Birds Eye View of The Hokianga Harbour

Here’s a fabulous shot of the Hokianga Harbour taken from our place. Our very clever friend, Csilla Ford from My Little Eye Photography took this pic with her drone flying more or less directly above The Lodge and it simply took our breath away.

We love the fact that it shows our road, pointing straight out the mouth of the harbour. This is where Kupe arrived from Hawaiiki a thousand years ago and where some of New Zealand’s earliest European travellers arrived also. Fast forward to Victorian times and the harbour was the centre of the Kauri trade. Kauri was so sought after that ships were prepared to risk the treacherous bar that guards the harbour. Also guarding the harbour are the two taniwha of legend, Arai Te Uru and Niua.

Today Kauri are being planted, not cut down and the harbour is a more peaceful place, used particularly for fishing, kayaking, waka ama and stand-up paddle-boards. Rare and endangered birds line the harbour’s edge and about half a dozen times a year we’ll see Orca if we’re lucky. So, if you haven’t been yet, why are you waiting?