Kim Cormack, New Zealand Product Manager, romances us with her affection for Hokianga in the Northland region of New Zealand.

Name: Kim Cormack
Position: New Zealand Product Manager

What is your favourite ‘undiscovered location’ in New Zealand?
Hokianga, Northland
Why is it special to you?
I have always loved the beaches in the Bay of Islands and the feeling I get when I holiday there. The beaches in Hokianga are my favourite because I spent a large part of my honeymoon there. The region is always warm, the people are friendly and the vibe is so laidback. It’s also a short drive away from the ancient Waipoua Forest and Tāne Mahuta (meaning Lord of the Forest), New Zealand’s largest kauri tree. You can walk there independently (just a 5 minute walk from the road) or go with a guide. It’s a very special experience, I feel like it really connects you with the land.
Who did you travel with?
I’ve travelled there with a few different people, but most recently with my husband on our honeymoon. This cemented the Hokianga region as my favourite ‘undiscovered’ location.

What is your best piece of advice for people visiting this location?
Take your time, don’t rush. Enjoy being in this remote location. Do the iconic “Kiwi” thing and enjoy a fish and chips dinner from the local fish and chip shop down on the beach. Talk to the fishermen.

What is the closest airport/how do you get there? 
Kerikeri is the closest airport to Hokianga. From Kerikeri the drive is approximately 1 hour.
If you drive from Auckland Airport, it will take approximately 4 hours.


Spectacular Northland stretches from Cape Reinga, at the northernmost tip of the country, to Auckland, New Zealand’s largest city. The area enjoys its position as the only subtropical region in New Zealand, making anytime of the year a perfect time to visit. Visitors are welcomed to the region by pristine beaches, spectacular coastlines, giant kauri trees, and fascinating history.
Hokianga, on the west coast, features huge white sand dunes and laid back beach communities. Nearby visitors will discover incredible Ninety-Mile Beach and magnificent Tane Mahuta, the biggest kauri tree in existence. 
Northland features a spectacular range of accommodation options, including hostels, B & B’s, first class hotels and luxury lodges. The region is home to a wide range of attractions and activities including diving, sailing, swimming with dolphins, walking through Waipoua Forest, visiting museums, and uncovering history at the Waitangi Treaty Grounds.

Find out more about Northland.