Hokianga: a road trip around a heavenly harbour

The Hokianga (which means ‘the circumstance of returning’) is named in commemoration of the legendary Polynesian navigator, Kupe, who ended...


For kids aged five to 105, scaling the sand dunes is a must-do in the Hokianga. © Gina Guarnieri

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Central Court Motel Visit website

Centrally located spacious self-contained AIR CONDITIONED Motel units located only a short walk from Whangarei city centre and the Hospital. All of our units have . . . More . . . 

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Hokianga: harbouring history

The Hokianga, stretching northeast towards the Bay of Islands on the opposite coast, has one of the longest histories of human habitation anywhere in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Kai Iwi Lakes Campground Visit website

Come stay and play at Kai Iwi Lakes, Taharoa Domain, one of NZ's best holiday spots. Only 3hrs from Auckland, 35km from Dargaville, nestled amongst . . . More . . . 

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Hokianga: a road trip around a heavenly harbour

The most rewarding direction to approach the Hokianga is from the south, which also happens to be the leg of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway route featuring the great Waipōua kauri forest. Read the story . . . 

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The Sands Motel Visit website

Walk off your deck across tree-shaded lawn and down a dozen steps onto the beach. Situated at the beautiful Whangaumu Bay on the picturesque Tutukaka Coast. . . . More . . . 

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Hundertwasser Toilets: the loo that made headlines

The internationally renowned Hundertwasser toilet in Kawakawa has become one of New Zealand’s most photographed attractions. Read the story . . . 

Paihia Beach Resort & Spa Visit website

Luxury Waterfront Accommodation overlooking Te Ti Beach in Paihia. On-site restaurant Provenir, and award-winning day spa La Spa Naturale. Welcome to Paihia Beach Resort & Spa. . . . More . . . 

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Abri Apartments Visit website

Two Deluxe Studio Chalets, each with a Double Spa Bath and kitchen facilities, are nestled in a sub-tropical garden with stunning Sea Views looking out . . . More . . . 

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Luxury on Sullivans Beach Visit website

"Luxury on Sullivans" is a collection of 9 unique apartments and suites all located on Sullivans Beach, Paihia. The apartments and suites are contained within . . . More . . . 

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Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

Not that long ago, Matakana was just a bend in the road between Warkworth and Leigh. Now it’s a byword for gourmet food, top-quality wine and arthouse cinema. Read the story . . . 

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Opononi Dolphin Lodge Visit website

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 . . . More . . . 

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Tutukākā and the Poor Knights: national treasure

One of the best places for those who want to experience the full range of watery pastimes is the east coast of Northland and, in particular, Tutukākā, just to the north-east of Whangārei. Read the story . . . 

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Loredo Motel Visit website

First in comfort and hospitality. Spacious, refurbished units (11 ground-floor) with kitchen facilities (sleep 2-8). Amenities include direct-dial telephones, flat-screen TV, Sky TV, outdoor swimming . . . More . . . 

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Waipōua Forest

There are just glimpses left of what New Zealand would have looked like before the coming of the axe and the crosscut-saw. But you can get a sense of it in the Waipōua Forest. Read the story . . . 

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