Activities around Tutukaka coast

Sands Motel is the perfect base for exploring the Tutukaka Coast and surrounding areas with a wide variety of activities available.

  • Coastal walks - try walking to Ngunguru from The Sands Motel at low tide or drive to Whale Bay and Matapouri

  • Fishing - surfcasting straight in front of the motel

  • Swimming at the many beautiful beaches - especially the one on your doorstep - Whangaumu Bay!

  • Poor Knights Islands and Wreck scuba diving

  • Boat trips to the Poor Knights Islands

  • Surfing at Sandy Bay and the Ngunguru Bar - surf lessons available at Tutukaka

  • Plenty of local cafes, restaurants and takeaways to explore, just a 5-minute drive over the hill

  • Drive the scenic loop road from SH 1 including the Whangarei Falls and Hikurangi & Ngunguru Golf Course and sports centre

  • Game fishing, surfcasting and fishing off the rocks along the coast

  • Kayaking directly outside the motel at Whangaumu Bay

  • 1.5-hour drive to the Bay of Islands - ideal for a day trip