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Rangi Point Club Trip
Labour Day weekend. October 2011. Club trip to Rangi Point on the Hokiangi Harbour, Northland.

Club Trip to Rangi Point on the Hokianga Harbour, Northland.

Labour Day Weekend 22 - 24 October 2011

Sunrise on our beach front camp site just in front of the Comunity center in Waitapu, on the nothern shore of the Hokianga Harbour

A chance came up when talking to a work mate when he said he originally lived on Rangi Point.

Several times I have driven through Opononi and gazed longingly across the Hokianga Harbour at the big dunes and thinking how great it would be to visit the area.

Saying that we could stay at the community centre next to the old school house I could not pass up the opportunity to visit. I organised a club trip for Labour Day weekend 2011. This was also the same weekend of the Rugby World Cup final which deterred many people from attending. So we had a small group of 8 people over the three days.

Luckily the weather turned out excellent but a little cool at night and the tides perfect, allowing us full access around the beach front during all three days we were there. We camped on the water’s edge in front of the community centre just about 30 feet from the high water mark, giving us the sound of waves lapping gently on the sand at night.

Looking out to the harbour mouth from Rangi Point

Very soft sand just below the high water line around Rangi Point

Over the three days we explored the beach front, and throughout the forest between the camp and Mitimiti to the north. Driving the beach around Rangi Point, North Head, the Whatanui Rocks and northwards to Mitimiti with the sea on one side and the massive sand dunes and sand stone formations of Te Pouahi on the other. The photos will never do the views justice.

As far as the 4WDing goes it was very easy, we drove around the well maintained forest tracks looking to see what challenges we could find and taking in the beauty of the area. Poking our noses into as many tracks as possible to see what was on offer, only to be stopped on a few tracks including access to the top of Rangitira by fallen trees.

Linton on the rock ledge which must be negotiated on the south western
most point opposite South Head

Alan just driving off the rock ledge heading north.
Fishermen in the background standing on the rocks at North Head

Typicial tracks through the forest with Toetoe reclaiming any clearing it can.
The tracks in the forest are very easy and can be driven in two wheel drive when dry.

The very pleasant evenings where spent sampling (large quantities) of the great wine produced by club member Linton at his parent’s vineyard called Westbrook just north of Auckland.

You know when you are in the heartland of New Zealand because while we were back at camp one evening sampling wine (guzzling wine) a local just returning from fishing along the beach stopped without warning  and gave us three big fat fresh mullet to eat, now… I normally just use mullet for bait while fishing, not any more, they make great eating yum yum.

The one great thing I love about having a four wheel drive is the opportunities it opens up to visit some amazing places in the back country of this great country.

There is more I could tell you about this great weekend, including how we watched the Springbok play the Aussie’s in the semi finals on TV while sitting on the beach with the waves breaking on the shore just yards from us….. but I won’t because you really need to get out there and experience it for yourself!

Alan Hejl

Driving out to the sand stone bluff nestled between
Waipuna Creek and the Waipapa Stream

Looking North along the West coast towards Mitimiti

Great natural sculptures in the soft sand stone
rock overlooking the west coast

Looking south from the sand stone bluffs towards the mouth of the Hokianga Harbour

The community House at Waitapu avaliable for rent.
We camped just in front of it on the beach (with permission)

The original School house at Waitapu

Looking south towards Opononi on the far shore and
Rangitira summit at 202 mitres high, viewed from the quarry.

We were unable to get to the summit due to several fallen trees
accross the track and no easy way around them.

A map showing our route around the beach front and through the forest.
Click on it for a larger view.

Rangi Point. With Opononi just behind my Safari and the harbour mouth around the end of the sand dune point on the right.

All Photos the property of Linton Ivicevich and Alan Hejl

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