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Tinopai is located in Northland Region
Coordinates: 36°15′18″S 174°14′55″E / 36.25500°S 174.24861°E / -36.25500; 174.24861Coordinates: 36°15′18″S 174°14′55″E / 36.25500°S 174.24861°E / -36.25500; 174.24861
Country New Zealand
Region Northland Region
District Kaipara District
 • Total 400

Tinopai is a settlement on the Komiti Bay, part of the Hukatere Peninsula in the northern Kaipara Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. The Otamatea River flows from the north east past Tinopai and into the harbour. Matakohe is 23 km (14 mi) to the north.[1][2]

It is now a quiet backwater.[3] The population is approximately 400, but expands to 1000 during the summer holiday season.[4]

The Hukatere Scenic Reserve is on the road to Matakohe[5] and contains a bush walk with mature kauri trees, to the north of Tinopai.[6]


The original settlement was called Te Komiti, which was a regular stopping point for Māori travellers on the Kaipara. A large raupo church, capable of holding several hundred people, was built here in 1852.[7] The Komiti Fruitlands Development Association bought 3,255 acres (13.17 km2) in 1915 to grow fruit, particularly apples, and built a wharf in 1917 from which to ship them. They renamed the area "Tinopai Fruitlands" in 1918. Apple growing finished in the mid-1930s due to the Great Depression and poor management.[8]


Tinopai School is a coeducational full primary (years 1-8) school with a decile rating of 1 and a roll of 27.[9] The school opened on 13 September 1916.[10]


  1. ^ Peter Dowling (editor) (2004). Reed New Zealand Atlas. Reed Books. pp. map 10. ISBN 0-7900-0952-8. 
  2. ^ Roger Smith, GeographX (2005). The Geographic Atlas of New Zealand. Robbie Burton. pp. map 30. ISBN 1-877333-20-4. 
  3. ^ "Upper Kaipara Harbour". Te Ara: The Encyclopedia of New Zealand. 
  4. ^ "Tinopai". Kauri Coast Information Centre. 
  5. ^ "Tinopahi Travel Guide". Jasons Travel Media. 
  6. ^ "Hukatere Scenic Reserve". Kauri Coast Information Centre. 
  7. ^ Byrne, Brian (2002). The Unknown Kaipara. p. 189. ISBN 0-473-08831-2. 
  8. ^ Ryburn, Wayne (1999). Tall Spars, Steamers & Gum. pp. 156–7. ISBN 0-473-06176-7. 
  9. ^ "Te Kete Ipurangi - Tinopai School". Ministry of Education. 
  10. ^ "The history of Tinopai School". Tinopai School. 

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