The small village of Huia is situated on the bay of the same name. Getting to the village is not very easy, the road is a real roller coaster when it passes through the village of Titirangi. For those who want to go by bike, you should note that on the way there are two particularly steep hills, and the use of an electric bike is highly recommended. The town is located on the eastern side of the bay, and the only business there is the "cafeteria-fishing club-bar-kiosk meeting place" which is at the start of the second beach. They serve possibly the best cup of coffee in all New Zealand. Apart from fishing, one of the recommended activities is bird watching, some such as egrets forage, and can be seen on the beach enjoying the low tide. A beautiful hidden village where you are able to relax, and which could be the perfect starting point for other activities in the beautiful Natural Park of Waitakere.
For years, the most typical sounds heard within the Karamatura Valley were simply saws and Kauri trees collapsing. Then, Intermittently, from the 1850s to the 1890s, this valley was the center of the forest industry in the region. The Kauri is a gigantic tree, which is indigenous to New Zealand, can have a diameter of as much as 7 meters. Currently, it isn't easy to find one of these trees in the valley due to human activity, natural pests, and an affected population. In the Karamatura area, large Kauri tree trunks were transported to the streams that were seriously damaged, and once there, were let go downstream. Thousands of trees were removed from the forest by draft horses and carriages of tram, in what is now the way in Karamatura. Large logs processed in various mills operating in the valley and Huia Bay. Regeneration of the Kauri in the valley seems slow, but the Kauri adolescents are increasing and are slowly getting back its former habitat. You will see that at the start of the forest tracks, there is a station to disinfect your shoes. For years, a plant pathogen called Phytophthora taxon Agathis (PTA), has caused the death of thousands of Kauris. The spectacular forests here are known all around the world.