Matakohe is a settlement in the Kaipara District in the Northland region of New Zealand's North Island. The Matakohe River is a short tributary of the Arapaoa River, which flows into the Kaipara Harbor. State Highway 12 passes through Matakohe. Ruawai is 16 km west, Paparoa 6 km northeast. The Hukatere Peninsula extends from Matakohe south into Kaipara Harbor. The Kauri Museum in Matakohe is dedicated to the history of the local Kauri-based timber industry. In 2006, the place had about 400 inhabitants.