Activities and attractions
Things to do
We are located on the Aupouri Peninsula, the most northerly part of New Zealand's North Island. The nearest village is Houhora, approx. 12 km away, where you find a restaurant, shop and liquor store. The closest major town is Kaitaia, 45 km south, with a supermarket, petrol station, and more.
We are located directly on the Te Araroa Trail - a walking and tramping pathway 3000 km long. It stretches all the way from Cape Reinga in the north to the Bluff in the south of the South Island.
For your holiday activities, we can make arrangements to be picked up on the beach for your bus trip to Cape Reinga, Ninety Mile Beach and other Far North attractions such as fishing, collecting shell fish, golf or water sports. We provide drop-offs and pick-ups for hikers. Contact us for further information.
This is the ideal place with beautiful facilities to be on vacation with your own horse. We provide a well build horse corral and paddock. Many pony clubs stay with us throughout the year.
There are many excellent walks around Hukatere Lodge and also at Cape Reinga area. Walks can be long or short, easy or very difficult, and we can give you all the necessary information.
Some of the best known walks on the peninsula are (click red names for details):
- Local walks along the Te Araroa Trail along Ninety Mile Beach
- Local walks at Henderson Bay and Rarawa Beach.
- Cape Reinga Lighthouse from the car park (easy - 30 minutes return)
- Cape Reinga to Te Werahi Beach (moderate - two hours return)
- Twilight - Te Werahi Loop Track (advanced - 5 hours return)
- Te Paki Coastal Track (Kapowairua at Spirits Bay past Cape Reinga to Te Paki Stream - difficult - 6 individual sections - several days)
Aupouri Peninsula, Ninety Mile Beach and Cape Reinga
The beautiful Aupouri Peninsula is a sub-tropical paradise in the Far North of New Zealand - stretching north from Ahipara and Kaitaia.
Steeped in pioneering history and maori legend, home of the giant swamp kauri and treasured kauri gum. Experience our unspoiled beaches to swim, snorkel and gather shellfish, take time out to enjoy some of the best fishing waters in the world.
One of the most facinating beaches for swimming and surfing is the close by Rarawa Beach with its white silica sand.
Hukatere is one of four accesses to Ninety Mile Beach, which is actually only 88km long but nonetheless breathtaking.
Take a trip to Cape Reinga, drive along Ninety Mile Beach, and visit Ancient Kauri Kingdom.
Ahikaa Adventures offer sand surfing at Te Paki giant sand dunes and kayaking and fishing the Parengarenga harbour.
Henderson Bay Rentals have kayaks, surf boards and quad bikes for hire.
Kaitaia and Ahipara
At Awanui (40 km south):
Ancient Kauri Kingdom Cafe (day-time only - ph: 09 406 7172)
Big River Cafe (day-time only - ph: 09 406 7922)
Gabrielle Pfaender is a gem who set up Hukatere Lodge and Camping Ground in the wilderness along the Ninety Mile Beach. The Te Araroa Trail brings interesting people into her life. She loves the forever changing scenery of the west coast. If you like the outdoors, sea, coast, bush scrub, and animals from horses to cattle and chooks, this will be a place for you too. Meet interesting travellers. Refreshing and relaxing.
HUKATERE LODGE and CAMPING GROUND
809 Hukatere Road
Phone: +64 (0) 9 409 8705
Mobile: +64 (0) 21 884 145