Best Boating Locations Around North Island New Zealand

Luke's Kitchen at Kuaotunu Beach

Luke's Kitchen at Kuaotunu Beach

Best Boating Locations Around North Island New Zealand

New Zealand’s North Island is a boater’s paradise with its crystal clear waters, stunning landscapes, and diverse marine life. From the sheltered harbors of Whangaparoa to the rugged beauty of Whangaroa Harbor, there’s a boating destination for everyone. Here are five of the best boating locations around North Island New Zealand:

Whangaroa Harbor

Nestled in the stunning natural beauty of the Far North, Whangaroa Harbor is a secluded boating haven. Surrounded by steep hills and lush greenery, it’s the perfect spot for a peaceful day on the water. The harbor is home to several marinas and offers plenty of opportunities for fishing, kayaking, and swimming. For a unique experience, take a trip to the stunning Cavalli Islands, located just offshore. If you’re looking for a place to stop for a drink and a meal, Whangaroa’s Sport Fishing Club has a Café & Bistro that is open to non-members and offers the most stunning views of the harbor.


Located just north of Auckland, Whangaparoa is a popular boating destination with something for everyone. The sheltered harbor offers excellent protection from the elements, making it a great choice for families with young children. Take a trip to Tiritiri Matangi Island to explore the wildlife sanctuary, or visit Shakespear Regional Park for a hike and picnic. When it’s time to refuel, head to the beachside Orewa Beach Club, a coastal themed, family friendly, casual dining experience located metres from the waters edge.


The Coromandel Peninsula is a stunningly beautiful region with plenty of boating opportunities. The rugged coastline is dotted with secluded bays and beaches, perfect for a day of exploring. For a unique experience, visit the iconic Hot Water Beach, where you can dig your own hot pool in the sand. Once you’ve watched your hot tub wash away at high tide, head over to Luke’s Kitchen in Kuaotunu for their iconic wood-fired pizzas and stunning ocean views.

Bay of Plenty

The Bay of Plenty is a favorite among boaters, with its clear waters and stunning marine life. The region is home to several islands, including White Island, which is an active volcano. Take a tour to explore the volcano and its stunning surroundings, or head to the Tauranga Bridge Marina for a day of fishing. When you’re ready to refuel, visit The Little Big Markets in Mount Maunganui for local food and drinks.


Wellington is the capital city of New Zealand and a great destination for boaters. The city is surrounded by stunning natural beauty, including the rugged coastline of Wellington Harbor. Take a ferry to Somes Island, which was once a quarantine station, or head to Matiu/Somes Island for a day of hiking and exploring. For a great meal, visit the iconic Logan Brown restaurant for fine dining and stunning harbor views.

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