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Kai-Iwi Lakes/Upper West Coast

Just north of Dargaville is the Kai-iwi lakes; fresh, clear waters edged with white sand, pine forests, and a waist deep bank for begin- ners! Out on the coast, sandy beaches stretch north provid- ing good wavesailing for the experienced only, and on the way to the Hokianga is the Waipoua Forest home to some of the largest Kauri trees in New Zealand.

Dial-a-forecast: 0900 999 05 / 0900 499 23
Info Centre: Normanby St, Dargaville. Ph 09 439 8360
Closest Shop: In Whangarei.


Wave sailing
10 minutes north of Dargaville. You can drive the car right onto the beach - but beware of soft spots.
Suits: Wavesailing. Experienced.
Wind: NW,W is best.
Water: Best in less than 1.5 metre waves. Can get very rough.
Watch: Mean rips. If waves are 2 metres or over - do not attempt to go out as conditions become too dangerous.
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SlalomRace boardLearnerRiggingCamping
30 minutes drive north of Dargaville, take the signposted turn off through the forest. A 15 minute drive along the gravel road takes you to the best of the lakes for windsurfing. Camp ground and toilets right on the lake front.
Suits: Slalom. Beginners........
Wind: Anything from the W is good. SW is best and strongest.
Water: Flat and shallow around the lake.
Watch: -
In Detail: 3 hr drive from Auckland. 2 caravan parks with basic facilities, may pay to book ahead in peak summer season (Hobson County Council in Dargaville). Camping is less of a problem. Three lakes, suit all abilities, numerous launch sites off white sandy beaches. Close to sea so gets sea breezes. Nice place to visit ("sparkling jewels of the north").


SlalomRace boardLearnerRiggingCamping
1.45 hours drive from Dargaville up through the Waipoua Forest along Highway 12, Opononi is at the entrance of the Hokianga Harbour. There are camping facilities and plenty of parking and rigging areas by the beach.
Suits: Slalom, longboard. Beginners......
Wind: SW-W winds funnel up the harbour
Water: Flat
Watch: The outgoing tide, it gets very strong.
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