What is it like in Horowhenua New Zealand?
Horowhenua is a district in the lower North Island of New Zealand, made up of a number of townships.
It has the Tararua Forest Park in part of its domain, plus a number of beautiful beaches, named after their location.
Hokio Beach, a part of Hokio Village and close to the township of Levin. It has stunning views of the Tararua Mountain Ranges and Kapiti Island.
Hokio Beach Sand Dunes – Photograph by Mannzie
The beach forms sand dunes and grasses grow on them to help with erosion and protect wildlife habitat.
Grasses growing in the sand dunes – Photograph by Mannzie
After you’ve seen the view of ocean, you can turn around and see this view of the Tararua Mountain Ranges.
View of the Tararua Mountain Ranges from Hokio Beach – Photograph by Mannzie
Waitarere Beach is 8 minutes drive from Levin Township. If you’re up for a stroll then it is a lovely walk.
Couple walking along Waitarere Beach – Photography by Mannzie
After a storm the beach can be covered with driftwood, but like the tides, it gets washed in and out.
A great view of Kapiti Island is still visible on nice days
View of Kapiti Island from Waitarere Beach – Photograph by Mannzie
Since there is so much driftwood, you could stop and make yourself a driftwood fort.
Driftwood fort at Waitarere Beach – Photograph by Mannzie
Need an extra log for your fort? here is one for you.
Path to Driftwood at Waitarere Beach – Photograph by Mannzie
After you’ve finished fort building, you could take your horse out for a stroll along the beach
Horses on Waitarere Beach – Photograph by Mannzie
Time to call the dogs and head to the lake
Charlie (Poodle x Bichon) and Raye (Border Collie) Loving the beach – Photograph by Mannzie
Lake Horowhenua (Also known as Punahou) is located in Levin and covers 3.9 sq km (1.5 sq miles)
Lake Horowhenua at Sunset – Photograph by Mannzie
The Lake is home to a number of different birds, including ducks, geese, swans and you can even find chickens roaming around, so we can not bring the dogs here.
Lake Horowhenua – Photograph by Mannzie
But we can’t swim here, so lets head to the river
Ohau River from the bridge – Photograph by Mannzie
Bring the family for a picnic in the summer, you’ll love it, because I know we do.
Ohau River – Photograph by Mannzie
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