Awesome Adventures on the Hokianga

Just before Christmas, a group of international students from NorthTec set off on a road trip from Whangarei to the Kauri Coast and Hokianga.


Their trip included: Kai iwi lakes, Trounson Kauri Park (incl Ruth seeing kiwi at night on her birthday), Top10 camping, Tane Mahuta (New Zealand’s largest kauri tree), Arai Te Uru (Hokianga Heads), Takeaways at Opononi and of course sandboarding, jet skiing and kaimoana collecting, all in 32 hours.

Here’s what some of the students had to say…

We had the best experience on this tour. Loved the Jetski and Sandboarding.” – Shivani

“Thank you for the opportunity to experience AAH. It was absolutely incredible. My partner found it especially exhilarating as it was his first time on a jet ski. We caught some pipis with Len afterwards and even tried some directly from the sea which was a first. We even got to sand board on the dunes which was a first for me even though I’ve been around dunes all my life. Later we had an awesome dinner of steamed mussels, pipis and a veggie platter with the team. It was an amazing experience and we’ll definitely be back to experience the rest they have to offer.” – Ruth

A few photos from the trip…

Awesome Adventures BeKiwi Experiences

Kaimoana Seafood Safari & Sand Duning

Learn water safety and how to jetski (can have 2 people on 1 jetski), then explore the Hokianga Harbour with local Lenny Naera, visit historic places, beaches and try sand duning down the local sand dunes. Take a jetski trip to Pouahi, where Kupe first landed in Aotearoa, gather some mussels, then over to Puhau to gather some pipis (shellfish) climb the sand dunes, then home to prepare and cook your seafood. 

Hokiana Overnight & Jetski Safari

Stay one night harbourside in the township of Opononi with locals Lenny & Antoinette from Awesome Adventures. Enjoy a delicious home cooked meal and relax with Lenny and Antoinette (more often than not the guitar is whipped out!) or wander down to the local pub for a drink. The next day join them for a Jetski Safari exploring the harbour, local historic sites and the famous sand dunes.

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