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

For the last six months the Ranui has been 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 launch 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.

Mr Edmonds, a former fisherman, musician and B&B owner, had long lamented the absence of boats on what