Considered the heartland of the Ngāpuhi people, Kaikohe is a picturesque town in New Zealand’s spectacular Far North. It’s home to numerous Maori sites of significance and a fascinating heritage village and is near the Ngawha Hot Springs and historic Te Waimate Mission.
Things to do in Kaikohe
Discover the local history at the Pioneer Village Kaikohe, which encompasses numerous old buildings dating back to 1862. See the oldest courthouse in New Zealand and admire the 19th-century Utakura Hall and School while browsing the agricultural machinery, vintage steam locomotives and Maori artefacts.
Visit the historic Te Waimate Mission, which details the early encounters between Maori and European people in New Zealand. Wander through the 19th-century period-furnished rooms and learn about the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi, then explore the garden trails to discover what life was like in the original mission village.
Relax at the Ngawha Hot Springs, which offers a series of volcanically heated pools renowned for their therapeutic properties. Bathe in the enticing waters of the Tane Mahuta Pool or step into the dark black waters of the “Bulldog”, then cool off in the milky-white waters of the Cold Pools.
Experience the rich Maori culture of the region at Te Ahuahu, a prominent basaltic cone that was once the site of an indigenous village. Learn about the 19th-century Battle of Te Ahuahu that took place here, with a traditional marae meeting ground now standing adjacent to the site.
Getting around Kaikohe
Kaikohe is a 1.5-hour drive from Whangarei Airport or just over three hours’ drive from Auckland. The town is small enough to explore on foot, but having your own vehicle is best for accessing the surrounding sights.