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

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Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments

Kerikeri Homestead Motel & Apartments is the only fully serviced apartment complex right in the centre of Kerikeri township. With a brand new resort pool . . . More . . . 

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Hokianga: harbouring history

Though sparsely populated now, the Hokianga, stretching northeastwards towards the Bay of Islands on the opposite coast, has one of the longest histories of human habitation of anywhere in New Zealand. Read the story . . . 

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Kauri Coast TOP 10 Holiday Park

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Hokianga: a road trip around a heavenly harbour

Storyteller and happy traveller John McCrystal discovers that the most rewarding direction in which to approach the Hokianga is from the south along State Highway 12, which also happens to be the leg of the Twin Coast Discovery Highway route that features the great Waipoua and the Trounson kauri forests. Read the story . . . 

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Pacific Rendezvous

Pacific Rendezvous offers spectacular coastal views and genuine privacy for guests, who are awarded with stunning water views from every room. . . . More . . . 

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Hundertwasser Toilets: the loo that made headlines

Friedensreich Hundertwasser was born in Austria and already had an international reputation as an artist when he first visited New Zealand in 1973 to accompany a major exhibition of his works that was touring the country. Read the story . . . 

The Guesthouse at Taiharuru Farms Lodge

Luxury 5-star self-contained accommodation (B&B option also available), set on a sub-tropical Northland peninsula with native bush and farm land, half a kilometre of private . . . More . . . 

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Pinelodge Bay of Islands

PineLodge offers clean, comfortable, user-friendly, affordable accommodation, designed for self-drive travellers on a budget, and is located to be a perfect base for your Bay . . . More . . . 

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Mangawhai Lodge

Mangawhai Lodge is a stylish Inn offering a choice of quality self contained apartments, (one disabled access) or classic B&B rooms which open to verandas . . . More . . . 

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Matakana coast and country: weekend wonderland

It’s not that long ago that 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, writes Sarah Ell. Read the story . . . 

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Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga

By the quiet water’s edge of the harbour, you’ll find the welcoming Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga, and its 33 rooms and suites. . . . More . . . 

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Tutukaka and the Poor Knights: national treasure

Master storyteller John McCrystal discovers the delights of the Poor Knights, gateway to diving and fishing galore.  Read the story . . . 

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Edelweiss Motel

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Waipoua Forest

Only glimpses may be had today of what New Zealand would have looked like before the coming of the axe and the crosscut-saw . . .Storyteller John McCrystal explores two areas in Northland where you can get a sense of it. Read the story . . . 

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