Recently a large corrections facility was erected giving the township a key employment plank.
Kaikohe is also the central service area for the North of New Zealand. Kaikohe is the largest inland town and highest community above sea level in the Northland Region.
The 2006 census revealed the population of Kaikohe to be just over 4000 people and it is the thriving shopping and service centre for an extensive farming district with a catchment of 28,000 people. It is often referred to as "the hub” of the north.
Kaikohe has a strategic position in the centre of the province, giving access of some of New Zealand's finest scenic attractions.