Northland region

Coastline, Pouto, Kaipara Heads. Photo: Lisa Forester.

Coastline, Pouto, Kaipara Heads

Map showing Northland region.

Known for its extensive dune systems, the Pouto Peninsula also includes vast areas of wetlands and bush. It's also home to several threatened species, including the New Zealand dotterel.  

Pouto’s unique ecosystem, however, is extremely vulnerable, and visitors must tread with care to protect it’s delicate balance.


The Pouto Peninsula is located at the entrance of the Kaipara Harbour, south of Dargaville on the west coast of Northland.

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Kauri trees

Stop the spread of didymo
Check, Clean, Dry
all items before entering, and when moving between, waterways.


Follow the Outdoor Safety Code:
1. Plan your trip
2. Tell someone
3. Be aware of the weather
4. Know your limits
5. Take sufficient supplies

Alerts for Northland places

Tips for driving on unsealed roads


Te Tai Kauri / Kauri Coast Office
Phone:      +64 9 439 3450
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