Omapere Travel Guide

  • Pohutukawa's and golden sand dunes
    Pohutukawa's and golden sand dunes
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  • Koutu Beach: view to the Sand Dunes of Hokianga
    Koutu Beach: view to the Sand Dunes of...
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  • Hokianga Harbour - Omapere
    Hokianga Harbour - Omapere
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Omapere Things to Do

  • Walk along to the blowhole

    Theres a nice walk along the coast from the Hokianga harbour heads past the signal point that takes you to a blow hole - you can find out from the locals, particularly the milk bar/grocery shop thats at the bottom of the huge hill in Omapere or the one thats in Opononi to get an idea of the tides and maximise your visit to the blowhole by going...

  • Koutu Beach (and Boulders)

    On the way to our accommodation in Omapere we were looking for the Koutu Boulders along the waterfront of Hokianga Harbour. We did find the Koutu Loop Road (about 5 km's south of Opononi on Highway 12), but did not succeed in finding these huge rock balls, being one of the secrets of Hokianga. But we discovered Koutu Beach, a rocky beach with a...

  • Great Wairere Boulders Walks

    We took a detour around the Hokianga Harbour to the Wairere Boulders and found this gem of a valley tucked away between bush and farmland, along a gorgeous river, what a superb location - this was the true New Zealand we were looking for! First we were greeted by friendly chickens and then the lovely owners welcomed us and said we shouldn't miss...

  • Hokianga Harbour - Golden Dunes

    Opononi and Omapere:Just two little towns at the beautiful Hokianga Harbour. Opononi is famous for 'Opo', a dolphin who lived in the harbour in 1955. There is a small monument of 'Opo' the dolphin.The village is also starting point for a visit to the huge sand dunes on the other side of the harbour.We had great views on these 'golden dunes' and the...

  • Wairere Boulders - basalt rocks and...

    The Wairere Boulders are situated near Horeke, a small village along the Hokianga Harbour (with the oldest post office of New Zealand). The village is accessible from both Highway 1 and Highway 12 between Opononi and Kaikohe. After our lunch in the local pub of Horeke we did take the Horeke (gravel) Road and after a couple of km's we found the car...

  • Rawene - before or after the ferry

    Before or after crossing Hokianga Harbour stay a little while in Rawene, a cute village on the southern side of Hokianga Harbour. Rawene offers a lot of old buildings, dating back to the early settler period. And driving or walking through this village it is obvious the people are proud of their history and the historic buildings. Most famous is...

  • Waipoua Forest - Tane Mahuta

    Once in the north, of course you have to visit the huge kauri trees, which you will find everywhere in the Waipoua Forest. Most impressive is the tree called: Tane Mahuta (God of the Forest). It is one of the most ancient trees in the world with an age of about 2000 years. Incredible and very impressive !!!You feel so tiny in front of a trunk with...

  • Visit Opononi

    Opononi is about 3 kms down the road from Omapere, and its main claim to fame was in 1955 when a lone dolphin made its home in the bay and became so tame that it played ball games with children and they could also ride on its was called Opo and it achieved a high level of fame and was much loved, but was found dead a few months later,...

  • Walking on the beach

    After we'd settled into our backpackers, we took a 5 minute drive back into the tiny village township of Omapere, where we explored the beach, just behind the beachfront Visitor Information centre....we also came across a 4x4 sand driving, seemingly a rental car by the way they were driving into some of the waves!

  • See the good lookout on the way into...

    After visiting the giant Kauri forests, we drove back via Omapere again, and this is the view we had just before descending back into the town.We even found a rooster and some hens wandering around in the carpark, though there doesn't seem to be any sign of habitation's the third time we'd come across such 'free free range' hens!

  • Visit the giant Kauri forest

    The tallest giants (largest Kauri trees in NZ) are Tane Mahuta Trunk height 17.7 mts, total height 51.5 mts, trunk girth, 13.8 mtsNext is a short drive a bit further on, then about a 20 minute walk to see Te Matua Ngahere (Father of the Forest) - girth 16.41 mts, height 29.9 mts, (trunk height 10.21 mts)

  • Stop at the top of the hill overlooking...

    If you are driving make sure you stop at the top of the huge hill heading in or out of Omapere for a great view of the harbour before you with stunning huge dunes behind.If you are not taking the opportunity to get around in your own wheels but are in town for a while then take a walk up this hill - there are streets in the omapere village that...


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Omapere Transportation

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    by vtveen Updated Apr 4, 2011

    Travelling around Northland the car ferry between Rawene and Kohukohu may help you to find your way and will shorten your drive from the Hokianga Harbour (Waipoua Forest/Omapere/Opononi) to Kataia and Cape Reinga.

    From Kohukohu we made a very interesting detour to Mitimiti at the wild coast of the Tasman Sea (see tip).

    Before or after crossing Hokianga harbour stay a little while in Rawene for a cup of coffee and to walk around in this little village with its buildings built over the water and the kauri homestead of Clendon House.

    For the time table and the fares of the Hokianga Ferry see website.

    Rawene with the ferry

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Omapere Off The Beaten Path

  • Kai Iwi Lakes - crystal clear

    On our way back from Hokianga Harbour to Auckland along SH 12 we made a detour to take a look at the Kai Iwi Lakes. Take the sign posted turn off near Kaihu, about 25 km's north of Dargaville and drive another 10 km's to the lakes.The water of Kai Iwi Lakes (in a matter of fact there are three lakes: Waikare, Taharoa and Kai Iwi) is so crystal...

  • Mitimiti .... at the end of the...

    Before getting to Mitimiti you have to drive a windy and hilly gravel road from Panguru. Here you can have a coffee or a lunch before entering a more or less deserted piece of the country.Mitimiti is a small Maori community with about 30 families and is situated at the wild west coast of the Tasman Sea. Just enjoy the wildness and quietness of this...

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