Northland Journeys - Te Ara Coast to Coast

Hokianga - Kaikohe - Bay of islands

Te Ara, the pathway, from the Pacific Ocean to the Tasman Sea has arguably seen more early human history recorded than any other journey in the land.

From the time of Kupe’s naming of the Hokianga Harbour (Kaitaki o Te Wahapu o Hokianga Nui a Kupe) over 800 years ago, through to the largest signings of the Treaty of Waitangi at either end of this journey, this well used pathway, portage and set of roads has provided a dependable connection between two very different coastlines.

Magnificent sunrises in the east are matched by superb sunsets in the west - only 88 km away - but the tides are different, the coastlines are different and the relaxed towns of the Hokianga are a contrast to the busier towns of Paihia and Russell on the edge of the Bay of Islands.

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