Kai Iwi Lakes are just 2 minutes' drive up and down the road, or a short 3 minute walk can take you to the water's edge.

Kai Iwi Lakes are renowned for their crystal clear fresh water, beautiful for swimming, water skiing, windsurfing, sailing, kayaking and everything else that goes with water.

These lakes can be walked around in approximately 1 - 2 hours at a leisurely pace. There are pockets of white sand dotted around for relaxing and picnicing.

The lakes are situated in Taharoa Domain, a 538 hectare reserve. Approximately 32 kms from Dargaville, Northland.

The sun in Northland can be fierce, so the use of sunblock is always recommended.

Also, because New Zealand consists of two narrow islands, the weather can prove unpredictable, and Northland more so. A light rain jacket is always handy. These can be supplied.

Horse rides / treks are available by prior arrangement. Times and cost negotiable.


As we are on the tourist/scenic route there is much of traditional New Zealand to be seen. The Matakohe Museum is a must for those interested in Northland's young history, the biggest Kauri/gum display in New Zealand. Some truly amazing, beautifully crafted gum sculptures and furniture made from the Kauri tree are on display. Also, the actual machinery those very hardy men of that bygone era worked. There is also a cafe next door and an interesting old cemetery.

Waipoua Forest is ½ an hour's drive from us. This forest hosts the largest Kauri trees in the world: Tane Mahuta (god of the forest) and Te Matua Ngahere. Both are surrounded by the beautiful native tree ferns and birdlife of New Zealand forests. There are many well-marked walks ranging from 10 minutes to hours of trekking. You can also find a clear, breathtakingly fresh, water hole near the forest headquarters for those who wish to take a dip.

Trounson Kauri Park

Trounson Kauri Park is probably a better, though smaller, example of our native forest. It is an easy 1/2 hour trek around it all and it is situated approximately 35 kms from us.

Baylys Beach

Baylys Beach has a wide sandy foreshore enabling vehicles as well as foot traffic and is approximately 10 minutes by 4 wheel drive vehicle, or 20 minutes walking overland from us. Surfcast fishing can be good, but is weather dependant as this is the windy west coast. It is a stiff 5 hour return walk to the Maunganui Bluff that stands approximately 1500 feet and is a feast of visual delights for those fit and keen enough. Rock mussels are available for harvest in good weather and suitable tides. Good footwear is a must to enjoy this trek.

357 Kai Iwi Lakes Road, RD 3, Dargaville, New Zealand - Telephone: +64 9 439 7282 - Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.