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Unique Far North Experiences

for Everyone

Enjoy adventure and our stunning NZ scenery

Based in beautiful Ōpononi on New Zealand’s Kauri Coast, Hokianga Express is a family business that was established in 1992 with a vision to create memorable Far North experiences for international visitors, Kiwi tourists, and Northland locals alike.

We specialise in water transport, offering boat trips from Ōpononi to the famous sand dunes, where people can go sandboarding; exciting fishing charters, fantastic sight-seeing tours on land and tranquil harbour cruises.

We organise small coach tours and charters that are fully customisable to the Hokianga experiences you want to explore, and we offer a regular link transport service to Kaikohe twice weekly through the Northland Regional Council, for Hokianga residents, visitors and travellers.

About the Far North and Hokianga Harbour

The Far North of Aotearoa, New Zealand is recognised as the birthplace of our nation.

It’s where Māori people trace their ancestry to, and a beautiful region steeped in history. Māori have been in New Zealand since approximately 1350 AD, based on tracing the navigational steps of the great explorer Kupe, from his homeland of Hawaiiki.

As the legend goes, Kupe was the first Polynesian to set sail in his waka hourua (voyaging canoe) and journey to New Zealand, almost a thousand years ago. Reaching the shores of Northland, Kupe made his first landing here at Hokianga Harbour.

Hokianga Harbour is not only famous for Kupe. Our other claim to fame is Opo, a friendly female bottlenose dolphin who sparked a massive tourism boom between June 1955 and March 1956. The lively sea creature came out to play with swimmers in Hokianga Harbour and at the time, frolicked happily with up to 2000 people every day.

Then one day, she was nowhere to be seen. After a search, Opo’s body was found in a crevice between the rocks at Koutu Point on March 9, 1956. Her death remains a mystery to this day. She was buried by the Ōpononi Memorial Hall, close to the beach where she found fame, and a commemorative stone statue created by Russell Clark was erected in 1960.

visit hokianga wharf on your far north experience

Things to see and do near Ōpononi

Although the magnificent sand dunes are this region’s biggest attraction, there’s so much more to see and do near Ōpononi on the south shore of Hokianga Harbour in Northland, New Zealand. The people are friendly, the beaches are stunning, and the water is warm.

If exploring nature is your thing, you can take a boat trip with Hokianga Express Charters and walk up to the sandstone formations, visit the Koutu Boulders, or take a night or day tour to the Waipoua Forest where you will find the oldest and largest Kauri trees in the world including Tane Mahuta, a national icon. Make sure to book a Land or Sea Tour with Hokianga Express when you next visit Northland. We can’t wait to show you around!