Mangawhai Surf Beach
To the right behind the Surf Club is a path
to the top of a hill, with an amazing vantage point. This is a good short walk
which gives you a bearing on your location.
McKenzie Walking Track.
One hour each way. Pastoral and sea
views. Starts near Waipu
Otaika Valley Walkway
Length 6 km Time 2 hours one way
The walk through Otaika Valley scenic
reserve is accessible from the end of Raumanga Heights Drive,
off Murdoch Crescent, or from Otaika Valley Road,
3 km off SH1 south of Whangarei. It is
easier to walk from the Raumanga end
where you follow orange markers across farmland to the scenic reserve.
then passes through attractive forests with occasional excellent
views from clearings before dropping quite steeply into the
Otaika stream. The track is slippery after
The track ends at a carpark and signposted entrance on the Otaika Valley Road.
A short track South of Waipu Cove.
Cross the stream on the southern end of
the beach, follow the path through the gate,
and take the upper track. Follow this for
about 15-20 mins and you come to an impressive pancake rock
by ancient Potutukawa trees. This track crosses private land,
so please leave only footprints.
Turn onto Waipu Gorge Road south of
Waipu at the bottom of the Brynderwyn
Hills. Keep turning left and do not take
Durham Road. About 13 km along Waipu Gorge Road (unsealed) Turn in and park
at a sign on right. The falls are a 10
minute walk. Excellent freshwater
Dolphin & Whale
Bream Bay Charters
Tel: (09) 432 7484
Coastal diving around Bream Tail is ideal
for spearfishing and crayfishing. McGregor Rock off Breamtail Tail sits in 27m of
water rising within 11m of the surface.
Happy Az Charters
Tel: (09) 432 0170
Kool Kiwi Fishing
Tel: (09) 432 0745
Opposite Scotty's Four Square on Wood
Only open in summer
North River Horse
Tel: 0800 743 344
PK Charters, Mangawhai
Tel: (09) 431 5034
Swimming and Surfing
Body surfing, boogie-boarding, and surfing
are generally pretty good in the area, but
this relies on the swell and the wind.
Experience an unforgettable few hours
riding along a spectacular beach or across farmland and
an historical Pa site. Your seasoned host and his friendly horses
will make it a ride to remember. We will
customize the ride to suit you and we cater
for the novice and experienced rider.
Tel: (09) 432 0430
Waipu River Mouth
At the end of Johnston Point Road in
Waipu. This refuge has international significance and is the nesting area for
New Zealand Dotterel, Variable Oyster
Catcher and New Zealand Fairy Tern.
Other species include Reff Heron, Ryebill,
Caspian Tern and
Banded Dotterel. All are protected rare or threatend species.
Waipu Golf Club
Just off State Highway One a lovely
little 9 hole course right on the coast.
Tel:(09) 432 0259