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Taurikura General Store and Mt Manaia
The dramatic outline of Mt Manaia viewed from the harbour coastline of Taurikura

Taurikura is a small, rural township in the Whangarei District, approximately 30 kilometres south east of Whangarei city in Northland, New Zealand.

The town is located on the shores of Calliope Bay at the base of 420 metre high Mt Manaia which, along with Bream Head and the Hen Island, collectively form the ancient remnants of a very large andesitic volcano.

Features of Taurikura include a Baptist-owned camp and a general store. The local school is Whangarei Heads School whose claim to fame is being the second oldest school in New Zealand still operating on its original site.

The town offers a number of good vantage spots of the Marsden Point Oil Refinery - located on the opposite shore of Whangarei Harbour.

A number or excellent ocean beaches are a short drive away.


1. [1] Geological Society of New Zealand Annual Conference, 2–5 December 2002

2. Whangarei Heads School website

3. Northland Naturally, Mt Manaia web page

External links

  • Whangarei Heads Tourism

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