A kauri launch with a long history is bringing the era of water transport back to the Hokianga Harbour.

Since October the Ranui has been plying the Hokianga's waters, shuttling cycle tourists across the harbour, offering sunset cruises, hosting floating parties and even standing in for the car ferry when it broke down earlier this year.

The 10-metre vessel is owned by Kohukohu residents Dimitri Edmonds and Craig Pinkney, who operate it both as a tourism venture and as a service for Hokianga locals.

Edmonds, an ex-fisherman, musician and B&B owner, had long lamented the absence of boats on what

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