With only a barren sandy shore left, this once pine-covered freshwater lake in the Taharoa region had been denuded so much so that I wasn't sure I was visiting the same place that I did 7 years ago.
Auckland is the commercial capital of New Zealand but anything to the North can be considered "Northland". Preferred destination for tourists and workers alike when surf, sand, diving and fishing is involved. It has a solid rural base of Dary, Beef and Sheep as well as horticulture and wineyards. Whangarei is the regional city on the way up to Cape Reinga at the northernmost tip of the island.