Swimming, Surfing, or Kayaking
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 from the hotel, 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!
Less than 20 minutes’ drive from The Old Oak lies the picturesque Taupo Bay, a well-regarded surf break on the northeast coast. Or, head over to the west coast to Shipwreck Bay in Ahipara, only a 45-minute drive west. 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 Mangonui harbour in front of the hotel.