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Kupe in the Hokianga - Roadside Stories

Kupe in the Hokianga - Roadside Stories



A Manatū Taonga audio guide to the Hokianga Harbour. Check out the Ministry for Culture and Heritage's audio guide in the image carousel above.

Hokianga Harbour was the departure point of legendary Māori navigator Kupe when he returned to his homeland of Hawaiki. Kupe is said to have left behind two taniwha (water spirits), which guided the safe landing of later Polynesian arrivals.

Hokianga district,


Places associated with Kupe,




Roadside Stories is a series of audio guides that follow major road trips in New Zealand. The stories cover the places you’ll pass along the way – their people, their history, their cultural and natural significance. For more information about Roadside Stories visit

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