Hokianga - Accessible/Easy Access Accommodation & Activities
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.
For access travelers perhaps the best advice about local attractions that almost all of you should be able to appreciate and enjoy is to simply go there and look around. As the images here show. Because as much as anything, you can see all these places from the road, stopping where ever you please for a coffee/drink/meal and to gaze at the harbour flowing by, at the Copthorne Omapere hotel, or the Opononi, Horeke or Kohukohu taverns, or simply a picnic on the grass anywhere along the shore.
There is a little more about all these accessible possibilities and other attractions in the activities section below.
The best way to approach the Hokianga region is from the south, through the 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.