Getting around Tutukaka

Tutukaka in Northland New Zealand is two and a quarter hours north of the Auckland harbour bridge (depending on traffic). Refer to google maps on the last page. Click on the blue button to obtain directions from any address.

Tutukaka Marina, just 3 minutes over the hill has restaurants, cafes and some local shopping including DVDs in the Superette and an all-weather concrete boat ramp.

Tutukaka is perfect for all water-based activities. It’s a boaties paradise and world-renowned big game fishing destination. Many islands can be visited via boat charters e.g the Poor Knights Islands, famous for big game fishing and regarded as one of the world’s top five dive spots.

Beautiful beaches dot the coastline, from rugged and rocky to sheltered and gentle. Tutukaka harbour hosts the occasional visit by dolphins & seals.

There’s plenty of rugged unspoilt scenery.Take a walk to the lighthouse on the head of Tutukaka Harbour. A kayak trip to the base of the headland and a 20-minute walk will get you there. A great view is shown on the home page of our website.

There’s so much to do: Diving, fishing, surfing, windsurfing, kayaking, water skiing, jet skiing, tramping, horse treks, jet boating, escorted cave tours and visits to wildlife refuges, dolphin and whale watch tours, 4×4 quad bike and dune buggy riding are just a few suggestions!

Poor Knights Islands

These Islands are steeped in Maori history and are a nature reserve and very popular underwater diving spot. Rated as one of the top 10 dive sites in the World, this underwater Paradise really is worth crossing the world for!! The Poor Knights Islands have been uninhabited since the 1820s and are a World recognised Marine Reserve. Dive! Tutukaka offers fantastic day trips for both divers and non-divers and new kid on the block ‘SUP BRO’ offer a day of adventure, paddle boarding and great lunch at either Tutukaka Coast or The Poor Knights Islands.

Use of a boat, of course, provides access to many otherwise inaccessible beautiful pristine white sand beaches.

The renowned surf beaches of Sandy Bay, Woolleys Bay and Matapouri are 5-10 minutes drive north of Tutukaka. Our guests from Somerset England enjoyed swimming with the dolphins at Wooleys Bay. Others have swum with dolphins in our own Bay.

For activities view

Whangarei Town Basin

Night Markets, Restaurants, Artisans Fair every Saturday just to mention a few events that are happening in this area over Summer. The Town Basin is a vibrant and colourful heart of our small city and most definitely worth a visit! Sculpture Trail, Loop walk and the famous Hundertwasser Folly building “Te Kakano” – The Seed.

Browse the local Gallery till the cows come home before deciding which wonderful waterfront restaurant you want to enjoy a meal at. Our favourite so far is No8 offering amazing Asian fusion meals served in an unfussy international setting.