Sign saying welcome to Omapere and Opononi

About Omapere and Opononi

Opononi is renowned for its beauty worldwide, from the mountainous sand dunes in the pristine harbour to the magical kauri forests. In 1956, Opononi came into the limelight due to the exploits of an exuberant dolphin called Opo who was so friendly she would allow children to ride on her back. Today pods of dolphin and orca can be seen playing in the harbour and waterways.

Opononi and Omapere are two villages that have essentially expanded into one. Popular for many years as a holiday destination with New Zealanders, this area is increasingly being visited by international tourists wishing to experience these unique surroundings.


Address: 2 Fairlie Cresent & Hokianga Harbour Drive, State Highway 12, Opononi, New Zealand

+64 21 0644 050

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+64 21 0644 050

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Opononi is located on the northwestern coast of the Twin Coast Discovery route. Only 20min drive northeast of Waipoua Forest (home of Tane Mahuta) and an hour west of the Bay of Islands.

Opononi Dolphin Lodge is on the corner of SH 12, which runs through Opononi, and Fairlie Crescent. It is across the road from a beach reserve on the edge of the Hokianga Harbour.

Auckland - 4hrs, Bay of Islands and Kerikeri - 1hr, Whangarei - 1.75hrs, 90 Mile Beach - 2hrs.

Intercity and Magic Bus drop-off at the information centre - pick-up available.

Attractions, activities, and things to do in Opononi

  • Swimming
  • Sandboarding
  • Coastal/forest walking tracks
  • Scenic drives around Hokianga Harbour and through Waipoua Forest (home of Tane Mahuta) - don't miss the signal station on the west side of Omapere where the stunning beauty of the area spreads out in front of you and from where you can walk around the headland to the West Coast
  • Fishing or gathering shellfish
  • Visit the local craft shops, museum, café or restaurant (all within walking distance of Opononi Dolphin Lodge)
  • Harbour kayaking (bring your own kayak)
  • Mountain biking (bring your own bikes)
  • Horse trekking
  • Take a day trip to Cape Reinga and back down 90 Mile Beach
  • Kauri walks
  • Boat ramps 1.5km
  • Guided Night Walks through Waipoua Forest
  • Golf - 9-hole course at Rawene
  • Historic Rawene (Clendon House) and the Hokianga Vehicle Ferry
  • Art and Craft Trail
  • Safe swimming
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