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23 Kupe Road
Coopers Beach
Mangonui 0420
New Zealand

+64 (0)9 406 0344
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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
Mill Bay and Doubtless Bay
Sails from the air
Coopers Beach from Sails
Mill Bay jetty
Mill Bay and Doubtless Bay
Coopers Beach from Sails
Mill Bay jetty
Mill Bay and Doubtless Bay
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 The Waterfront Cafe, 1904 Cafe, Indian Spice and The Thai Restaurant. 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 are shops of all kinds including a cafe and take-away food, plus a supermarket, medical centre and pharmacy. Reia Taipa Beach Resort offers fine dining. Rangikapiti Pa from Mill Bay
For more information about this area, please visit Doubtless Bay Online

There are many attractions in, or within a short drive of, Coopers Beach. Here are just a few

Matai Bay Karikari Peninsula:
This is the playground for those who just love beaches and is perfect for young families or fishermen. Starting just 15 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.
Peppers Carrington Resort 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

Tel: +64 (0)9 408 7222
Fax: +64 (0)9 408 7414


Whale boat

Butler Point
New Zealand

Tel/Fax: +64 (0)9 406 0006

Butler Point Whaling Museum and 1840s Butler House
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

Tel: +64 (0)9 406 0939


Harrisons Cape Runner
Tel: +64 (0}9 408 1033

Dune Rider Tours
Tel: +64 (0)9 408 2411

Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga:
Take a trip to Cape Reinga via a drive up Ninety Mile Beach in comfortable, late model, air-conditioned coaches or 4x4 Toyota Landcruisers. Frequent stops are made throughout the full day Safari Tour of the Aupouri Peninsula - an area of many contrasts from desert brown sands of Ninety Mile Beach, cliff faces drenched in wild surf to the pure white sands of Great Exhibition Bay and rolling farm land of the interior.


Ancient Kauri Kingdom

Tel/Fax: +64 (0)9 406 7172

Ancient Kauri Kingdom
Located 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.

There is a mudbrick house and two interesting potteries that can be visited; located 10 - 15kms. inland from Coopers Beach at Fern Flat/Peria.

Fern Flat Pottery
Tel : +64 (0)9 408 5548

Paradise Design Garden Sculpture
Tel: +64 (0)9 408 5588

Shepherd Road Pottery

Okahu Estate Vineyard & Winery
One of New Zealand's most northerly vineyards and wineries. The winery is situated 45 kilometres west of Coopers Beach on the road from Kaitaia to Ahipara which is at the southern end of Ninety Mile Beach. The first vines were established in 1984 by vineyard owner Monty Knight. Since then the label has earned a reputation for consistent quality, wining numerous awards including a number of gold medals.

Okahu Estate

Tel: +64 (0)9 408 2066
Fax: +64 (0)9 408 2686

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 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

Tel: +64 (0)9 406 7166

The Kuri
Hole in the wall

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. Or stop off for lunch or dinner at the Gum Store pub at Totora North.

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

Tel: +64 (0)9 405 1808

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
Beach Road
Tel/Fax: +64 (0)9 406 2046


WildCat Fishing Charters

ph: +64 (0)9 409 4729

WildCat Fishing Charters
Based in Ahipara, 50 kilometres west of Coopers Beach, they offer Big Game Fishing full-day charters for novices or hard-core fishermen. WildCat 1 is an eight metre aluminium catamaran powered by a 200 HP outboard and cruises at 18-20 knots. The fishing grounds off Ahipara are relatively untapped and offer some of the most exciting nonstop action in the country. All fishing gear is supplied or you can take your own rod and reel. For the keen-eyed, there are dolphin and killer whales to be seen and occasionally sperm whales.


Fishing Charters

Far North Fishing Charters
Ph: 09 408 7660

Enjoy fishing Doubtless Bay from the Karikari Peninsula in fully equipped, safe boats. Catch some of the many species found in this beautiful bay.


Tuatua Tours
Quad Biking is a popular adventure activity in the west coast sand dunes and gumfields at Ahipara, 50km west of Coopers Beach.

Tua Tua Tours
ph: 09 409 4875
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