Pataua Estuary, Northland, New Zealand. We had a cottage with this view, and one day as a boy I set the sails of my beautiful toy yacht to sail out the entrance you can see and sail away into the Pacific Ocean on adventures I shared in my dreams and imagination into my adult life.
Pataua is renowned as a popular holiday destination with a safe lagoon, excellent golden sand beaches, good surf breaks and a DOC, Department of Conservation, walking track.It is in close proximity (approximately 16 nautical miles) to the Poor Knights Island Marine Reserve, one of New Zealand best scuba diving experiences.
From anywhere within Pataua estuary is a view of varying-sized green humps and hills. The most obvious and attractive is the cone on Pataua Island, known locally as Pataua Mountain, only it’s not really a mountain, and it’s not an island, but a decent hill just the same.