Hooper’s Inlet Hall Dance


Get on your dancing shoes and get down to  the coolest little hall this side of the Waitaki and grab yourself a ticket! The Hooper’s Inlet Hall is having a fundraising dance on the 7th June 2014, 8pm till late. With Live Music from the Wharf St Band bring a plate and a crate for your own drinks and food for the supper table. Tickets are $20 and available from the Portobello Hotel, or call; Jackie 4780508 & 0274 080508 or Michelle 4780611 & 027 2815679


Changes to Hooper’s Inlet Channel

A noticeable increase in width of the channel

The opening of the Hooper’s Inlet channel by the Dunedin City Council on the 6th of June saw a marked change in the water levels within the inlet. Since the opening work was undertaken the Otago Peninsula has been in the grips of a keen storm front that has swept across from the South Island into the central North Island. Accompanying the storm were high seas and tides and it was worth the chilly walk to see how the channel opening had coped since the original opening.

There has been a marked increase in the width of the channel as the eastern edge has eaten into the existing dunes. This has increased the height of the channel upwards of 3-5 metres in places. Typically of storm periods there was significant debris on the beach which had also been pushed into the inlet. Noticeable too has been the increase in water around the old channel position across the beach, though it was difficult to see whether it had reopened back into the sea. There is still extensive water movement in and out of the channel and visitors should be cautious while visiting the area. Certainly the recent tidal and wind conditions along with the water movement have altered the area and it will be interesting to see how the channel changes once the weather calms down into spring and summer. The pictures taken here were at high tide on Sunday the 23rd July. Click on pictures to view in gallery.

Compare the pictures from the initial opening.

Hooper’s Inlet Channel Opening

The opening of Hooper’s Inlet Channel on Thursday 6th of June by the Dunedin City Council has had a noticeable effect on the water levels of the inlet over the weekend. The Dunedin City Council undertook the work to ensure access over the road was not blocked by flooding. The inlet issue has been one that has inconvenienced back bay residents for some time.

Todays photographs were taken near to high tide and there was significant surge in and out of the newly dug channel. With winter tide and weather conditions it will be interesting to see how effective the work is and whether the old channel also opens up. Visitors to the area should be watchful of the tide conditions and the strength of the water coming in and out of the channel. Click on the photographs to view.

Read Hooper’s Inlet – The Rising Tide