Cresting the hill from the south, the first view of the sand dunes which grace the Hokianga Harbour’s northern shores has a wow factor unsurpassed by any city-scape. This startingly beautiful harbour is steeped in Maori and European history, and unlike the more eastern settlements of Paihia and Russell, there’s little hype here. Stretching inland for 70 kilometres, this safe-haven often shelters dolphins, orca and seals. Its small settlements of Omapere, Opononi, Rawene and Horeke on the southern shores, and Kohukohu on the northern shores have changed little since the nineteen fifties, when Opo the dolphin spent the summer of 1955 entrancing locals and visitors alike with its antics and games. The Twin Coast Discovery Highway passes through all four settlements, crossing the harbour from Rawene to Kohukohu via a regular car ferry, then heading north to Ahipara at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach.
Hokianga Harbour Accommodation "Our Pick"
Copthorne Hotel & Resort Hokianga
Located on the water edge of Hokianga Harbour. Rooms in the new wing are modern and have fantastic harbour views. Similar sea views can be enjoyed from the restaurant, bar and pool.
State Highway 12, Omapere -- Ph: +64 9 405 8737
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You will find this five star lodge just South of Waipoua Forest (a 50 minutes drive from Hokianga Harbour). It has 4 suites in historic farm buildings adjacent to the old lodge overlooking the forest and garden. State Highway 12, RD6, Dargaville
Phone: +64 9 439 0422 Website
Hokianga Harbour Restaurants & Cafes "Our Pick"
The Boatshed Cafe
Cafe food, open daily from 8.30am - 4pm.
8 Clendon Esplanade, Rawene -- Phone: 09 405 7728
Hokianga Harbour Activities "Our Selection"
Visit Waipoua Forest with a Maori guide. Hear the stories and legends of the forest and see some of the largest remaining Kauri Trees. Phone: +64 9 405 8207 -- Website
Explore the Hokianga Harbour on an afternoon Hokianga Harbour Cruise which departs at the Opononi wharf.
Phone: +64 9 405 8207 -- Website
Hokianga Express Charters to the sand dunes. (sand boarding).
Phone: +64 9 405 8872 -- Website
Swimming pool at Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga.
Opononi, Hokinga Harbour
Northland Region - Hokianga Harbour
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Tane Mahuta, Waipoua Forest, Footprints Waipoua tours
Dinner at Waipoua Lodge