NEW ZEALAND's FAR NORTH .....
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MURIWHENUA ... END of the LAND
 
 
    The Far North of New Zealand is a landscape of many contrasts.
      Shaped and blended by time and the elements with a shoreline
   that began 150,000 years ago. The Far North then reassembled
   little more than a series of islands connected to the rest of New  
   Zealand by low inter-linking sandspits. Current and counter current
 
 
     depositing sand and silt, the wind driving it increasingly inland.
    Various changes in sea level aided the process further and a new
   landmass slowly formed. Kauri forests were to then grow twice on
   this mass, the first to disappear below the sea, the second lost to
   the ravages of fire. With the passage of time the area stabilised
 
 
      and exists today as the Aupouri and Karikari Peninsulas.
      
      For the first arrivals to this new landscape, Muriwhenua adopted
   great significance. The harsh beauty and spiritual values intertwining,
   history and legend that still echo strongly of time long past.
 

       

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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