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Topstay (formerly Houhora Lodge)
Your Northland Hideaway

Te Werehi Beach, Northland, NZ

Far North Activities

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This truly subtropical slim finger of New Zealand is only 10km wide in parts so there are three magnificent untrammeled coastlines to explore within easy commuting distance. Experience the wild west coast, the calmer east coast with its two harbours (Parengarenga and Houhora), and the mystical North at Cape Reinga and Spirits Bay.

Great Exhibition Bay

Great Exhibition Bay – Parengarenga Harbour

A remote dream location with no public access. The only way to visit this pristine, deserted area is by hiring a local guide and explore the remarkable Great Exhibition Bay on quad bike, horseback or 4WD. 

This vast wonderland of white silica sand is truly one of New Zealand's best kept secrets. Kilometers of turquoise surf rolling onto the purest, whitest, cleanest sand imaginable, and no one else is there! Claimed to be the purest deposit of silica sand in the world. View the godwits and dotterals, collect shells, have a swim or simply be awestruck with the natural wonder that surrounds you.


NZ Dotterell

       Sightseeing & Nature
There are well marked hiking trails for the keen hiker or simply stroll along the unspoiled beaches of Henderson Bay, Rarawa Beach, Spirits Bay or Te Werehi, collecting shells as you go. Observe the amazing variety of sea, sand and land birds or maybe even catch a glimpse of dolphins in the surf. See the wild horses in the forest or on 90 Mile Beach
    Kauri tree
NZ sea shells There are about 2500 species of sea shells known from NZ waters, most of them found nowhere else in the world.
Active Sports
An easy stroll from the Lodge takes you to Houhora Bowling green or the tennis courts, and a few minutes by car just north of Pukenui is New Zealands northernmost golf course.

Four renowned surf beaches (Ahipara, Rarawa Beach, Henderson Bay and Spirits Bay) located on 3 coasts ensure great odds of catching that good wave. Borrow our sand toboggans and slide down the sand dunes at Te Paki Stream, Horse riding in the Te Aupouri Forest, 90 Mile Beach or the white silica sands of Great Exhibition Bay.

Take a walk in the forest with Jacqui and Max where you may view the wild horses while Max hunts rabbits and possums. Borrow our Kayaks and paddle around the Houhora Harbour, tow a hand line and catch a fish for dinner.

Far North - Surfing, Horse Riding, Te Paki Sand Dunes

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Topstay (formerly Houhora Lodge) Bed & Breakfast 3994 Far North Road RD4 Kaitaia Northland New Zealand
Phone 64 9 409 7884 Mobile 021 139 3662 Fax 64 09 409 7801


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