Top things to do

Park in Horeke & Around

Wairere Boulders Nature Park

At Wairere, massive basalt rock formations have been eroded into odd fluted shapes by the acidity of ancient kauri forests. Allow an hour for the main loop track; expect a few dips and climbs. An additional track le…
Cafe in Opononi & Omapere


Stylish Kiwiana decor combines with good cafe fare at this new opening with an expansive view-friendly deck. Try one of the hearty butter-chicken pies, or combine the mussel fritters with a dollop of locally produce…
Historic Building in Horeke & Around

Mangungu Mission House

Completed in 1839, this sweet wooden cottage contains relics of the missionaries who once inhabited it, and of Horeke’s shipbuilding past. In the grounds there's a large stone cross and a simple wooden church. Mangu…
Pub Food in Opononi & Omapere

Opononi Hotel

Options at the friendly local pub include decent pizza in the main bar, or flasher bistro meals in the attached Boar and Marlin restaurant. Either way, try and score an outside table so you can take in the improbabl…
Pub in Horeke & Around

Horeke Tavern

The rustic Horeke Tavern is reputedly New Zealand's oldest pub – the first cold one was poured back in 1826 – and the garden bar rocks with live music on occasional weekends during summer. Look forward to robust sea…
Cultural Centre in Motuti

Motuti Marae

The Motuti Marae offers marae tours and stays, including a traditional Māori welcome and, on the longer tours and overnight stays, the opportunity to take part in flax-weaving, carving and stick games. Note that boo…
Cafe in Rawene

Boatshed Cafe

Eat overlooking the water at this cafe, a cute place with excellent food and a gift shop that sells local art and crafts. The cafe sometimes opens for dinner at the weekend.
Cafe in Waiotemarama & Waimamaku

Morrell’s Cafe

This cafe and craft shop occupies a former cheese factory. It's the last good eatery before Baylys Beach, so drop in for coffee or an eggy breakfast.
Gallery in Kohukohu

Village Arts

Excellent local gallery in a restored heritage building with ever-changing exhibitions from artists living all around the Hokianga Harbour.
Pub in Kohukohu

Kohukohu Hotel

Classic Kiwi pub with harbour views, good-value bistro meals and a friendly welcome from the occasional wisecracking local.