Opononi

Travel Guide
Kai Iwi Lakes featuring tranquil scenes and a lake or waterhole

This fishing village on the south shore of the Hokianga Harbour invites all visitors to enjoy its unique geological features and relaxing surroundings.

Visit Opononi to soak up the tranquility and strong Māori character of New Zealand’s Far North. Take in the stunning vistas of the sand dunes across the water, book an adventure tour or just cast a line and catch your own dinner from the wharf.

Start at the Opononi i-SITE Visitor Centre to get inspiration for things to see and do. Deep-sea game fishing from a boat, scenic flights, sky diving, nightly nature walks and sand boarding are among the more thrilling options in and around Opononi.

Of course, you can also just take it easy, by lazing on the beach and jumping in for a swim on a hot day. Just beware that the currents are strong as the Tasman Sea’s turbulent tides push and pull on the harbor waters.

You may see dolphins and even orcas cruise by. One bottlenose dolphin became a national sensation in the 1950s because she kept returning to play with the swimmers. “Opo” attracted so many onlookers that she caused the region’s very first traffic jam. The small Opo Statue commemorates this “gay aquatic creature.”

Stroll along the beach between nearby Koutu and Kauwhare points to admire the massive Koutu Boulders. The round boulders are hardened nodules that grew within sedimentary rocks, through a process called concretion, and may have taken many millions of years to form.

Tucked away up a gravel road, between Omapere and the Waipoua Forest, find the Labyrinth Woodworks and Maze. The kids will love the wooden puzzles from all over the globe and there are life-sized animal statues too. Just over the bridge is a waterfall and a walk through kauri trees.

Opononi and Omapere are joined at the hip like Siamese twins. Opononi is half a day by car from Auckland, but don’t rush back to the city on the same day. Stay a few nights to get that real vacation feel. Oponini is where you’ll find most facilities, such as a hotel and bar, visitor information center and campground. Omapere provides better views of the Hokianga Harbour entrance with the sand dunes on its northern shore.

As the sun sets over this striking landscape, it’s hard to imagine a more inviting place than Opononi.

Opononi Lighthouse Motel
Opononi Lighthouse Motel
2.5 out of 5
45 STATE HIGHWAY 12, Opononi
Fully refundable
The price is NZ$166 per night from 2 Feb. to 3 Feb.
Situated in Opononi, this beach motel is steps away from Hokianga Harbour and Opononi Beach. Omapere Beach and Pakia Hill Lookout are also within 3 miles (5 ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (245 reviews)
"It was quiet...nice & handy to everything beach/shop/hotel/f&chip shop...clean & tidy...nice bedding & nice bed"

Reviewed on 23 Jan. 2022

Opononi Lighthouse Motel
Opononi Resort
Opononi Resort
2.5 out of 5
19 State Highway 12, RD 3, Opononi
The price is NZ$179 per night from 31 Jan. to 1 Feb.
Located in the heart of Opononi, this hotel is steps away from Hokianga Harbour and Opononi Beach. Omapere Beach is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.
3.9/5 Very Good! (95 reviews)
"Very clean. Absolutely lovely staff very warm and welcoming !! Stunning views off our balcony of Opononi beach :)"

Reviewed on 29 Dec. 2021

Opononi Resort
At Number 54 you’ll enjoy a newly renovated fully self contained apartment.
At Number 54 you’ll enjoy a newly renovated fully self contained apartment.
54 Fairlie Cres, Opononi, Northland
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hokianga Harbour and Opononi Beach. Omapere Beach and Pakia Hill Lookout are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Ahhh so relaxing
"Loved the location. Sunsets are amazing. Great space. Thanks for the memories."

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

At Number 54 you’ll enjoy a newly renovated fully self contained apartment.
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
At Number 54 you’ll enjoy a newly renovated fully self contained apartment.
At Number 54 you’ll enjoy a newly renovated fully self contained apartment.
54 Fairlie Cres, Opononi, Northland
Situated by the sea, this apartment building is within a 15-minute walk of Hokianga Harbour and Opononi Beach. Omapere Beach and Pakia Hill Lookout are also ...
4.9/5 Exceptional! (8 reviews)
Ahhh so relaxing
"Loved the location. Sunsets are amazing. Great space. Thanks for the memories."

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

At Number 54 you’ll enjoy a newly renovated fully self contained apartment.
Sand Dunes Sanctuary
Sand Dunes Sanctuary
51 Taumatawiwi Street, Opononi, Northland
Situated by the sea, this historic holiday home is within a 10-minute walk of Hokianga Harbour and Opononi Beach. Omapere Beach and Pakia Hill Lookout are also ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (43 reviews)
Beautiful view
"Nice clean house with a beautiful view. Area is quiet, so is a good place to relax and look out at the view !"

Reviewed on 12 Jan. 2022

Sand Dunes Sanctuary
Opononi - Enjoy breathtaking views and ultimate relaxation
Opononi - Enjoy breathtaking views and ultimate relaxation
87 State Highway 12, Opononi, Opononi, Northland
Situated on the beach, this holiday home is within a 5-minute walk of Hokianga Harbour and Opononi Beach. Omapere Beach and Pakia Hill Lookout are also within ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (25 reviews)
Beautiful Location
"This is a comfortable homely property. Really well equipped and in an amazing waterfront location."

Reviewed on 24 Jan. 2022

Opononi - Enjoy breathtaking views and ultimate relaxation
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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