Cable Bay

Travel Guide
Cable Bay which includes a sandy beach and general coastal views as well as an individual male

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.

Golden Sand Beachfront Accommodation
Golden Sand Beachfront Accommodation
3.5 out of 5
327 State Highway 10, Cable Bay, 0420
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$190 per night from 1 Jun. to 2 Jun.
Stay at this 3.5-star beach hotel in Cable Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Our guests praise the WiFi in their reviews. Popular attractions ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (66 reviews)
"Lovely beachfront accom with everything you need to relax, great that they let you bring your dog too!"

Reviewed on 16 Nov. 2021

Golden Sand Beachfront Accommodation
Doubtless Bay Villas
Doubtless Bay Villas
4.5 out of 5
20 Dudley Cresent, Cable Bay, 0442
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Cable Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (120 reviews)
"LOVED this villa. We were in Villa 11 and it had the most beautiful views. The villa itself is very modern and one of the best places we have stayed in. John the host was very knowledgable about the area and gave us great options on where to go and eat. An added bonus. We would definitely recommend ..."

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2022

Doubtless Bay Villas
Driftwood Lodge
Driftwood Lodge
3 out of 5
333 SH 10, Cable Bay, Cable Bay, 0420
Stay at this 3-star beach apartment in Cable Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Popular attractions Cable Bay Beach and Taumarumaru Recreation ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (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
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, 0442
Stay at this 4.5-star luxury apartment in Cable Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and daily housekeeping. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (120 reviews)
"LOVED this villa. We were in Villa 11 and it had the most beautiful views. The villa itself is very modern and one of the best places we have stayed in. John the host was very knowledgable about the area and gave us great options on where to go and eat. An added bonus. We would definitely recommend ..."

Reviewed on 7 Feb. 2022

Doubtless Bay Villas
Driftwood Lodge
Driftwood Lodge
3 out of 5
333 SH 10, Cable Bay, Cable Bay, 0420
Stay at this 3-star beach apartment in Cable Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a beach locale. Popular attractions Cable Bay Beach and Taumarumaru Recreation ...
4.4/5 Wonderful! (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
Huge 180 degree views of Doubtless Bay
Huge 180 degree views of Doubtless Bay
Cable Bay, Northland
Stay at this holiday home in Cable Bay. Enjoy free WiFi, on-site parking and a garden. Our guests praise the quiet rooms and the family amenities in their reviews. ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (23 reviews)
Cable Bay retreat
"Outstanding for a large group, spacious, great beds and facilities, stunning views, handy to a number of beaches, good for all weather."

Reviewed on 23 Apr. 2022

Huge 180 degree views of Doubtless Bay
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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