Mum( 78 years) and I came across this hotel purely by chance as we were exploring the Hokianga Harbour. We pulled in at opening hour and were greeted by the friendly owner - Marlene. Mum wanted to sit outside but to get out of the wind we needed to sit on a different deck. Unbeknown to us this was the owners private deck, however we were offered seating once we walked through their private quarters and shown to the sunny deck. Marlene is delightful, very friendly, and knowledgeable about the area. If you want a spruced up place, full of tourists don't bother stopping, however if you want to visit a quintessential New Zealand pub, then you couldn't do better than this. The setting is truly out of this world - probably because it is so tranquil, on the edge of the harbour, and not a white sports shoe is sight! OK the pub is tired, but this is life in the Hokianga. We could have stayed all day. Marlene pointed out that we should visit the Mangungu Mission Station, which we did, and found this so fascinating, as we had only heard about the first part of the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi. We will definitely be back.