Contrasting Coastlines

Sheltered east and wild west

Spectacular yet diverse coastlines with two oceans that collide.

Discover the windswept harbours, giant sand dunes and impressive 153 shipwreck sites of the wild, west coast, to the pristine sandy beaches and ultimate aquatic playground of the east coast.

East Coast

Sheltered coves and harbours

Journey the sheltered coves and harbours of the east coast; gather kaimoana, dive, swim, sail, snorkel or surf.

→ Enjoy the water-based activities in the Bay of Islands.
→ Safe swimming at Ngunguru on the shores of an estuary.
→ Stunning white sand beaches of Matapouri and Whale Bay.
→ Mangawhai is a classic Kiwi seaside destination.
→ Doubtless Bay is a beach paradise popular with families.
→ Safe swimming & campground at stunning, secluded Maitai Bay.
→ Houhora Heads has a mostly sheltered harbour; great camping.

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West Coast

Wild windswept harbours and shipwrecks

Experience the wild west coast; shipwrecks, the solitude of empty beaches, salt spray on your face.

→ The west has an impressive 153 shipwreck sites.
→ It is home to the world’s oldest and largest kauri trees.
→ The nation’s largest harbour and longest drivable beach.
→ Prehistoric rock formations & crystal clear freshwater lakes.
→ Impressive, giant sand dunes at North Head Hokianga.

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