Welcome to Bachcare’s New Region, Doubtless Bay in Northland
Doubtless Bay is without a doubt a simply stunning Northland gem. Fishing, sailing and snorkelling are all on the cards, as well as some excellent nearby spots for diving and surfing such as Cable Bay. Drive into the small fishing village of Mangonui – the hub of Doubtless Bay. Stroll about the charming town and admire the heritage architecture, with many 150-year-old buildings now home to arts and crafts shops and quaint cafes. There are many scenic walks to embark on such as the track to Mill Bay and to the site of an ancient Maori fort known as Rangikapiti. If you’re planning a trip here you simply can’t go past indulging in the famous fish and chips from Mangonui Fish Shop and the over-sized ice creams!
1. Where to Eat
2. Must Visit Beaches
3. New Bachcare Holidays Homes
1. FOOD, FOOD & MORE FOOD!
World famous (or at least world famous in New Zealand!), Mangonui Fish Shop have been sharing their locally caught fresh fish and unbeatable chips on the same site for over 70 years! The shop which was once a homestead has been transformed by talented and hardworking families and owners over time, to become the go-to destination for scrumptious seafood. Enjoy an array of tasty treats from this iconic spot, while the ocean waves roll under your feet. They also happen to serve icy cold beer, perfect after a day of exploring in the Northland sun!
Passionate about good tasting homestyle food, stop in to enjoy a hearty bite to eat just like Nanny Dolly used to make! Think burgers, sandwiches, pizzas, chicken – open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Grab some coffee, a creamy milkshake, or a decadent sundae if you’re on the run. Dine in or get your order to go and enjoy on the beach al fresco style.
This ever-popular waterfront cafe serves up some seriously good fare, and arguably the areas best coffee! With a gorgeous outdoor courtyard facing the ocean and a sun-drenched interior, this charming cafe is a must visit if you’re after top-notch counter food, an excellent main course, or unrivalled coffee. You’ll find the likes of freshly baked bread, decadent desserts, burgers, pies, curries, sticky pork belly, toasted sandwiches, and laksa on the menu – yum!
For a truly wonderful dining experience head to The Thai. Enjoying a picturesque view overlooking Mangonui Harbour, treat yourself to their mouther-watering cuisine whilst you gaze out upon the idyllic vista. This little gem of an establishment has a great atmosphere and you can dine in or grab a takeout to enjoy at one of the many nearby beaches.
2. LIFE’S A BEACH
A beautiful pink-coral and golden sand beach with a small lagoon and rock pools. Park up at this stunning spot for some serious time in the sun and safe swimming for the kids.
Tokerau Beach is a sandy 17km stretch of beach in Doubtless Bay. Try your luck digging for Tuatua – a New Zealand shellfish which makes for a delicious supper! Take to the notoriously warm water for a dip, snorkel or dive, or head out exploring via kayak.
At the eastern end of Doubtless Bay, there lies an absolutely idyllic white sandy beach with crystal clear azure waters. Taupo Bay is a little off the beaten track but absolutely worth it. Spend the day here feeling worlds away and enjoying truly ‘pinch-me’ views. If you’re into surfing or keen to learn – you’re in luck! Taupo Bay enjoys excellent surf making it a popular spot to get amongst the waves.
Here you’ll find a wide stretch of unspoiled beach, with soft fine sand and backed by rows of beautiful Pohutukawa trees. Relax whilst the kids play in the shallows, or grab a paddle board and test out your balance!
As you can probably tell, there’s no shortage of pristine beaches and bays in the Doubtless Bay area – you really are spoilt for choice! Taipa Bay is a picturesque white sandy beach, with safe swimming and at times also boasts excellent surf.
3. NEW HOLIDAY HOMES
4+4 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $210
This iconic kiwi holiday home has some amazing views to set the scene for your holiday and is just a short stroll across the grassy bank till you’re on the golden sands of one of Northlands most beautiful beaches – Coopers Beach.
4 People | 2 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $160
Enjoy a laidback stay at Tui’s Retreat, perfectly set up for easy summer living with the large deck, outdoor dining and sun lounger – just pack the books and beers! The BBQ is on hand for long hot nights dining al fresco. Tui’s Retreat is an excellent base as you travel up towards Cape Reinga and Kaitaia or head to picture-perfect Bay of Islands on a day trip.
2+8 People | 4 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | From $180
Positioned perfectly for the sun and the views, this large holiday home has all the comforts but also the relaxed holiday feel you want when on vacation. With four bedrooms, two bathrooms and spacious open plan living area there is plenty of room for larger groups and is a perfect house for two families wanting to holiday together.
6+3 People | 3+1 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | From $250
Nestled in lush greenery, Chucks Cove Retreat is a charming laid-back base with all the amenities needed for a simple stay. Sleeping nine, and with a second fridge and freezer in the downstairs bedroom, there’s plenty of room for the whole family to enjoy Cable Bay.
6+1 People | 3 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | From $165
Spread across two levels, this holiday home is a comfortable and spacious home equipped with all the holiday essentials including a BBQ, dishwasher, plenty of room to park the boat and a fireplace for those winter stays. The first floor is connected by the external stairs and deck, no internal access but the bottom floor has its own toilet and shower.
10 People | 5 Bedrooms | 1+1 Bathrooms | From $295
Wake up and head down the garden path and stairs to your very own slice of paradise – pristine Coopers Beach. This soft sandy beach is the perfect place to soak up the sun while the little ones explore rock pools or splash in the waves.
5+2 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $220
The sunny deck is the ideal spot to enjoy a sundowner, with views of the ocean! Peaceful in Paradise is perfectly set up for families, with loads of space outside for the kids to play safely, and your furry friend is invited along for the fun too.
6 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $210
Spend your day relaxing on the deck and enjoy the beautiful sea views while your dinner is cooking on the Barbeque. With ample parking, there is plenty of room to bring the boat and trailer if you’re planning to hit the water and catch something fresh for dinner. An attached front deck will make your outdoor entertaining, living and dining just that little bit more unique looking out over the stunning views of the bay.
4 People | 1+1 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $125
Mangonui is known for is history as a fishing village, so it only makes sense to have some of the best fish’n’chips in New Zealand from the Mangonui Fish Shop, right in the middle of town sitting out over the water. So after a day exploring some of the Doubtless Bay beaches, wander down and pick some up for dinner!
8 People | 3+1 Bedrooms | 2 Bathrooms | From $280
Taipa Treasure is just that – a jewel in peaceful Taipa. A perfect holiday home to come and relax. The whole family can enjoy as there is plenty of space to spread out and take in your lovely surroundings of this beach house, and the touches that have come from the heart of the owner.
7 People | 3 Bedrooms | 1 Bathroom | From $160
Picture amazing uninterrupted, panoramic sea views of the beautiful Doubtless Bay from Knuckle Point to Berghans Point. Your own piece of paradise to indulge in while on holiday in the Far North of New Zealand – Welcome to Dolphin View! Sit back on the large spacious deck with a beverage in hand, relax and truly enjoy the view from this very peaceful and private holiday home. A great place to get away from it all and revive yourself.
Indulge in all that Doubtless Bay has to offer. You’ll be sure to make many memories to treasure for years to come and leave with a warm heart.