Omapere Hokianga, New Zealand

Just a three-hour drive north of Auckland on State Highway 12 the giant kauri trees of the Waipoua Kauri Forest act as sentinels for the undiscovered jewel of Northland's west coast, the historic Hokianga Harbour.

Manea Footprints of Kupe

Manea Footprints of Kupe is a 75-minute multisensory journey of guided storytelling through art, taonga (cultural treasures), film, performance, digital interaction and the splendour of Hokianga’s natural surroundings.

Manea Footprints of Kupe offers you a unique cultural encounter, journeying into te ao Māori, the Māori world. Our cultural and heritage centre on the shores of the spectacular Hokianga Harbour is your first stop on this journey. Here, you will feel the warmth of our welcome as we share our stories and traditions.


  • Adult $65.00
  • Family $120.00 (2Adult & 2Children)
  • Child (12-16) $12.00
  • Child (5-12) $6.00
  • Under 5 Free
  • Please enquire about tour times.

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Visit the Waipoua Forest

See some of the most breathtaking trees in New Zealand in the Waipoua Forest. Short walks lead to Tane Mahutu – the Lord of the Forest, and Tane Matua Ngahere – the Father of the Forest. These are the largest and oldest living kauri trees in New Zealand.

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Check Out the Koutu Boulders

You might have heard of the Moeraki Boulders in the South Island but have you heard of the Koutu Boulders? Northland has its own set of perfectly spherical boulders found on the edge of the Hokianga Harbour. They are best seen along the beach at low tide!

Location: Waione Road off Koutu Loop Road. 8 minutes drive from Opononi. 

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Check Out Waiotemarama Falls

For a picturesque bush walk and to see the beautiful Waiotemarama Falls, take the Waiotemarama Loop Walk. This 2h30minute loop takes you past large kauri stands and across a shallow stream to see a 20m waterfall.

Location: Waiotemarama Gorge Road (gravel road), 15 minutes from Omapere. 

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Walk in the Arai Te Uru Reserve

The Arai Te Uru Reserve, or Hokianga Heads, is a culturally significant place where it is said the first Maori explorer, Kupe, arrived in New Zealand. There are several walks to enjoy the stunning coast of the Arai Te Uru area, including the 15-minute Signal Station Track to a scenic viewpoint, and the 4-hour Waimamaku Coastal Track. There’s also a 5-minute walk down to the picturesque Martins Bay.

Location: Signal Station Road off State Highway 12. 2-minute drive from Omapere. 

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Awesome Adventures

Creating your next Kiwi adventure in the heart of the Hokianga
Enjoy hosted accommodation packed with adventures: guided hikes, fishing, cycling, kayaking, paddle boarding, kaimoana (seafood) gathering, cooking classes and jetski safaris to name a few.

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Hokianga Express Charters

Hokianga Express Charters is a family owned and operated business, which has serviced the national and international tourist market since 1992. Our fully qualified staff provide a reliable, friendly service all year round.

Based in Opononi on the shores of the beautiful Hokianga harbour, home of "Opo" the world famous "friendly dolphin" in the 1950's. Our two aluminium vessels are licensed by Maritime NZ to carry 19 and 50 passengers respectively.

Our charter work transports people from Opononi wharf across the harbour to the magnificent sand dunes, to experience the unique activity of sandboarding. This involves sliding down the sand dunes on sandboards. At high tide you are able to slide out over the clean, clear waters of the Hokianga Harbour.

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More Things to Do

The Hokianga Harbour has a fascinating history - both Maori and European. Explore the small settlements of the Hokianga on your way around the North.

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