Bay of Island & beyond...
The Tutukaka Coast lies to the south of the Bay of Islands; by boat past Cape Brett and the lovely Whangamumu Harbour – a stunning sailing passage. The entire length of this coast brings you rocky shores and pristine white sand beaches, stunning coastal bush walks, and the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve.
By car, the best way to experience the Tutukaka Coast from the Bay of Islands is via the coast road – take the car ferry to Russell and then turn right before you get to the township, following the signs to Whangarei. This route takes you via Elliot Bay, a popular local surf beach, and on to Oakura and Helena Bay. You are tempted down the winding roads to Mimiwhangata and Whananaki. Eventually, after a brief return inland, you follow the Matapouri Road through Sandy Bay and on down to Tutukaka itself.
Take your time travelling here. There a plentiful opportunities for surfing and walking as well as idyllic camping spots at Mimiwhangata and Whananaki. Once you reach Tutukaka, make sure you get on a boat to experience the world-renowned marine reserve at the Poor Knights Islands.