Karikari Peninsula

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Karikari Peninsula is located in Northland Region
Karikari Peninsula
Karikari Peninsula
Rangaunu harbour and Rangiputa settlement

The Karikari Peninsula is a right-angled land mass of two relatively distinct parts. The rocky northern part, which has an east-west orientation and is approximately 17 km long, was originally an island.[1] It is connected to the rest of the Northland Region of New Zealand by a low sandy strip approximately 11 km long, which has a north-south orientation.[2] Rangaunu Harbour is to the west and Doubtless Bay is to the southeast. The Moturoa Islands are to the north.[3][4] The spiritually significant Puwheke sits high above the north-facing beaches.[5]

The local iwi are Ngāti Kahu.[6] In Māori mythology, the waka Waipapa, captained by Kaiwhetu and Wairere, made its first landing in New Zealand at Karikari.[7]

Grapes are grown on the northern side of Karikari.[1]

The two largest settlements are Whatuwhiwhi, which is situated the south side of the north-eastern part of the peninsula and nearby Tokerau Beach, which lies at the northern end of the eastern side of the sandy strip. Matai Bay on the northeast coast and Rangiputa on the west coast are popular tourist destinations.[8] Coordinates: 34°51′0″S 173°25′0″E / 34.85000°S 173.41667°E / -34.85000; 173.41667

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Matai Bay
  1. ^ a b "Mangonui and district". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  2. ^ Parkes, W. F. (c. 1965). The Visitors' Guide to the Far North - Mangonui County (3rd edition ed.). p. 26. 
  3. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 3. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  4. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 17. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  5. ^ "Puwheke". Retrieved 24 November 2011. 
  6. ^ "Ngāti Kurī, Ngāi Takoto, Te Pātū and Ngāti Kahu". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  7. ^ "Canoe traditions - Other northern canoes". Te Ara Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  8. ^ "All about the Doubtless Bay area". Doubtless Bay Promotion Inc.