Tapeka Beach – Russell, Bay of Islands
Located in the historic Bay of Islands settlement town of Russell, Tapeka Beach is one of the best-kept secrets of this Northland marine playground. Tapeka Beach is a safe; all-tide swimming spot devoid of pebbles that are characteristic of some of Russell’s other bays. Soft white sand stretches along this beach and shade can be found beneath the towering Norfolk Pine trees lining Tapeka reserve. Tapeka Beach also offers a ski lane and diving pontoon, and is the perfect place to try kayaking or paddle boarding. If you’re really lucky you might catch sight of Orca whales or a pod of dolphins known to frequent the area. The Tapeka Point Walk starts from the beach and takes around 15 minutes to reach the top of the point, on the walk you will pass a historic Maori Pa site and be rewarded with expansive views of Paihia, Waitangi and the surrounding islands. The beach is also home to a boat ramp, so if you’ve hired a boat or charter, you can get out and explore more of the unique and secluded bays in this divine area of Northland.
Top Tip: This west-facing beach offers views of one of New Zealand’s most glorious sunsets.