St Enoch & St Elijah Monastery OF

where else but god’s choice

CLEAN  GREEN  New zealand

  1. 3743 State Highway 12, Taheke,

  2. Hokianga, Far North, New Zealand

  3. . . . where God grows kiwis in his hidden motherly

  4. womb, Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud.

(We are 10 minutes West of Kaikohe toward Taheke, on the North side of the road)


earby notable places — BEaches, forests and towns.

when you go east from taheke to the pacific coast:     ⃝

Kaikohe     12 minutes (13.3 km) north-east on the State Highway to the Rural Centre and shopping, Kaikohe is midway between the East and West coasts. In the early 19th century a rival Māori tribe raided the village of Opanga and fugitives subsisted on the bitter red berries of the native Kohekohe trees on what is now Kaikohe Hill. After the incident, the village became known as Kaikohekohe (kai meaning food) but was later shortened to Kaikohe.

     Kaikohe birthed the legendary Hongi Hika (1772-1828), tribal chief and war leader of the Ngāpuhi iwi (who controlled the Bay of Islands), who marauded much of the North Island with his newly acquired European muskets. during his life he encouraged non-Māori settlement, patronised New Zealand’s first Christian missionaries whilst never himself converting, introduced Māori to Western agricultural practices himself using captive Māori slave labour to produce commercial crops, helped to put Māori language into writing, travelled to Australia and in England met King George IV and caused so much violence among the other less armed North Island tribes as to stimulate the British to anexe New Zealand with the 1840 Treaty of Waitangi signed by the British Crown and over 500 tribal chiefs twelve years after his death. Hongi Hika was the pivotal figure in the period that brought Māori history from myth and oral tradition to a more global relationship, authority, exchange and dialogue.

     Famous opponent of the perceived injustices of the Treaty of Waitangi, the northern war leader Hōne (his Christian name) Heke Pōkai, (1807-1850) nephew and later son-in-law to the late great war leader Hongi Hika (d. 6 March, 1828), retired and died of tuberculosis in Kaikohe on 7 August, 1850 at the age of forty-three after being defeated by loyalist war chief Tāmati Wāka Nene and reluctantly pardoned by British Governor Grey two years earlier. His second wife, Hariata Rongo, and bodyguards laid him to rest by in a cave at his birthplace of Pakaraka to the east of Kaikohe but in May 2011 was controversially relocated to a public cemetery.

     A later Hōne Heke Ngapua, Member of the House of Representatives, has a memorial on Kaitaia Hill for his extraordinary service to NZ and to the unification of the Māori tribes nationwide, the Kotahitanga that led to the movement that eventually established a single King for the entire Māori people, still based today in Ngaruawahia in the Waikato.

     Kaikohe was a small Ngāpuhi settlement until a rail link from Whangarei in the south-east was made in 1914 and dairy farming was developed, but the area is steeped in history that is at once violent, developmental, creative and ever explorative in its human search for truth, power, justice, beauty, goodness and spiritual wisdom.

Ngawha (narfa) hot springs, a few minutes east of Kaikohe is a minor health resort operated by a local Māori Marae. It consists of a dozen or so outdoor thermal mud pools ranging in temperature from cold to extremely hot.

The Bay of Islands, Paihia  41 min (46.9 km), Waitangi 42 min (46.9 km) and Russell, 83 min (62.4 km) are to the east-north-east.

Historic Keri Keri 37 min (42.7 km) north-east.

East coast idyllic beaches: whale bay, helena bay, whangaruru, whananaki

when you go from west taheke to the tasman coast:     ⃝

opononi beach 29 min (37.7 km) and omapere beach 33 minutes (41.1 km) west on the mouth of the Hokianga Harbour.

Waipoua forest (wai meaning river) 50 minutes, contains the tallest NZ kauri, 1400 year-old Tane Mahuta, Lord of the Forest and the oldest surviving NZ kauri, 2000 year-old Te Matua Ngahere, Father of the Forest. See also many other forest walks including Yakas Track, Lookout Walk and the Waiotemarama kauri and waterfall walks.

Hokianga’s undiscovered and vast west coast beaches on the tasman sea with pure white sand, dune trails, superb seafood, wild surf and lots of space.

go NORTH-west to the hokianga Harbour and beyond:     ⃝

Mangungu mission house near to Horeke is the site of the second signing of the Treaty of Waitangi.

Horeke, 30 minutes. The second oldest European settlement, an historic ship building town.

Rawene, 24 minutes. New Zealand's third oldest European settlement has historic Clendon House to visit as well as the recently completed mangrove walk.

Kohukohu, 53 minutes (35.1 km), is an historic timber mill town.

Kaitaia, 1 h 19 min (94.6 km) (going by ferry across the Hokianga is considerably shorter) and Ahipara 1 h 32 min (108 km) on the ninety Mile Beach in the north-west.

The new vehicle ferry Kohu Ra Tuarua takes up to 21 cars a crossing providing a fast, comfortable trip across the Hokianga Harbour. First sailing from Rawene 7.30am and last sailing from the Narrows near Kohukohu at 8pm, it departs from Rawene on the half hour and the Narrows on the hour.

Te waimate mission house east of Lake Omapere and State Highway 1 to Kaitaia.

Fishing, Horse Trekking, Golf, Waiwere Boulders, Kayaking and Historic Churches

go from taheke to the SOUTh AND SOUTH-EAST:     ⃝

Dargaville, 90 minutes south through the Waipoua Forest.

Whangarei, 90 minutes south-east.

East coast beaches: whananaki, matapouri, tutukaka, nunguru, pataua, waipu

Auckland, 3.5 hours (250 km) south-east.

ocation the monastery is currently in the planning and development stage however we can show some prospective details, concepts and photos. Should our address change, website photos and a few details will change but the monastery’s principles will remain unchanged.
call upon you, for you

will answer me, O God; incline your ear to me; hear my words.

Wondrously show your steadfast love. Keep me as the apple of your eye; hide me in the shadow of your wings. As for me, I shall behold your face in righteousness; when I awake, I shall be satisfied with your likeness.

From Psalms 17. ESV.


The Far North is rich in tourist and holiday destinations, food basket produce, ancient kauri and native forests, desert sand dunes, historic settlements and churches, the legends of the Māori musket wars and slave labour, the Waitangi Treaty and its associated uprisings and the eventual kingi movement that brought all of New Zealand’s iwi to act as one people.

Powerful modern day Māori cultural and mana schools in Northland

are very popular and thorough.

Northland is like the kumara, never speaking of its own sweetness,

— yet, when you taste it even the smallest portion is delicious and

very satisfying. You always come back for more of the Far North.

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