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Hokianga Harbour Vacation Packages

This unspoiled treasure trove of the Far North is lined with massive sand dunes, authentic Māori fishing villages, colonial heritage sites and giant boulders.

Hokianga Harbour is one of New Zealand’s best-kept secrets. Māori call the Northland region Te Hiku-o-te-Ika (The Tail of the Fish). Despite being one of New Zealand’s first European trading hubs in the 1800s, it’s at this tail end that traditional Māori culture is most alive today.

Explore predominantly Māori villages, go fishing and walk along stunning coastal and forest tracks as you follow the course of the harbor. On the south shore, Opononi and Omapere are connected like Siamese twins, each with their own charms. Stroll the beach, cast a line from a jetty or gaze out over the mighty sand dunes from Arai Te Uru Reserve.

To reach the dunes at Rangi Point, board the Hokianga Express from Opononi. Zoom down the dunes on a boogie board and admire the wind-swept formations that are sacred to Māori.

To see more of North Hokianga you’ll need a car, so first head back to Opononi and drive on to Pakanae to turn off to Rawene. Before boarding the vehicle ferry, browse the arts and crafts galleries and little wooden café on stilts in the bay.

Once across, head to the town of Motuti and visit its picturesque St Mary’s Church. In the Motuti Marae, learn traditional Māori weaving, poi-making or bone and wood carving. Waipuna Marae, in nearby Panguru, depicts the history of the seafaring ancestor Kūpe. Arrange to stay the night and share a meal with your hosts to see stories of bygone days and see wood carving demonstrations.

Drive northeast to reach the Top of Hokianga Harbour. Kohukohu was the main hub for New Zealand’s early timber industry because it sits at the confluence of the harbor with the Mangamuka and Waihou rivers. Stroll through its Historic Precinct to catch a glimpse of life as it would have been in the 1830s and browse modern art galleries.

From Mangamuka Bridge, take the State Highway across the Waihou River and turn off to Horeke, where the country’s first commercial shipyard operated. The town also boasts the oldest headstones, first pub and first post office.

Its strong Māori character, rich British heritage and pristine nature make Hokianga Harbour one of the North Island’s most authentic destinations, yet it’s only a half-day drive from ultra-modern Auckland.


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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga $56
Reviewed on Sep 8, 2019
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Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga

Copthorne Hotel and Resort Hokianga

334 State Highway 12, Omapere
     
    4.1 of 5
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Overall the whole place was great Walls seemed thin as you could here people above us an next to us

    Opononi Lighthouse Motel $60
    Reviewed on Jun 5, 2019
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    Opononi Lighthouse Motel

    Opononi Lighthouse Motel

    45 State Highway 12, Opononi
       
      4.4 of 5
      2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

      Thought they forgot give us milk but then see they use creamer, we prefer milk. We appeared not to have our room serviced first day.

      Opononi Resort $68
      Reviewed on Apr 11, 2019
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      Opononi Resort

      Opononi Resort

      19 State Highway 12, RD 3, Opononi
         
        3.9 of 5
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Staff friendly, and accommodating. Nice remodeled bathroom. Excellent choice of TV channels. Outstanding views across Hokianga Harbour and to sand dunes. WiFi in lounge and restaurant good but, did not work in room.

        The Heart of Opononi $98
        The Heart of Opononi

        The Heart of Opononi

        19 State Highway 12, Opononi, Northland
           
          4.0
          of 5, from 1 reviews
          3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

          Situated in Opononi, this eco-friendly vacation home is steps from Hokianga Harbour and Opononi Beach. Omapere Beach is 2.4 mi (3.9 km) away.

          Sand Dunes Sanctuary
          Reviewed on Apr 17, 2019
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          Sand Dunes Sanctuary

          Sand Dunes Sanctuary

          Opononi, Northland
             
            4.0 of 5
            0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Lovely view. Everything we needed. We found the bath very high to get in for a shower.

            Orca Beach Watch Omapere - Free Wifi - Superb View
            Reviewed on Apr 27, 2019
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            Orca Beach Watch Omapere - Free Wifi - Superb View

            Orca Beach Watch Omapere - Free Wifi - Superb View

            Omapere, Northland
               
              4.5 of 5
              0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

              Really enjoyed our stay. Had everything we needed. Love Opononi.

              Beach Front House With Endless Views
              Reviewed on Mar 15, 2019
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              Beach Front House With Endless Views

              Beach Front House With Endless Views

              Opononi, Northland
                 
                5.0 of 5
                0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                We had a fairly big group, but there was plenty of sleeping space in the upper 2 levels. Lots of flat ground out the front for frisbee and cricket, and in front of that, the harbour! with a beautiful outlook to the heads. The water is pretty shallow so the tide goes out very far. Not the best for ...

                Couples' Retreat - Opononi Tranquility
                Reviewed on Mar 23, 2019
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                Couples' Retreat - Opononi Tranquility

                Couples' Retreat - Opononi Tranquility

                Opononi, Northland
                   
                  4.6 of 5
                  0.0 out of 5.0 Stars

                  A good base to explore the Hokianga. Clean and tidy with all amenities. Great views from the deck.

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