Northland & Bay of Islands

Sub region: Hokianga


  • Manea Footprints of Kupe
  • Water activities
  • Sandboarding


Easy-going Opononi and nearby Omapere are places to live the beach life, hear the stories of Kupe, and zoom up and down the giant dunes and harbour of the Hokianga.

Bay of Islands
The Entrance to Manea Footprints of Kupe, Bay of Islands

Opononi and its twin settlement Omapere provide a slice of beachside living in the heart of the Hokianga Harbour. Opononi was made famous in the mid 1950s by the tame dolphin Opo, who used to let children ride on his back.

A white sand beach stretches all the way to the Opononi Wharf, where you can catch a water taxi to the giant sand dunes on the other side of the harbour. Dune surfing on boogie boards is a thrill that leaves you sandy but extremely satisfied. From kayaking to Jetski's, Omapere/Opononi also offers a range of exciting water activities. In the heart of the twin settlement, you'll find Manea Footprints of Kupe, a Māori cultural centre that tells the story of great ancestor Kupe through a 4D sensory experience.

You’ll discover a choice of places to stay, from motels and resort-style beachfront units to private holiday cottages that can be rented for almost any duration.

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