Mimiwhangata Marine Park Expedition

Mimiwhangata Coast

The Mimiwhangata peninsula lies 50km north of Whangarei on the east coast. Rimariki Island and its surrounding rocky pinnacles, and the nearby Wide Berth Islands provide a cluster of striking offshore islands in close proximity to the peninsula. Mimiwhangata has been a Marine Park since 1984 and is home to a wide variety of specialized habitats. Scientific studies have found examples of almost every shallow marine habitat on Northland's east coast, and a series of complex deep reef systems of biodiversity further offshore. The area is now proposed for protection as a Full Protected Marine Reserve due to its high ecological value. Above sea level, Mimiwhangata peninsula is also in Reserve status as a Coastal Farm Park. Long white sand beaches separated by rocky headlands are a feature of the area.

Join our 3 day expedition exploring the Mimiwhangata area from a choice of campsites on the many awesome beaches. This circular tour Each day's itinerary on the round trip is easily altered to accommodate different paddling aspirations, and take advantage of fishing opportunities and 'beach life'. The intricate nature of the outer islands offers more challenging paddling in certain conditions and a myriad of possibilities for exploration.

Our 4 day expedition follows a similar route around Mimiwhangata peninsula and includes the Whangaruru Harbour to the north. This allows for a circular tour over 4 days with an open ocean crossing from the North Head of Whangaruru Harbour back to the mainland a feature of most trips. The Whangaruru area offers a large area of sheltered paddling including extensive mangroves systems. Great fishing, shellfish beds and campsites make this a place to try your hand at living from the sea. Experience a true kiwi style of coastal living in this great area.

Expedition Brief

Type: Expedition
Length: 3 or 4 Days
Start Time: By arrangement
Meeting Place:
  • By arrangement
Cost Per Person: $600 (3 day trip)
$800 (4 day trip)

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