Ruakākā and Marsden Cove
Ruakākā 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. Ruakākā Beach is part of Bream Bay, a sweeping 13 kilometre expanse of white sand and waves popular for a range of water activities including surfing and kite surfing.
Ruakākā 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 a 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 third Sunday of every month.
One Tree Point
This village on the west side of Whangārei Harbour is enjoyed for its sheltered swimming beaches, easy access to local fishing spots and dramatic view of Mount Manaia across the channel.
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. Naturists 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 Ruakākā Wildlife Refuge.
"And we're off!"
Ruakākā Racing ‘Where the Turf meets the Surf” is a unique all weather racecourse barely a furlong inland from the beach. Race days are held throughout the year and in summer, the Club hosts 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.