A couple of Sundays ago, Leone and I went exploring around the Tutukaka coast. Just 40 minutes drive from Whangarei, the long, white-sanded, rarely-if-ever crowded beach at Matapouri is a favourite destination for many in the region. As well as the beach there's a bridge over a river for kids to jump off into calm, deep water at high tide. There's a shop for icecreams and fish and chips and, a new addition since I last visited, a coffee place.
We'd decided not to let the dull, overcast skies put us off and were rewarded by the skies clearing after we'd stopped at the Tutukaka marina for lunch.
Matapouri Beach looking left
The beach looking right
Little Ngunguru School right on the water with it's natural swimming pool over the road