Hokianga Harbour is one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets. Māori call the Northland region Te Hiku-o-te-Ika (The Tail of the Fish). Despite being one of New Zealand’s first European trading hubs in the 1800s, it’s at this tail end that traditional Māori culture is most alive today.
Explore predominantly Māori villages, go fishing and walk along stunning coastal and forest tracks as you follow the course of the harbor. On the south shore, Opononi and Omapere are connected like Siamese twins, each with their own charms. Stroll the beach, cast a line from a jetty or gaze out over the mighty sand dunes from Arai Te Uru Reserve.
To reach the dunes at Rangi Point, board the Hokianga Express from Opononi. Zoom down the dunes on a boogie board and admire the wind-swept formations that are sacred to Māori.
To see more of North Hokianga you’ll need a car, so first head back to Opononi and drive on to Pakanae to turn off to Rawene. Before boarding the vehicle ferry, browse the arts and crafts galleries and little wooden café on stilts in the bay.
Once across, head to the town of Motuti and visit its picturesque St Mary’s Church. In the Motuti Marae, learn traditional Māori weaving, poi-making or bone and wood carving. Waipuna Marae, in nearby Panguru, depicts the history of the seafaring ancestor Kūpe. Arrange to stay the night and share a meal with your hosts to see stories of bygone days and see wood carving demonstrations.
Drive northeast to reach the Top of Hokianga Harbour. Kohukohu was the main hub for New Zealand’s early timber industry because it sits at the confluence of the harbor with the Mangamuka and Waihou rivers. Stroll through its Historic Precinct to catch a glimpse of life as it would have been in the 1830s and browse modern art galleries.
From Mangamuka Bridge, take the State Highway across the Waihou River and turn off to Horeke, where the country’s first commercial shipyard operated. The town also boasts the oldest headstones, first pub and first post office.
Its strong Māori character, rich British heritage and pristine nature make Hokianga Harbour one of the North Island’s most authentic destinations, yet it’s only a half-day drive from ultra-modern Auckland.
Ports, Beaches and Deserts
Commune with nature and explore the great outdoors at Hokianga Harbour during your travels in Horeke. Make time to visit the cathedral and monuments while you're in the area.
Discover your own white-sand paradise when you explore this magical peninsula, a scenic vacation destination that offers gorgeous coastlines and wineries.
Walk along the banks of the scenic Waitangi River and admire this beautiful horseshoe-shaped waterfall. Continue on the trail to the famous Waitangi Treaty Grounds.
Set out for an intimate encounter with the great trees of the Waipoua Forest. With a local guide's insight into the forest's unique history and lore, you can learn how these trees are intertwined with the lives of local Maori and the important role they play in the ecosystem.
Experience the best things to do in Northland on this full-day Cape Reinga tour; see the northernmost point of New Zealand and rugged coastline of Cape Reinga, enjoy a unique 90 Mile Beach tour and speed head-first down Te Paki sand dunes.
Discover Cape Reinga on a tour that combines sand dune crossings and a delicious buffet lunch. Visit Ka-Uri Unearthed workshop, drive along 90 Mile Beach, and marvel at panoramic scenes from atop Cape Reinga Lighthouse.
Enjoy a historical guided tour in Northland as you experience one of the best things to do in Kerikeri on this afternoon sightseeing tour; learn about Maori heritage and European settlers, see the oldest standing buildings in New Zealand and sample locally produced wine and chocolate.
Experience the Bay of Islands in Northland, New Zealand from the comfort of your private late model V8 Mustang GT. You and your local driver/guide will get off the main highways to see the historic, scenic and natural wonders in a way that you couldn't experience on a standard coach tour with the 500hp Mustang providing a comfortable and thrilling ride.
We offer a selection of 3 different Skydive heights: 9,000 ft (20 seconds freefall) 12,000 ft (40 seconds freefall) 16,000 ft (70 seconds freefall) - the HIGHEST in Northland! We also offer several different camera options, these are available for selection upon arrival at our Drop Zone.