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“A Singular and Beautifully Romantic Place”
Captain Richard A Cruise, d. 1820 (British naval supply ship).

Not too far north from the Bay of Islands lies Whangaroa Harbour, it is the resting place of the sailing ship Boyd, which was involved in an incident in 1809, referred to as the Boyd Massacre. The Greenpeace flagship Rainbow Warrior rests nearby at the Cavalli Islands. Now home to reef fishes, it is known world-wide as a spectacular diving spot.

Matauri Bay with its golden sandy beach is also popular for activities such as horse trails, beachfront camping, safe swimming, and jet skiing.

Another seaside delight on this loop is Tauranga Bay with its beautiful sandy beach, famous for superb diving and fishing. Beachfront camping and boat charters are available. Te Ngaere and Mahinepua both offer quiet secluded beaches with safe swimming for all ages.

Whangaroa Harbour provides another opportunity to polish up your deep-sea angling skills. Fishing is a religion around these parts. Whangaroa township is known as 'Marlin Capital' of New Zealand. The Whangaroa Big Game Fishing Club, situated over the water's edge in the township, has an outstanding display of fishing memorabilia.

Other features of Whangaroa are harbour cruises, sailing, snorkelling, sea-kayaking, golfing and climbing the Duke's Nose, which from the top has a majestic view. Formed as water eroded the volcanic debris of twenty million years ago and bush filled its valleys and hillsides, it is a place like no other. Whangaroa is a unique gem.

There's some first class accommodation in the area - a golf resort, a secluded fishing lodge, hosted accommodation. Beachfront camp sites, motels, bed & breakfast, and even houseboats for hire.