There's not a lot more than a resort hotel, a takeaway shop and a petrol station there, but it buzzes with people at this time of year.
|Looking down to Omapere (obscured) where the jetty is in the foreground, and Opononi in the distance|
Not far along the road is another little settlement - Opononi where there are a lot of different types of accommodation, plus cafes, a pub and a grocery store .
|This house would be about 100 years old or more, central Opononi|
Opononi hit world news in the 50's with a friendly bottlenose dolphin named "Opo" by the locals, which would come in regularly and play with swimmers.
|The bronze statue in Opononi, in memory of Opo|
Both settlements are blessed with spectacular scenery.
|A classic Kiwi bach in Omapere, with the dunes in the background|
The sand dunes on the far side of the harbour are a popular attraction for riding down the steep slopes on a boogie board - right into the water.
The harbour entrance can be dangerous, becoming suddenly extremely rough, and has been the site of numerous shipwrecks in New Zealand's history.
|At the Hokianga Harbour entrance|
|Locals - Opononi Jetty|
and a local sign...