Horeke is a small isolated town on the shores of the Hokianga Harbour, in the North Island of New Zealand.


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

Get in

By car

From State Highway 1 (SH 1), turn into Rangiahua Road in Rangiahua, and follow the signs south-west for 10 km on a sealed road.

From State Highway 12 (SH 12) in Taheke (between Kaikohe and Waima Valley), turn into Taheke Road and drive north. There is a 9 km unsealed section of road between Taheke and Horeke.

By boat

You can land at the Horeke wharf.

Get around

The Mission House before the exterior renovation
Wairere Boulders and viewing platform

Drive to the Wairere Boulders, about 4 km away. You can walk to the Mangungu Mission House on the unsealed road along the shore of the harbour.


Horeke has interesting places you can see in a short stroll.



There are no shops.


You can buy a beer in the pub and have a chat with the locals.


Go next

From Horeke you can explore the rest of the Hokianga.

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