The Far North – Activities

You may not want to leave Taupō Bay, but if you do there are lots of options including joining a bus tour to Te Rerenga Wairua (Cape Reinga), the very tip of New Zealand, with sand duning, exploring remote beaches, and learning about the area from experienced guides which will be a highlight of your visit.

A 20-minute drive north from Taupō Bay takes you to Historic Mangōnui and Doubtless Bay. Try the fish and chips at Mangōnui's legendary fish and chip shop overlooking the harbour, or have a drink and a meal at one of the many eateries both offering historic and modern venue options.

A 20-minute drive south will take you to Totara North, where from Campbell Road, the Kaiaraara Rock (Dukes Nose) track starts, one of the many DOC walks in the area. The walk takes you through native bush, fording streams, to a DOC hut then up to the Duke's Nose where a wonderful panoramic view of the Whangaroa Harbour and surrounds will take your breath away. Please note this track is not suitable after heavy or persistent rain, and check on the DOC website for any closures or repairs to the chain rope.

Want something more sedate? Walk up to Rangikapiti Pā where you will be reward you with a view overlooking Mangōnui Harbour, or dog friendly Taumarumaru Scenic Reserve in Coopers Beach.

Mangōnui Harbour and the whole of Doubtless Bay to the North and Whangaroa Harbour with beautiful Bays to the South – there are plenty of attractions, walks, fishing, golf courses and good food and beverages to try on the East Coast of Northland. Why not book your next visit with us at Taupō Bay, a great base off the beaten track to explore this amazing area?

One Hour North: Kaitaia, Ahipara, Shipwreck Bay and 90 Mile Beach.

One Hour South: The Bay of Islands – Kerikeri, Waitangi, Kororareka (Russell) and Pēwhirangi (Paihia).


Taupō Bay Activities



Taupō Bay is an active surf beach, don't forget your boards.

Surf school held during school holidays contact O'Neil Surf Academy for eligibility or availability and pricing of private lessons.


If the sea drops there is no better way to explore the bay than in a sea kayak, or if you are brave enough, why not enter some of the seaside caves.


Fish off the beach or rocks of Taupō Bay, a simply great way to spend the day or bring your own boat and launch from the beach ramp at Taupō Bay or from the concrete ramps at the Mangōnui or Whangaroa harbours. Be sure to bring your catch back to clean at our fish cleaning area. Fishing charters available from Doubtless Bay or the Whangaroa area.

The Camp

Also Available at the Camp

We have a shop for your basic needs open Labor weekend till after Easter. Barista made coffee is available during the summer months.