Hato Hemi, the Church in Mitimiti
The church is named Hato Hemi (St. James). It is Catholic and is the only church in New Zealand which is built on marae land.
Mitimiti BeachesMitimiti has one of the most remote beaches you can find on this planet. If you want to forget the rest of the world, this is the place to be.
These Beaches are at the same time wild, violent, thundering rough and calm, cool, peaceful relaxing. You can drive with your car along these beaches. If you go North, you will get close to Pawarenga. If you go South, you arrive at the North head of the Hokianga Harbour entrance. Be aware the speed limit is 100 km/h, as these beaches are officially a public road, and you can get fined for speeding. And make sure you travel at low tide.
The Warawara Forest
The forest covers an area of 12,376 acres of native bush with some very rugged hill country that has been saved because it is virtually inaccessible. In 1913 the Royal Commission recommended it should be set aside as a reserve. It is one of the largest kauri stands in the country. The Warawara was one of the areas where Kauri trees were tapped for gum. Whina Cooper referred to the Warawara in on of her speeches as “Te waima o te iwi o te Rarawa.” “The living spiritual being of the te Rarawa people.”
The forest is easily accessible via two main trails. One though the Golden Stairs from Pawarenga south to the headlands of Whangape Harbour. The other is a 20 km track from Mitimiti through the Warawara to Pawarenga. You will experience flora and fauna and the natural beauty of the untouched land. You could either walk the track or take a guided horse trek.