Cape Reinga is the northernmost point in New Zealand, most famously home to it’s picturesque lighthouse and incredible coastal scenery as the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean.
Feeling adventurous? Sand surf Te Paki‘s giant sand dunes or take an alternative route down ‘Ninety Mile Beach‘, spectacular west coast highway. (Suitable for 4WD vehicles only)
Alternatively, book a day tour and leave the driving to someone else. Arrangements can be made for pickup from The Old Oak Hotel – please talk to your hosts.
Mangonui Heritage Trail Walk
The Mangonui Heritage Trail takes you around Mangonui’s many historic buildings and sights, whilst a trip to the top of Rangikapiti Pa takes around 45 minutes from the hotel. This historic landmark boasts spectacular views over Doubtless Bay and back over Mangonui Harbour. Just 5 minutes drive down the road, off the Highway, lies Taumararumaru Reserve, the site of three Maori Pa and more great views of the Bay. Further afield Whangaroa Harbour and Karikari Peninsula offer further opportunities to wander through more of the Far North’s amazing scenery. The hotel is well stocked with maps and local knowledge to help you tailor a suitable walks.
The Heritage Trail is three kilometers in length and accessible by foot or vehicle and all sites are indicated by the Heritage Trail Markers. The average time it takes to walk the Trail is one and a half hours. Walkers are advised to take the St. Andrew’s walkway to access sites and enjoy the spectacular views from above Mangonui.
Swimming, Surfing & SUP’ing
Surfing from Mangonui
On the East Coast, less than 20 minutes drive from The Old Oak lies the picturesque Taupo Bay, a well-regarded beach break. Surf in the crystal clear waters of the Pacific. If there is no swell, head over to Shipwreck Bay in Ahipara, only a 45-minute drive to the West coast. This world-famous point break supplies some of the best left-handed leg burners found on the planet. If you are feeling fit and adventurous, surf at Taupo Bay (Pacific Ocean) in the morning, followed by Shippies (Tasman Sea) in the afternoon!
Kayak or SUP
Other local water activities include kayaking and the very popular stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), perfect for a glassy day on the harbour in front of the hotel.
Kite Surfing in the Far North
If all this isn’t enough, and your thirst for adventure still hasn’t been slaked, Karikari Peninsula is home to Airzone Kitesurf School. These guys take advantage of Karikari’s odd natural orientation, so that North, South and East facing beaches offer amazing opportunities for kite surfing in most conditions. We are happy to arrange through the hotel for you.
Far North Swimming Beaches
Not up for the breakers? Then it’s hard to beat a dip at one of the areas safe swimming beaches. Coopers Beach and Cable Bay provide sheltered bays just down the road, where the Pacific laps gently at the shore – popular with locals and visitors alike. The nearby Karikari Peninsula has some lovely isolated beaches where it is impossible to resist the pull of the deep blue ocean. Ask at reception for beach towels.
Beauty Treatments at Doubtless Beauty
A complete range of beauty treatments are available at this award winning salon now located in Cooper’s Beach, just a short drive away.
Doubtless Bay Beauty
House of Rehua
Traditional Maori Healing house specialising in traditional Maori healing and native plant medicine.
House of Rehua
Flax Bush offers you a range of gifts, jewelry, home wares, weaving, and objects with an international flavour.
Moana Blue offers casual wear, swimwear, and accessories with a great range of on-trend labels and styles.
Or, head around the corner to Mangonui’s main street where you will find more delights – all within an easy stroll of the hotel.