Walk down from your accommodation to a soft, sandy white beach stretching into the distance. Laze the day away watching the young ones explore rock pools or splash in the breakers.

Cast a line out to catch a snapper, or ride a perfectly shaped wave. Too good to be true? It's all here in Doubtless Bay.

Freshly caught fish and chips served next to the wharf with the tide lapping below.

Choose an Indian, Thai or pizza Italiano a' la carte dining option from a waterfront restaurant. Drop into a heritage hotel for that refreshing drink.

Too good to be true? It's all here in Doubtless Bay.

Two 18-hole golf courses, bowls, croquet, tennis courts, All available to the public. Paddleboards for hire, fishing charters, arts and craft markets, plus historic walkways. Too good to be true? It's all here in Doubtless Bay.

Need to buy groceries, hardware, fuel, arts & crafts, souvenirs, stationery, fishing tackle, buy a lotto ticket, get your hair done, visit a museum, see a dentist, a doctor, a chemist? How about a beauty treatment, a manicure or a massage? Yes that's right........ It's all here in Doubtless Bay.

Doubtless Bay makes a perfect base for exploring the nearby Aupouri Peninsula - with 90 Mile Beach on the west coast and Cape Reinga and its famous lighthouse at the very far north. Find local operators for day excursions on our See and Do page.

Without a doubt there's something for everybody... Here in Doubtless Bay.


More information about this area:

History of Doubtless Bay

Photo gallery

Safe beaches for swimming and water sports.

Walks in Doubtless Bay and further afield

Videos - courtesy of See & Do New Zealand

How to get here

By air
Air New Zealand Link has four to five daily return services from Auckland Airport to Kerikeri (Bay of Islands) Airport (approx. 45 minutes drive) using 50-seat Bombardier aircraft. Barrier Air operates twice daily commuter services to Kaitaia Airport (approx. 25 minutes drive). Rental cars are available at both airports.

By bus
From Auckland to Doubtless Bay there is one service every day in each direction operated by Intercity / Northliner. There is usually a transfer of bus in Bay of Islands at Kerikeri or Paihia.

The main pickup and set down point is in front of Waterfront Cafe and Bar in Mangonui, with additional stops in Cable Bay, Coopers Beach and Taipa on request. Tickets for Intercity/Northliner can be booked through Doubtless Bay Information Centre.

Far North Link operates a weekday return service between Mangonui and Kaitaia, via Coopers Beach, Cable Bay, Taipa and Inland Road (bottom of Karikari Peninsula).

Self-drive car
Travelling direct by State Highway 1 and State Highway 10, the journey time from Auckland airport is about four and a half hours without stops. Travelling the Twin Coast Discovery Highway - a world-class touring route leaving from, and returning to, Auckland - requires at least two days in each direction to visit the many interesting and beautiful attractions along the way:

East coast
including the Matakana vineyards, Kawau Island, Mangawhai Heads, Waipu, Tutukaka Coast, Whananaki, Kawakawa and Bay of Islands.
West coast
including the Hokianga, Kauri Coast, Kaipara Harbour, Helensville and the Kumeu vineyards and wineries.