Ahipara (A11)

Ahipara, Shipwreck Bay, and the walk to Ahipara Dunes.  At Shipwreck Bay you can still see a bit of the Shipwreck of the “Favourite”, as well as a rock-mounted plaque in honor of the Favourite shipwreck. Kaitaia, New Zealand.

GPS: -35.179616 173.120662

Here’s a great link to a webpage about the 1870 shipwreck of the Favourite: http://www.donhammondimage.co.nz/SHIPWRECK-Pages/FAVOURITEsite.htm

Ahipara Overview

Ahipara Overview

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Ahipara dunes route

Ahipara dunes route

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Ahipara and Shipwreck Bay as seen from the Ahipara Lookout

Ahipara and Shipwreck Bay as seen from the Ahipara Lookout

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The super-rugged route to the overlook. Best to park and just walk out.

The super-rugged route to the overlook. Best to park and just walk out.

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Te southern end of Ninety-Mile Beach as seen from the Ahipara Lookout

Te southern end of Ninety-Mile Beach as seen from the Ahipara Lookout

The southern end of Ninety-Mile Beach as seen from the Ahipara Lookout.

Shipwreck Bay campground

Shipwreck Bay campground

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Shipwreck Bay as seen from the access road

Shipwreck Bay as seen from the access road

Note the metal shipwreck sticking out of the water at the far far right of the photo.  This is all that’s left of the shipwreck of the Favourite, except for a square hunk hidden underwater next to the paddle shaft.

The wreck/remains of the "Favourite"

The wreck/remains of the “Favourite”

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Shipwreck Favourite close-up (2011)

Shipwreck Favourite close-up (2011)

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The boiler of the shipwreck Favourite at Shipwreck Bay Ahipara. At the lowest tides this wreckage is above the water.

The boiler of the shipwreck Favourite at Shipwreck Bay Ahipara. At the lowest tides this wreckage is above the water.

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Another view of the Favourite's paddle axel sticking up out of the surf at Shipwreck Bay

Another view of the Favourite’s paddle axel sticking up out of the surf at Shipwreck Bay

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Memorial plaque for the Favourite shipwreck. This plaque is on a rock to the right of the entrance onto the sand of Shipwreck Bay.

Memorial plaque for the Favourite shipwreck. This plaque is on a rock to the right of the entrance onto the sand of Shipwreck Bay.

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The Ahipara dunes as seen from the low-tide beach walk---about 4km from Shipwreck Bay

The Ahipara dunes as seen from the low-tide beach walk—about 4km from Shipwreck Bay

The Ahipara dunes as seen from the low-tide beach walk—about 4km from Shipwreck Bay

Bits of ancient Kauri gum and desicate Kauri wood...all sprinkled about atop the dunes

Bits of ancient Kauri gum and desicate Kauri wood…all sprinkled about atop the dunes

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Tent camping atop the Ahipara dunes......ahhhhh, nice!

Tent camping atop the Ahipara dunes……ahhhhh, nice!

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