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Sculptures on top of sand dune, forming the northern part of the Hokianga Heads

Opononi and Omapere are two small towns linked by a ribbon of development on the Hokianga Harbour, west of Rawene, in the North Island of New Zealand.

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Omapere pier
Map of Opononi
  • 1 Manea – Footprints of Kupe, 41 Hokianga Harbour Drive (State Highway 12). An introduction to the Maori world through a 75-minute multiformat presentation including performance, film, art and digital interaction. Adult $65, 13–16 years $12, 5–12 years $6.
  • Sand dunes. Take the Hokianga Express ferry across the harbour and climb the dune towards the east (2.5 km). Ask the skipper for directions.
  • 2 Statue of Opo. the dolphin
  • Labyrinth Woodworks and Maze, 647 Waiotemarama Gorge Road, Waiotemarama.


  • Footprints Waipoua. Take a twilight or daylight walk with a Māori guide through the Waipoua Forest to the giant Tāne Mahuta kauri tree. Departs by coach from the Copthorne Hotel in Omapere.
  • Walk the beautiful bush track at Waiotemarama Falls, 5 km from Opononi.



  • Opononi Takeaways
  • Opononi Hotel



Go next[edit]

  • Dargaville – to the south, beyond the Waipoua Forest
  • Koutu – large round concretions (boulders) near Opononi
  • Rawene – a town to the north-east

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