On the main highway between Kaitaia and Whangarei, Okaihau is a friendly country town with a classic Northland pub and an interesting fire service museum.
Located on the western side of Lake Omapere in Northland, the township of Okaihau was established in 1862 when a group of Canadian settlers began clearing land in the area. Once a hub of early agricultural settlement and development, the town has a useful assortment of shops and services, a hotel and a golf course. It's special claim to fame is a fire service museum with a large collection of vehicles, uniforms, photographs and memorabilia. From Okaihau you can follow Horeke Road to the Wairere Boulders, a fascinating nature park where huge basalt rocks have filled a valley.
The Twin Coast Cycle Trail can be accessed from Okaihau, and many of the Cycle Trail shuttles use the town as the pick-up and drop-off point. The trail passes through some of New Zealand's earliest European and Maori settlements. It's a great place to stock up on supplies before your ride.
Functional facts: Approx. population 720, basic shops and services, service station.
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