The two reserves bordering each side of the Rangitikei River mouth, Tawhirihoe to the south and Moana Roa to the north contain some of the best examples of parabolic dune systems left in the country.

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Getting there

For Tangimoana Beach and Tawhirihoe Scientific Reserve, turn off SH1 south of Bulls and head  to the small settlement of Tangimoana. On reaching the village the road to the beach turns to the left. Moana Roa is accessed via Bulls out through the small settlement of Scotts Ferry.

Know before you go

As per most locations on the west coast of New Zealand these coastal reserves can experience strong winds at times. Look out for dune buggies and motorbikes in the sand dunes.

Location map

Location map of Rangitkei River mouth reserves.

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Tawhirihoe Scientific Reserve field trip

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