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BUG New Zealand travel guidebook

Destination guides > Pacific Islands > New Zealand > Northland > Hokianga region > Kohukohu


This small town is at the northern terminus of the Hokianga Harbour vehicle ferry and home to a great little hostel a couple of kilometres past the ferry wharf. Kohukohu has a long history, and was once the heart of New Zealand’s timber industry. Some historic buildings remain, but many were lost to fire over the years.

There’s a good café, a general store, a couple of art galleries, and not a whole lot else to do in this sleepy town. A van serves surprisingly good Cuban coffee at the vehicle queue for the ferry.

Coming & going

Because there’s no bridge across the Hokianga Harbour you will have to take the Hokianga car ferry, which sails between Kohukohu and Rawene about once an hour between 7.45am and 8pm (the last sailing from Rawene is at 7.30pm). The crossing takes around 15 minutes and the one-way fare costs $14 per car, $2 for foot passenger and $3.50 for a motorcycle.

Hostel accommodation

Tree House Backpackers Lodge

168 West Coast Road, Kohukohu
Tel (09) 405 5855

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