Hokianga region is steeped in spectacular natural wonders and fascinating cultural heritage. The spectacular entrance features huge sand dunes and remote beaches. On the southern tip of the Hokianga Harbour is the Waipoua Forest, the home of Tane ... Show More
Tourist Information About Hokianga
Hokianga region is steeped in spectacular natural wonders and fascinating cultural heritage. The spectacular entrance features huge sand dunes and remote beaches. On the southern tip of the Hokianga Harbour is the Waipoua Forest, the home of Tane Mahuta, the country's largest kauri tree, which is approximately 2,000 years old and still growing. More than 1000 years ago, Kupe and his people were the first to arrive in New Zealand, landing on the shores of Hokianga Harbour. Many iwi (Maori tribes) trace their ancestry back to the legendary Polynesian explorer Kupe. Continuing north takes in the harbour side twin towns of Omapere and Opononi, the Waiere Boulders are also a unique attraction.
Best Attractions and free things to do in Hokianga
1. Manea Theater
Manea Footprints of Kupe is a 75-minute multimodal adventure through art, taonga, film, performance, computer interactivity, and the natural beauty of Hokianga's environs. Manea provides you a once-in-a-lifetime cultural experience, taking you on a voyage through te ao Māori, the Māori universe.
2. Hokianga Adventure
Opononi and Omapere are two communities on the Hokianga harbor's south shore. When a wild dolphin swam into the harbor and played with the swimmers on the beach in the early 1950s, Opononi became famous. She was on television and became a well-known national figure. Pose for a snapshot next to the world-famous friendly dolphin Opo's statue.
Enjoy a boat journey across the harbor for sand boarding down the massive Hokianga dunes, followed by lunch at the hotel in Opononi or fish and chips on the beach.
3. Footprints Waipoua
Witness Māori's connection to the forest and their great spiritual reverence for these sentinels who have stood peacefully witnessing the passage of time. Before reverently greeting the world's oldest and largest known kauri trees with spine-tingling chants and song, your guide will provide thought-provoking information, amusing banter, anecdotes, and legends.
Observe the change from day to night, and your senses will become hauntingly amplified. The moments you capture are eternal treasures, just like these massive kauri trees.
4. Koutu Boulders
The Moeraki Boulders are well-known throughout the South Island, but have you heard of the Koutu Boulders? On the edge of the Hokianga Harbor, Northland boasts its unique group of perfectly spherical boulders. Low tide is the ideal time to watch them along the beach!
5. Sandboard Down the Niua Sand Dunes
The North Head sand dunes, also known as Niua, are an incredible natural playground! Boat tours to the sand dunes depart from Opononi, with bodyboards provided. The perfect day trip for your family!
6. Rawene and Kohukohu
Visit Rawene and take the ferry to Kohukohu for further information on the Hokianga Harbor. Rawene is New Zealand's third-oldest European settlement, including outstanding cafes, galleries like the Boatshed Gallery, and the historic Clendon House. You may also take a picturesque vehicle and passenger boat to Kohukohu, where you can pick up a map and go on a historic tour through the Victorian village or visit the Village Arts and Art of This World Gallery.
This quaint port town is New Zealand's second oldest town and a must-see for history buffs and fans of charming towns. A stroll through town will uncover New Zealand's first pub, first post office, first murder trial, oldest headstones, and first commercial shipyard, among other things!
Come check it out for yourself and discover a new thing to love.
8. Wairere Boulders
Explore this amazing valley, which is full of worn basalt boulders of various sizes and shapes. The enormous boulders, streams, and 24 wooden structures of the Wairere Boulders Nature Park can be explored on a number of excursions ranging from 40 minutes to 2 hours. This place is an incredible photo opportunity!