shopping, ten quality restaurants and pubs, loads of activities and entertainment. Easy travelling brings you to beaches, coastlines, forests, eight golf courses (including the world famous Kauri Cliffs) plus sports and leisure pursuits for all tastes and ages. Accommodation of this standard is hard to find and even harder to leave. Visit our website at for pictures that will amaze you, information to excite you plus instant booking and confirmation.

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No matter where you’re from or who you are , I don’t know how you could possibly find anything but happiness & pleasure with this establishment & more importantly, Geoff & Chris. - Becky, Montana USA



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So in 2008, they made the move north to create this garden engulfed dining delight. The food Colin creates is nothing short of superb. The menu offers a wide assortment of flavours with many interesting twists and I have to say, the flavours exceeded all my expectations. I can personally recommend the Red Duck Curry. The menu includes many herbs and vegetables grown on the grounds and the produce is always fresh and mostly local. His signature dish is his award winning Kaffir Lime & Lemongrass Panna Cotta. I don’t have a sweet tooth. Well, I didn’t until I tasted that dessert. Pure heaven, yes, I will have one more thanks! Great service and the native surrounds made it all sublime and we will be back, possibly each time we visit Kerikeri.

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Tucked away at the top of the gardens is Art at Wharepuke, a gallery which displays works by NZ and international artists. As an art lover, I was very happy with this discovery and even more ecstatic to find that resident artist and printmaker Mark Graver has his non-toxic print studio on site as well. We had a tour of the studio and a brief introduction to the new methods of printing using many natural solutions and inks which are not harmful to the artist or enviroment. It was something more reminicent of a cooking class than a printmaking studio as Mark explained how solutions made of ingredients like lemon and soy sauce take the place of toxic fumes and burning acids in his studio. This is something available to any visitor to Wharepuke and those with a keen interest in art can even book into a workshop either as part of a group or one-on-one. In June of 2010, Mark was the recipient of the first prize at the Lessedra World Art Print exhibition in Bulgaria. He lectures and teaches extensively, so guests are really in for a treat when they visit his studio.

Last but not least on our travels (actually I spent 3 hours there) we dove into the make up of Living Nature. I’d heard so much about this place and how great their 100% natural skincare products are that I had to visit. If you do nothing else in Kerikeri, you must pick up one of Living Nature’s divine handmade soaps. They turn the humble shower into a pampering session as they smell incredible. All of Living Nature’s nature based products smell amazing and their instore representative is a wealth of knowledge when it comes to what goes into the products and the benefits that these natural ingredients have. The science behind this brand is impressive and they are right up there with the best of them worldwide. In some cases better. Factory tours are also available, as are the heavenly treatments at the Living Nature Spa. Great for going to with a group of girlfriends for an afternoon of pampering. The Living Nature shop is on State Highway 1.

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In the Bay of Islands, you wont catch a glimpse of a dolphin. Swimming alongside them, kayaking amongst them and paddleboarding between them is more the reality of this dolphin paradise. by Emma White

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Horse Trek’n offers 2 hour horse treks in the Waitangi Forest and also private sunset rides to the volcano. Great views of the Pacific Ocean and the Bay. Small groups. Beautiful horses! Bookings are essential. Weight limit of 100kgs applies.

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Making the trip to the Bay of Islands will be well worth your while, especially during the months from April to June when dolphins tend to be the most plentiful. Depending on what you are more interested in (and how cold the water is) there are several options for finding your perfect dolphin experience. Whether you take a kayak tour to get up close to the dolphin pods or have them sandwich you on your paddleboard to keep an eye on you, there are great ways to get close encounters with these exceptional marine creatures. If you want to really rub noses with these underwater delights, take the plunge into the clear waters with a swimming with the dolphins experience. Fortunately the dolphins are largely bountiful in this beautiful area so the chase is not neccessarily a dilemma. However, as with any naturally habitated species, their predictability isn’t

always insync with our human desires. Depending on the water conditions, their mating cycle, young and other factors, there is always the possibility that fewer will surface to play so it is worth staying around for a few days to get the conditions just right for your dolphin encounter. As with most things, it is a matter of being in the right place at the right time. Coastal Kayakers is one of the Bay of Island’s hire and tour outlets. You can hire kayaks independently, join a group for a day tour or do an overnight experience into the waters of the bay. If you have the time, a one or two night tour is well worth it with everything included; all you need to bring is your sense of adventure. Dolphins love being the centre of attention so kayaking, sailing and snorkelling is bound to bring the dolphins out to play which is what this adventure is all about.

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of Northland Paddleboarding, Bill has had more great dolphin sessions than he can remember when paddleboarding. “Dolphins really like paddleboards, they will always come over to check us out, which is great. The usual deal is that you end up paddling along with a dolphin on each side of you, swimming on its side so that they have a good view of you – really magical”.



So if you are game for a new experience, paddleboarding might just be your ticket. At Northland Paddleboarding you can get pro instructions, tips and even go on a cruise with the team to get out and amongst it all. Experience dolphins in their natural habitat while you glide along with your new paddleboarding skills - all going well.

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The Bay of Islands is one of the prime dolphin spotting areas which is why several business have set up to show visitors how exceptional these mammals are. You will likely marvel at the ease of the ‘chase’ in the right conditions. It could be that instead of chasing dolphins, you’ll have them chase after you as their curiosity gets the better of them. They might just be as keen to get amongst your ‘pod’ as you are to theirs. Pic: Bruce Tuten -

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WINE TRAIL Birthplace of New Zealand Wine


COTTLE HILL WINERY If you have a curiosity of, an interest in or a passion for wine, we invite you to visit our boutique winery. We have created a unique range of wines that suit most palates. Come and experience our philosophy. Wine is for everyday and everyone. Enjoy wine, enjoy life. Open: 7 days November thru March 10am-5:30pm. 5 days April thru October 10am-5pm closed Mon & Tues. Closed: Christmas Day and Good Friday Cnr SH1 & Cottle Hill Drive, Kerikeri Phone: 09 407 5203 Email:


MARSDEN ESTATE Vineyard - Winery -Restaurant. Enjoy a wide range of award winning estate grown wines. Experience tranquil alfresco dining over looking the lake and vineyard. We also cater for weddings and private functions. Open: 7 days Sept-June 10am-5pm /July& August 10am-4pm 56 Wiroa Rd, Kerikeri. Phone: 09 407 9398 Email:

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AKE AKE VINEYARD Vineyard - Winery -Restaurant. At our small family run vineyard, we grow and make a range of wine available for tasting at our cellar door or with lunch and dinner in the vineyard restaurant. Enjoy the best of Northland food and wine on our sunny deck or in front of the fire if it’s cooler. Open: Tuesday to Sunday for Lunch, Dinner and wine tastings. Closed Monday & Sunday evening. Easter to November: Wednesday to Sunday, Lunch and Dinner. 165 Waimate North Road, Kerikeri. Phone: 09 407 8230 Email:


PUKEKO VINEYARD Enjoy a tasting at this boutique vineyard with an American Barn Cellar Door. Originally an overgrown kiwifruit block, it was planted in vines by Kel & Chris Mowat and consist of Syrah, Chambourcin, Pinot Gris, Sauv Blanc & Chardonnay. 1609 A State Highway 10, Kerikeri Phone: 09 407 4610 Email:


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FAT PIG VINEYARD Established 2003. Compact, quirky and user-friendly is the best way to describe the Fat Pig Vineyard. The Rustic Cellar door and tasting room is uniquely Kiwi, having been transformed from a half round barn. Grapes grown: Syrah, Sav-Blanc, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris. Other Wines: Rose & Port. Cellar door 7 days 11am to 6pm 177 Puketotara Rd, Kerikeri. Phone: 09 407 3113 Email:



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ALL DAY BREAKFAST MENU Marina Muesli - $9.5 Chef’s creation – Honey roasted muesli with fresh fruit, creamy Greek Yoghurt & milk on the side Fruitful Porridge - $9.5 Porridge with dried fruits served with brown sugar & cream... a great winter warmer Toast Plate - $8 Wholegrain or white toast served with fruit preserve, butter & cream cheese Pancakes - $13 Served with mixed berries, banana & maple syrup Ollie’s Egg - $16 Egg wrap filled with avocado, feta, spinach & topped with seared salmon dressed with lime Eggs Benny - $17 Toasted English muffin layered with spinach, salmon or bacon, topped with two soft poached eggs & dressed with hollandaise sauce Boat Ramp Breakfast - $18 Crispy bacon, eggs, sausage, mushrooms, hash browns with grilled tomato on the side

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LUNCH MENU Soup of the day $11 Seafood Chowder - $14 Our award winning creamy chowder full of mussels, scallops & prawns served with bread Burger of the Bay - $13 A traditional style kiwi burger with tomato relish, beef pattie, bacon, beetroot, egg, cheese, onion, lettuce, tomato & homemade mayo Mussels Fritters - $14 Our special recipe served with salad & spicy salsa Thai Fish Cakes - $16 A trio of spicy fishcakes served with rice, Thai salsa & Asian greens Fish & Chips - $17 Battered fish, chips & a fresh with tomato & Fragreen nklisalad tartare sauces n St Chicken Salad - $16 Marinated chicken pieces served with salad greens, feta cheese & crispy noodles Ploughman’s Platter - $35 (serves two) A selection of breads, Mahoe cheeses, hummus & extra surprises

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Hair stylists Monique Moret and Wati Ruwhiu invite you to their salon to experience true excellence in hair design. With experience spanning over 26 years and four countries under their cutting belts they have chosen to return to the Bay of Islands where their partnership began. Monique, an award winning stylist in NZ and Holland, brings a passion to hair design combined with a need to provide service of the highest standard that has been regarded by her clientele as nothing short of true excellence. Please come and experience us for yourself.

New Marina Building, Baffin Street, Opua | Ph: 09 4025050 Opening Hours: Tuesday to Saturday and late night Thursday Email: | Website:



WATERVIEW ACCOMMODATION Opua Motel is a unique boutique motel, small friendly and welcoming. You’ll feel at home here. The motel is located close to all the amenities of the Bay of Islands and a short walk from the Opua marina and waterfront. Self-contained units are modern, spacious & stylish, studio, one and two bedroom, all with queen beds, kitchen & ensuite. Facilities include guest laundry, wireless internet, BBQ, transport & 11am checkout.

Winter special rates from $85

24 Franklin Street, Opua | Ph: 09 4027632 or mobile 0274481294 Email: | Website:


WHAT GEMSTONE IS ONLY FOUND IN NEW ZEALAND? It’s Ruby Goodletite: a precious gemstone consisting of ruby, sapphire, tourmaline and fuchite. Found 120 years ago in the Westland area, this gem makes because of its rarity and uniqueness, a very special gift. Another organic gemstone is Amber. This fossilized tree resin has been used as jewellery since the stone age. These gemstones we all set in beautifully designed sterling silver jewellery. Along with these jewellery pieces we make necklaces and bracelets from genuine semi-precious gemstones. Take a look at our website for a treasure trove of gift ideas.

Paihia Shopping Mall, Paihia | Ph: 09 4027523 or mobile 02266967035 Email: | Website:


On farm at Naturally Alpacas. THE place to find unique gifts for friends and family. We have alpaca products from fibre & yarns, to finished garments, toys & pottery. Ashford Stockists, plus other fibre related craft supplies, silks, dyes etc. Northland Craft Artists work, photography, ceramics, hats, jewellery, soaps and much more. Located 2kms south of SH10 junction to Kerikeri.

THE Northland Craft & Gift SHOP

State Highway 1, Pakaraka | Open 7 days from 10am to 5pm Ph: 09 4040044 | Email: Websites: |

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Friendly, relaxed, ...yet sophisticated. Enjoy a drink with friends as SALUT, Whangarei’s European-inspired Bar & Brasserie Lunch



Casual Drinks

Alfresco courtyard & private dining room Corporate groups, special occasions & wedding receptions

Bringing vibrant & varied entertainment to Whangarei

69 Bank St • Whangarei • Ph: 09 4308080

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A mere 1 hour 45 minutes drive from Auckland, Whangarei is not your typical main city as it still maintains its small town charm. With a big cafe culture for its size, it's a great place to stop for a coffee, something to eat and take a stroll through town to the quaint marina in the Town Basin. While Whangarei has a good number of retail shops, it's a place where local shop owners prefer to spend their weekends out on the water or at the beach, so you'll find many (but not all) shops will be closed on Sunday. It seems that as soon as the clock strikes 5 on Friday, the locals head to the beach to enjoy living here in the north. Maybe they have their priorities right! There is more to Whangarei than most people realise. There is easy access to many bushwalks and picnic areas by streams or a waterfall - Whangarei Falls. You could be getting up close and personal with the lions at Zion Lion Park, packing your surf board for a ride at Ocean Beach or Patau North or getting ready to sky jump out of a plane, or perhaps fly a plane yourself! Whangarei Heads is a well kept secret sanctuary, a nature lovers playground in itself and a short 30kms up the peninsula from town. Here you will find a marine reserve, many bays and coves to explore, grand mountains to walk up or climb and some Maori history of why the mountains came to be the way they are. If you are need of some relaxation and rejuvenation, this place is ideal.

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With its rolling pasture, quick access to extensive coastline and pristine beaches, fantastic selection of restaurants and bars all within walking distance of each other, this vibrant city is a great place to base yourself from for a couple of nights to explore the stunning surrounds, including "The Heads".

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of paradise. You can't help but enjoy the journey as you travel along the seaside as at each turn is a postcard perfect scene. An eclectic mix of traditional NZ baches and modern homes sprinkle the roadfront creating charming seaside retreats. There are many walks and climbing tracks to really get amongst it by experiencing it all on foot. You'll be captivated by the spectacular scenery and if you stay a few nights, possibly equally so by the friendly locals. Bordered by Whangarei Harbour and the Pacific Ocean, the

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Whangarei Heads peninsula has a delightful series of bays and coves culminating at Ocean Beach, a popular surfers break with a regularly monitored lifeguard station and a great place to take kids, family and friends.

Aubery and Bream Head. It is these three peaks which form the iconic view of Whangarei Heads seen as you travel North over the Brynderwyn Hills on State Highway One.

The major drawcard for the area is the spectacular scenery. Visitors are often awestruck and those from as close as Auckland remark that they never even knew it existed. It has long been something of a hidden gem despite its natural beauty. From its coastline, the land rises to a series of rugged volcanic peaks, featuring Mount Manaia, Mount

The scenery doesn’t stop on top of the land. The Heads also has its own marine reserve with spectacular displays to be seen under the water as well. You can charter a dive boat and head out the the Hen and Chicks, perhaps even get in a spot of the fantastic fishing out this way. Or a more easy going snorkel closer in to shore is bound to please as well. Spot North | 43

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Come for a dive or snorkel! Whangarei Head’s Eastern Coastline and offshore Islands host an awesome variety of dive and snorkel sites. Come and check them out with Oceandiversity Sea Adventures! Dive and snorkel trips can be tailored to your groups’ requests and abilities. Whangarei Heads. Rocky reefs with boulders and pinnacles make for some awesome habitat with an impressive variety of marine life. Hen and Chicken Islands: These stunning offshore islands provide fantastic visibility, up to 25 metres, and a great diversity of dive sites. Sandy bottom meets rocky reef. Surround yourself in fish. Navigate through breath-taking underwater scenery amongst a huge variety of fish and invertebrate life. Whangarei Harbour Marine Reserve – Reotahi Site: Snorkel the shoreline or circumnavigate the island with our experienced crew and you will see a variety of schooling fish and harbour treasures such as seahorses and pipefish. Spy Crayfish in the vertical cracks and see walls of Jewel Anemones like you’ve never seen before. Departing: Marsden Cove Marina (approximately an hour and a half from Auckland) or: Reotahi Bay, Whangarei Heads (30 minutes drive from Whangarei Airport).





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View of Whangarei Heads from Ruakaka Beach

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The beaches to visit that top the list are Ocean Beach, Pataua North and Pataua South. Pataua North is accessible by way of a bridge which is popular with kids for jumping off. Further round is Kauri Mountain with a long, sleek stretch of beach usually next to empty and it’s possible that you could see dolphins playing here in the waves. I have and they were only a couple of metres away from me. Very special. The bays and coves of the Whangarei Heads are well utilised by boats and for water activities. Many moorings can be seen with sailing yachts tied up to them. There is a local kayak hire company for anyone keen to paddle around the bays and check out the boats and the scenery. As for accommodation, you’ll find plenty of options to choose from. Many local houses are holiday homes and available for short term rental via online listing sites. There are also Bed & Breakfasts of varying standards as well as some units and camping sites. One stand-out place to stay also offer a tour service, and if their reputation is anything to go by from reading

their long, long list of positive comments from happy guests, Flutes Accommodation should be top of your list. Each guest comments on what excellent hosts they are. Flutes is a luxury Bed and Breakfast located in McLeod Bay run by Kay and Andy Mears who fell in love with the area a few years ago and now promote the area. At Flutes, you have your choice of a large room with walk-in wardrobe, full bathroom, conservatory and a sun deck complete with million dollar views, your own Pukekos, rabbits and the occasional seagull – or you may prefer the completely self-contained splitlevel apartment which is very modern, sleeps 4 guests, has its own entrance, bathroom and full kitchen for self-catering. Goodness knows why you would want to feed yourself though. Kay is reportedly a superb cook and her homemade chocolates are melt in your mouth delicious. I know... I’ve tried them! When you are ready to check out the local scene, you can head to the Parua Bay Tavern for a drink and a game of pool. At the tavern, you can sit looking out

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over the water either on the sheltered dining with glass balcony, on the deck outside with shade umbrellas or down by the water on a more typical Kiwi picnic bench. Those keen on the horses can have a flutter on the TAB here also. For a bit of local culture, there are several artists in residence in the area including well known artist Douglas Chowns. The Parua Bay Art Gallery is a great place to visit and check out all sorts of artworks from the area and New Zealand in general. So if you want to relax and recharge your energy, tackle a few of walks from the easy to the most challenging, go for a snorkel, hang at the beach or get out on the water, then “head for the Heads�. A very special place that will quite possibly capture a piece Deck at the Parua Bay Tavern

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Flutes nestled below Mt Manaia

Inside one of the rooms at Flutes

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Located at 88 Bank Street, CBD, Whangarei - Phone: (09) 438 8084

The good people at Nectar Cafe didn’t want us to get all fancy like tell everyone how many top awards they have won, how great their coffee is, how cool their people are, how incredibly delicious their food is... They just wanted us to keep it simple. So here goes:

Nectar Cafe. It’s really good. Try it.






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Flutes Luxury Accommodation offers contemporary 4-star rated indulgence at McLeod Bay, Whangarei Heads. Choose either B&B or Self-catering. In the shade of Mt Manaia and with a panoramic waterview over the bay, we are a two minute walk from a licensed cafe. For details visit our website, email us at: or ph (09)4340801

Mark and Julie Nurse warmly invite you to a gallery which we own and operate. We take great care in selecting quality original works from New Zealand artists showcasing glassware, wood, pottery, jewellery and Oamaru Stone sculpture. 143 Te Rongo Road, Parua Bay Open Tuesday to Sunday - 10am to 4.30pm plus public holidays

Welcome to the home of Northland’s Gastro Pub of the Year. Parua Bay Tavern is nestled on the waterfront of the beautiful Whangarei Heads harbour under the majestic Mt Aubrey and Whangarei Headland. With its own jetty and picturesque outlook, the tavern is a favourite for diners, groups, weddings and large functions whether downstairs on the covered dining deck, on the lovely lawn or upstairs in the function area. The Parua Bay Tavern has a wonderful warm ambience and is a great space for young and old.

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Eat, Play, Stay at Whangarei Heads Enjoy our winterless, sub-tropical climate, spectacular scenery - where rugged peaks rise from beautiful coves and bays Eat at cafes and retaurants with water views Walk the walks - there are so many to choose from Stay in accommodation which suits your budget and taste Spot North Issue 1 Template.indd 49

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White Lion sisters “Amafu & Imvula”

“Sabie” one of the male Lions

SPOT NORTH GETS UP CLOSE AND PERSONAL WITH THE BIG CATS OF ZION WILDLIFE PARK. If you're a cat lover in any way, shape or form then get ready to fall head over heels with these special characters. These cats are a family in every sense of the word and spending some time up close with the them and their “cub girl” Megan is all it takes to see how close they are. The white female lions preen and groom each other just like sisters do and the namesake of the park, “Zion" is reminiscent of a one-time rockstar who has had his time in the spotlight and now just wants to chill in the sun. While some of the cats are wild and have come to live at Zion through a need to be protected, others have been bred at the park and hand reared by Megan. They are her babies, yet as close as she gets to them, a level of distance must remain. After all, you can

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“Moya” having a snooze

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No, IT’S NOT THE SET OF NARNIA but it’s just as beautiful - the north’s landscape is an ideal environment for the cats take the cat out of the wild but the visitors and it's just as well. It is easy you can't take the wild out of the to feel so comfortable and affectionate cat! The park is a wonderful way to towards these big cats, that if it wasn't for get close to these incredible creatures. Unlike a typical zoo, where enclosures are distant and the animals often metres away, at Zion Wildlife Gardens you walk through enclosures which feel more like sectioned off forest and you stand just over a metre away. Some cats approach you happily, and their playful characteristics appear to be just like that of the domestic house cat. The way they preen, play with toys and communicate with you makes them seem very tame. But, rules apply while guests walk through the park to protect the cats and

the staff reminding you that they're wild at heart, you might be tempted to get a little too close. The ability to be this close to these animals and feel a connection with them, even for a short time, well - it's something that will stay with you forever. You can do a standard tour of the park or for a truly spectacular experience, Zion Wildlife Park offer visitors a "Cheetah Chat” which literally puts you in with the Cheetahs - something I will never forget and one of the best experiences of my life. These cats are nothing short of amazing and well worth a visit.

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International Cuisine Fresh seafood a speciality, Pizza a tradition Brunch • Lunch • Dinner 7 days a week

Famous for 35 years At the jewel in the Crown of Whangarei The Town Basin Marina overlooking the yachts of the world

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Reserved Whangarei may only be a small city, but as they say... good things come in small packages. If they were talking about these restaurants, then they're probably right.

KILLER PRAWN 26-28 Bank St, CBD Ph: 430 3333 Killer Prawn has an award winning chef and a long standing reputation for excellence. A popular place - dine by the fire. Tempura prawns are delicious! Lunch + Dinner $16 - $36.5

SALUT BAR & BRASSERIE 69 Bank St, CBD Ph: 430 8080 Salut has a reputation for great food, great service and a diverse range of great entertainment from shows to DJs to comedy to musicians. Lunch $20 including free drink | Dinner $26.5 - $33.9

REVA’S ON THE WATERFRONT Town Basin Ph: 438 8969 A prime spot by the water with casual dining overlooking the Town Basin marina. Tops for pizza and seafood their specailty - “See you at Reva’s!” Lunch + Dinner $14 - $37.5

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SPLIT BAR & RESTAURANT 15 Rathbone Street, CBD Ph: 438 0999 A social and popular place in town, Split has a varied menu, is reasonably priced and service is always top notch. Lunch $12.5 - $19 | Dinner $27.5 - $40

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SHIRAZ INDIAN BAR & RESTAURANT 58 Walton St, CBD Ph: 438 3112 The most popular Indian restaurant in town and rightfully so. Their food is fantastic. Indian lovers will not be disappointed and their service is always great too. Lunch $7 - $10 | Dinner $13.9 - $18.9

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VINYL RESTAURANT AND BAR 14 Rust Ave, CBD Ph: 438 8105 A modern, laid back place with a great menu, awesome staff and regular live singers. Good outdoor area. Hit the bar staff up for a cocktail or two! Lunch $17 | Dinner $28 - $33

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TOPSAIL RESTAURANT Beach Rd, Onerahi Ph: 438 3112 Only 7km from town and on route to the magical Whangarei Heads is this wonderful contemporary restaurant. Tour guides list Topsail as one of the “must dos” of Whangarei. Staff are ultra-friendly and the food is of a very high standard. You will want to take your time here. Dinner Wed - Sat only $32 - $38

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jewellery made with passion...

Open 7 Days - Quayside Marina, Town Basin Whangarei - 09 438 2161

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team of experts there to help you get the result you want. They’ve got everything covered whether you are simply wanting to freshen up your look or you’re gearing up for a special event. They specialise in weddings, hair extensions, cosmetic tattooing, lash extensions, advanced skincare, miracle suits and Nancy Ganz (take 10 pounds off!). They even have their own inhouse swimwear specialist to help you select a swimsuit that will do the best for your


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You’re in good hands at Envy on Vine with their expert team of hair stylists, beauty therapists, nail technicians and even a swimwear specialist

figure. They specialise in plus size women and all year curves in all the right places. They can give you a spray tan to go with those new bathers and get you set right down to your little pinky toes, manicured to perfection. Leaders in their field, Envy on Vine often have shows to


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We welcome you to our wonderful haven and invite you to spend time with us in a beautiful, relaxing and friendly atmostphere. Our personalised treatments are designed to pamper and relax you. We take pride in achieving customer satisfaction and are committed to ensuring that you achieve the results you want from your treatments.

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Creative Kiwi Arts & Crafts is both a gift shop & a working studio for artists & crafts people. We offer 100% NZ made arts & crafts including a wide variety of handmade clothing, crafts, carvings, sculpture, jewellery, garden art & a large selection of the finest quality New Zealand yarns, wool & knitting supplies for felters, spinners, knitters & weavers. Our shop is a place where visitors young & old can come to interact with artists & crafts people, watch them at work and to learn about the various crafts. See glass artists, wood turners, painters, illustrators, clay artists, bone carvers, metal sculpture artists, spinners, knitters and more. The mission of Creative Kwi is to insure that these time-honored handcrafts & skills are kept alive & to offer the very finest quality of the most truly innovative New Zealand made arts & crafts. Through our handcrafts & artwork we hope to illustrate all of the natural beauty New Zealand has to offer.

27 Reyburn Street, Whangarei | Ph: 09 438 9899 Email: | Open: HOURS OF OPENING Website:


June Maconaghie and Jan Philpott pride themselves on providing the very best of service and commitment to each and every client. They communicate openly and honestly. Their backgrounds are from finance, administration and marketing and their passion is real estate. They are professionals and will assist you with your property decision so you know you are making the right choice. They want you to have an enjoyable real estate experience. NO PRESSURE - JUST GOOD ADVICE. Bayleys Mackys Real Estate Limited Licensed under the REA Act 2008 June Maconaghie - M: 0274 844 353 | Jan Philpott - M: 0276 850 998 Email: | Email: Freephone 0800 80 20 40 | Website:


Tired of being tired all the time? Sick of not having the body or level of fitness you really want? Iron Evolution is a specialised body and fitness studio with a focus on getting real results for people with little time. Ideal for anyone involved in sports or any type of athletics where strength and endurance is needed at its optimum. Iron Evolution takes an overall approach to physical, mental and nutritional wellbeing. Trainer Terrence Robertson is a certified RKC kettlebell instructor trained in the United States. Terrence will personally design a training programme for you to reach your goals quickly, safely and efficiently. From low impact training through to hardcore style techniques, Iron Evolution will give you the results you want. One off workshop weekends also available on request. Receive your first introductory session free when you say you saw this ad in Spot North magazine!


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COULD IT BE WHANGAREI’S BEST KEPT SECRET? Sure, The Whangarei Golf Club offeres a great round of golf and at only $25.00 for 18 holes and $15.00 for 9 holes, it’s a well priced day out. But there’s more. The club is a function centre with a difference. Located in a beautiful garden setting and perhaps Whangarei’s best kept secret, this function venue canhold up to 350 guests cocktail style and can accommodate seating arrangements for up to 240 guests. An ideal venue for weddings, it is also perfect for corporate functions and company AGMs. In fact, for any function! Book this wonderful vennue for your next celebration. PLUS... FREE VENUE HIRE AVAILABLE! Conditions apply. Please enquire. Email: Whangarei Golf Club (Inc), Denby Crescent, Tikipunga | PO Box 7141, Whangarei | Ph: (09) 437 0775 Spot North Issue 1 Template.indd 60

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West Coast + Kauri Coast

Nature is definitely calling you from the wild West Coast with its pristine harbours, long stretches of roaring beaches and magnificent Kauri forests. Also known as the Kauri Coast, the West Coast is well known for its resident Kauri trees, especially those of the Waipoua Kauri Forest. In fact it is well worth getting a guided tour or drop in at Matakohe's Kauri Museum to learn more about these fantastic native trees and especially do not miss viewing the "God of the Forest" - Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest Kauri tree. If it is the beach you seek, Ripiro Beach, known to local Maori as Ripiro Waka te Haua, is all the beach you need. If you'd rather explore the beach on wheels, it is the longest driveable beach in the country extending over 100km which stretches from Kaipara Harbour right up to Maunganui Bluff. At Ripiro's entrance at Pouto Point you can immerse yourselves in history, legends and stories of around 150 shipwrecks and visit the eeiry Pouto lighthouse. The beach is also a great place to go horse riding, trekking along the beaches and up hills to get spectacular views of the lengthy beach below. For a slightly different experience, one of the popular things to do on the West Coast is go Sand Surfing. There are massive sand dunes to fling yourself down for unbelievable fun!

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The Waitakere Ranges Regional Park includes more than 16,000ha of native rainforest and coastline. It has 250km of walking and tramping tracks which provide access to its beaches, breathtaking vistas, spectacular rocky outcrops, streams, waterfalls and farms overlooking the wild west coast. The smells of the forest alone will bring you home to nature. Whether by foot, wheels, boards or hooves, you can experience the very best of the West Coast of the North.

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West Coast Sand Trail


by Emma White

THE WAITAKERE RANGES ANAWHATA: Serenely secluded away from the main stream of beach goers, Anawhata is a stunning sand oasis. Many journey here for its several short tramping tracks while others prefer to just enjoy the peace and quiet at the beach only accessible by foot. CORNWALLIS: A popular spot for family picnics and leisurely swimming, Cornwallis is a multi-faceted

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beach. A perfect day at Cornwallis could include boating and swimming along the beach, then setting out on a short walk finding the last of Manukau’s wharves to fish off before enjoying an afternoon BBQ. HUIA: Huia Beach is a favourite among the younger generation with a half-size basketball court and half pipe for the skaters. While the playground for both young and old provides the entertainment, the rest of the family can enjoy a coffee at the Huia Beach Store

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and Cafe. KAREKARE: Famous for its feature in the film ‘The Piano’, Karekare Beach is one of Waitakere’s more spectacular sights. The surrounding wilderness provides a peaceful backdrop to this fantastic surf beach noted for its long stretches of black sand. There are walks to take through the native forest. Bring along a magnet to have some fun re-arranging the sand grains!

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MURIWAI: As one of the most popular amongst the West Coast beaches, Muriwai attracts a range of visitors from bird lovers fascinated by the resident gannets, to surfers, horse riders and beach walk fanatics. It is a fantastic place to see some of the finest instances of pillow lava in the world. PIHA: Piha is one of Auckland’s favourite surf beaches, although notorious for its rips. This wild beach is inundated with black sand and surrounded

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by numerous walking tracks suitable for a variety of ages. While Piha is a great swimming spot, it is important to stay between the flags as it can also be one of the more dangerous beaches.


BETHELLS: Another typical black sand beach, Bethells Beach is a great swimming spot with a wide sand escape. Take a stroll over to O’Neill Bay over the Erangi Point headland to the north of the beach and great some great views. WHATIPU: Not a swimmers haven but conservationists dream, Whatipu is owned by the Department of Conservation because of its coastal dunes and wetlands that provides the perfect breeding ground for some of New Zealand’s endangered species.


RIPIRO BEACH: Ripiro Beach is somewhat of an adventure in itself with a 100km long sandy playground great for 4x4 fun, horse riding and even shipwreck exploring around the Pouto Lighthouse. BAYLYS BEACH: For surf lessons, quad adventures and horse experiences, Baylys is a typical West Coast beach with rough seas and often wild conditions. Catch Baylys beach on a good day and you will see just how photogenic it can be.


HOKIANGA: From Hokianga’s North Head dune summit, find a limitless panorama of the coastline and Tasman Sea. Slide down to the Hokianga Harbour guarded by two Taniwha and spot the many sculpture formations and deep canyons that makes this beach one of the more distinct among the West Coast.

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SHIPWRECKS Pictures courtesy of Noel Hill iam

Plundering their own version of pirate’s treasure, anglers can be found dotted along the Kaipara Harbour fishing up Snapper, Kingfish and Kahawai at an amazing rate. But buried miles underneath their feet is a treasure of a different kind. by Lucy Mullinger The Kaipara Coast is the longest shoreline harbour in the Southern Hemisphere, it is also the most dangerous. Underneath the heaving sand-dunes is a ship-wreck graveyard, which some believe hold secrets that could potentially change the history books forever. Over 200 ship-wrecks have been found along the coastline, with 160 of those identified through careful research from supporters of the Dargaville Museum. Local shipwreck historian Noel Hilliam has helped locate many of the wrecks along the coast. He doesn’t leave the house without his trusty metal detector and has spent a lot of money and time on uncovering the harbour’s dark secrets. His most important find is the French corvette L’Alcmene which was wrecked off Ripiro Beach in June 1851. 192 people survived the wreck and were rescued by local Maori, however twelve members of the crew sadly drowned with the ship. The Dargaville Museum now houses the anchor, cannons, bottles of wine and buckles found amongst the wreckage. Hilliam preserves his bigger finds with a chemical tank that he keeps on his property. Without preserving the relics, most will just fall to pieces when they are moved. “If you don’t have the correct preserving techniques, you might as well just leave it on the beach,” he says. The treatment tank is located on his farm only a few kilometres away from the beach and a stones throw from the museum. He currently has an 189-year-old carronade (naval mortar which lobs explosive shells at enemy ships) and an anchor sitting in the treatment tank.

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The carronade was kept in a treatment tank for six years. During the first six months it was allowed to soak in fresh water, in order to soak the salt out, then the water was replaced with sodium hydroxide and a small electric charge was sent through it to protect it from deterioration. Hilliam believes there are wrecks underneath the sand which may predate Abel Tasman arrival in 1642 (supposedly the earliest European to set foot in New Zealand). Over twenty years ago, Hilliam was flying over the harbour when he glimpsed what he believes was a Spanish Caravel wreck. Unfortunately he didn’t have a camera with him, so he drew a picture of what he had seen and sent it off to be identified. He was told it looked a lot like the San Lesmes, a ship which disappeared in the Pacific in 1526. 22 of the 53 crew listed on the caravel came from a Spanish Town called Aranga, the same name as a Northland area in the Kaipara.

“If we can locate the wreck this could change the history books forever,” says Hilliam.

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Although the wreck has not been uncovered yet, Hilliam believes the sand dunes hide a myriad of secrets which he hopes to uncover in his lifetime. If you like the idea of a pirates treasure hidden for centuries underneath heaving sand dunes, a visit to the Kaipara Harbour should satisfy any urge you have ever had to become an archaeologist. Pouto Point can be found at the end of Pouto Road, an hour’s drive from from Dargaville. Take a guide or join a quad adventure to learn more about this mysterious piece of coast, you never know, you might even find your very own piece of New Zealand history on the way. To find out more about the region, call 0800 1 KAURI.

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WELCOME TO DARGAVILLE - HEART OF THE KAURI COAST The team at the Dargaville Information Centre are here to help with your stay. We offer a free reservation service for accommodation, tours and bus bookings, free maps plus much more. We can suggest a selection of things to do or if you have a special interest, tell us and we will try and help you find something you will enjoy. For example: Have a one day wood turning lesson; make a beautiful ancient kauri tea light candle holder; have an art or stain glass lesson; visit the Japanese Park Golf at Maungaturoto; climb Tokatoka - a volcanic peak; take a horse & cart ride on Baylys Beach. There is so much to do here and we would love to help.

4 Murdoch St on State Highway 12, Dargaville | Ph: 09 4398360 Email | Website:


TREASURES FROM THE PAST - ANTIQUES OF THE FUTURE Rick Turner, Master Woodturner, began woodturning over 30 years ago and has enjoyed every minute of his woodturning experiences. He has formed numerous woodturning clubs and has demonstrated his skills in woodturning at clubs and seminars throughout New Zealand as well as in the UK, Canada & Australia. He specialises in works from the wonderful Ancient Kauri with its fantastic colours and grains. From the rich dark browns, the golden fiddleback and the very unusual green coloured Kauri. From hollow pots to wonderful platters and beautiful bowls. Visit Ricks studio to view his works and perhaps acquire a treasure of your own.

4 Murdoch St on State Highway 12, Dargaville | Ph: 09 4394975 Email | Website: Tools and tuition also available.


Kumeu’s organic grocery shop with an instore cafe and salad bar. Serving organic fairtrade ATOMIC coffee and freshly made savory and sweet delights! Lots of delicious gluten free options available!

80 Main Road, Kumeu, Auckland | Ph: 09 4125672 Opening Hours: Mon to Fri 7.30am to 5pm

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Handmade Pottery for everyday use Beautifully distinctive handmade pieces by Gary Smith. Mangawhai Pottery is open most days so drop in if you're passing. You'll see our iconic Blue Fish sign on your right as you're leaving Mangawhai Village on the causeway road to Mangawhai Heads. Open hours: Tuesday to Sunday from 9.30 to 4:30pm including all public holidays

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Wine lovers, divers, surfers and culture lovers, here is your calling! The East Coast is well known for its amazing diving and marine life, its fantastic wineries, its superb surf beaches and its charming towns.

east Coast

Picture this... you are enjoying a fine wine amongst the vines before discovering the original art pieces in a local gallery. You wander the small shops full of crafts, clothes and art before sitting down for a relaxing brunch at a cafe. The water is calling so you head to the crystal clear blue to take a cruise and splash around with the marine life before heading back to chill out at the marina. The next day, you get your 18-holes in at the local golf course. To wind down from your round of golf, you head to the fabulously decorated Matakana cinemas to watch the latest movie or catch a subtitled foreign film before indulging in a delicious meal at the restaurant next door. The East Coast includes some 'wow factor' places and things to do such as Tutukaka and the boat trips on offer out to the world-reknown marine wonderland known as the Poor Knights. Further north you have places which are so beautiful, you'd sware they have been retouched by a clever photographer. Places such as Taipa Bay and Doubtless Bay. Down around the Warkworth area you have some very special towns to explore like Matakana and Snells Beach.

Websites to ex plore:

So, make sure you make it off the State Highway to explore what some people call, the “Real New Zealand� - the gorgeous East Coast.

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T he result o f a n ancient rhyo l i t e

volcanic exp l o s i o n , four million y e a r s ago, these ar e

the islands t h a t time forgot...


P O O R K NIGHTS By Lucy Mullinger

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Although he never gave a reason behind the name, it is said that after a gruelling trip across the seas, the famished Captain Cook looked at the islands and decided they reminded him of an old English dish, the Poor Knights pudding. Cook arrived in 1769 by which time the islands were inhabited by local Maori tribes. Although Cook might have been hungry, the inhabitants of the island were well cared for with an abundance of sea birds, well kept gardens and schools of fish to feast upon. The Ngatiwai tribe lived on Tawhiti Rahi during the summer and Aorangi Island was home to the Ngati Toki people who lived there all year around. In 1820, Chief Tatua left the islands to participa te in a fighting expedition to the Hauraki Gulf. An Aorangi slave named Paha managed to escape and warn an enemy of Tatua, Chief Waikato that the island was unp rotected. Chief Waikato and his warriors made the 320 km journey to the Poor Knights and took over the island, killing most of the inhabitants. On his arrival back to the islands Tatua gathered the survivors and left the island neve r to return. He declared the islands tapu (sacred). The islands ha ve remained uninhabited ever since and in 1981, the ocean surrounding the Poor Knights Islands, off the East Coast of Northland was established as a marine reserve. Flora and fauna thrive on the island due to a condition called "island gigantism". Insects and plants on the island are larger than their mainland relatives and survive for longer thanks to the eradication of mainland pests. Amongst the large leaves, New Zealand's very own prehistoric

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Only 35 minutes boat ride off the stunning Tutukaka Coast... the Poor Knights Islands, a complete marine and nature reserve With an 11 million year old volcanic history, we take you right inside the World’s Largest Sea Cave and through the largest arches in the Southern Hemisphere. The Islands are dramatic and beautiful and the Maori history turbulent and exciting. Whales and dolphins are regular visitors and with over 125 species of fish, it is no wonder this is one of the world’s top ten spots to view wildlife. You don’t have to be a diver to savour the sights as the snorkeling and kayaking is also world class. Stand-up paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, snorkeling or just relaxing, you can immerse yourself in the marine environment as our friendly crew share their stories. You’ll have an easy-entry platform, underwater live-video of the fish, full buffet lunch, towel hire and walk-in showers.

Daily trips, book now on 0800 288 882

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lizard, the tuatara makes it's nest in burr ows along the cliffs. The burrows are home to the Bullers Shearwater, a bird which is endemic to the islands. It returns to the same burrow every year after migrating from the Arctic Circle to breed. The tuatara guards both sets of eggs during the day whilst the Bullers Shearwater is at sea feeding. A relationship of this kind cannot be found anywhere else in the country. The island also boasts one of the biggest underwater caves in the world. Rikoriko Cave is a safe haven for bright coloured sponges and kelp forests along the underwater walls and archways. Squadrons of stingrays can be found patrolling the cave during warmer months alongside turtles, manta rays

and the occasional Humpback Whale. Over 125 species of fish share this environment from the more common snapper through to the tropical rainbow fish. Many of these fish will fall in love with the reserve and settle on the reef permanently. Named one of the top ten diving spots in the world by French diving pioneer Jacques Cousteau, these islands are a wondrous example of how nature can re-establish itself very quickly once the threat of humans and animals are eliminated.

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For more information on how to reach the island visit:

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The design work you see in this magazine was done by Identity Developments. (well... all but 9 pages)

If you like what you see, perhaps we can help you?

Location: Port Road, Whangarei Studio phone: (09) 946 0203 Mobile: 021 222 7087 Email:

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“ W h a t u n g a r o n g a r o te tangata toitu te whenua � w w w. k eap hoto

- People pass on, but land remains

The photography i n th i s s t o r y is courtesy of Kimball Chen, a New Zealand wildlife and nature p h o to g r a p h e r whose work can be f o u n d i n n u m e r o us i n t e r n a ti o n a l p ub l i c a t i o n s . H i s s to c k i m a g e s a n d c a p ti v a t i n g gallery prints a r e a v a i l a b l e a t: Kea Photography

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Oakura Bay & the secret mermaid pool

It’s location is a bit o f a secret... can you fin d i t?

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45 minutes north of Whangarei is a popular holiday destination called Oakura Bay, an east facing beach which is sheltered from ocean swells by several surrounding islands. The beach is a popular destination for Aucklanders escaping for extended vacations of long weekends. It also has a fairly decent number of permanent residents, some of whom commute to Whangarei City or further north for work. The beach is a generous strip of white sand trimmed with

holiday homes and it acts as a gateway to the beautiful Whangaruru Harbour - a boaties paradise with good spots for fishing, diving and collecting shelfish. There are several rock pools and islands which can be accessed from Oakura by foot. Some require you to get a little wet before you'll reach your destination and it's wise to take some sound shoes for walking on the rocks. The walk around to the Mermaid Pool (our

made up name for it as we couldn’t find anyone who knew if it had a given name or not) takes about 15 - 20 minutes depending on your pace. Its location seems to be a well guarded secret however, so for directions you’re best to ask one of the locals you see at the beach. A little exploring around the bays should see you find it before too long and you’ll have all the more fun looking for it. A bit of a tip, it can be very cold even in summer so don’t dip your feet in... just jump!

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” S A L “COO VANS CARA Caravans are a classic part of Kiwi culture. This caravan park offers a very unique style of accommodation at a beachfront location in Oakura. An alternative type of place to stay. Some have been renovated and some are original. Take your pick. (This is the same caravan park as featured in Ben & Caroline’ s trip to NZ on page 9)

For info on how to enquire, visit the Spot North infosite and search for caravans: : w w w . s p o t n o r t h . c o . n z ”

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Frog & Kiwi is the perfect marriage between French and New Zealand cuisine.

Alongside traditional authentic French dishes, you will also find some favourite French

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recipes with a

so popular that it remains unchanged from our very The Seasonal Menu on the other hand, is altered every 3 - 4 weeks, to keep you The Classic Menu is

guessing. Here at The Frog & Kiwi French and New Zealand wines are served only, and we will personally partner the best selection of these with our six course Degustation Menu, so you can just sit back, relax and enjoy your unique food and wine experience. David and Nathalie welcome you, to learn the story of how they came to be in New Zealand and open their restaurant, which is beautifully written in

French and English (of course!) and takes a large place of

importance on the wall. It's worth a visit just for a read!

Open 7 days from 9 - 2:30 then 6 – Late.

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areas of Omaha, Matakana and Leigh. What makes these areas so worth the trip is not only their uniqueness, but the range of activities you can do that really gives New Zealand its rave reviews.

Paradiso Cinema

Matakana Farmers Ma r k e t

Local, fresh produce

Matakana is a fine example of a small town renovation thanks to the artistic vision of one of New Zealand’s leading architects, Noel Lane. With its fantastic historical beginnings from the mid 1800’s thanks to its timber resources, the Matakana area fell into the hands of a local investor who bought on board Noel Lane to help realise his aspirations for the current Matakana Village. Their visions together morphed into the final facelift which built on the historical charm and used it to their advantage creating a somewhat quirky result without being too contemporary. Today when you drive into Matakana Village on a Saturday morning you can take a local blueberry ice-cream down to the river, then stroll through the fantastically organic, fresh produce farmer’s market. Sit down at one of the friendly cafes, wander the small boutique stores then relax at the fabulous art deco cinemas. It’s worth seeing a movie just to see the fantastic interior decorating. The design is entire from the exterior asymmetrical domes to the interior cinemas adopting different themes. Flowing fabric brings an exotic and intimate touch to the Roxy cinema, while the Paradiso cinema looks up to over 30,000 floating paper flowers. The Tivoli is the third cinema which is home to the largest bulb chandelier in Australasia with gold decorations and traditional wall coverings. An artistic dream to say the least (main image). Picking blueberries at a local orchard, tasting wines in one of the exquisite wineries and surfing the stunning beach is what Omaha is all about – the next stop on your Tiki tour. The surfy culture verses the elegance of the vines crawling along the rolling hills gives way to a truly unique off-the-beaten-track experience.

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Loyal to its historic layout with some of the original stores still standing (although restored somewhat), Warkworth encapsulates what a town should. Wrapped in just a few main streets, Warkworth’s town centre hugs the Mahurangi River making it a beautiful riverside retreat close enough to the big city to be accessible, yet far enough away to maintain its peaceful atmosphere.

Venture further and Leigh arrives at your feet. A less centralised town, Leigh is more about heading to what interests you. Goat Island Reserve is a popular spot for locals and tourists as it is a most spectacular marine reserve where you can snorkel, swim, kayak or take a trip in a glass bottom boat to see the colourful marine life. If the music culture interests you, head to the Leigh Sawmill renowned for its live performances, attracting some of the “big names”.

Before journeying further along the State Highway, take a ‘tiki tour’, or scenic route as the Urban Dictionary describes this New Zealand slang term, to the somewhat secluded

So take a turn for the better and veer off the main road and into the vibrant towns and villages of Warkworth and beyond before commencing your northern journey.

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Welcome to Auckland, New Zealand's biggest city. A city which accentuates all aspects of what a great city should be full of beautiful beaches, eclectic food and wine, excellent shopping and an exciting nightlife.

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There is far more to Auckland than its iconic Sky Tower skyscraper. In fact, Sky City is just at the centre of it all. Journey in any direction and you will find the diversity which makes Auckland so unique. From the sunny beaches of Mission Bay, to upmarket Ponsonby and the shop-a-holic's dream in New Market, the centre city has tonnes to offer. If you are after a different perspective of the city, why not lunge off the Sky Tower on a Sky Jump, or walk around the Sky Tower's exterior to get a phenomenal panorama of the city below! If heights don't do it for you then perhaps an exhilarating ride with Auckland Jet Boat Tours will get your adrenalin pumping and give you a different panoramic view, and a thrilling one at that! The list of things to do is endless, whether you take a wine tasting tour, sink your feet into the clear waters at the numerous beaches or go on an adventure bender, Auckland is the hub of it all. With its superb cafe culture, it is worth taking some time out at the waterfront for a cup of coffee while looking out to the boats passing by. Even if you are right in the middle of the big city, there are peaceful escapes along the way. You could escape the hustle and bustle of the big city life by taking a leisurely cruise with Fullers over to Devonport, or to Waiheke Island, one of Auckland's not so hidden treasures.


After a day of sightseeing, adventure seeking and fine dining, put on your good shoes and step out into the lively city to enjoy the best of Auckland's bars and nightlife. Auckland is multi-faceted, giving you the best of many worlds, all in one place.

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WEST AUCKLAND The Topknot Hill winery produces a range of wines including Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Rose and Cabernet/Merlot. Made from 100% Waiheke grapes, Topknot is a great place for wine tasting amongst the other Wild On Waiheke attractions. 86 | Spot North Spot North Indesign file last pages 81 - 104.indd 86

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Kumeu River wines are produced from its predominantly clay roots into high quality wines by its family orientated owners. Their most recognised wine are their Chardonnays which have been internationally acclaimed.

WEST AUCKLAND Family owned for three generations, Soljans winery offers award-winning wines at the cellar door. Using a mix of traditional and modern wine making techniques, Soljans produces richly flavoured wines. With stunning surrounds, this winery is one of the West’s bests!

WAIHEKE ISLAND Open year round, Mudbrick Vineyard and Winery offers a beautiful wine and cuisine experience with their award winning restaurant. Take a tour of the wine tasting room and new Wine Bar. Their views are phenomenal, well worth visiting while on Waiheke.

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Waiheke Island has many wonderful vineyards and wineries and they are all very different. You could quite easily spend a few days visiting them all.

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This vineyard has a huge following of loyal devotees and it is no wonder when you taste their wines. Stonyridge Larose - one of the country’s most popular red wines - is produced at Stonyridge Vineyard with French traditions in mind. Sit in the cafe and take a wine tasting tour while enjoying the views of Waiheke’s rolling hills.

WAIHEKE ISLAND Known for their Bordeaux style cabernet/merlots, the Te Whau vineyard was developed from an abandoned farm on the Te Whau Point into a superb Waikehe winery.

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wine tasting - cafe - winery tours - gift shop Family owned for 3 generations, Soljans stunning winery is located at the gateway to Kumeu Wine Country - Auckland’s heritage wine region. Sample award-winning wines at the cellar door then enjoy exceptional New Zealand cuisine in the highly acclaimed winery cafe.

Summer hours

(1st December-31st March) Monday - Friday 10am-3pm Saturday & Sunday 9am-3pm

Winter hours

(1st April-30th November) Monday to Friday 11am-2.30pm Saturday & Sunday 9am-3pm

366 State Highway 16, PO Box 590 Kumeu, Auckland 0841, New Zealand Ph: +64 9 4125858 - Fax: +64 9 412-5859 -

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When coming to a new city, it can be difficult to decipher which bars are truly popular and which are just well promoted. Spot North sheds the light on three top spots to socialise in Auckland.

Agents&Merchants | Roukai Lane, 50 Customs St East, Britomart, Auckland | Phone (09) 309 5854

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COSH BAR Cosh Bar is a unique Cocktail Concept Bar. The front main bar is a New York style Cocktail bar, Exposed Brick, candlelit with chilled music and low lighting, perfect for that after dinner Cocktail. The side bar is the mirror of the front bar, but is usually reserved for private functions, which then opens up around 11pm to combine to one large area. The back bar is set up like a New York Style loft, with a high ceiling, couch seating, and an amazing view of the Sky Tower. This room is usually reserved for private functions, but becomes open to everyone after 11pm. The bar is called COSH - from COcktail SHots. This is their unique concept, where you can order a large Beaker filled with a cocktail, to then pour out into the shot glasses provided. They also have a photoboard of all the patrons that have hit the Gong. If you hit the Gong, you’ve just bought everyone in the bar a Cocktail Shot at only $3 each. You’ll then get your photo on the board with your name, and the number of shots you bought. How to win friends and influence people!

AGENTS&MERCHANTS 2010 Lewisham Awards Winner: Outstanding Bar, Best New Auckland Venue, Best Wine List & Best Waiter. Guess you’re going the get the best of everything here then! Agents & Merchants offers around the clock dining, with a seasonal lunch menu and a tapas selection available from early evening until very late. A&M's lane bar serves coffee from 7am on weekdays and their wine list contains over 200 carefully selected wines and champagnes from New Zealand and around the world.

COSH | 153 - 155 Ponsonby Rd, Ponsonby, Auckland | Phone: (09) 360 1534 | e:

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The main image in the opening spread of this story is “ Vibrant Waterfront ” by Scott Diamond


“Copyright: Scott Diamond, courtesy of Auckland Festival of Photography ”.

Friday 3 June to Sunday 26 June 2011 Full programme online now



SMITH Something out of the norm... and a little bit plush - smith offers you the finest selection of cocktails - lovingly prepared by David Fletcher and his skillfull cocktail team - not to mention wines, port, and good ice-cold beers, all of which you can even drink outside if you wish, lounging in their luxurious streetside seating. This bar is not the biggest, so prepare for an intimate setting. Oriental rugs cover the floor, there’s a stag’s head mounted on the wood-panelled wall and velvet chaise lounges and armchairs surround dainty coffee tables. Top it off with some ornate golden mirrors and you’ve got some super sexy interior design going on. This place is for the coolest of cool, so if you’re trying to impress, try to look like you’re not trying to!




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Auckland Cruises & Island Tours

Rangitoto Island

Harbour Discovery Cruise

Visit Auckland’s iconic volcano with its unique, rugged lava landscape. Walk to the top for amazing 360 views of the Hauraki Gulf, or hop on the Volcanic Explorer Road Train to get a more in-depth experience of the landscape, with guided commentary.

Waiheke Island Sail away to Waiheke Island and surround yourself with beautiful beaches, vineyards, olive groves, native bush and laid back seaside villages. Just a 45 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland. Hop on a Wine on Waiheke, Taste of Waiheke or Waiheke Explorer tour.

Fullers Harbour Cruise Cruise the sparkling waters of Auckland’s beautiful Waitemata Harbour and learn about the city’s bestloved landmarks with full commentary from our knowledgeable crew. The cruise includes a FREE return trip to Devonport and a brief stopover at Rangitoto Island. Departs daily at 10.30am and 1.30pm.

Devonport Only a 12 minute ferry ride from downtown Auckland, the marine village of Devonport is one of Auckland’s oldest suburbs. With its Victorian villas, pretty beaches and stylish shops, Devonport is a great place to spend a day or afternoon. Ferries depart approximately every half hour.

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Explore the Waitemata Harbour and all its breath-taking spots on the Harbour Discovery Cruise. This unique ‘harbourhopping’ cruise gives you the opportunity to visit several harbour locations all in one day, so you can make the most of your day out. Stops along the way include Torpedo Bay, Rangitoto Island, Motuihe Island and Orakei Wharf. Operates daily from Auckland at 10am, 12pm and 2.30pm.

Tiritiri Matangi Island Escape to a magical island called Tiritiri Matangi - a world renowned bird sanctuary. Experience a close encounter with a cheeky takahe called Greg, and see several indigenous and endangered bird species amongst the lush native bush. Day trips operate from Wednesday to Sunday. Ferry departs Auckland at 9am.

Rotoroa Island Discover an island apart. Recently opened after being closed to the public for 100 years, Rotoroa Island combines a rich social history with beautiful beaches, walking trails, heritage buildings, art, and a state-of-the-art exhibition centre which tells the story of the island’s history. Ferry departs Auckland Tuesday and Sunday. Please visit for more information.

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Auckland’s Supreme Scream Machine Auckland Jet Boat Tours is locally owned and operated. We are New Zealand’s best adventure tour and a must, on your list of things to do in Auckland, Join us at the Viaduct Harbour in the heart of Downtown Auckland for a breathtaking, 35-40minute jet boat tour of the stunning Auckland City Coastline, Waitemata Harbour and Hauraki Gulf. We provide changing rooms, lockers, full length spray jackets. Adventure and lunch packages. T-shirts, caps and photography are available for purchase. Kiwi music played on board. Take your own camera for superb memories. We cater for stag or hen parties, corporate functions and private charters.

Adult $65 | Child $45 | Family $200 | Discounted group rates also available BOOK NOW! (We recommend booking in advance, as availability can be limited)

0508 Ak Jet Boat (0508 255382) Voyager NZ Maritime Museum Viaduct Harbour Corner of Quay & Hobson Streets Downtown Auckland

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THINKING ABOUT LIVING IN THE NORTH? It’s not uncommon for people who have come for a holiday in the North to decide to make a permanent move here. There is something ver y enticing about living here. Lifestyle is what it’s all about - being able



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LIVING IN NORTHLAND Visit www.nor for more infor mation The working lifestyle in the north is definately more laid back than that of our closest big city Auckland. Many choose to combine the two, keeping the commercial benefits of operating in Auckland while spending their down time at a beach house or bach. The commercial opportunities for operating in Northland can also be a pull. Operating costs are considerably lower for items like building leases and staff wages. And slowly, people outside the region are seeing that they too can benefit from utilising people operating with these reduced costs. They can save money too. There is no shortage of excitement either. With numerous social clubs, competitions and activities available to all ages from fishing competitions, local marathons, and all the sports facilities needed for hockey, soccer, swimming, tennis, cricket, rugby and a whole lot more, there is heaps on offer. When it’s time to unwind, many locals disperse into one of the several great restaurants for a night out with friends, then hit the active nightlife with its live gigs and great bars. On the weekends, you’ll see people head off to the beach to take the family for an adventure. There are loads of places right on your doorstep for snorkelling, surfing, skydiving and sailing through to the more relaxing activities like the movies, shopping and cafe fixes. It is the diversity the North offers coupled with its generous environment and culture that makes this area a great place to live. Workwise, organisations like the Northland Chamber of Commerce are ready and available to help you set up in Northland and steer you in the right direction. While offering great value for money in property, providing the education and sporting opportunities for the young, the old and every age in between, the North will welcome you with open arms.

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Whangarei Town Basin Retail and Marina

SOME USEFUL CONTACTS: Tony Collins CEO Northland Chamber of Commerce 1st Floor Syers Hamilton Pool Building 113 Bank Street Whangarei CBD

Peter Gleeson Economic Development Manager Whangarei District Council Whangarei Central Office Forum North Building Rust Ave Whangarei CBD



(09) 438 4771

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“The value you can get for money in Northland is just amazing,” says June Maconaghie, Bayleys Real Estate sales and marketing specialist. When she and her husband sold their North Shore home in Auckland ten years ago, they were thrilled at how much more you got for your money in Whangarei. It seems it’s the same with beach front properties. “I am often being told by buyers that if the property was in Auckland it would be double the price, sometimes even triple. People appreciate what we have to offer here and there is something for everyone.” “The wonderful thing about living

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in Northland is the pace of life. You can’t help relaxing being surrounded by all the beauty nature has provided” June says, “and to top it off we have high quality properties with good design and architectural merit.” June enjoys taking people to areas they have never been. “One of the highlights for many is Ocean Beach and when people can see they can live where they play, it’s a real bonus.”




This has to be one of Whangarei’s most admired and sought after positions enjoying expansive,

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stunning views and sun sets over the Whangarei Harbour. It is so therapeutic watching the everchanging moods of the mountains. Here is a newly completed home which exudes excellence and offers a unique living experience close to the sea.



1 & 3. - 11 Rangikorero Place, McLeod Bay - 2. 2268a Whangarei Heads Road, Taurikura - 4 & 5. 30 Magnolia Ave, Kamo -


This is a wonderful little community - people get out and enjoy the beach with fishing competitions and generally having fun in the sun. What a place to build your home. Frame the ever-changing scenery with magnificent views out the harbour entrance to Bream Tail, while under the craggy profile of Mount Manaia.


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6 & 7. 1254 Pipiwai Road, Ruatangata - www.; 8 & 9. 97b Austin Road, Maunu -; 10. 1868 Whangarei Heads Rd, McLeod Bay - www.

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People do love the peaceful coastal lifestyle of Whangarei Heads.




In one of the most valued locations in Whangarei, this house is in what some consider the best street. With panoramic views over the city this quality three bedroom home has it all. Being less than ten minutes from the CBD, Kamo West is very central. With good schools and several golf clubs nearby, Kamo West has enduring popularity.





Out in the country and yet not so far from Kamo is this family home filled with a warm and friendly ambience. A huge shed and a separate two bedroom cottage give you many options - perhaps a Bed and Breakfast opportunity. This is an exceptional retreat, often sought but seldom found.


Maunu is a premium location sought after for its close proximity to the CBD. It is a family oriented suburb, with excellent schooling and


facilities. This recently completed home is situated in Austin Road and offers modern and contemporary living for the most discerning buyer. The home has been positioned to take advantage of the wide 180 degree expansive panoramic views across the rural farmland and offers security and privacy.


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This superbly crafted grand classic 1930’s American Bungalow style home has a soothing blend of original charm with contemporary refurbishments flowing throughout. Generous interior spaces feature a formal lounge, formal dining, casual living and dining and a master bedroom with ensuite all which open onto the front deck and enjoy expansive water views. A warm timber chef’s kitchen is at the heart of this home with ample storage and generous bench space for those who love entertaining. A self contained guest wing offers total flexibility for large or extended family, a work from home situation, or possibly a business opportunity for home stays.



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THE KIWI BACH There aren’t many of these left. Gradually these iconic examples of the great kiwi lifestyle are being replaced with beach “mansions”. Northland still has more than it’s fair share of Kiwi baches available for purchase. There are dozens of little beach communities based on the Kiwi bach lifestyle hidden away from the main roads. Experience the peace and tranquillity without having to “keep up with the Jones’s”. Bigger isn’t necessarily always best.

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“Waka” is a range of designer tapware inspired by Maori culture. It is designed and made in Northland by New Zealand company Foreno Tapware. It is the first in a collection of tapware being released to showcase NZ’s unique identity to the rest of the world and offer home owners a way to incorporate this beautiful culture into their home interiors - a special way to remember a journey. Unique also in the way it operates, Waka tapware has exposed internal spouting, the shape being representative of a Waka Maori war canoe. The water travels down the open spout in a weaving motion, symbolic of the waters of our land as it travels down mountain streams, till it joins the water of the ocean. Spot North Indesign file last pages 81 - 104.indd 103 4/27/2011 7:10:40 PM



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