Kohukohu

A few of Kohukohu's historic buildings - the newspaper office and bank buildings

A few of Kohukohu’s historic buildings – the newspaper office and bank buildings

Kohukohu is an historic village on the Hokianga Harbour in the Northland Region of North Island. It was one of the first European settlements in New Zealand. Today, Kohukohu is a community of 150 people who live within the village and approximately 350 who live in the surrounding area. It is home to lots of interesting people, including many musicians, artists, writers, forward thinkers, environmentalists, conservationists, craftspeople and gardeners who enjoy meeting people from all over the world.

Kohukohu is situated on the northern shore of the harbour where it splits into two rivers, the Mangamuka River branching inland to the northeast and the Waihou River leading towards the east past Mangungu, Horeke and Rangiahua.

Kohukohu may look like a sleepy little place, but there is plenty to delight the visitor.

The old Waterline Cafe building - once a butcher's shop

The old Waterline Cafe building – once a butcher’s shop

The cafe and pub serves great food. There are musical evenings where local musicians get together and Ceilidhs where we dance the night away.

A great range of accommodation is offered locally from backpackers, to farmstays, to retreats, to B&Bs, motels and self catering accommodation.

Whether it’s fishing from the wharf, a walk on the wild side on the beach at Mitimiti or browsing at the library and looking over the art at the Geddes Gallery and Village Arts let the charm of Kohukohu work its magic on you.

History

According to Te Tai Tokerau tradition, the legendary Polynesian explorer, Kupe visited the area in 925 AD prior to his return voyage to Hawaiiki. Angry at the food from the hangi (earth oven) being insufficiently cooked, he cursed those responsible using the word kohu. Hence Kohukohu.

 This painting is by Charles Heaphy and shows G. F. Russell's house and timber yard at Kohukohu, Hokianga Harbour, with a ship and a barque, the Francis Spaight (nearer vessel) and the Bolina (on the left) loading kauri spars; and a row-boat hauling spars.

This painting is by Charles Heaphy and shows G. F. Russell’s house and timber yard at Kohukohu, Hokianga Harbour, with a ship and a barque, the Francis Spaight (nearer vessel) and the Bolina (on the left) loading kauri spars; and a row-boat hauling spars.

The first recorded European to enter the Hokianga Harbour arrived in 1819 and by the 1830s, Kohukohu was the heart of New Zealand’s timber industry. The country’s first Catholic mass was celebrated 8 kilometres north of Kohukohu at Totara Point in 1838.

For nearly one hundred years Kohukohu was an important timber milling town and the largest commercial centre on the north of the harbour. In 1900, the township had a population of almost 2,000 people.

Links

Wikipedia

Village website – kohukohu.co.nz