Welcome to the Town of Horeke
|Horeke sprang up overnight
when a Australian firm established a
shipyard in 1826. Only a few ships were built here
but Horeke became the Heart of the Hokianga for the next decade. It
is the second oldest town in New Zealand.
New Zealand's first
murder trial took place at the
nearby Methodist Mission.
The dark bluff across the Hokianga River further east is
called Marmon's Point, the home of
Cannibal Jack, Hokianga's first settler.
Between Horeke and State Highway 1 at Rangiahua are some of
the finest tidal marshes in New Zealand. Hundreds of wildfowl and
endangered swamp birds thrive in these vast aquatic 'wastelands'.
buildings of Horeke were
mostly built over water, because at the time there was no land for
sale, available for development.
Horeke Hotel is
the first Pub ever built in New Zealand. It might not have
had a liquor license, but it served the many ship builders working
in the first commercial shipbuilding yard in New Zealand, which was situated
Horeke will now have a new lease on life, thanks to the
to coast cycle track or twin coast cycle trail from Opua to Horeke
connecting the Bay of Islands to the Hokianga Harbour. It has become
the start cycling towards Okaihau or the end cycling from Opua via
Kawakawa, Moerewa and Kaikohe.
Chapel at Mangungu
Mangungu Mission, Horeke