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Opononi
Travel Guide

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 Resort
Opononi Resort
2.5 out of 5
19 State Highway 12, RD 3, Opononi
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$160 per night from 19 Apr. to 20 Apr.

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.

3.9/5Very Good! (93 reviews)

"Lovely spot, expansive property and services offered. Great views"…"

Reviewed on 14 Feb. 2021

Opononi Resort
Opononi Lighthouse Motel
Opononi Lighthouse Motel
2.5 out of 5
45 STATE HIGHWAY 12, Opononi
The price is NZ$125 per night from 1 May to 2 May

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 ...

4.4/5Excellent! (231 reviews)

"This motel has beautiful views across Hokianga Harbour to dramatic sand dunes. Most rooms have a sea view. There are delightful groups of seats arranged at the front of the property to sit and soak up the views. The gardens are full of flowers and well tended, so the exterior of the motel is really ..."…"

Reviewed on 17 Dec. 2020

Opononi Lighthouse Motel
MUDBRICK BARN MUDENZA VU
MUDBRICK BARN MUDENZA VU
44B Cabbage Tree Bay Rd;, Opononi, Opononi, Northland
The price is NZ$123 per night from 11 Apr. to 12 Apr.

This family-friendly Opononi holiday home is located on the waterfront, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Hokianga Harbour, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Opononi Beach and Omapere ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Great place to stay

"Great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr. 2021

MUDBRICK BARN MUDENZA VU
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.
MUDBRICK BARN MUDENZA VU
MUDBRICK BARN MUDENZA VU
44B Cabbage Tree Bay Rd;, Opononi, Opononi, Northland
The price is NZ$123 per night from 11 Apr. to 12 Apr.

This family-friendly Opononi holiday home is located on the waterfront, 0.1 mi (0.2 km) from Hokianga Harbour, and within 9 mi (15 km) of Opononi Beach and Omapere ...

4.9/5Exceptional! (31 reviews)
Great place to stay

"Great place to stay."…"

Reviewed on 8 Apr. 2021

MUDBRICK BARN MUDENZA VU
At Number 54 Youll Enjoy a Newly Renovated Fully Self Contained Apartment
At Number 54 Youll 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 ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (3 reviews)

"Very good property and excellent views from all rooms... however, there was a beeping noise that went constantly in another part of the dwelling... its the little things that get you..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Jan. 2021

At Number 54 Youll 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 ...

4.3/5Excellent! (36 reviews)
Great little place with stunning views and great deck

"Fab stay. Great house. A little under equipped in the kitchen for a family. Stunning views and great deck. Awesome base for exploring the Hokianga area."…"

Reviewed on 6 Apr. 2021

Sand Dunes Sanctuary
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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1 Jun. 2020

A place that is more than just the beach. A place for nature lovers to explore. Short hikes to waterfalls or around giant boulders. Limited places for food. But overall nice place with beautiful surrounding scenery.

5/5 - Excellent

Mary

24 Feb. 2020

The view of the sand dune amazing

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