Omapere Things to Do
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 when its full tide.
(there are calendars with the high tide times on them)
Take care of course and particularly if you have children with you and wear sturdy shoes for the rocky areas.Related to:
- Road Trip
- Family Travel
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 the top viewpoint. There is also a very informative exhibition inside a farming shed about the formation of the boulders and much more.
The track follows the river upstream and soon the boulders begin, together with the tree ferns and other trees it feels like an exotic jungle or filming location. Lots of adventurous bridges and steps on the way, all the way to the top and true, the view should not be missed! Really weird how all those huge rocks collapsed upon each other - apparently this is unique in the world. Great stop to stretch your legs!Related to:
- Jungle and Rain Forest
- Hiking and Walking
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 back...it was called Opo and it achieved a high level of fame and was much loved, but was found dead a few months later, cause unknown. So, in the small town with just a couple of shops (including the Opo takeaway shop with a dolphin model on the top) there is a monument overlooking Opononi's pier to Opo the dolphin.Related to:
- Arts and Culture
- Budget Travel
State Highway 12, Omapere, 452, NZ
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