There are few places in the world that can match the coastal run from Auckland to Northland. Whangaroa harbour, 20 nautical miles east of Mangonui offers very sheltered anchorage and a unique atmosphere. Shelter can be found in Mangonui Harbour and in the broad sweep of Doubtless Bay in most conditions. In Mangonui you will find fuel, provisions, delightful cafes, restaurants and bars.
Some of the most easily accessed dive and snorkeling sites exist in Doubtless Bay off the Karikari Peninsula. Home to numerous black-coral colonies, Doubtless Bay offers everything from walk-in beach dives to some of the most spectacular pinnacle dives in the world. At the Cavalli Islands, just out from Whangaroa, you will find the wreck of the Rainbow Warrior, sunk in 1987, which hosts an ever-growing display of marine life.
Diving with the fish in Doubtless Bay (courtesy of Doubtless Adventures)
Zane Grey famously described New Zealand as "an angler's El Dorado" and nowhere more so than Northland's coast. Marlin and other billfish swarm here in their thousands. In season, yellow-fin tuna and sharks are taken and yellow-tail kingfish all year. Many charter boats are available from Mangonui with skilled and experienced skippers and the fishing is exceptional for all skill levels.
An encounter with dolphins in Doubtless Bay (courtesy of Doubtless Adventures)
All activities marked with the symbol can be booked through the Doubtless Bay Information Centre - please use our 'Make a booking' form. Visit Water Sports Paradise for more information about activities on the Karikari Peninsula.