Hokianga History and Memorabilia
A collection of historical, personal and other material related to life on the Hokianga, New Zealand,
where some of the earliest European settlement occurred.
updated - 9 Ocotber 2017
Hokianga Historical Society
Rawene on the south shore of the Hokianga River - photo Ken Baker
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Contact the Hokianga Historical

Alexa and Owen Whaley
Tel: + 64.9.405 8641 or
14 Waianga Place, Omapere
South Hokianga
New Zealand

Website designed, installed and maintained by :
Ken Baker, Brussels, Belgium

Join the Society!! The Hokianga Historical Society
is looking for your support, especially financial, to
be able to complete and augment its new premises
for it's collections and museum.

  • Mailing address:
           P.O. Box 26
           0445 Opononi

    Link to: Where to find us brochure
Historical Material & Documents

Hokianga Historical Society

World War One Commemoration

Family History, Census and Directory Information -
Early Residents of the Hokianga District
News & Events
  • 25th November 2017:  Christmas Lunch at the
    Copthorne Hotel - Cost $27.00
    Reservations essential with Dawn Metcalfe (09 405
    8890) or Museum 09 405 8498
    Lunch Speaker Kevin Prime of Nagti Hine, Ngati
    Whatua, Tainui and Welsh descent
Current Exhibitions at the Museum
Commemorative Display of the 40th
anniversary of the solo rowing trip by Colin
Quincey from Omapere to Australia
see current January 2017 Newsletter)

The Story & Wreck of the Ventnor - the
discovery and research of the ship S.S Ventnor
carrying the remains of 500Chinese back to
China in 1902 (
see further details here).

The 1st two boats to come on shore at Omapere from the sunken
Ventnor - welcomed by  Charles Bryers (right) whose house was
located on the beach
(photo courtesy Sir George Grey Special Collections, Auckland

Commemoration of WWI and the part played
by the people and soldiers of  the Hokianga
Region 100 years ago - Original documents,
posters, photographs and newspapers of the
day from around the world (
see our special
WW1 pages). New Publication available.

The WW1 Exhibition at the museum - photo coutesy Owen Whaley

Opo the Dolphin Statue
Visit the original historic statue of Opo the
Dolphin now in the Hokianga Museum at
Hokianga Historical Society Newsletters
All the Society Newsletters are permanently available on-line.
The Museum and
Archives Centre is
open at Omapere
for visitors and for research

Previous Exhibitions:

September 2013 "Then and Now" - a look at early
photographs alongside current views

May 2013: "Carrying the News" - How Hokianga
heard and hears what's happening

Summer 2012/2013 "Soaring over the Hokianga"

Tel: 09 405 8498
Open: Monday to Saturday,
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Closed: Sunday

Museum Curator:
Donna Washbrook

How to reach us: State Highway 12 at
14 Waianga Place, Omapere, South Hokianga
(look for the sign)
Link to: Where to find us brochure