Hokianga Harbour, Northland
Hokianga Harbour, Northland & Bay of Islands

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Tane Mahuta, the largest kauri tree in the world
Kauri, Northland & Bay of Islands

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Sandboarding the dunes in Hokianga
Sandboarding, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Northland Inc


The Hokianga Harbour has a fascinating history - both Maori and European. Explore the region's small settlements on your way north.

Hokianga-Nui-A-Kupe means 'the place of Kupe's great return'. Many iwi (Maori tribes) trace their ancestry back to the legendary Polynesian explorer Kupe who, with his crew, voyaged deep into the southern ocean to find New Zealand.

Northland iwi claim the first landfall of Kupe's waka was on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour.

If you approach the Hokianga region from the south you'll have the opportunity to drive through Waipoua Forest, home of Tane Mahuta, New Zealand's largest kauri tree. Soon after you exit the forest, the Hokianga Harbour will appear dramatically in front of you.

You'll see huge white sand dunes on the northern side and the twin beach towns' of Omapere and Opononi on the southern side.

The Hokianga's largest town is Rawene, New Zealand’s third oldest European settlement and the home of historic Clendon house. The mangrove boardwalk makes a great stroll. From Rawene a vehicular ferry provides a connection to the other side of the harbour and the settlement of Kohukohu.

Near the settlement of Horeke is a natural phenomenon known as the Wairere Boulders. Amassed along a valley floor, this stream of huge rocks and boulders is 1. 5 kilometres long.

At first glance the rocks appear to be limestone formations, but they are actually basalt. The fluting on the boulders is caused by acids leaching from the kauri forests that used to exist in the area.

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Opononi Dolphin Lodge - Accommodation in Opononi New Zealand
Opposite spectacular Hokianga Harbour and beach. Breathtaking sunsets and friendly Kiwi hospitality. Spacious accommodation to suit individuals, couples, families. 1 queen with ensuite, 1 queen and 1 twin with shared bathroom between rooms. Large guest lounge with sky TV, free wireless int... (more)
Opononi Lighthouse Motel - Accommodation in Opononi New Zealand
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Opononi Lighthouse Motel is located on the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, 4 hours north of Auckland, overlooking Hokianga Harbour and golden sand dunes; across the road from sandy swimming beach. Stay in Opononi to explore the historic Hokianga. Central to 25 scenic bush/coastal walks. Home... (more)
Opononi Resort Hotel - Accommodation in Opononi New Zealand
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Opononi Resort Hotel offers modern accommodation beside the beach in the HokiangaIt has 10 seaview ensuite hotel rooms, all of which are designer decorated. It also operates the Boar and Marlin restaurant and the Opononi Hotel bar. It caters for events and conferences.Opononi is a small to... (more)
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