Our unique, guided jetski safaris are suited to everyone. We travel at your pace. You have the freedom of your own jetski and the ability to explore all the safe, beautiful waters of the Hokianga Harbour, which stretch over 40km inland. Our experienced local, Maori guides take you on a journey back in time, so you feel how life was. The stories they have are not all in the history books – they have been passed down generation by generation by the people of the Hokianga. The historical significance of the area is unmatched by anywhere else in New Zealand – this was the first landing point of human in-habitation – this was where the famous explorer Kupe arrived in 925 AD. Sit on the sand dunes and listen to the tale of Kupe paddling through the harbour entrance.
You can have your own jetski or you can share a jetski at no extra cost. We have 5 tours to choose from ranging from 1.5 hours to 3.5 hours. We also do bespoke tours.
PLEASE NOTE: All of our safaris require a minimum booking of 2 jetskis.
This safari is named after a very famous dolphin – Opo. Back in the summer of 1955 he was the life and soul of the harbour. Heading north from Opononi you travel to Pakanae where you look upon Whiria Mountain. (Ngapuhi's Tupuna Maunga) and hear the stories of the Great Cheiftain, Rahiri, then heading to Mahena Island to hear about Opo the dolphin. This is a great introduction to the Hokianga and it is breath taking as you cruise alongside the sand dunes and its pristine waters.
Perfect for anyone short on time! Kids love this trip commemorating Opo the dolphin – a treasure of Hokianga and Aotearoa.
Approximate Duration 1.5 hours
This safari consists of the "Te Whakamaharatanga Opo" safari with added stops exploring more of the significant locations on the south side of the Harbour.
We visit the 2 taniwhas Arai Te Uru and Niniwa who guard the harbour entrance, Pouahi, Kupe's point of arrival and departure, Tairutu, Nukutawhiti's landing site, Waiarohia, Ruanui's landing site and the stunning Koutu Boulders.
Approximate Duration 2.5 hours
This safari consists of Te Hikoi Tuatahi and it also takes you 25km up the harbour to the small settlement of Rawene. It is an amazing journey of European settlers and Maori history. It also gives you an awesome jet ski experience as you explore all the nooks and cranny’s of the harbour.
If the tides permit, we disembark at Rawene, a quirky little township with a huge history, nearly being the capital of NZ. There are lots to look at and buy, so bring your credit card with you. On the way back we stop at a beautiful bay on the northern side called Puhau, where you get to climb the sand dunes and take some epic photos of the harbour. It is also a perfect place to have a swim in the crystal clear waters.
Approximate Duration 3.5 hours
Gathering Kaimoana is a tradition of that goes back to the beginning of time. Our guides will take you on a journey that our ancestors have done many times before. You can hop in and gather yourself if you want to or just leave it to the guides.
Approximate Duration 1.5 hours
Jetski fishing is WOW!! The Hokianga has many varieties of fish and catching them from a jetski is truly an experience you cant afford to miss. Our guides will show you the best places to go. Just remember its called fishing not catching..
Approximate Duration 3.0 hours
We will provide you with a life jacket, dry bag, sun screen and a tour map. You will need to bring the following:
Boys on jet ski
Used in our Safaris, the GTI 90 is a great jetski for those who prefer a more comfortable and executive ride. They are incredibly easy to operate by a novice. With a 90hp engine, you have plenty of power for all that you want to do. Rated for 3 people with a maximum load of 273 kgs For legal and insurance purposes, all riders must present their drivers licence. All riders must observe the 9 km/h speed limit until they are out past the 200m buoys.
Call us on 09 4058 224 or email: - email@example.com If this appeals to you and you want more, then book on one of our safaris.