Wandering with Ancestors


The beautiful Hokianga coast is the home to one of New Zealand’s most moving pieces of living history.

The story starts in 1902 when the SS Ventnor, bound for Hong Kong, sank off the Hokianga coast. Thirteen crew and passengers lost their lives. Also lost was some very special cargo: the remains of around 500 mostly goldminers who had died in New Zealand and were being returned to their families in China. To the great despair of the families, all was believed lost in the wreck.

Welcome to the Northland Journey – Wandering with Ancestors

Northland Journeys

Wandering with Ancestors


The beautiful Hokianga coast is the home to one of New Zealand’s most moving pieces of living history.

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