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Doubtless Bay Area Guide

Kids yachting at Taipa -
Doubtless Bay - ©
Doubtless Bay is a long sweep of a bay encompassing over 70km of coastline and tiny settlements, free of excessive tourism and over-exploitation.

It's bordered to the west by the Karikari Peninsula, with its vineyards, beaches, coves, bays and even a golf course.

To the east lies Mangonui fishing village, home to New Zealand's best fish and chips (they say), stores and restaurants.

Between these two ends of the bay you'll find Cable Bay, with its pink coral sand beaches and rock pools, Coopers Beach, with its golden sands lined with Pohutakawa trees, and Taipa, a combination of beach and river estuary.

Apart from its beautiful and unspoiled landscapes, the Doubtless Bay coastline impresses with its variety, combining rocky areas and cliffs with picture postcard beaches.

Needless to say, the area offers plenty of opportunity for water-related activities, notably swimming, diving, sailing, fishing and surfing.

Accommodation is plentiful, though with less choice than in more developed areas further south, such as the Bay of Islands. There are several campsites and holiday camps (particularly on the Karikari Peninsula), motels, holiday homes, B&B and two resorts for those who value those little luxuries.