One of two upstairs rooms, the Tui Room has a private balcony with outdoor sun loungers, and table and chairs. The balcony is built with maximum privacy in mind and is the perfect place to capture the sun.DISCOVER MORE
Tutukaka Family Holiday Itinerary
The Tutukaka Coastline encompasses everything you could ever want in a summer family holiday. Endless white beaches that are tucked inside sheltered coves, tropical water temperatures, shady native forests and short walking trails with epic views. All within a 2.5 hour drive from Auckland. So why wouldn’t you go? Here’s a few ideas to make the most of a long weekend.
Boogie Boarding and Bombs at Matapouri
Boogie boarding is the most underrated pastime. Most kiwis can remember spending hours playing in the waves, getting bowled over in the shoreline, and thrashing their trusty foam board when they were a child. So why not take your kids to do the same? All of the pastime magic is on offer at Matapouri, with a super sheltered bay and small waves. Watch the kids squeal with excitement as turquoise water provides the ride of a lifetime. Pack a picnic, enjoy a few gritty sandwiches and grab a fast-melting ice-cream from the Matapouri Bay Store.
Great rock pools are found at both ends of the beach, so take a bucket and hunt for some sea creatures. You can also walk over to Whale Bay which has a beach only accessible by foot or boat. It’s an easy walk which should be manageable for children of all ages, so why not visit both beaches in a day?
The Perfect Day boat cruise – Sun, Sea and Exploration
The Tutukaka township is gateway to the Poor Knights Islands Marine Reserve, full of sealife, marine caves and inquisitive dolphin and orca. The Perfect Day is a non-diving trip suitable for the whole family, with sight-seeing, kayaking, cave exploration, swimming and even a few cheeky bombs off the side of the boat. Your equipment, lunch and all activities are included. What’s more, our family rate means a second child travels for free.
Geocaching and Rock-Hunting on the Tutukaka Coast
The colourful new craze of rock-hunting is spreading throughout the country like wildfire. Hand-painted rocks of all shapes and sizes are hidden and found across new Zealand, including along the Tutukaka Coastal Walkways. This creative and cost-effective treasure hunt is a great way to get your family active in the outdoors, and we’ve no doubt you’ll get caught up in the thrill of a find. Check out the Whangarei Rocks Group on Facebook to find which trails and parks to explore, and be sure to hide a few painted rocks of your own.
Likewise, the geocaching phenomenon has made its mark on Tutukaka, with hundreds of caches distributed around this beautiful coastline. Simply download the free geocaching app and start searching: don’t forget to bring a pen (for your kids to sign their names in the cache logs) and a range of small treasures to swap with the caches. Guaranteed to get the most exercise-phobic kid moving.
Watersports and Walkways in Ngunguru
Ngunguru is the watersport capital of the coast, attributed to the combination of surf beaches, estuary and mangroves to explore. Take the family kayaking on the Ngunguru River, exploring the mangroves, tidal channels, forests and sandspits. Learn about the local birdlife and discover what lives beneath the surface. Guided options are available or rent your own gear from the village. Ngunguru is also popular for fishing, surfing, boating and water-skiing so make sure you load up the car with toys before leaving home.
For an easy walk with the kids try the Ngunguru Mangrove Walkway between Munroe Places and Kakariki Road. Afterwards, grab a snack at Salt Air Café or the Ngunguru Takeaway shop and eat A la carte by the seaside.
Tip: There aren’t many playgrounds in the Tutukaka area but there’s a fully fenced one in Ngunguru with a good range of equipment and a shade sail.
Food & Festivities
In the summer months from October to March you can grab a bite at the Tutukaka Twilight Market on Saturday nights. Located at the Northern end of the Tutukaka Green, this summer market features Northland artists, artisans, musicians, service providers and curators. Alternatively, grab a pizza at the Marina Pizza Bar & Grill. It’ll be an easy win with the kids while you enjoy a glass of wine on their covered deck overlooking the water. Bliss!
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The Toroa Room is quiet and lush, with a luxurious carpet and the two designer chairs make the room cosy to read and relax in with the full wifi availability that is included with your stay.DISCOVER MORE
The Kiwi Room has a generous king bed and a king single with crisp linen, washed only with eco-store environmentally conscious laundry products, and the ensuite with glass shower, and eco-store amenities.DISCOVER MORE
The Fantail Room is quiet and still, like an inner sanctum with luxurious carpet and stylish and minimalist scaffold plank shelving with the full wifi availability that is included with your stay.DISCOVER MORE
A private room at the front of the building, with easy access, the Robin Room is quiet and lush, with a luxurious carpet and a couple of stylish chairs making the room cosy.DISCOVER MORE
A front-facing private room, downstairs and with easy access into the main entrance hall, it has a king bed with crisp linen, and an ensuite with glass shower, heated towel rails and eco-store amenities.DISCOVER MORE