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Introducing Kawhia

Along with resisting cultural annihilation, Kawhia (think mafia with a K) has avoided large-scale development, retaining its sleepy fishing-village vibe. There’s not much here except for the general store, a couple of takeaways and a petrol station. Even Captain Cook blinked and missed the narrow entrance to the large harbour when he sailed past in 1770. But if low-key is what you're craving, look no further.