Located on the upper reaches of the Kaipara Harbour, Maungaturoto is a pretty town located in a very rural area. It is centrally located and makes a good starting point for day trips to Dargaville, Wellsford and Whangarei. It is also close to Auckland & Northland Route Plannerthe safe beaches of the Kaipara Harbour. Pahi is a nice spot, just 18km from Maungaturoto. The beach is good for swimming and all types of watersports.

Maungaturoto, which means valley between two hills, was first settled in 1863 and currenly has a population of 800.

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