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Location: Ngunguru, Whangarei, New Zealand

Well established on the New Zealand holiday scene "Tutukaka Coast Motor Lodge" is located in the heart of an exciting stretch of Northland coastline, just 25 minutes drive from Whangarei. The Motel overlooks the Ngunguru Estuary and entrance. Ngunguru and Tutukaka is a coastal area where the visitor has a host of things to do, including swimming, boating, fishing, surfing, scuba diving, sight seeing, line fishing trips, deep sea fishing, beautiful beaches to discover and relax on. It is an exciting experience that awaits you when you explore the beautiful bays of the Tutukaka Coast.

Tutukaka Coast Area Information

local attractions Northland beautiful beaches of Whangarei Tutukaka Diving Bay of Islands boat cruises Whangarei attractions bush walks Waipoua Kauri Forest explore Northland

Matapouri Ten minutes north of Tutukaka visitors will find peace and tranquility by the golden sands of Matapouri Bay. Nestled among bush-clad headlands, a magnificent half-moon shaped bay with the open ocean peeping through the entrance. Great surfcasting.

Woolleys Bay This beautiful bay is just over the hill from Matapouri.

Whale Bay Only 1/2 km (by road) beyond Matapouri is a delightful walk through native bush reserve to Whale Bay, used by early Maori tribes during their whaling expeditions because of the calm waters. This bay and the bush walk is one of the most beautiful examples of coastal scenery.

Sandy Bay 1.5 km further on is Sandy Bay, one of the most popular surfing beaches on Northland's east coast. There is always a good wave at Sandy Bay. In fact it usually has a wave at least a foot or two higher than most other beaches.

Pacific Bay in Tutukaka Harbour can be reached by turning into Block Road half way down the Tutukaka hill. It's an excellent safe, quiet beach, great for the young ones.

Trig Station Lookout Dolphin Place off Block Road, a few metres along on your right is the walking track, a short climb to the top for superb views up and down the coast.

Whangaumu Bay Locally known as Wellington's Bay, is at the end of Tutukaka Block road. At the far end of the bay a walking track climbs the hill for a good view of the Ngunguru entrance and the sand spit. At low water you can walk to Ngunguru. Fishing from the rocks at both ends of the bay can be productive.

Tutukaka Reserve and Lighthouse Walk The entrance to Tutukaka reserve is a short distance along Matapouri Road, from the Tutukaka Store. You will need an outgoing tide to walk across the rocks to reach the lighthouse. The views are well worth the effort overlooking Tutukaka Harbour and the Pacific Ocean to the Poor Knights Islands.

"Tane Moana" Tutukaka's Giant Kauri Tree. This magnificent tree can be visited when walking on Te Araroa Trail.

Dive boats:
Yukon Dive : www.yukon.co.nz
Dive Tutukaka : www.diving.co.nz

What to do:
A Perfect Day: www.aperfectday.co.nz
Adventure Forest: www.adventureforest.co.nz
Tutukaka Surf: www.tutukakasurf.co.nz
Horsetrekking: www.horsetrekkingtutukaka.co.nz

Tutukaka Restaurants Moocha's Bistro and Bar (public welcome) at Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club, Oceans Resort, Marina Pizzeria. Snapper Rock Café, Estuary Restaurant at the Ngunguru Sports Centre.

Takeaways Marina pizzeria, Ngunguru Fish Shop.

Coffee Cafés Salt Air Café Ngunguru, Marina Pizzeria, Snapper Rock.

Bars Tutukaka Club, Ngunguru Sports Complex. Snapper Rock.

Sports in the Area Ngunguru Sports Complex, Golf, Bowling, Tennis, Indoor bowls, Badminton, Shellfish gathering, Fishing, Windsurfing, Canoeing.

Other areas and places to visit within a few minutes - two hours drive

Whangarei (25 km) Claphams Clock Museum, Whangarei Museum and Kiwi House, Kauri Clock Factory, Whangarei Heads, Town Basin. The Fern House, New Zealand's largest public fern collection.

Ruakaka/Bream Coast Marsden Point Refinery Visitor's Centre, Swimming, Surfcasting.

Waipu Museum on Nova Scotian Pioneers, Waipu Cove, surfing and fishing, Old Firehouse art gallery. Brynderwyn Hills horse trekking.

Dargaville Market gardens, Maritime museum. Beach and horse trekking, fishing, hiking, Kauri Bowl Gallery.

Kai Iwi Lakes Boating, trout fishing, diving, sail boarding, swimming, yachting, water skiing, hiking.

Waipoua Kauri Forest. Home to 3/4 of New Zealand's remaining kauri trees. Tane Mahuta (lord of the forest) 51m height and girth over 13m.

Matakohe Excellent museum featuring early Northland and the history of kauri. A must.

Whangaruru Harbour A beautiful harbour 1 hour drive from Tutukaka. It is situated halfway between Tutukaka and Cape Brett.

Bay of Islands (1hour 15 minutes) Paihia and Russell, Captain Cook Museum Russell, Boat Cruises, Historical sites. Kerikeri.

Community Activities In The Area: Badminton (over 40s) Monday and Friday 9.30am. Ngunguru Sports Complex Bowls Indoor Thursday 10 am. Ngunguru Sports Complex Ngunguru Golf Club 9 hole course. Mah Jong Tuesdays Ngunguru Sports Complex. Nam Wai Pai Kung Fu Ngunguru Sports Complex. Petanque Sundays Ngunguru Sports Complex.