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Just past Orere Point turn off East Coast Road down Deery Road to the park.Follow the orange waymarkers from the car park up the road before branching off just beyond the cattle stop.

Ashby settled on the land in 1899 and enjoyed a lifelong friendship with the local chief Tukumana Te Taniwha.

James and his wife Rebecca built the existing homestead beside the beach in 1900.

They raised 14 children on the property, which remained in family ownership until 1990.

An attractive coastal farm park, Tapapakanga has a rich Maori and European history and offers an accessible, pohutukawa edged beach on the western shores of the Firth of Thames.

The Tapapakanga Stream winds its way through the park.