Things to do
- 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.
For a trip up Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga, we are agents for Dune
Rider adventure tours. Pick up is at the end of our road (100 metres)
and you can leave your car here safely with us.
- Historic Mangonui village is situated
on the edge of Mangonui harbour. Once a bustling whaling and trading port,
many of the historic buildings today house restaurants, cafes, post office
and gift shops. Fine dining is available at the The Acorn Bistro, Thai
Chef's and Waterfront Cafe. The famous Mangonui Fish Shop offers some
of the best fish and chips in the country.
Around the corner from Mangonui harbour is Mill Bay, an artist's dream
with its backdrop of the dominating Rangikapiti Pa, its yachts and boats
of all kinds. At Coopers Beach there is a shopping centre with shops of
all kinds, including take-away food, plus a medical centre and pharmacy.
For more information about this area, visit the Doubtless Bay website.
Point Whaling Museum
Butler Point is a privately owned 26 hectare property at Hihi - just across
the harbour from Mangonui. Over the last three decades the proprietors
have developed the property into a macadamia orchard and one of the Far
North's most fascinating heritage tourism destinations.
Beginning and ending at the Mangonui courthouse, the Mangonui Heritage
Trail provides a glimpse of the great wealth of Maori and European history
associated with this area. The Trail is three kilometres in length and
accessible by foot or vehicle. The average time taken to walk the trail
is one and a half hours. Walkers are advised to take the St. Andrew's
walkway up to the church and enjoy the spectacular views from above Mangonui's
waterfront. And you can always break off for an eponymous meal at the
world-famous Mangonui Fish & Chip Shop.
Located a few kilometres west of Taipa, off State Highway 10, experience
a unique opportunity to view a privately-owned collection of vintage cars
and machinery used in farming dating back to the early 1900’s.
Enjoy fishing Doubtless Bay from Mill Bay and Mangonui in fully equipped,
safe boats. Catch some of the many species found in this beautiful bay
- Doubtless Bay Charters.
There are many attractions and activities in, or within a short drive
of, Coopers Beach. Here are just a few
Mile Beach and Cape Reinga
Take a trip to Cape Reinga via a drive up Ninety Mile Beach by Dune
Rider's specially equipped buses.
Pick up is at the end of our road (100 metres). Leave your car here safely
with us. We can make the booking for you.
Frequent stops are made throughout the full day Safari Tour of the Aupouri
Peninsula - an area of many contrasts fromthe desert brown sands of Ninety
Mile Beach, cliff faces drenched in wild surf, giant sand dunes at Te
Paki Stream, the pure white sands of Great Exhibition Bay and rolling
farm land of the interior. See where the two oceans meet at Cape Reinga.
This is the playground for those who just love beaches and is perfect
for young families or fishermen. Starting just 18 kilometres west of Coopers
Beach, each beach or bay has its own distinct personality and special
Estate Vineyard & Winery - This world class golf resort is located
on the Karikari peninsula and rests between a private four kilometre white
sand beach and the 65 acre mountainside vineyards of the winery. The club's
facilities include an 18 hole golf course, dining & lounge facilities,
library, tennis courts, swimming pool, billiard room, & pro shop.
Located about 100 kilometres south west of Coopers Beach, this historic
harbour is the jewel of New Zealand's northwest coast and the place from
where most of Northland's Maori trace their ancestry.
- Kauri Unearthed
is located 30 kilometres west of Coopers Beach on State Highway 1
at Awanui, Kauri Unearthed (formerly Ancient Kauri Kingdom) displays hand-crafted furniture,
art, crafts and gifts from the oldest workable timber in the world.
There are two interesting potteries that can be visited; located about
15kms. inland from Taipa at Fern Flat - Fern
Flat Pottery and Paradise
Design Garden Sculpture.
The spectacularly beautiful Whangaroa harbour is just 25 kilometres east
of Coopers Beach off State Highway 10. Explore the harbour, go big game
fishing, sailing or kayaking.