The Tutukaka Coast is another of those regions of New Zealand that is right up there for beauty and isolation. Still quite pristine. Spectacular seascapes, sandy beaches, rock pools and surf, estuaries and the gem of Tutukaka Harbour. Offshore lies the Poor Knights Islands Marine reserve, one of the world's premiere dive spots.
There's always plenty to do in and around Tutukaka. Diving is what the area is best known for, but also try surfing, kayaking, fishing or horse riding to name just a few!
A quote from a Tutukaka web site best sums up the worthwhile visit: - ‘only half an hour north-east of Whangarei, Tutukaka is the gateway to the Poor Knights Islands marine reserve. The Islands, 25km off shore, have been rated by the famous Jacques Cousteau as one of the top-ten dive sites in the world - the water is known for its clarity and an abundance of sea life. Sea currents and visibility up to 30 metres
underwater allow the diver, (and kayaker or snorkeler) to see a highly-populated, rich and diverse tapestry of marine life.’The marina a bars are renown for the fun and revelry, particularly during the summer high season.
Just north of Tutukaka is Whananaki, a small township that straddles a large harbour of the same name and has what is purportedly the longest foot bridge in the southern hemisphere. The bridge is a part of an extended walking track that traverses quite a number of kilometers of the coast line.