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Viewing the Wairere boulders

Horeke is a town in the Hokianga in the North Island of New Zealand.

Understand[edit]

Horeke is the oldest European settlement in the Hokianga and the second oldest European settlement in New Zealand. The initial stages were very primitive and people lived in very simple dwellings. Horeke's initial name was Deptford; it later got renamed to The Horeke, meaning "The Throwing of a Spear".[1] Now it is just called Horeke. It was the first centre of timber trading in the Hokianga followed by Kohukohu.

Get in[edit]

By car[edit]

you can reach Horeke from State Highway 1 (SH 1). Turn into Rangiahua Road in Rangiahua and follow the signs to Horeke. You drive 10 km on a sealed road.

you can also reach Horeke from State Highway 12 (SH 12) in Taheke. Turn into Taheke Road in Taheke and drive towards Horeke. There is an unsealed part of 9 km in between Taheke and Horeke.

By boat[edit]

you can land with any vessel at the Horeke wharf

Get around[edit]

It is easy to travel around by car, you can drive to the Wairere Boulders, about 4 km towards Taheke, or the Mangungu Mission House, Graveyard and Church. You might also walk to the Mission House on the unsealed road along the shore of the Hokianga Harbour.

See[edit][add listing]

The Mission House before the exterior renovation
  • Mangungu Mission House, Motukiore Road (drive from Horeke towards Taheke. At the end of the concrete bridge turn left and drive along the shore for about 3 km), [2]. Open during tourism season and every Saturday and Sunday. Mangungu Mission House is a Wesleyan mission built during 1838-39. It overlooks the Hokianga Harbour. At this location, on 12 Feb 1840, the largest signing of the Treaty of Waitangi took place. To local Maori, this place has far more importance than the Treaty Site at Waitangi where the English representatives signed the document. The mission station is open to visitors and displays the old table on which the treaty was signed with a copy of the treaty on it. There are also lots of historic photos and objects on display. The outside of the house has been renovated in 2007 thanks to a private sponsor from Auckland. $7.  edit
  • Wairere Boulders (Nature Park), 70 McDonnell Rd (located about 4 km south of Horeke), +64 9 401 9935 (), [3]. One of New Zealand's prime geological features and tourism attraction which can be visited all year round. Huge basalt boulders—up to 30 m in height—created a 1.6 km long and up to 350 m wide boulder area which is world unique. A narrow footpath leads over wooden bridges and stairs up to a platform which enables a view over the valley. The short visit takes about 40 to 60 min, the easy walk to the platform is about 2 hr return.  edit

Do[edit][add listing]

Horeke has many interesting places you can experience in a little stroll on foot

  • First Commercial Ship Building Yard - see where the first ships have been built in NZ, memorial stone right in middle of town.
  • Buildings Water - view the buildings over water built due to shortage of land for sale.
  • First NZ Execution - get informed and look at the island where the first legal execution in NZ took place.
  • Wairere Valley Quad Bike Tours, 34 McDonnell Road, +64 9 401-9544, [4]. Quad bike to the unique Wairere Valley Picnic in the hills overlooking the mighty Hokianga harbour  edit

Buy[edit][add listing]

There are no shops, but you might buy a beer in the pub and have a chat with the locals.

Eat[edit][add listing]

  • Horeke Hotel, Horeke Road (in middle of town beside wharf), +64 9 401-9133 (, fax: +64 9 401-9916), [5]. Oldest hotel and pub in New Zealand  edit
  • Riverhead Guesthouse (Meals on Request), Horeke Road (well visible blue house on top of the hill), +64 9 401-9610 (, fax: +64 9 401-9610), [6]. An ancient kauri villa which has been lovingly restored.  edit

Drink[edit][add listing]

  • Horeke Hotel, Horeke Road (in middle of town beside wharf), +64 9 401-9133 (, fax: +64 9 401-9916), [7]. Oldest hotel and pub in New Zealand, we serve beer since 1826  edit

Sleep[edit][add listing]

  • Horeke Hotel, Horeke Road (in middle of town beside wharf), +64 9 401-9133 (, fax: +64 9 401-9916), [8]. Oldest hotel and pub in New Zealand  edit
  • Riverhead Guesthouse, Horeke Road (well visible blue house on top of the hill), +64 9 401-9610 (, fax: +64 9 401-9610), [9]. An ancient kauri villa which has been lovingly restored.  edit

Get out[edit]

Horeke can be used as your central stay to explore the Hokianga, the Far North and the Bay of Islands.

  • Koutu Boulders — biggest concretions in the world
  • Sand Dunes — fantastic sandstone sculptures on top of dune opposite Opononi
  • Omahuta Kauri Sanctuary (DoC Reserve; see 5 of the 12 biggest Kauri trees in an undisturbed healthy forest), (About 2 km South of Mangamuka Bridge, you turn East into Omahuta Road. Follow the Road (about 7 km) until you see Sanctuary Road to your right. Take Sanctuary Road and follow it to the end where you find the parking for the sanctuary. The road is narrow, so please drive slowly.), [10].  edit
  • Tane Mahuta (Lord of the Forest {most visited Kauri tree in NZ}), (Tane Mahuta is well signposted on SH12, 65 km from Dargaville towards North or 18 km from Omapere towards South), [11].  edit
  • Kohukohu (Historic Town), (Drive to SH 1 and turn North towards Kaitaia In Mangamuka Bridge turn left and follow road signs to Kohukohu, distance Horeke-Kohukohu is 60 km), [12].  edit
  • Bay of Islands (Towns of Kerikeri and Paihia), (drive to State Highway 1 and then turn right towards Okaihau, drive to Kerikeri is 45 min, to Paihia 60 min), [13].  edit
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