Hokianga, New Zealand

The north of the North – Hokianga, New Zealand

Omapere in Hokianga, is about 3 1/2 hours drive north of Auckland, and I had a long weekend with friends away with some friends.  We had booked a bach for three nights on the Omapere beachfront.  The beach was lovely, with gorgeous soft white sand, unlike the black sand that most NZ west coast beaches have.

Hokianga, New Zealand

Hokianga, New Zealand

It was the very definition of a relaxing weekend. We achieved almost nothing, other than sleeping in, reading books, enjoying cocktails and wine in the evening, and some tiki touring of Northland.

Hokianga, New Zealand

Hokianga, New Zealand

I’ve been up that way before, but it was a good ten years ago and I’d forgotten how isolated this part of NZ is, despite being a few hours drive from Auckland. The Bay of Islands on the East Coast is its prettier cousin, which makes it much more touristy and very popular for Aucklanders on escapes from the city. However despite the fact it was a long weekend and every man and his dog was on the road, the Hokianga was blissfully peaceful.

Hokianga, New Zealand

Hokianga, New Zealand

On the Saturday evening we drove a couple of hundred metres up to the scenic viewpoint to enjoy the sunset. We took a bottle of Moet, an iPhone and some speakers, and sat back to enjoy the sun setting on the west coast. It was truly beautiful, and we pretty much had the place to ourselves.

Hokianga, New Zealand

On Sunday we drove up to Rawene, about 20 minutes drive away. Rawene itself was a very sweet little town. It boasts a cute little art gallery, lots of friendly locals, and a very nice cafe where we enjoyed a delicious lunch of fresh fish and salad. From there we took the car ferry over to Kohukohu, and drove about an hour along a windy country gravel road to Mitimiti. It was very remote, but worth the effort. We found ourselves on a remote part of the western coast in Northland, with almost nobody else in sight. There were some locals fishing off the rocks and that was about it. It was typically west coast – rugged, windy, and very beautiful.

Hokianga, New Zealand

Hokianga, New Zealand

Monday was a public holiday, and sadly time to come home. We drove back through the Waipoua Kauri forest, which was a stunning drive. We stopped briefly to enjoy a forest walk and visit Tane Mahuta , New Zealand’s largest known living Kauri Tree. He is certainly impressive, and the forest is very beautiful.

It was a lovely weekend away, enjoying some of New Zealand’s most beautiful and untouched scenery.

Hokianga, New Zealand

Hokianga, New Zealand

 

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