Whale Bay on the Tutukaka Coast
Whale Bay, Northland & Bay of Islands

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Cruise, kayak, paddleboard, dive or snorkel at the world famous Poor Knights Islands
The Poor Knights Islands, Northland & Bay of Islands

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This sheltered harbour is the gateway to the Poor Knights Marine Reserve and the white-sand beaches of the Tutukaka Coast.

Located east of Whangarei, the Tutukaka Coast was rated as one of the top coastal destinations on the planet by National Geographic Traveller. It's a detour you won’t want to miss on your journey north.

The first coastal village you’ll encounter is Ngunguru, where a sheltered harbour is protected by a long promontory of sand.

A little further on is Tutukaka itself – diving and fishing charters leave from the town's modern marina. This is the place to catch a dive boat to the world-renowned Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, or hook into a deep sea fishing expedition, depending on the time of year.

Next stop is Matapouri, a beautiful horseshoe-shaped bay that’s perfect for swimming (even in winter, if you’re wearing a wetsuit). There are plenty of beach houses in this area; if you want to rent one, talk to a local real estate company.

Just up the hill from Matapouri is the track to Whale Bay. Fringed by large pohutukawa trees, this sheltered beach is both beautiful and peaceful. Getting there along the walking track is half the fun. Beyond Whale Bay, the beaches are more open to the ocean. Sandy Bay is a much-loved surfing spot when conditions are right.

Tutukaka and Ngunguru offer restaurants, cafés and a wide range o accommodation including private holiday homes, resort motels, apartments, B&B's and a campground. It’s a good idea to book ahead in summer, especially around the Christmas holidays.

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Beachstay Matapouri Apartment - Accommodation in Matapouri New Zealand
Beachstay Matapouri offers a high quality and standard of accommodation that combines the best features of a fully self contained Apartment blended with those of a Bed and Breakfast. The 2 bedroom apartment with its own private Spa Pool, is situated very close, just a few minutes walk to Matapouri Beach, which is three hours drive north of Auckland. YOU... (more)
Oceans Resort Hotel Tutukaka - Accommodation in Tutukaka New Zealand
Oceans Resort Hotel Tutukaka is the perfect place to stay and experience this part of paradise. With Diving, Boating, Fishing and fabulous long stretches of beach on our door step there will be something to keep you busy or relaxed.All our Hotel Rooms are modern and well appointed, with Freeview and Broadband. With our Salt Water heated Swimming Pool, Sun dr... (more)
Pacific Edge Apartments - Accommodation in Matapouri New Zealand
ABSOLUTE BEACHFRONT at beautiful Matapouri. Walk straight from the property onto the sand and into the sea. 10 mins drive from Tutukaka Marina. Spacious self-serviced holiday accommodation. 2 & 3 bedroom apartments which each sleep up to 6. Apartment One, at ground level is only steps from the beach. Fully equipped kitchen with full size stove, fridge/fre... (more)
Pacific Rendezvous Motel - Accommodation in Tutukaka New Zealand
A 20-minute walk from Pacific Bay, Pacific Rendezvous Motel features private beach access. The property offers an outdoor pool, barbecue facilities and rooms with ocean or harbour views. Guest rooms have a full kitchen with a stove, a fridge and an oven. Amenities include electric blankets, a DVD player and a flat-screen TV with satellite channels. For... (more)
The Sands Motel - Accommodation in Tutukaka New Zealand
Walk off your deck across tree-shaded lawn and down a dozen steps onto the beach. Situated at the beautiful Whangaumu Bay on the picturesque Tutukaka Coast. The Sands Motel offers 6 x 2-bedroom units (sleep 4-6), each with outside deck, lounge, Sky Guest Select 40+ channel TV, full kitchen and bathroom with shower. The Sands Motel has lots of mature trees... (more)
Tutukaka Coast Motor Lodge - Accommodation in Ngunguru New Zealand
Situated on the waterfront, only 3 minutes’ drive from Tutukaka, this motel offers fully self-contained accommodation with satellite TV and kitchenette facilities. BBQ and guest laundry facilities are available.Tutukaka Coast Motor Lodge is a 25-minute drive from Whangarei city centre. It is a 10-minute drive to Matapouri Bay. Ngunguru Sports Complex is only... (more)
Whananaki North Motels & Holiday Park - Accommodation in Whananaki New Zealand
Accommodation: Stunning versatile coastal location. A Family Park situated between an estuary and farmland. Tent & power sites, cabins, 1 & 2 bedroom self-contained units, serviced park motels. Features: Swimming pool, Fully equipped kitchen, BBQ, coach/boat/truck park. Adjacent to general store, dive fill & boat ramp. Fabulous ocean beaches in the area. Bac... (more)
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