The Sand Dunes at the North Head


Photo: Sand dunes in Rangi Point, seen from the South shore of the Hokianga Harbour

In Rangi Point is the northern part of the Hokianga Heads.  The sand dunes of that area are very well known to locals and tourists. They are much admired and frequently visited by locals and tourist.  Access can be gained from the South side by boat across the Hokianga Harbour with the Hokianga Express leaving from the wharf in Opononi, and also on land from Mitimiti (15 km drive along beach).
It was at Totara Point where the first Catholic Mass was held in 1838.


Photo: Tourist sitting on a hard bit of sand in sand dunes

It is incredible to se what nature can do with a bit of sand....  and time.  
There is such a wealth of natures creation to be seen in the different formation in the sand dunes.

Spiritually significant to local Maori, the North Head Dunes are natural wonder. The area contains an array of interesting features, from sacred areas that visitors are asked to respect, to huge sand sculptures and massive sand canyons. 
A gallery of natural erosion, a world of shifting sands, wind scarred bluffs and delicate  temporary overhangs. 

Photo:  One of the amazing sculptures

 

 

From the summit of the dunes is a limitless vision of the coast line and the Tasman Sea. It is in its own unique way it is also one of New Zealandís spectacular and memorable landscapes.


Many sculptures show an incredible shape and one expects Laurence of Arabia just riding over the hills

In the back towards the Tasman Sea are deep canyons.  Just do not stand right on the edge, they can breake off and you will never be seen again, burried under a mass of dirt.

© Wairere Boulders

 


Sand Dunes


Horses in dunes
 

Kohukohu


Chapel at Mangungu


Hokianga Sunset

 


Sand Dunes


Horses in dunes
 

Kohukohu


Chapel at Mangungu


Hokianga Sunset