Doubtless Bay

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Try some watersports in this idyllic bay in New Zealand’s remote Northland, a perfect stop over on your way to the famous lighthouse on Cape Rēinga.

Doubtless Bay is one big watersports playground. Go fishing, kayaking, sailing, diving, stand-up paddleboarding or swimming and then relax on the beach or in a seafood café.

Stretching north from Coopers Beach to Whatuwhiwhi, Doubtless Bay is horseshoe shaped and named so because Captain James Cook dryly observed in 1769 that it was “doubtless a bay.”

Start your explorations at Coopers Beach and Cable Bay, two popular vacation spots with excellent swimming beaches.

In nearby Taipa, visit the Taute Gallery & Tours for live carving, weaving and tamoko (tattooing) demonstrations and workshops by local Māori artists. Also try a mirimiri (healing massage), rongoa (natural therapy) and buy pottery or artistic prints for a souvenir.

Drive out onto the Karikari Peninsula to see the northern tip of Doubtless Bay. Stroll along Perehipe Beach and explore Matai Bay. Whatuwhiwhi is a vacation resort at the northern end of Tokerau Beach. These beaches are all excellent fishing spots due to the presence of paddle crabs and tua tua, which are nibbled on by snapper.

Of course, you can also just order your fish, with some chips. Find one of the country’s most praised seafood cafés in Mill Bay in Mangonui, a picture-perfect town at Doubtless Bay’s southern tip. Munch on deep-fried squid rings, green-lipped mussels or oysters while stingrays cruise by in the waters below. Don’t miss the wonderful art in the historic, kauri-wooden Mangonui Courthouse. Talented locals stock the gallery’s art shop with truly original creations. Stay the night in town for a chance to see penguins waddle ashore at dusk.

Mangonui once housed one of the largest whaling fleets in the South Pacific. At nearby Butler Point, explore the Whaling Museum housed in a 1840s homestead. Admire the kauri whaleboat and explore the garden with its macadamia nut tree orchard and pōhutukawa (Christmas) trees. Butler Point also has a former Māori hilltop fort, called a pā.

Doubtless Bay is about halfway along the coastal road from the Bay of Islands to the lighthouse on Cape Rēinga, making it the perfect place for a refreshing stop on your way north.

From fishing to discovering Māori culture, you doubtlessly will want to return after experiencing the lifestyle in idyllic Doubtless Bay.

Acacia Lodge Motel
Acacia Lodge Motel
3.5 out of 5
57 Mill Bay Road, Mangonui
The price is NZ$140 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 15-minute walk of Butler Point Whaling Museum and Rangikapiti Pa Historic Reserve. Coopers Beach and Coopers ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (282 reviews)
"Very convenient. Would recommend air-conditioning"

Reviewed on 27 Dec. 2021

Acacia Lodge Motel
Taipa Beach Resort
Taipa Beach Resort
3.5 out of 5
22 Taipa Point Road, Taipa
The price is NZ$213 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.
Nestled on the beach, this Taipa hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Taipa Beach, Cable Bay Beach and Coopers Beach. Coopers Beach and Taumarumaru Recreation Reserve ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (194 reviews)
"We booked the x2 Bedroom Apartment for New Years Eve and it was lovely and spacious exactly what we needed for a group of friends. We had the beach out front, the pool out back and the spa in the center. Exactly what we needed for a laid back relaxing break with friends. Staff were wonderful and ..."

Reviewed on 27 Jan. 2022

Taipa Beach Resort
The Old Oak Boutique Hotel
The Old Oak Boutique Hotel
4 out of 5
66 Waterfront Drive, Mangonui
The price is NZ$195 per night from 1 Mar. to 2 Mar.
Situated on the waterfront, this hotel is within 3 mi (5 km) of Coopers Beach, Rangikapiti Pa Historic Reserve and Taumarumaru Recreation Reserve. Cable Bay ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (99 reviews)
"Very unique place. Loved our stay."

Reviewed on 24 Jul. 2021

The Old Oak Boutique Hotel
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By the Bay Beachfront Apartments
By the Bay Beachfront Apartments
4 out of 5
16 Braemar Avenue, Coopers Beach
The price is NZ$210 per night from 1 Feb. to 2 Feb.
Nestled on the beach, this Coopers Beach apartment building is just steps away from Coopers Beach and Coopers Beach. Rangikapiti Pa Historic Reserve and Taumarumaru ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (38 reviews)
Magical spot
"Quick check in with friendly staff who made me feel welcome straight away. Very lucky to get an upgrade. Excellent location right on the beach. Awesome view of the bay. Magical spot. Would definitely come back for a longer stay."

Reviewed on 21 Mar. 2021

By the Bay Beachfront Apartments
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 ...
4.8/5 Exceptional! (116 reviews)
Great views, good location
"Great views and excellent apartments. Only problem was we ran out of hot water on one evening."

Reviewed on 10 Aug. 2021

Doubtless Bay Villas
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AVALABLE NOW AT LEVEL 2!!! need an affordable holladay.......
101 Cable Bay Block Rd, Cable Bay, Northland
Situated in Cable Bay, this golf holiday home is within a 15-minute walk of Taumarumaru Recreation Reserve and Coopers Beach. Coopers Beach and Cable Bay Beach ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (14 reviews)
Relaxed in a beautiful location
"Had everything we needed. Downstairs lockup a blessing. The exterior could have been groomed from spider webs and gardening done and cleaning products could have been replenished for our use."

Reviewed on 18 Jan. 2022

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