See and do

About this area

Maori legend tells us that Kupe, the great Polynesian navigator, made his first landing near Taipa in A.D. 950. In 1769, Captain James Cook sailed past the entrance and recorded in his journal - Doubtless a Bay. From 1831, European whalers, timber workers and immigrants arrived here.

Fishing, sailing, diving and beach activities are the main attractions throughout Doubtless Bay with Matai Bay, Puheke, Rangiputa and Tokerau Beaches on the Karikari Peninsula being a water sports paradise with excellent safe sea bathing.

This is an ideal base while you explore the best of Northland - Karikari Peninsula, Doubtless Bay, Ninety Mile Beach, Hokianga Harbour, Ahipara and Cape Reinga (the northern tip of New Zealand) with shopping, cafes and restaurants including the famous Mangonui Fish Shop, museums, vineyards and golf courses nearby.