Opononi - South Hokianga

The Hokianga Harbour offers many beautiful and interesting attractions and activities.

You can just lie back and enjoy the peace, tranquility and the stunning views. You can take a leisurely walk along the waters edge, or go for a swim in the warm clear water.

If you are feeling more energetic go kayaking or catch the water taxi from Opononi to the sand hills and try sand boarding.

Go for a night time forest encounter amongst the giant Kauri Trees at Waipoua.

Drive out to the coast at Waimamaku Beach Road, or South Head, and the mood changes from the tranquility of the harbour - there the large breakers crash in from the open sea.

Explore the rock pools, walk along the beaches, or try your luck at fishing.

From South Head, Arai te Uru, watch the spectacular water currents as the Tasman Sea meets the Hokianga waters. If you are lucky you may see some orcas or dolphins swimming in the harbour.

Up Waiotemarama Gorge Road is another popular walk, to the waterfall and beyond where there are many examples of N.Z. native trees.

At Koutu take a walk to see the giant round boulders on the beach. For quieter moments the museum at Omapere is full of historical information.

Around the Hokianga there are shops selling local arts and crafts and quiet cafes to relax in.