Nau mai, Haere mai.
Explore the historic Hokianga Harbour from your base here at Riverhead Villa. We are centrally located on the shores of the harbour, in a peaceful setting with stunning views.
Our beautiful old style Kauri-Villa, originally built in Kaiwaka in 1871, was moved in 1979 to Horeke (the oldest settlement in the Hokianga and second oldest settlement in New Zealand), where she sits to this very day, watching the tides of Te Hokianga Harbour ebb and flow.
Hokianga is a wonderful place to explore. Art Galleries exhibiting local established and emerging artists, cafes that offer a wonderful repast, museums and historic places, a car ferry ride to Kohukohu and the other side of the harbour, and the new Manea Footprints of Kupe cultural centre located in Opononi, are just a few of the attractions available.
Alternately, why not travel to Waitangi to see the great Ngātokimatawhaorua Waka and explore the Treaty Grounds, maybe catch the ferry to Russell for lunch and top it off with a stroll to Te Maiki Hill to see the historic flag pole, or walk around the point on your return to Paihia, or do both. The north is a wonderful place to explore, so come and stay a while.
Within an easy 30 minute drive are the towns of Kaikohe, Kerikeri, Okaihau. A little further out, but still a comfortable day trip away are the towns of Kaitaia, Ahipara and Awanui and just around the corner are the famous Wairere Boulders.
Having passed through several generations of private ownership, the Riverhead Villa enters a new phase of provenance.
In 2020 the homestead was purchased by Utakura 7 Investments Ltd on behalf of the many shareholders of Utakura 7 Incorporation, whose ties to the whenua and moana extend all the way back to Kupe, Nukutāwhiti and Ruanui, to create economic opportunities for their shareholders and local residents alike.
We would love you to join us for a bit of rest and relaxation - enjoying also - an interesting journey back in time.
Traditionally styled our rooms are comfortable and unique. Our Pūriri and Rimu rooms are fitted with ensuites for added comfort and convenience.
A delicious continental breakfast is provided.
Safety & Comfort
The number of rooms available may be limited to comply with our insurance policy. At the time of your inquiry, we will advise.
The Riverhead Villa is an "Official Partner" of the "Pou Herenga Tai Twin Coast Cycle Trail" sometimes called "Northland Coast to Coast Cycle Trail" or "Twin Coast Cycle Trail" from Opua via Kawakawa, Kaikohe, and Okaihau to Horeke connecting the Bay of Islands to the Hokianga Harbour.
If this is 'your sport’ you have the perfect place to rest after your adventure. You can clean your gear, we can store your bike safely for you and you can enjoy our hospitality for a night or two.
In summer relax on the outside deck and drink in the views.
Walk across the road to New Zealand’s oldest pub, Horeke Tavern for a beer by the water. Or in the winter sit with a wine in front of the fire and read about Horeke’s wonderful history.