'Points' of Interest.
Kauri Point: fishing, boating, easy and medium bushwalks and pohutukawas

Te Kauri Village was planned late in the 1800s. The street names tell the story; Victoria, Stanley, Kyber Pass. Today the village is made up of about one hundred dwellings nestled on the pohutukawa fringed peninsula. It's the sort of village where you know all the dogs by name even if you don't know the owners, and kids can still 'Trick or Treat' in safety.

Some days you get woken by big surf crashing on the seaward shore of Matakana Island, other days it's the whirr of a helicopter as it skims the shelter belts on another spray run.

Kauri Point has a long association with horticulture, particularly avocados, but it is probably best known for the Kauri Point jetty which juts out into the deep water of the northern Tauranga Harbour. There are plenty of fish to be caught here, including good size kingies, and it is a rare day when the favourite possies are deserted. Pods of orca are regular visitors.

The bush walks are a treat, and afford excellent views of the three easily accessible pa sites. Low tide walks around the foreshore are a must, and provide a view of some 1970s (and more recent) rock art. There's beach access at high tide for boaties with a tinny and a four wheel drive; and safe swimming areas for the youngsters.

To get to Kauri Point travel north out of Katikati for three kilometres, turn right onto Kauri Point Road. At the T intersection turn right to travel down to the shoreline and the jetty.

All photos: Kit Wilson & Sue Baker Wilson