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About Doubtless Bay
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. Mangonui's Upper Harbour
Taipa estuary
Mangonui from the air 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 Galley Restaurant 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 and Taipa, there is dining at Coopers Cafe and shops of all kinds, take-away food, plus a medical centre and pharmacy. Rangikapiti Pa from Mill Bay
There are many attractions in Doubtless Bay or within a short drive of Coopers Beach. Here are just a few (you can find out more at Doubtless Bay Online)
Attractions and Activities in Doubtless Bay
Matai Bay Karikari Peninsula
This is the playground for those who just love beaches and is perfect for young families or fishermen. Starting just ten kilometres west of Coopers Beach, each beach or bay has its own distinct personality and special character. These vary from sheltered bays with fine white sand, such as Matai Bay, to rugged rocky coastline with pounding surf. Relax and soak up the sun in this subtropical paradise.
Carrington Club and Karikari Estate 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.

Carrington Club & Karikari Estate Winery

Ph: 09 408 7222
Fax: 09 408 7414



Butler Point
New Zealand

Ph/Fax: 09 406 0006

Butler 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. Butler House dates back to the 1840s and is furnished in early Colonial and Victorian styles. The Whaling Museum displays a full range of authentic harpoons and a fully equipped whaleboat as used from the whaleships.
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. Accumulated and restored by an avid vintage enthusiast over the last 40 years, covering over 1100 square metres of display area. There is a wide range of tractors, stationary engines, vintage cars and pioneer farm and domestic equipment.

Matthews Vintage Collection

Ph: 09 406 0939


Play Golf

Carrington Club

Whangaroa Golf Club
located 15 kilometres east of Coopers Beach on State Highway 10.
Ph: 09 405 1808

Carrington Club
Karikari Peninsula
Ph: 09 408 7222
Fax: 09 408 7414

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.

Mangonui Courthouse

Pick up a map from

Doubtless Bay Information Centre

Doubtless Bay Information Centre
Beach Road
Ph/Fax: 09 406 2046
Email: mangonui.info@actrix.co.nz


A to Z Diving

Ph/Fax: 09 408 3336

Go Diving

A to Z Diving
Diving and snorkelling in Doubtless Bay is superb and under-rated. The local skippers know the top spots and can take you to them. Collect mussels, scallops and, of course, crayfish.

A to Z Diving based at Whatuwhiwhi on the Karikari Peninsular is the place to go for all your diving needs - scuba training, gear hire, trips, etc.

Teddy Bear Sailing Charters
Yachts in Mill Bay
Hinemoana II
Go Sailing

Enjoy sailing the beautiful Northland coast and harbours from Mill Bay at Mangonui on the 42-foot yacht Mr Roosevelt or the 44-foot Hinemoana II. Laze around in idyllic bays or learn sailing skills, swim, snorkel and explore.

Zig Zag Charters
Ph : 09 406 1609

Mill Bay Haven Sailing Charters
Ph : 09 406 1113


Go Swimming or surfing

Coopers Beach is a great expanse of unspoiled fine sand backed by rows of beautiful Pohutukawa trees and Cable Bay has a beautiful pink-coral beach with rock pools and small lagoon.

Rangiputa and Matai Bay on the Karikari peninsula have sheltered fine white sand beaches.

Tokerau beach and Taipa beach are favourites with the surfies when the conditions are right.

Matai Bay

Surfing Taipa Beach
Attractions and Activities further afield

Paradise Connexion
Tours depart daily from Doubtless Bay with pick up from Tea Tree Hill. Trips are either by 4WD Landcruiser or small bus with knowledgeable local drivers.

The tour includes a drive along Ninety Mile Beach and the Te Paki quicksand stream, a visit to the Cape Reinga lighthouse and the often turbulent confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, silica-sand beach and a picnic lunch and swimming stop at delightful Tapotupotu Bay. If you are feeling energetic, you can toboggan the enormous sand dunes and collect Tuatua for your dinner.

Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga

Paradise Connexion

Landcruiser at Te Paki Stream

Ph/Fax: 09 408 7202


Ancient Kauri Kingdom

Ph/Fax: 09 406 7172

Ancient Kauri Kingdom
Located about 30 kilometres west of Coopers Beach on State Highway 1 at Awanui, the Ancient Kauri Kingdom displays hand-crafted furniture, art, crafts and gifts from the oldest workable timber in the world. See the amazing centrepiece in the shop - a staircase carved within a 140 ton log. Independent radiocarbon dating confirms that this tree had lain in a swamp for 45,000 - 50,000 years.
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. View the maze of giant gum holes that reveal extraordinary kauri trees from prehistoric times and explore the mystery that caused the destruction of these ancient forests. Situated about 45 kilometres northwest of Coopers Beach, off State Highway 1, Gumdiggers Park is a four minute detour off the main route to Cape Reinga.

Gumdiggers Park

Ph: 09 406 7166

Potteries Potteries
There are two interesting potteries that can be visited; located about 15kms. inland from Taipa at Fern Flat.

Paradise Design Garden Sculpture
ph: 09 408 5588

Fern Flat Pottery
Tel: 09 408 5548

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