Ruakaka & Marsden Cove

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Ruakaka Beach

© Claire Walls

Ruakaka beach is a beautiful sweep of white sand and the Marsden Cove Marina offers world class facilities for boaties

Local's Tips

Spectacular photo opps - the Whangarei Heads skyline dominates the view to the north-east. Capture a dramatic and stunning photo from this area, particularly at sunrise.

Ruakaka Village & Beach

Ruakaka is beachside residential area with a mix of holiday and permanent homes. The area has a small shopping centre and the wider area supports a number of cafes and restaurants. Ruakaka Beach is a 13 kilometre expanse of white sand and waves popular for a range of water activities including surfing and kite surfing.

Surf Lifesaving

Ruakaka Surf Life Saving patrols in summer and hosts beach education days and surf life saving competitions throughout the year.

Marsden Cove Marina & Village

Marsden Cove is world class 230 berth marina with all tide and weather access to and from the ocean via a deep water harbour, along with a marine service precinct, public boat ramps and fuel berths. The Marina village has a cafe, local stores and the Marsden Cove Market is held on the 3rd Sunday of every month.

One Tree Point

This village on the south side of Whangarei Harbour is enjoyed for its safe, sheltered swimming beaches, easy access to local fishing spots and awe-inspiring views of Mount Manaia across the channel.

Uretiti Beach

Just a few hundred metres off State Highway One, this popular beach has a Department of Conservation campground nestled in the sand dunes back from the beach. Naturalists use the beach area to the south of the camp.

Just for Birdwatchers...

Lesser knots, Australasian gannets, white-fronted tern, a variety of shorebirds and very special migratory birds like the NZ dotterel and Eastern Bar-tailed godwits make their home at the Ruakaka Wildlife Refuge.

"And we're off!"

Ruakaka Racing ‘Where the Turf meets the Surf” is a unique all weather racecourse barely a furlong inland from the beach Race days are held more than a dozen times a year and in summer, the Club hosts some fun family events. Watch the horses train on the beach in the early-morning.

Catch a brown trout

The Wilson Dam, just off State Highway One, offers great fly fishing or spinning for anglers. Boats aren’t allowed but the dam offers excellent shore-based winter fishing and is stocked annually.

Marsden Point Oil Refinery

New Zealand’s only oil refinery began operating at Marsden Point in 1964. The Visitor Centre features a working scale model of the refinery, complete with a sound and light show.

Ruakaka & Bream Bay from the air
Ruakaka & Bream Bay from the air