The Cyclopedia of New Zealand [Auckland Provincial District]
Kaikohe is situated in the Bay of Islands County and on the coach road from Kawakawa to Taheke (Hokianga). The journey is a very interesting one, as the traveller passes through Pakaraka and Ohaeawai en route, and, besides, Kaikohe itself is one of the finest settlements in the north of Auckland. The land is first class, and consists in beautiful level country to the extent of about 100,000 acres, but its being locked up by the natives is a bar to the progress of one of the finest inland towns in New Zealand. Kaikohe is about 135 miles from Auckland. It has a telephone office and mails twice a week, a European school, a native school, and a first-class hotel. It is surrounded by gum fields, and the gum industry is its principal trade. The population consists of about 100 whites and 300 Maoris.