Sandtrails Hokianga is a MUST DO !

Imagine exploring vast uninhabited sand dunes and sand sculptures with the Tasman Sea on one side and the breathtaking Hokianga Harbour on the other

We recommend that in summer a sand dune safari with Andrew Kendall is high on the ‘Must Do’ list for guests staying at Waipoua Lodge.

The scenery is absolutely breathtaking, but if that’s not enough, then the experience of being with your Maori guide and listening to the history of the area, coupled with legends and stories about Kupe the first Maori to arrive in New Zealand, is truly amazing.

The tours are small and personalised with a maximum of three passengers in a four seater dune buggy. The minimum age for a child is 6 years.

There are three options available:

  • Sandsecrets
    1 hour tour priced at $95.00 per person
  • Dune Explorer (recommended)
    1.5 hour tour priced at $135.00 per person
  • Sandtrails to Mitimiti (includes trip up the coast and back)
    3 hour tour priced at $185.00 per person

Guests drive to Opononi (approx 40 minutes from the lodge) and take the twenty minute Hokianga Express ferry ($25 pp) across the Hokianga Harbour where Andrew meets them on the other side. In high winds unfortunately the ferry crossing is not possible so tours cannot be arranged.

Take a look at this video and then if you would like to take the tour please make sure you let us know when you book your accommodation.