Itinerary N1

Explore Kohukohu

From the south side, cross on the Ferry, which sails on the half hour from 7.30 a.m. until 7.30 p.m and turn right at the northern terminal. The return ferries sail on the hour until 8.00 p.m.

One interpretation of the word “kohu” is “misty”. As misty mornings promise a lovely day in the Hokianga, this is the preferred meaning.

The European settlement at Kohukohu dates from before 1830 and for nearly 100 years it was a major timber milling town. At one time it rated as the third largest town north of Auckland. When the timber ran out, a thriving dairy industry was established at nearby Motukaraka, where the remains of the old factory still stand.

This was established before there were any roads in the Hokianga and the cream cans were brought from all around the Harbour by the ‘cream launches’.

Sadly many of the historic buildings have been lost in major fires, but those buildings of interest that survived are set out in an Historic Walk around the town. Pick up a Kohukohu brochure from outside the Library or from Village Arts and visit the community website for more information.