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Local Attractions

Kohukohu 

Historic Kohukohu is among NZ's oldest European settlements and was a major trading centre for Kauri timber export to Sydney and San Francisco in the 1800s.

NZ's oldest stone footbridge and the first Freemasons building are noted on the Historic Kohukohu Village walk trail where guests can familiarize themselves with cottages, villas and public buildings that in recent times have been renovated.

There is a brochure with a map available at the Kohukohu store and at the library.


Mitimiti - our local beach

West coast - about as a remote feeling as you will ever find. Swimming is not advisable or at your own risk.  Wild horses are a common scene and treks available. Open to 4 wheel drive. Mussels and pipi may be gathered off the rocks at low tide on the northern end of the beach. Great spot for surf casting or beach walking and picnics among the sand dunes. Mitimiti cemetery is worth a visit and the last resting place of Ralph Hotere NZ iconic artist.


Local walks

  • Kohukohu Historic Village walk
    Pick up a brochure at the local store or library. The walk takes you around Kohukohu, and features NZ's oldest walking bridge, NZ's oldest Masonic Hall, and other historic buildings and places of interest.
  • Mitimiti Beach
    Walk along the sand north or south and experience the feeling of remoteness on one of NZ's most spectacular west coast beaches. Be prepared to cross the many streams which are shin deep after rains.
  • Mitimiti Beach to Pawarenga
    Also known as the 'Golden Stairs Walk' which gets its name from the golden bloom of the many Kowhai trees from August to November. Start from Mitimiti beach, walk north along beach to Whangape Heads, then turn inland towards Pawarenga. The steep inclines are take you halfway to the clouds and the views are amazing.
  • Rawene Village walk
    Rawene has a colorful fish monger selling smoked fish and flounder to the right of the ferry landing. Next door is the nearest service station and opposite a laundromat. The 4 Square shop with Post Office facilities is open 7 days all year round. Gallery and coffee shop on the corner called No 1 Parnell. Great spot to people watch and view local art works. The Postmans Inn next door for all year boutique accommodation and panoramic harbour views. Wardies fruit and vegetable shop up the hill on right just past the historic Rawene Hotel. Opposite is a small chemist. Local school on the left and Rawene Hospital is at the top of the hill on the road exiting the town. See the Kohukohu - Rawene ferry timetable here >>
  • Waimamaku Coastal Track
    Take the ferry to Rawene then continue past Opononi to the southern head of the Hokianga Harbour at the Arai Te Uru Recreation Reserve. The track hugs the coastline and is 10.1 KM ending at the Waimamaku river. Part of the walk is on the beaches, and parts a high up on the bluff with majestic views of the Tasman Sea. Dept. of conservation information here >>

Places to eat

Kohukohu (all within 5 mins walk from The Galleria)

  • Atomic Cafe
  • Kohukohu Tavern
  • Kai to go

Panguru (25.9 km 30 mins drive)

  • Panguru Tavern and Restaurant

Rawene (7.9 km 29 mins drive)

  • No 1 Parnell
  • Boatshed Cafe 
  • Hokianga Takeaways
  • Masonic Hotel (closed for renovations)

Opononi (49.4 km 46 mins drive via Rawene-Kohukohu car Ferry)

  • Oponini Beach Takeaways
  • The Landing Thai Cafe
  • Boar and Marlin Restaurant
  • Opo Takeaways
  • Bryers Room Restaurant

Horeke (49.4 km 47 mins drive)

  • Horeke Hotel, Pub, Bistro, Restaurant

Kerikeri (74.4 km 63 mins drive)

  • Curry King Thai and Indian Restaurant
  • The Black Olive
  • Cafe Jerusalem
  • The Pear Tree
  • La Taza Del Diablo
  • Burger Fiasko
  • Turmeric Indian Restaurant
  • Madly Indian
  • Singho Thai Restaurant
  • Istanbul Kebabs
  • Sushi Gallery
  • MĀHA Restaurant @ Wharepuke
  • Chang Siam Thai Restaurant
  • Rocksalt Restaurant & Bar
  • Cafe @ Redwoods
  • Homestead Sports Bar & Bistro
  • Dun Huang Chinese Restaurant
  • Calypso Takeaways
  • Pizza Hut Kerikeri
  • Fishbone Cafe

Kaitaia (60.9 km 56 mins drive)

  • Bushmans Hut Restaurant
  • Beachcomer Restaurant
  • Kai Thai Restaurant
  • McDonanld's
  • Mani's Butter Chicken
  • Saanchi's Copper Chimney
  • Orana Motor Inn & Restaurant
  • Turkish Kebab and Pizza
  • Indian Spice Kaitaia Restaurant & Takeaway
  • Kaitaia Bakehouse Cafe and Roasts
  • Sushi Avenue
  • Subway

Kaikohe (68.5 km 58 mins drive)

  • Kai thai 2 Takeaway
  • The Bank Bar
  • Pizza Place & Indian Takeaway
  • Rosies Takeaways
  • Thomas's Fish Shop
  • The Roast Whare
  • McDonald's
  • Kiwi Kai
  • Malaahi Cafe
  • Sun City Chinese Restaurant
  • Left Bank

Shopping

Kohukohu (Within 5 minutes walk of The Galleria)

  • General store at entrance to jetty with returned soldiers memorial
  • Village Arts Gallery featuring local art works
  • The Kohukohu Hotel
  • Atomic Cafe
  • Secondhand Rose is the villages opportunity shop that is run by volunteers and many treasures to be found. Proceeds are used for community and overseas project run by St Mary's Anglican Church.

Rawene (7.5 KM, 28 mins drive)

  • Rawene Pharmacy
  • Four Square

Kerikeri (74.4 KM, 63 mins drive)

  • Banks
    • Kiwibank (NZ Post)
    • ASB
    • ANZ
    • BNZ
    • National Bank
    • Westpac
  • Supermarkets
    • Countdown
    • New World
  • Other larger retailers include:
    • The Warehouse
    • Mitre 10
    • Bunnings
    • Repco
    • Briscoes

Kaitaia (60.9 KM, 56 mins drive)

  • Banks
    • Kiwibank (NZ Post)
    • ASB
    • ANZ
    • BNZ
    • National Bank
    • Westpac
  • Supermarkets
    • Pak n Save
  • Other larger retailers include:
    • The Warehouse
    • Mitre 10
    • Warehouse Stationery
    • Farmlands
    • Hunting and Fishing
    • Pharmacy

Kaikohe (68.5 KM, 58 mins drive)

  • Banks
    • Kiwibank (NZ Post)
    • ASB
    • ANZ
    • BNZ
    • Westpac
  • Supermarkets
    • Countdown
    • New World
  • Other larger retailers include:
    • The Warehouse
    • Bunnings
    • Paper Plus

Regular events and entertainment

  • Kohukohu Music Club - first Friday of each month starting at 6:30 PM
  • Kohukohu Market - Second Saturday morning of each month.
  • Kohukohu Gallery - always has a display, which usually changes monthly.
  • Kohukohu Hotel - there is always something planned at the hotel, from pool competitions to the occasional sports game.

Distances and travel times

Shortest route selected. Note that travel times are based on low congestion and good weather. Double check with your host before making plans.

Airports

  • Bay of Islands Airport (Kerikeri) 69 KM, 58 mins
  • Whangarei Airport 147 KM, 2 hrs 5 mins
  • Auckland International Airport 323 KM 4 hrs 22 min

Beaches

  • Mitimiti 44 KM, 54 mins
  • Ahipara (Southern end of Ninety mile beach) 59 KM, 61 mins
  • Doubtless Bay / Tokerau Beach 98 KM, 88 mins

Petrol Stations (In order of distance, within a range of 75 KM. Please check open hours online)

  • Allied Rawene 6.4 KM (via Kohukohu-Rawene car ferry)
  • Gas Broadwood 24.6 KM
  • Gas Omapere 31.2 KM (via Kohukohu-Rawene car ferry)
  • Gas Waimamaku 42.2 KM (via Kohukohu-Rawene car ferry) 
  • Z Kaikohe 48.6 KM (via Kohukohu-Rawene car ferry)
  • Mobil Kaikohe 48.7 (via Kohukohu-Rawene car ferry)
  • Allied Okura 61.0 KM
  • Mobil Kaitaia 61.1 KM
  • Z Kaitaia 61.6 KM
  • BP 2go Kaitaia 61.8 KM
  • Pak 'n Save Kaitaia 63.4 KM
  • Allied Kaeo 67.7 KM
  • Z Taipa 71.2 KM
  • Caltex Kerikeri 74.3 KM
  • Gull Waipapa 74.6 KM
  • BP Waipapa 75.1 KM

Towns and cities

See Kohukohu-Rawene car ferry timetable here

  • Auckland (Central) 297 KM, 4 hrs 5 mins
  • Kaikohe 69.5 KM, 59 mins
  • Kaikohe via Rawene car ferry 48.7 KM 63 mins
  • Kaitaia 61 KM, 57 mins 
  • Kerikeri 74 KM, 63 mins
  • North Shore City 290 KM, 4 hrs
  • Rawene (via car ferry) 6.4 KM, 29 mins (See ferry timetable here)
  • Takapuna 290 KM, 4 hrs
  • Whangarei 140 KM, 1 hr 57 mins

 

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