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. The town has a useful assortment of shops and services, a hotel and a golf course. Its 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. Functional facts: Approx. population 720, basic shops and services, service station.