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Hokianga Day Trip


The Maritime Building, Waterfront
Paihia, Bay of Islands
New Zealand

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Discover Hokianga - a unique part of New Zealand, first discovered by Kupe the voyager and later, home to some of the very first European settlers.

Hear the stories of this region steeped in history and experience the almost mystical atmosphere in this untouched part of the world.

Visit Waipoua forest, home to some of the most significant kauri trees still standing including the truly impressive Tane Mahuta (the Lord of the Forest), the largest known kauri tree in the world and aged up to 2,500 years old.

After your forest encounter, spend some time in the coastal town of Opononi before turning back towards Paihia along the old stagecoach route. This trail was first marked out by early Māori and then frequented by traders and merchants who transported supplies, kauri, gum and timber between the coasts.

On your way back, stop at the Kawiti Glowworm Caves and discover one of Northland's best-kept secrets. Discover the twinkling glowworms, amazing limestone rock formations including stalactites and stalagmites inside the caves. 


  • Meet the giant kauri tree Tane Mahuta in the Waipoua Forest
  • Visit the remote Hokianga region
  • Follow the original stagecoach trail
  • See the Kawiti Glowworm Caves


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