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Hokianga Sand Dunes from Cruise Ship in Bay of Islands?

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Hokianga Sand Dunes from Cruise Ship in Bay of Islands?

Hi,

Can anyone tell me how we could get to the Hokianga Sand Dunes to go sand boarding, from our Cruise Ship which tenders in a week in the Bay of Islands?

I'm happy to do an organised tour, use public transport, hire car, whatever, but I just can't find any info!! The ship has a shore tour, but it also includes so many other things that it wouldn't spend much time at the dunes, so we thought we'd DIY.

Any info anyone can provide about how to get there, how long it takes, costs involved would be AMAZING!!

Thanks so much and happy New Year, Birdling

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1. Re: Hokianga Sand Dunes from Cruise Ship in Bay of Islands?

Your best bet is to hire a car and drive yourselves over there.It's a short ferry ride from Opononi across the the dunes and the fare includes the use of a sand board. www.hokiangatourism.org.nz for information on this area.

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2. Re: Hokianga Sand Dunes from Cruise Ship in Bay of Islands?

Sorry-----meant to say 'across to the dunes'.

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3. Re: Hokianga Sand Dunes from Cruise Ship in Bay of Islands?

Thanks Mummygaot,

Do you know of any car hire companies close to where the cruise tenders come in? Otherwise is there any transport from the tenders to Opononi?

Thanks again for your help and for the website too!

Birdling

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4. Re: Hokianga Sand Dunes from Cruise Ship in Bay of Islands?

Hi there

I suggest trying Pegasus Rental Cars who have an office in the Bay of Islands. They would be able to meet you at the boat or advise you how to go about getting to their depot

http://www.carrentalsbayofislands.co.nz/

Another option is Go Birdz, also based in Paihia

http://gobirdz.co.nz/

If you do decide to hire a car, try to arrange it ASAP, as cars are in short supply at this time of year....

Another option is to go on an organised tour over to the Hokianga

www.dolphincruises.co.nz/crossings-hokianga/

The tour doesn't specifically go over to the sand dunes, but you might be able to take the tour as far as Opononi, take the boat over to the sand dunes, and get the tour bus to pick you up again on its way back.

Car rental will be by far the most flexible option though.

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