Things to do

Beaches

Whale Bay

Whale Bay

Tutukaka Coast beaches are among the most spectacular in New Zealand. There are so many beaches to choose from, each with individual character and beauty. The white sandy beaches include Matapouri Bay, Woolley’s Bay, Whale Bay and Whangaumu Bay. The inner harbour pebble beaches are Pacific Bay, Kowharewa Bay and Church Bay (accessible via Tutukaka Block Road). There is also the famous surf beach, Sandy Bay. And that’s only to get you started! Roads and pathways lead to many of the beaches, whilst others are accessible via the coast by climbing around the rocks at low tide. If you are looking for action and adventure or a peaceful, private bit of sand away from others, there is something for you on the beaches of the Tutukaka Coast. Any time of year from dawn to dusk, the beaches of the Tutukaka Coast will take your breath away. So bring your camera, enjoy our lovely coastline and leave behind only your footsteps in the sand.

Diving

Diving at the Poor Knights

Diving at the Poor Knights

The Poor Knights marine reserve and HMS Tui/HMS Waikato wrecks are dive destinations off the Tutukaka Coast. Dive boats depart daily and with 100′s of sites to choose from the options are extensive. Several dive companies operate from Tutukaka Marina. Either hire full gear or just the equipment that you need on the day. PADI Dive courses, refresher dives and underwater photography are all available.

Dive! Tutukaka

Dive! Tutukaka is New Zealand’s premier full-service dive charter operator, servicing the Poor Knights Islands; “the best-sub-tropical-diving in the world”. Our friendly team will tailor the day to suit you; you won’t be out of your depth, and neither will you be frustrated. With purpose-built dive boats that take you to a site that matches your ability.

Snorkeling and sightseeing aboard Perfect Day; trips depart Tutukaka daily at 11am – 4pm.

Diving trips depart daily from 8.30am at the Tutukaka Marina.

Yukon Dive

If you are serious about your diving come and join us for the ultimate Poor Knights experience! Poor Knights Specialists, Yukon Dive are 100% Kiwi owned and operated out of Tutukaka by Noel Erickson and Jo Thomson. We offer a professional, friendly and personal service on our 35ft purpose built dive boat.

Walkways

Walking on Ngunguru Sandspit

Ngunguru Sandspit

The Tutukaka Coast offers walkers and coastal scenery lovers of all fitness levels and ages an extensive range of spectacular and world-class short to long walks. The panoramic scenery is breathtaking, the beaches pristine and often secluded and the native New Zealand bush superb. Whether you have 5 minutes or several hours available there is a walkway for you on the Tutukaka Coast.

Fishing

Tutukaka Rock Fishing

Rock Fishing

Fishing charters, yacht charters and small boat charters are available by arrangement from Tutukaka Marina. The Whangarei Deep Sea Anglers Club displays trophies for several world record catches from the local area. Fishing competitions run regularly from Tutukaka. You don’t have to travel far to bring home a good sized snapper! Rock fishing and surf casting are also popular along the coast.

Poor Knights Islands Cruises

The Poor Knights

The Poor Knights

Full day eco-cruises to the Poor Knights Islands depart from Tutukaka Marina. See the islands (due to wildlife reserve status landing is prohibited), hear about their history, snorkel, kayak, go into Riko Riko Cave (world’s largest sea cave). If luck is on your side see dolphins, penguins or even whales. Some operators do overnight cruises around the coast and Islands. A river cruise also operates on request along the historic Ngunguru River.

The Perfect Day ocean cruise will take you on a half day journey of marine adventure for the whole family. Above and below water, the Poor Knights Islands are abundantly populated with unique and incredibly varied plant, animal and fish life, and thoroughly deserve their protected status.Converging warm water currents, a micro-climate and thousands of years of separation from the mainland have resulted in a unique biodiversity with the world’s largest sea cave, only living dinosaur and largest insect.

Surfing

Tutukaka Surf Company provide surfing lessons

Tutukaka Surf Company provide surfing lessons

Sandy Bay and the Ngunguru Bar are the Tutukaka Coast’s most popular surfing spots. You can hire boards and/or take lessons through Tutukaka Surf Experience based in Tutukaka Marina. Beginners, families, groups and experienced surfers are all welcome. Surfing competitions take place at Sandy Bay. With parking directly next to the beach, whether you’re a surfer or just enjoying the view, Sandy Bay is great entertainment.

Tutukaka Surf Company will help you experience the magic that is surf riding, in a safe environment, with qualified coaches. With surf lessons, surfboard hire and a coastal surf shop fully stocked with coastal and surf related product, it is our pleasure to make your surfing experience maximum fun while staying on the Tutukaka Coast. The friendly staff love the surf and beach life, and are able to give real advice on surf boards, surf accessories and wetsuits as well as what surf conditions are like today.

Kayaking

Whangaumu Bay kayaking

Whangaumu Bay kayaking

The Tutukaka Coast has endless opportunities for kayaking at every level. Ocean, river and inner harbour kayaking are all on offer. Kayaking can start either from Tutukaka Marina, Ngunguru, Whangaumu Bay, Matapouri or the Ngunguru River. Kayak hire or lessons and guided tours are available. Advance bookings for kayaking are highly essential so you can arrange pick-up/drop-off points with the operators.

Cafes & Restaurants

Schnapper Rock Tutukaka

There are a number of dining options nearby

Whether it’s seafood, takeaways, coffee or a good steak you are after, you’ll find exactly what you are looking for on the Tutukaka Coast. The restaurant strip is only 5 minutes drive from Pacific Rendezvous situated around the Marina.

Schnappa Rock

At Schnappa Rock Restaurant and Bar we pride ourselves in using local produce to provide diners with a “Pacific” orientated eating experience in a relaxed atmosphere.

Marina Pizzeria

Situated in the heart of Tutukaka Marina with a unique covered deck over the water and outside tables in the sun overlooking Tutukaka Marina and Harbour. A family run restaurant emphasising fresh, homemade, locally sourced, quality food.

Oceans Restaurant and Bar

Ocean’s is open daily for breakfast, lunch and dinner or simply for a coffee, a light meal or leisurely drink. Oceans restaurant offers three distinct menus to suit your mood.

Deep Sea Anglers Club Restaurant and Bar

An aquatic social club based at Tutukaka Marina. Enjoy the Club amenities, providing a warm and friendly convivial atmosphere.