Ahipara Night Sky
Ahipara, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Cheryl Harvey

Ahipara Bay, west of Kaitaia.
Fishing, Northland & Bay of Islands

By hellendor

Ninety Mile Beach, Ahipara
Ninety Mile Beach, Northland & Bay of Islands

By Winam


If you want to see a dramatic sunset, enjoy an evening walk along the beach at Ahipara. This town has a rich history and a big choice of activities.

Ahipara is at the southern end of 90 Mile Beach. It’s home to incredible sunsets and it has one of the best left hand surf breaks in New Zealand. This unspoiled sandy beach is also popular for surfcasting, land yachting and shellfish gathering. You can learn to do the ‘Tuatua Twist’, which involves standing in the water at low tide and twisting your feet in the sand until you feel the tell-tale hard edges of tuatua. These shellfish are delicious made into fritters or simply steamed open.

Shipwreck Bay, to the left of the township, is aptly named. At low tide some of the wrecks are still visible. Above Shipwreck Bay is the Ahipara Gumfields Historic Reserve, where you can see relics from the kauri gum digging days and remnants of ancient kauri forests. In the late 1800s the gum fields supported two thousand people, three hotels and numerous shops. Bullock teams carted the gum to waiting ships at Shipwreck Bay.

The subtropical town of Ahipara is a relaxed place. In the Maori language, Ahipara means ‘sacred fire’, in reference to a fire that was kept constantly burning by the local Te Rarawa people. Visitors to Ahipara can enjoy quad biking, walking in the gum-fields and horse riding. Sliding down the huge sand dunes on body boards (known as dune surfing) is awesome fun.

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Ahipara Bay Motel & Bayview Restaurant & Bar - Accommodation in Ahipara New Zealand
8.50 46 Reviews
Spectacular panoramic views of Ninety Mile Beach and Reef Point from rooms and restaurant. Studios and self-contained 1 and 2-bedroom units. 2 spa bath units. Restaurant and bar on site. Sit back and enjoy the sunset. Ahipara is a small coastal village situated at the southern end of Ni... (more)
Ahipara Beachfront - Accommodation in Ahipara New Zealand
9.60 125 Reviews
Prime oceanfront accommodation on 90 Mile Beach. Unsurpassed surf views from every pillow a feature.Number One on TripAdvisor in Ahipara, see the TripAdvisor link on our website. "This was a special stay. Looking out from our apartment after the best nights sleep the view had the 'wow' ... (more)
Ahipara Holiday Park - Accommodation in Ahipara New Zealand
8.50 63 Reviews
Ahipara Holiday Park is a Qualmark 3-star plus Holiday Park in Northland. It is set in 10 acres of park-like and level tree-lined grounds and has 15 cabins from standard to self-contained with deck, 60 tent and 30 powered sites. Ahipara is the gateway to the Ninety Mile Beach. The might... (more)
Ahipara Sands Apartments - Accommodation in Ahipara New Zealand
20 steps onto Ninety Mile Beach and 6 steps to Kaitaia Links Golf Course. 3 comfortable, quality self-contained units (sleep 4), with private courtyards, in a tranquil tropical setting. The units each have fridge/freezer, TV and stereo. 1 x 2-bedroom unit with double bed and 2 x single bed... (more)
Baylinks Motel - Accommodation in Ahipara New Zealand
A 200m stroll from Ninety Mile Beach which has forests, dunes and enough space to accommodate anything you have in mind - not to mention some of the most stunning sunsets. Situated on the edge of Kaitaia Golf Course in Ahipara, the playground of 90 Mile Beach and the Far North which has... (more)
Bellovista - Accommodation in Ahipara New Zealand
8.00 7 Reviews
Absolute beachfront with 2 luxury serviced apartments, each accommodating 4-5. Full cooking facilities plus patios with barbecues. Sky TV (full decoder) and Wi-Fi internet at no extra charge. High quality beds and linen for your sleeping comfort.Come and experience all the fun activities A... (more)
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