Sunday, August 14, 2011
As with many places in New Zealand, the best part of Coopers Beach is... the beach! Shaded by pohutakawa trees and protected by the worst of the Pacific ocean by its position tucked up inside the large Doubtless Bay, it is a pretty beach and safe for the family. The town has the necessities- a 4-Square, Liquor mart, butchery, hardware store, medical centre and a few other shops, plus a bowling club with other small towns not far away.
Also in Doubtless Bay (Captain Cook sailed past and wrote in his journal "doubtless a bay") and not to be missed are:
Mangonui- This village on Mangonui Harbour has, by reputation, New Zealand's best fish and chip shop. If you are a New Zealander, you will know that this is NOT a feat to be sneered at. Try them! Also a great spot to fish off the wharf, and watch rugby at the pub.
Cable Bay- a very picturesque town a few kilometres from Coopers Beach, Cable Bay can be recognised by the dairy with the big icecream cone on top, plus the Croquet Club.
Tokerau Beach- this beach stretches for 18 kilometres and is perfect for those long walks on the beach. Diggin for shellfish is a popular and rewarding passtime at Tokerau!
Karikari Peninsula- Always worth a visit is Karikari Estate, a winery. Tastings are available, and sitting outside tasting wine and sampling the cafe's delicacies is an incredible way to spend an afternoon- the views from the Estate are stunning.
Whatuwhiwhi Top Ten Holiday Park is located on the Karikari Peninsula, and is a top quality Holiday Park with tent and campervan sites and cabins. A note: Free Camping (outside of designated campsites) is a hot topic in New Zealand at the moment, but in a self-contained camper it is still legal in many areas, as long as you leave no rubbish or waste behind and are respectful of locals and the environment.
The Doubtless Bay area, in fact all of Northland, is a campervanner's dream. To find the best deals on campervan hire, click here.
Author: Phil Wright+
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