Otamure Bay, Whananaki North

Otamure scenic landscape

Take your time and enjoy the long and winding road through farmland to the tiny coastal community along the Whananaki estuary. Stop for supplies at the store and then travel another 4kms to stunning Otamure, a classic Northland East Coast sandy beach framed by rocky outcrops, mature Pōhutukawas, and stream. Dig your toes into the sand, take a dip in the cool water or throw a fishing line off the rocks at either end. Even better, take your camping gear and stay at the Department of Conservation campsite.

At the northern end of the campground, just past the one-way bridge on Rockell Road, is the Watkin Powell Track which takes you up and over the hill (about ten minutes) to the even more secluded Tauwhara Bay. Chances are you'll have the entire beach to yourself!

Allow 50 mins drive time from Whangārei city.