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Let us know your thoughts on our proposal for the Ngunguru Foreshore Waterfront, Huarahi o Ngunguru (pathway of
Ngunguru.  We'll be at the Ngunguru and Matapouri Fairs and then the plans will be up on the wall inside Salt Air 
Cafe.  Please give us your feedback.  The plans in PDF format can also be viewed here.






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Focus magazine cover Dec 2017



Photos from the Tutukaka Festival Raft Race held on Ngunguru River 13 August 2017:
Ngunguru river raft race 4

Ngunguru raft race 2

Ngunguru raft race 2017 dragon


The Ngunguru Marae would like to inform the community that on 22 November 2015, Paratene Te Manu Wellington declared a rahui on the Ngunguru River.

To ensure the rejuvenation of shellfish, there is to be no collection of pipi, cockles, tuatua or mussels in the Ngunguru River until further notice.

Please inform all those visitors to the coast that this rahui is in place and explain that due to the gradual decline of shellfish, and contaminants in the river water, there is a total ban on collecting shellfish anywhere in the Ngunguru River. It has become evident that shellfish have been dying over the past two years, leading us to have concerns about possible detrimental health effects that could result from consumption of the shellfish.

It is intended this rahui will be for at least two years, and will be revisited after the summer of 2017/2018.

Northland Regional Council have formed a catchment group to attempt to determine the causes of the contaminants, after which it is hoped the causes will be addressed, and our river will be once again safe.

Thankyou for you co-operation.

Ngunguru Marae

Paulette Wellington
Secretary, Ngunguru Marae Committee

09 4343 694
0223 709 495



The Tutukaka Coast is the jewel in the crown of Whangarei. With a spectacular coastline, all types of beaches - from surfing to gentle estuaries, the magnificent Poor Knights Marine Reserve off-shore, and wonderful people, it's the best place to visit and live in New Zealand.

To get to the Tutukaka Coast from Whangarei, drive east through Tikipunga or Kamo, through old stone-walled farmland at Glenbervie, until you reach the first bay, Ngunguru.

Ngunguru is the village centre of the Tutukaka Coast.  Historically an early sawmill and mining town, Ngunguru sits on the edges of the Ngunguru estuary, and is a great place to sail, water ski, swim, and kayak.  There are several boat ramps, plus a ski lane, as well as a general store, liquor store, takeaways, vehicle repair garage, souvenir and gift store, doctor's surgery, motels, nine-hole golf course, bowling greens, tennis courts, cafes, hairdressers, and more.

Dolphin Bay, Kowharewa Bay, Whangaumu (Wellingtons) Bay, Pacific Bay, Donkey Bay
Just a few kilometres north east of Ngunguru are a chain of bays, literally one after the other.  Popular for swimming, kayaking, outrigger canoeing, and fishing.

Tutukaka is where you find the Tutukaka Marina, home for boaties and fishermen.  Buy your fresh fish here on a Sunday, or visit one of a handful of restaurants/ pizzeria.  Grab a coffee or a drink at Oceans Hotel or the Game Fishing Club.  There is also a dive shop, dairy, exercise classes, gift store, art and craft store in the Oceans complex.  From Tutukaka, head out to sea to sightsee, fish, or snorkel or dive the Poor Knights.

The Poor Knights Islands are part of a unique marine reserve where landing on the islands and fishing the waters around the islands are strictly prohibited.  Warm subtropical currents bring an amazing array of sea life for you to view.  The islands themselves are looked after by the Dept of Conservation, and are home to endangered birds, insects and reptiles.  The eroded remains of a group of volcanoes, the Poor Knights were once home to the Ngatiwai people, but after the islands were invaded in the 1800s, the islands were abandoned and declared tapu (sacred).

Matapouri Bay is a spectacular white sand beach and estuarine area, a favourite for families.  A walkway from Matapouri Bay takes you over to Whale Bay, affording you spectacular views from the track.

Whale Bay is arguably the coast's most iconic bay, and certainly one of the most photographed.  Accessible only by an easy walking track, you walk thru groves of ancient puriri and kowhai trees to reach the beautiful bay.

Woolleys Bay is another popular coastal beach, great for body surfing.

Sandy Bay is one of the top east coast surf beaches in New Zealand.  This is effectively the last Tutukaka Coast beach before you head inland, driving through lush green farmland until you reach Hikurangi.


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