Tutukaka

Travel Guide
Tutukaka showing a bay or harbour and a sandy beach

With diving and fishing charters, sandy beaches and excellent restaurants, you’ll see why this natural harbour is one of Northland’s most popular destinations.

The small community of Tutukaka and its surrounding coastline contains secluded swimming beaches and scenic forested areas. Come here to swim, snorkel, bushwalk, dive and fish. Enjoy a relaxed coffee in a café at the marina or venture inland for some of the best nature trails in the Northland Region.

Stop at Tutukaka Marina for its cafés, restaurants and small range of stores selling locally made handicrafts. Watch yachts bobbing on the water or reserve a spot on a fishing or diving charter boat with one of the many companies operating from the marina. Tutukaka Marina hosts a weekend market where you can purchase freshly caught seafood and local produce.

The Tutukaka Coast contains some of the finest beaches in New Zealand. Drive to Matapouri Bay from the marina in just 10 minutes to see pristine golden sand and turquoise waters. Other great Tutukaka Coast daytrips include the popular swimming beaches of Whale Bay, Woolley’s Bay and Whangaumu Bay.

Rent a surfboard from a surf shop in Tutukaka and drive to Sandy Bay, approximately 32 kilometres (20 miles) from the marina. The bay is one of the best surf beaches on the Tutukaka Coast. Learn how to surf from an instructor or watch experienced surfers ride clean waves in surfing competitions held year-round.

Many diving companies and fishing charter boats operate from Tutukaka Marina and cater to all experience levels. If you have prior experience, try wreck diving with a specialist diver. See decommissioned Royal New Zealand Navy vessels deep below the water’s surface on a wreck trip.

Tutukaka is located about 190 kilometres (120 miles) from Auckland on the North Island’s east coast. The city has many boutique hotels, self-contained apartments and affordable lodges. Alternatively, book accommodations in the nearby coastal village of Ngunguru.

Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka
Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka
3.5 out of 5
1 Marina Drive, Rd3, Tutukaka
Fully refundableReserve now, pay when you stay
The price is NZ$155 per night from 5 Dec. to 5 Dec.
Situated in Tutukaka, this eco-friendly hotel is within a 5-minute walk of Tutukaka Marina and Dive Tutukaka. Tutukaka Headland and Whangaumu Bay are also within ...
4.4/5 Excellent! (347 reviews)
"Absolutely wonderful accommodation. Very friendly and helpful staff in both the hotel and the restaurant. Definitely recommend!!"

Reviewed on 28 Nov. 2021

Quality Hotel Oceans Tutukaka
Pacific Rendezvous
Pacific Rendezvous
4 out of 5
73 Motel Road, Tutukaka
Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whangaumu Bay, Tutukaka Marina and Dive Tutukaka. Matapouri Bay and Tutukaka ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (175 reviews)
"Love our stay. Very tidy, clean and spacious. Thank you"

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2021

Pacific Rendezvous
Idyllic retreat- private beach
Idyllic retreat- private beach
55 Waipouri Lane, Tutukaka, Northland
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tutukaka Headland, Tutukaka Marina and Dive Tutukaka. Whangaumu Bay is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
5/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Quaint, quiet getaway
"Beautifully appointed property, lovely peaceful stay. Enjoyed exploring the beach and nearby Tutukaka. Thanks for having us 😊"

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2021

Idyllic retreat- private beach
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.
Pacific Rendezvous
Pacific Rendezvous
4 out of 5
73 Motel Road, Tutukaka
Situated near the beach, this eco-friendly aparthotel is within 3 miles (5 km) of Whangaumu Bay, Tutukaka Marina and Dive Tutukaka. Matapouri Bay and Tutukaka ...
4.7/5 Exceptional! (175 reviews)
"Love our stay. Very tidy, clean and spacious. Thank you"

Reviewed on 22 Apr. 2021

Pacific Rendezvous
Idyllic retreat- private beach
Idyllic retreat- private beach
55 Waipouri Lane, Tutukaka, Northland
Situated near the beach, this cottage is within 1 mile (2 km) of Tutukaka Headland, Tutukaka Marina and Dive Tutukaka. Whangaumu Bay is 3 mi (4.9 km) away.
5/5 Exceptional! (11 reviews)
Quaint, quiet getaway
"Beautifully appointed property, lovely peaceful stay. Enjoyed exploring the beach and nearby Tutukaka. Thanks for having us 😊"

Reviewed on 25 Mar. 2021

Idyllic retreat- private beach
Stunning Home overlooking the Poor Knights!
Stunning Home overlooking the Poor Knights!
2 Rauhomaumau Rd, Tutukaka, Northland
This family-friendly Tutukaka holiday home is located by the ocean, within 3 mi (5 km) of Whangaumu Bay, Tutukaka Headland and Tutukaka Marina. Dive Tutukaka ...
5/5 Exceptional! (1 review)
Lovely place for a relaxing stay
"House was a beauty, great location just a short drive to Tutukaka. Owner was a pleasure to deal with :-)"

Reviewed on 1 Nov. 2019

Stunning Home overlooking the Poor Knights!
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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