The Māori name for Hoopers Inlet was Puke-tu-roto, meaning “hills standing around a lake”. The inlet is a serene location and was on a traditional Māori route for collecting shellfish. It’s shallow waters, predominantly sand and mud flats at low tide, is known for the diverse native bird life.
On a clear night, Hoopers Inlet also happens to be one of the best places in New Zealand to watch the Aurora Australis, and just as beautiful to visit during the day.
one of the best places to watch the Aurora Australia
- 30 min