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Cable Bay
Travel Guide

Stroll over the pastel-colored sand and swim in the invitingly cool waters of Doubtless Bay at this popular vacation spot in New Zealand’s “Winterless North.”

Take a relaxing break in Cable Bay, one of New Zealand’s best spots for swimming and snorkeling in summer due to the Far North’s subtropical climate. Nicknamed “the Winterless North,” the Northland region has a year-round mild climate, so it’s always a good time to visit.

Enjoy the warm touch of Cable Bay’s almost pink sands as you go for a barefoot stroll along the pristine beach. While you watch surfers navigate the waves between the rocks, the kids can build sand castles or play with others in the children’s playground.

A Cable Station operated on this part of Doubtless Bay from 1902 until 1912, lending its name to this stretch of coastline. The sub-marine telegraph cable spanned 3,458 nautical miles and was referred to as the All-Red Route, linking New Zealand with Australia, Norfolk Island and Canada.

While the building is long gone, you can still marvel about the fact that the morse-coded message reached all the way across the globe to Vancouver in British Columbia.

For even earlier local history, explore the nearby Taumarumaru Reserve run by the Department of Conservation just to the east. The reserve includes three historic Māori pā sites, which were strategically positioned fortified settlements.

Just to the east is Coopers Beach, with a nice swimming beach and a bigger shopping center which hosts a Saturday farmers market.

Cable Bay is some 2 hours northwest of Whangarei and 1.5 hours southeast of Cape Rēinga by car. Other popular sights in the area include Mangonui, with its famous fish shop, and Taipa, which has a Whaling Museum.

A favorite with sun-loving national and international visitors year-round, Cable Bay has many places to stay, but it’s worth making reservations during the festive seasons when vacationing families from the big cities arrive here in droves.

Although small in size, Cable Bay is one of those great beach locations where you feel so removed from everyday life that you could linger forever.

Doubtless Bay Villas
Doubtless Bay Villas
4.5 out of 5
20 Dudley Cresent, Cable Bay
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Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Cable Bay Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Taipa Beach and Coopers Beach. Coopers ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (107 reviews)

"Really enjoyed our stay here, accomodation was beautiful & clean, sea view was perfect. Great customer service & friendly people who looked after us & gave us lots of helpful information for local activities/tours etc. we will definitely be back to stay again on our next holiday."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2021

Doubtless Bay Villas
Driftwood Lodge
Driftwood Lodge
3 out of 5
333 SH 10, Cable Bay, Cable Bay
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Nestled on the beach, this Cable Bay apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cable Bay Beach, Coopers Beach and Coopers Beach. Taipa Beach and Taumarumaru ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Northland adventures.

"The location is amazing with fantastic views. The one bedroom is small but we made it work. The staff are friendly and helpful. Easy access to lot's of things in the Northland."…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep. 2020

Driftwood Lodge
Golden Sand Beachfront Accommodation
Golden Sand Beachfront Accommodation
3.5 out of 5
327 State Highway 10, Cable Bay
Free cancellationReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$184 per night from 23 Apr. to 24 Apr.

Nestled on the beach, this Cable Bay hotel is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cable Bay Beach, Coopers Beach and Taipa Beach. Rangikapiti Pa Historic Reserve and Karikari ...

4.7/5Exceptional! (61 reviews)

"Perfect location almost on the water's edge. A large unit very well equipped except what we would consider a basic, a box of tissues, was not supplied. The inside was very clean. We would have liked to have been greeted by the management at some point during our stay, not just a sign telling us which ..."…"

Reviewed on 26 Feb. 2021

Golden Sand Beachfront Accommodation
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Doubtless Bay Villas
Doubtless Bay Villas
4.5 out of 5
20 Dudley Cresent, Cable Bay

Situated near the beach, this luxury apartment building is 0.4 mi (0.6 km) from Cable Bay Beach and within 3 miles (5 km) of Taipa Beach and Coopers Beach. Coopers ...

4.8/5Exceptional! (107 reviews)

"Really enjoyed our stay here, accomodation was beautiful & clean, sea view was perfect. Great customer service & friendly people who looked after us & gave us lots of helpful information for local activities/tours etc. we will definitely be back to stay again on our next holiday."…"

Reviewed on 17 Mar. 2021

Doubtless Bay Villas
Driftwood Lodge
Driftwood Lodge
3 out of 5
333 SH 10, Cable Bay, Cable Bay

Nestled on the beach, this Cable Bay apartment building is within 2 mi (3 km) of Cable Bay Beach, Coopers Beach and Coopers Beach. Taipa Beach and Taumarumaru ...

4.4/5Wonderful! (7 reviews)
Northland adventures.

"The location is amazing with fantastic views. The one bedroom is small but we made it work. The staff are friendly and helpful. Easy access to lot's of things in the Northland."…"

Reviewed on 26 Sep. 2020

Driftwood Lodge
Bayview Break by the sea
Bayview Break by the sea
26 Bay View Rd, Cable Bay, Northland
The price is NZ$140 per night from 2 May to 3 May

Situated near the beach, this apartment building is within 1 mile (2 km) of Coopers Beach, Taumarumaru Recreation Reserve and Cable Bay Beach. Coopers Beach ...

4.4/5Excellent! (5 reviews)
Easter 2021

"The property was tastefully furnished and comfortable. The bed was high quality and we slept very well the entire weekend. The view of Cable Bay was breathtaking. We had a comfortable stay and the hosts were generous and friendly. I think the property would benefit from some comfortable outdoor lounges ..."…"

Reviewed on 7 Apr. 2021

Bayview Break by the sea
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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6 Jun. 2019

This area is always a great place to return to

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2 May 2019

Little piece of paradise

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18 Dec. 2018

Great place to stay as easy driving distance to shops and restaurants and lots of lovely bays in the region. It is also a pretty bay itself and nice for evening walks or longer walks during the day.

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