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.

Doubtless Bay

  • 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.
  • Butler PointButler 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.
  • Mangonui Heritage Trail
    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.
  • Matthews Vintage Collection
    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.
  • Fishing
    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

  • Ninelty 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.
  • Karikari Peninsula
    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 character.

    Carrington Resort and Karikari 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.
  • Hokianga Harbour
    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.
  • Potteries
    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.
  • Whangaroa Harbour
    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.