|The Aupouri Peninsula is the northernmost extension of the North Island of New Zealand. The southern limit of the area is defined by a range of bush-clad hills, and the largest regional town is Kaitaia.|
Kaitaia was established as a modern center by negotiations between the early missionaries Puckey and Matthews, and their Maori hosts. There are stories about how land was specified by the firing of a musket in each direction. The musket ball carried a piece of cloth that marked the boundary where it fell, and afterwards the negotiating chief received the musket as payment.
The other important center was Mangonui, which was established as a seaport for sealers and whalers, and later for traders in Kauri timber.
The three capes that constitute the most northern extremities of the peninsula are rocky ramparts of what must have been islands in the distant past. Over time sand has built up between these islands and the mainland at Kaitaia.
The entire western coastline is made up of a single beach (90 Mile Beach) while several bays and harbours indent the eastern coast. It is interesting to note that the eastern sand is brilliantly white, while the west coast sand is golden in colour.
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