Hikurangi is a small township fifteen minutes north of Whangarei. It is the gateway to the Tutukaka coast and the perfect place to stop for a coffee on your way North. Hikurangi is a name used in many parts of New Zealand because it commemorates a well-known peak in Hawaiki, from where Maori migrated.
In 1875 a road to Whangarei was established and Hikurangi became a timber milling centre. It further flourished in 1894 when coal mining began in the area. Today it is still a small busy community, with a primary school, two churches and even a museum.