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One of the most scenic areas that could be classed as being in the Tutukaka Coast is the Ngunguru River between Omaikao Road and Ngunguru Road. The river descends through a steep sided gorge for the whole 14km. For the whole distance the sides are covered with native bush with well established large trees. The larger ones being Kauri, Totara, Rimu, Taraire, Towai and Rewarewa. All typical of Northland bush. The understory is interesting also where for the whole distance Taurepo abounds. As a bonus it was in flower. There is much Kawakawa, Kiekie, Kareao and loads of epiphytes. We also noted several Neinei and even one stunning little orchid in flower.
The river is quite stunning. There are beautiful quiet calm stretches with overhanging trees interspersed with small waterfalls and rapids. Some of the quiet hidden pools had a small group of Pateke.
In several places the basalt rock can be seen, The two most notable are a large basalt column boulder. and down near where we exited a straight face with columns at its base.