Mahia Peninsula (I10)

Mahia Peninsula, birthplace of Moko the famous friendly dolphin. Also Mangaone Cave and Morere Hot Springs, New Zealand.

GPS: -39.085669 177.872291

Mahia Overview

Mahia Overview

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Campers love Mahia Beach! Authors love bikinis hahahaha

Campers love Mahia Beach! Authors love bikinis hahahaha

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Looking south from Mokotahi Hill, Mahia.

Looking south from Mokotahi Hill, Mahia.

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The view of Mahia town and campground from the Mokotahi Hill track.

The view of Mahia town and campground from the Mokotahi Hill track.

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Moko the Dolphin memorial at far south end of Mahia Beach

Moko the Dolphin memorial at far south end of Mahia Beach

Article in NZ Herald about the Moko Memorial: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/hawkes-bay-today/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503462&objectid=11044438

Sweet Moko photo on the side of the Moko memorial.

Sweet Moko photo on the side of the Moko memorial.

Close-up of Moko Memorial plaque

Close-up of Moko Memorial plaque

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A drive along Mahia’s East Coast Road shouldn’t be missed!

The white sandstone rocks on the Eastside road at Mahia are definitely wworth the drive.

The white sandstone rocks on the Eastside road at Mahia are definitely wworth the drive.

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Whiite sandstone on Mahia's East Coast.

Whiite sandstone on Mahia’s East Coast.

Patterned tidal shelves at East Mahia.

Patterned tidal shelves at East Mahia.

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In the hills past Mahia Beach you’ll find a little-used loop track thru unique virgin forest.  Mahia Peninsula Scenic Reserve:

Old sign-map at Mahia Peninsula Scenic Preserve. This is the one-hour bush loop track, up the gravel road about 7km from Mahia Beach.

Old sign-map at Mahia Peninsula Scenic Preserve. This is the one-hour bush loop track, up the gravel road about 7km from Mahia Beach.

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Start of Mahia Reserve loop track

Start of Mahia Reserve loop track

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Along Mahia Reserve loop

Along Mahia Reserve loop

Along Mahia Reserve loop.

Along Mahia Reserve loop.

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Tree IDs along Mahia Reserve loop track

Tree IDs along Mahia Reserve loop track

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The Morere Hot Springs just north of Mahia Peninsula:

Morere Hot Pool, promotional photo

Morere Hot Pool, promotional photo

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Morere Hot Pools in 1897, from Tairawhiti Museum

Morere Hot Pools in 1897, from Tairawhiti Museum

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No worries at the Nikau Pools

No worries at the Nikau Pools

Nikau Pools

Nikau Pools

Nikau Pools complex at Morere

Nikau Pools complex at Morere

The Mangaone Cave is located up a road from near Morere Hot Springs.

Carpark signage and info for Mangaone cave.

Carpark signage and info for Mangaone cave.

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Sign for Mangaone cave at the entrance of the cave.

Sign for Mangaone cave at the entrance of the cave.

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Entrance stairway into Mangaone Cave.

Entrance stairway into Mangaone Cave.

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Ladders inside Mangaone cave.

Ladders inside Mangaone cave.

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Limestone passages inside Mangaone cave.

Limestone passages inside Mangaone cave.

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Stalagmites inside Mangaone Cave, Nuhaka.

Stalagmites inside Mangaone Cave, Nuhaka.

Stalagmites inside Mangaone Cave, Nuhaka.

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