Things to Do in Doubtless Bay

There are plenty of things to see and do around Doubtless Bay and the Far North of Northland, New Zealand. You can find out more at Doubtless Bay.

The next annual Mangonui Waterfront Festival will be held on Saturday 1 April 2017.

There are numerous excellent dining places in Mangonui village including Indian Spice, Little Kitchen Cafe on the Bay, Mangonui Fish Shop, The Thai Restaurant and Waterfront Cafe. There are also fine gift shops with Flax Bush, Wharf Store and Laurels Soaps and Gifts plus therapeutic massage and beauty treatments at Doubtless Beauty.

We have selected a few ideas for you to get a taste of the Far North. If you are coming to stay, we can help you organise trips and days out. Just let us know what you are wanting to do and we can assist with bookings and expert advice.

Dune Rider - Excursion to Cape Reinga and 90 Mile Beach

Dune Rider

Explore the northern landscapes on this full-day adventure to Cape Reinga. Drive one way along 90 Mile Beach and back from Cape Reinga along the inland road (SH1). Enjoy sandboarding at Te Paki stream on the giant sand dunes. A guided commentary is provided as well as lunch at the top of the North Island.

Dune Rider for Cape Reinga tours will pick you up from By the Bay.

Carrington Resort Golf Course and Karikari Estate Winery

Carrington Resort Karikari Estate Winery

The world-class golf course at Carrington Resort is sited so as to provide a variety of vistas to the golfer. The course is located between sweeping ocean views to the north and east, and hill side vineyards of Karikari Estate to the south. The Winery set high up overlooking the Rangaunu Harbour is a good place to sample excellent local wines and enjoy al-fresco lunch. A little way further up the peninsula is the iconic beach at Matai Bay.

Other local golf courses include the Kaitaia Golf Club, a fine links course at Ahipara on the west coast, and the uncrowded Whangaroa Golf Club on State Highway 10 heading east to Whangaroa Harbour.

Matthews Vintage Collection - Motor Museum

Matthews Vintage

Experience a unique opportunity to view a privately-owned collection of vintage cars and machinery used in farming dating back to the early 1900s. Accumulated and restored by an avid vintage enthusiast over the last 40 years, it has over 1100 sq.m of display area.

Butler Point Whaling Museum and Historic Homestead

Butler Point

Butler Point is a privately-owned 26 hectare property across the water from Mangonui. Originally created over three decades by Lindo and Laetitia Ferguson, their daughter now offers by-appointment tours of the restored historic Captain Butler's House and the Whaling Museum (which looks back to Mangonui's history as a whaling port). There is also a large macadamia orchard.

Far North Fishing Charters

Fishing Charters

Operating all summer in Doubtless Bay, you can spend a half or full day targeting snapper, kingfish, tarakihi or one of many other species of fish in this awesome location.

Another fishing charter operator is Top Enz Fishing Charters.

Gumdiggers Park

Gumdiggers Park

Discover the history of 'The Far North' and the gum digging revolution that shaped the landscape, the people and the local industries of our past as well as our modern day lives. Gumdiggers Park is situated 45 kilometres northwest of Coopers Beach, off State Highway 1.

Heritage Trail of Mangonui

Mangonui Courthouse

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. Pick up a map from Doubtless Bay Information Centre.