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- Entire guesthouse
A beautiful, comfortable, modern unit with breathtaking views of the Opononi sand dunes. Enjoy an afternoon wine or a morning coffee on your own private deck. Comfort galore with a brand new luxurious queen bed, bar fridge, microwave, table & chairs, TV and picnic basket to use with all the utensils you need. Private outdoor sink & table area. Your own lovely ensuite. Beach and shower towels provided and samples of gorgeous 100% NATURAL skincare products by locally made company Nudi Point.
- Entire home
Amazing unobstructed 180° view of the Hokianga harbor. Beautiful modern one bedroom place. Full kitchen, great appliances. Awesome BBQ. Outdoor bath! Perfect place for a romantic get away or to escape the madness, chill and think. UV and micro-filtered rain water. Great wifi. Outside lounge in the bush. 10 acres of native NZ bush to have to yourself. Additional modern and private outdoor sleep out with couch bed for extras if needed.
- Private room
Great location with superb views, sunsets to die for. Only a short walk to the beach and amenities. Our studio is dry and very warm & sunny. We can point you in many directions, dependant on your interests, so your stay will be a memorable one. We are a very friendly & outgoing couple with a Cocker Spaniel who will be eagerly awaiting your arrival with her ball poised ready. Note! As of 15 th Nov you have your own large new ensuite, see photos, plus a new spa pool is sitting waiting for you.
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Your guide to Opononi
All About Opononi
The small beachside community of Opononi sits on Hokianga Harbour on the northwest coast of New Zealand’s North Island, set against a backdrop of rolling hills. Opononi is part of a dual settlement with neighboring Omapere, and the towns are separated by a long stretch of sandy beach. The Waima and Mataraua forests are close by, as well as the Waipoua Forest, where you can find the largest kauri tree in the country.
Most of the homes in Opononi sit close to the Twin Coast Discovery Highway, a loop road from the capital city of Auckland that follows the coast. The beach offers views across the water to Rangi Point sand dunes. You can take a boat from Opononi Wharf to the dunes, where you can try your hand at dune surfing. The most famous sculpture in Opononi is of Opo the dolphin, commemorating a real bottlenose dolphin who was a friendly resident of the waters in the 1950s.
How do I get around Opononi?
The nearest international airport is Auckland Airport (AKL), which is more than four hours’ drive away, or you can take a connecting flight from Auckland to Bay of Islands Airport (KKE) near Kerikeri, which is about an hour’s drive. You can rent a car at the airport to drive to your Opononi accommodation. Once you arrive in town, there is limited public transportation, but everything is within easy walking distance. You may want to have a car, however, to reach destinations farther outside town.
When is the best time to stay in a vacation rental in Opononi?
Note that seasons in the Southern Hemisphere are opposite to those you are used to in the US. Opononi is in the Northland Region of North Island, which New Zealanders like to call the “winterless north.” It boasts a subtropical climate, so the temperatures between the summer and winter months do not vary as much as in the southern part of North Island or South Island. The busiest time of year is from the middle of December to the middle of January, when Hokianga Harbour tends to see its warmest temperatures. Since temperatures dip only slightly in the winter months, Opononi is a year-round destination. Toward the end of September, the entire region plays host to the Hokianga Country Music Festival, which brings events to towns including Opononi.
What are the top things to do in Opononi?
A 30-minute drive south of Opononi, the Waipoua Forest is home to Tāne Mahuta, the largest kauri tree in the world, which is more than 165 feet tall with a trunk girth of nearly 45 feet. To reach this giant tree, take a short jaunt along a wooden gangway, which will bring you up close to Tāne Mahuta from a special platform on the trail.
Walk along the beach two hours before or after low tide to get close to the Koutu Boulders, some of nature’s wonders, which sit alongside the mangrove trees. These huge spherical boulders are rock concretions, formed millions of years ago, which have rolled down onto the shore; the biggest is 10 feet in diameter.
Waimamaku Coastal Track
Just south of Opononi is the Arai Te Uru Recreation Reserve, which marks the start of the Waimamaku Coastal Track, a six-mile trail across vast sandy beaches and clifftops to the mouth of the Waimamaku River. As you follow the coastline, you’ll be treated to views of the mighty sand dunes across the harbor and the waves lapping against the rocky headlands.