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Visit the Far North for that back to nature experience for all the family!

No time for computer games at Cable Bay! There are so many outdoor activities and things to do it is hard to fit them in to a brief visit. Here are a few ideas: 

Beach walks and bush walks

Walk around the rocks at low tide from Cable Bay to Taipa and earn a well deserved ice cream! Or check out the pas at either end of Coopers Beach ( see previous posts for suggestions)  Or follow the Cable Bay Stream to its source - see if the HUGE eel is still there! 

Collect a myriad of shells at Cable Bay 

Stroll down the beach and check out the shells that have washed up. 

Find the Octopus

There is a shy resident octopus in the rock pools right outside the apartments. Many have seen him or her and you may be lucky too!

Swim and Surf

Yes the water is bracing but so energising and a great way to feel alive. Or catch a surfing school at Taupo Bay to try out your skills. 

Dam the Cable Bay Stream

Loads of fun and teamwork can be had trying to dam the stream at Cable Bay or Coopers. Practise for budding engineers!

On the water activities.

We have recently purchased the Driftwood Lodge next door and so you now have 2 dinghies and 2 kayaks to get out amongst it on. 

Sand Sculptures

Get those creative juices going and make a fort or sea serpent - or even a toothbrush! 


Fish off the Mangonui or Mill Bay wharf, where there is loads of activity to observe and fun to be had. Grab the bucket and line and head out to see if sprats or even a kahawai are around.Best time is the incoming tide. You can hire rods from the Sports shop in Coopers Beach. 

Best kept secret Beach visits

You haven't experienced the real Far North if you haven't been to Puheke and Karikari Peninsula. 

The Coca Cola Lake

Not to be missed fresh water dip in the peaty lake at Tokerau near Ramp Road, where the brown waters tints your skin and you can imagine swimming in Coca Cola!

This is just a sampling of things to do outside in the bay. What can you add to the list? 




Posted by Rosemary Archibald on May 22, 2021