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 Pukenui, 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, golf or water sports. We arrange also drop-offs and pick-ups for hikers. Contact us for further information.

Horse trekking

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):

Here are just a few more of the things to do and see within a short distance of Hukatere Lodge. For more information, check out the Ahipara and Top of NZ websites.

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

You can visit the Okahu Estate Vineyard and Winery, Houhora Big Game & Sport Fishing Club and go sport fishing, quad bike riding over the sand dunes, and golfing on a fine links course.

Eating out

At Pukenui (12 km): Pukenui Pacific Bar and Cafe (ph: 09 409 8816)
Houhora Big Game & Sports Fishing Club (only Friday and Saturday evenings - ph: 09 409 7755)

At Awanui (40 km south):
Big River Cafe (day-time only - ph: 09 408 7398)

At Kaitaia (45 km south)
Beachcomber Restaurant (ph: 09 408 2010)
Bushmans Hut Steakhouse (evenings only - ph: 09 408 4320)
Numerous day-time cafes

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Booking Terms and Conditions


Booking Terms and Conditions


After we have advised you that accommodation at Hukatere Lodge is available, during peak periods a deposit of the cost of one night's stay (or full payment) may be required. The deposit may be paid by cheque or by transfer to our bank account (e.g. mobile/internet banking). We regret that we are unable to accept credit card payment.



As a small property, cancellations do heavily impact on us and if we are not able to replace cancelled bookings at short notice, any deposit will be forfeited. Any refund of deposit will be in New Zealand dollars.

Your Host

Gabrielle Pfaender

Gabi Pfaender, your host, is an artist with an avid interest in sculpture, painting, photography and printmaking. Her work is influenced by the costal scenery where she lives and works. Gabi is very passionate about creating and nurtering this place where people feel relaxed in a comfortable setting with all mode and coms. Hukatere Lodge and Camping Ground in the wilderness along the Ninety Mile Beach. Where you never stop to gaze at the forever changing scenery of the west coast. If you like the outdoors, sea, coast, and wild horses this is the place for you too.




809 Hukatere Road
New Zealand


Phone: +64 (0) 9 409 8705
Mobile: +64 (0) 21 884 145