Things to do in Ahipara and the Far North of New Zealand

Ahipara Activities

Bellovista offers beachfront accommodation in Ahipara, a small beachside community situated at the beginning of Ninety Mile Beach, just 14km west of Kaitaia. The perfect New Zealand holiday destination.

Shipwreck Bay, one of New Zealand’s best surfing breaks, lies at its westernmost tip.

The beach is not actually 90 miles long, but it may as well be – hire a quad bike or a blo-kart from Ahipara Adventure and see how far you can go. Try the thrill of big game fishing with local company Karizma Charters.

Horse Riding

Ahipara Horse Treks offer 2 to 5hr treks along Ninety Mile Beach, over farmland and along dune trails. German-speaking guides are available and the trekking is suitable for all levels of riding capability.

Golf

Kaitaia Golf Course is located in Ahipara. There is nothing like playing golf on a beautiful course right next to a world-famous beach. The course runs parallel to Ninety Mile Beach and is a true 18-hole all-seasons links course with undulating fairways and excellent greens.

Okahu Estate Winery

Savour the wines of New Zealand's northernmost vineyard and winery. The elevated site of the vineyard slopes west northwest, with impressive rural views, out to the sand hills of Ninety Mile Beach and Shipwreck Bay. The proximity to the beach provides a maritime climate with the predominant winds coming from the west.

Ninety Mile Beach to Cape Reinga

Ninety Mile Beach starts at Ahipara, a small beachside community 13km west of Kaitaia. From your Ninety Mile Beach accommodation at Bellovista luxury apartments you can watch over the ever-changing scenery of sea, sand and sky. The beach is often deserted and you can literally walk for miles along the flat sand. Alternatively hire a quad bike or try horse riding along the beach.

Visit Cape Reinga

Cape Reinga is a must when you visit the Far North – located at the tip of New Zealand where two oceans meet, it's a place of deep spiritual significance to Maori where it is said that the spirits of the dead depart Aotearoa. The easiest way to do this trip is to join local companies Sand Safaris and Harrison’s Cape Reinga Tours on a one-day bus tour to Cape Reinga. You will have an experience to remember.

Cape Reinga Bus tours depart daily from Ahipara at 8.30am and cost from $50 per adult.

You can also drive yourself to Cape Reinga from Ahipara. The journey takes approximately 1.5hrs each way (excluding stop-offs). Drop into Ancient Kauri Kingdom for a coffee and shopping, while Gumdiggers Park offers for some history along the way.

Doubtless Bay

Less than an hour’s drive from Ahipara will take you to the beautiful east coast beaches of Doubtless Bay; walk on the golden sands of these often empty beaches. Visit the Carrington Estate Winery and restaurant or play a game of golf at Carrington Golf Course on the Karikari Peninsula. Visit the historic fishing village of Mangonui, enjoy the harbourside walk and shops, climb up to the Rangikapiti Pa to see the outstanding views or hire a kayak to explore the harbour. But whatever you do, don’t miss a meal at the world-famous Mangonui fish shop.

The Hokianga Harbour

The Hokianga is a 1.5hr drive south of Ahipara. You can enjoy a day trip around the area by using the Hokianga Vehicle Ferry between Kohukohu and Rawene (departs hourly). Visit the old harbourside fishing villages of Kohukohu and Rawene where you can eat in quaint cafés looking over the harbour, enjoy local galleries and wander around the historic buildings. Pay tribute to the statue of Opo the dolphin in Opononi while taking in the majestic views of the sand dunes across the harbour. Then visit the giant kauri trees in Waipoua Forest and in particular Tane Mahuta - the largest kauri tree in NZ.

Alternatively you can explore the less-travelled roads of the northern Hokianga where sand dunes meet the forests. Ahipara is the ideal location for exploring this stunning area.