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Karikari Peninsula

Discover your own white-sand paradise when you explore this magical peninsula, a scenic vacation destination that offers gorgeous coastlines and wineries. 

Swim or snorkel in the pristine waters, fish for snapper and other big game or be the first to leave footprints in a perfect stretch of white sand at the Karikari Peninsula. Visit the vineyards and sample the superb local wines or enjoy a round of golf in the peninsula’s stunning interior. 

The Karikari Peninsula is a finger-like stretch of land that reaches out into the Pacific Ocean, northwest of Doubtless Bay. It features two very distinct coastlines. The western coast is rugged and rocky, while the Pacific Ocean-facing coast is characterized by a series of sweeping white-sand beaches and coves. The peninsula’s warm climate and plentiful seas made it historically and culturally significant for the Maori people. Some areas are traditionally owned by Maori communities and out of bounds to visitors. 

Start your visit at the small fishing village of Rangiputa. Catch your own dinner by dropping a line off the harbor wall or spend an afternoon kayaking in the calm waters. Making your way north from here, you’ll come to the glorious Karikari beach. This beach has safe swimming waters and plenty of room to lay down your towel on the sand and feel as though you’re the only person for miles. 

At the end of the peninsula’s northern road, you’ll find Matai Bay. This spot is known for its excellent fishing. Chat to a local and join a boat trip for the day. If you’re looking for somewhere secluded to camp, you’ll find a designated site here. Visit the stunning cove of Whatuwhiwhi to see the forest meet the beach.

The largest of the beaches is Tokerau, a 16-kilometer (10-mile) stretch of white sand that also has great fishing and swimming spots, as well as gentle waves for surfers. Inland, don’t miss the excellent vineyard and golf course. 

The Karikari peninsula is located in New Zealand’s “Winterless North,” making it a fine place to visit any time of the year.


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Carrington Estate NZ$165
Carrington Estate

Carrington Estate

109 Matai Bay Road, Karkari Peninsula, Northland
     
    4.0 out of 5.0 Stars

    Offering direct access to the beach, this Karkari Peninsula hotel is 0.1 mi (0.1 km) from Karikari Peninsula and 3.1 mi (4.9 km) from Matai Bay Beach. Tokerau Beach and Pacific Islands are also within 3 mi (5 km).

    Whatuwhiwhi TOP 10 Holiday Park NZ$70
    Whatuwhiwhi TOP 10 Holiday Park

    Whatuwhiwhi TOP 10 Holiday Park

    17 Whatuwhiwhi Road, Karkari Peninsula
       
      2.0 out of 5.0 Stars

      Offering direct access to the beach, this Karkari Peninsula hotel is 2.8 mi (4.5 km) from Tokerau Beach and within 6 mi (10 km) of Maitai Bay and Puheke Beach. Taipa Beach and Cable Bay Beach are also within 20 mi (32 km).

      Karikari Lodge NZ$60
      Karikari Lodge

      Karikari Lodge

      1523 Inland Road RD 3, Karkari Peninsula
         
        2.5 out of 5.0 Stars

        Situated in Karkari Peninsula, this golf guesthouse is within a 15-minute walk of Karikari Peninsula and Tokerau Beach. Puheke Beach and Matai Bay Beach are also within 6 mi (10 km).

        Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach NZ$125
        Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach

        Ramada Resort Reia Taipa Beach

        22 Taipa Point Road, Taipa
           
          3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

          Located in Taipa, this beachfront hotel is next to a golf course, just steps from Pacific Islands and Taipa Beach. Cable Bay Beach and Taumarumaru Recreation Reserve are also within 3 mi (5 km).

          WHITESANDS NZ$100
          WHITESANDS

          WHITESANDS

          1 Rangiputa Road, Rangiputa, Karkari Peninsula
             
            3.0 out of 5.0 Stars

            Situated in Karkari Peninsula, this beach apartment building is steps from Karikari Peninsula and Pacific Islands. Rangiputa Beach is 0.3 mi (0.4 km) away.

            Acacia Lodge Motel NZ$90
            Acacia Lodge Motel

            Acacia Lodge Motel

            57 Mill Bay Road, Mangonui
               
              3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

              Situated near the beach, this motel is within a 5-minute walk of Pacific Islands and Hihi Beach. Butler Point Whaling Museum and Rangikapiti Pa Historic Reserve are also within 15 minutes.

              Doubtless Bay Villas
              Doubtless Bay Villas

              Doubtless Bay Villas

              20 Dudley Cresent, Cable Bay
                 
                4.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                Situated by the sea, this luxury villa is within a 10-minute walk of Pacific Islands and Cable Bay Beach. Taipa Beach and Taumarumaru Recreation Reserve are also within 2 mi (3 km).

                Golden Sand Beachfront Accommodation NZ$166
                Golden Sand Beachfront Accommodation

                Golden Sand Beachfront Accommodation

                327 State Highway 10, Cable Bay
                   
                  3.5 out of 5.0 Stars

                  Nestled on the beach, this Cable Bay apartment building is just steps from Pacific Islands and Cable Bay Beach. Taumarumaru Recreation Reserve and Taipa Beach are also within 1 mi (2 km).