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Hokianga short break: highlights in the winterness North

A bespoke experience with Len of Hokianga. A local going way back (probably 800 years and counting) has invested in an adventure whereby locals and overseas visitors are invited to explore the Hokianga harbour with a local. You will hear stories about the first post office, nineteenth century scandals and jet ski the harbour where Kupe landed. It does not get better than that, except of course you get to savour New Zealand home cooking at its best in Len’s kitchen. Remember to ask for the melt in your mouth banana caramel buttered yummy-ness. Slathered with cream of course.

2 days
2 nights

Trip Overview

A bespoke experience with Len of Hokianga

Start Auckland
Finish Auckland

Getting to Hokianga

Opononi is approximately a 3.5 hour drive from Auckland travelling through the home of Tane Mahuta, the Waipoua forest, and a 1 hour drive from Kerikeri airport.

Best time to visit Hokianga

Spring to Autumn. Jet skis are dependent on the weather and harbour conditions.

Start Auckland
Finish Auckland

Route map

Friday night


Hokianga World War memorial, New Zealand
Hokianga World War memorial

Awesome Adventures offers guest accommodation for families. You do not need to concern yourself about catering and lugging groceries from Auckland or elsewhere. Your weekend is organised. Len will introduce you to the narrative of the harbour from Kupe onwards with humour and laughter. Make sure you have enough room for dessert, the caramel bananas are sure to be on the menu.

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Saturday morning

Jet skiing the harbour you have several choices

Concretions on Koutu Beach at Hokianga Harbour, Northland, in the North Island of New Zealand
Concretions Koutu Beach

As this weekend is about relaxation, getting to make new friends and discovering one of our favourite New Zealand places you will be joining a three and half hour jet ski tour to Horeke, Koutou Boulders, Mangungu Mission House with a final stop at the Boat Shed Cafe, Rawene.

Longer tours can be arranged on request.

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Saturday afternoon

Opononi, Omapere and Rawene: Self-guided tour

Beautiful nature of Northland, Mangrove trees, Hokianga Harbour
Beautiful nature of Northland, Mangrove trees

A self-guided exploration of Opononi, Omapere and Rawene. You are exploring South Hokianga for a journey around the Hokianga Harbour allowing up to a week to fully immerse yourself in the cultural heart of New Zealand.

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Sunday morning

Sand Dune exploration by quad bike

Sand Dune exploration, Hokianga, New Zealand @davidlefrancphotography
Sand Dune exploration @davidlefrancphotography

The Sand Dunes as seen from the South shore of the Hokianga Harbour can be accessed on Lenny’s quad bike tour which catches the Hokianga ferry and then skirts around the harbour to the beach tracks and the sand dunes. A 4WD vehicle or quad bike is essential.

The sand dunes are a landscape of wind scarred bluffs, temporary shapes constantly buffered by the wind and a testament to the power of nature. The sand dunes can be accessed on land from Mitimiti (15 km drive along the beach). This is an all day excursion and a highlight of the weekend.

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