Kaiwaka & Paparoa

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Cafe Utopia, Kaiwaka

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Kaiwaka - known as the ‘little town of lights’ has a ‘world famous in New Zealand’ cheese shop and a unique cafe.


Kaiwaka is the southern gateway of the Kaipara District offering a variety of shops, cafes and accommodation. Known as the 'little town of lights', at night time hundreds of twinkling lights welcome travellers.

A fantastic place to stop os at the Kaiwaka Cheese Shop. They have 52 cheeses, most of which are cut to order from the wheel the old fashioned way. Many of the cheeses are organic and there are several vegetarian options.

Next door is one of the most photographed cafes in NZ. Cafe Utopia with their 'renaissance' environment to delight, feed, entertain and inspire people of all ages, it's worth a stop!


Enjoy the quaint settlement of Paparoa and experience life in rural New Zealand. Here you will find guest house accommodation, restored buildings, restaurant and an excellent antique shop. Just off the highway is the settlement of Pahi on a quiet finger of the Northern Kaipara Harbour.

Home of old-time launches and fishing enthusiasts, it also boasts a Moreton Bay fig that is one of the country's 10 most notable trees.