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

Doubtless Bay Villas Visit website

Doubtless Bay Villas is the ideal base to explore the Far North, centrally located to all the major attractions, from Cape Reinga to The Bay . . . 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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Marina Court Motel & Apartments Visit website

A fantastically convenient central location on the edge of the Hatea River over looking the Riverside Marina. A short walk from the Town Basin and . . . More . . . 

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Road trips

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 Retreat - Bay of Islands Visit website

Holiday accommodation located on 10-acre peninsula. Private, quiet, secure bush setting with uninterrupted panoramic sea views and only minutes from the town centre (2.5km). . . . 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 . . . 

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Kauri Park Motel Visit website

Our resort-style motel, nestled among 2 acres of subtropical, park-like grounds is the perfect base for travellers wishing to explore Kerikeri, the Bay of Islands . . . More . . . 

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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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Casa Blanca Motel Visit website

Affordable refurbished accommodation in a large park-like environment adjacent to SH 1 and only a few minutes easy walking from the centre of Whangarei. . . . 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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Outrigger Motel Visit website

Most centrally located motel accommodation in Paihia, just walk to everything! Great hospitality and clean accommodation Outrigger Motel is a family-run motel located in central . . . 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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Kerigold Secluded Chalets Motel Visit website

Jonathon and Jackie offer you a very warm welcome to Kerigold Chalets.... deluxe self-catering chalets nestled amongst the avocado and citrus trees of our tranquil . . . 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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