Attractions, Activities, and Things To Do in Doubtless Bay


Our sit-on-top kayaks are a great way to be at one with the water while journeying to one of the adjacent secluded bays.

If the surf’s up, take on the challenge of some white water.

Safety is a prime consideration with all watersports – life jackets and other safety equipment are available from the office.

If your last kayak experience was more stomach-turning than scenic, it’s definitely time to experience the stability and security of a sit-on kayak adventure!


Doubtless Bay is renowned for its great fishing. Surf-cast for snapper off the beach or rocks in front of the lodge is often rewarding, fishing equipment available from the office.

Our kayaks will get you out into deeper water to hunt for that special spot, and we also have a fishing dinghy free for guest use.

Ample parking is available for your boat, or book a charter from the many experienced local charter boat operators to enjoy the opportunity of big game fishing, marlin, tuna, or shark. Shellfish are plentiful with Tuatuas and Mussels close by.

When you’re done, bring your haul back to the Lodge’s al fresco dining area, cook up your feast and make new friends over a drink or two while the sun sets on another beautiful day.


Whangaroa Golf Course; 15 minutes’ drive south of Cable Bay – hilly and very tranquil.

Kaitai Golf course 40 minutes’ drive north, runs alongside 90 Mile beach. Quiet and spectacular – Green fees $20 to $30.


Diving in Doubtful Bay is superb and highly underrated.

The local skippers know all the top spots. Book a trek and head out to dive for scallops and crayfish.
Northland diving is renowned.

The Poor Knights – out from Tutukaka near Whangarei is world class. The Bay of Islands with Cape Brett, Piercy Island (Hole in the Rock) and The Dog are wonders to behold.

Further north is the Rainbow Warrior at Matauri Bay, and Karikari Peninsular is fantastic for really adventurous divers.

Mangonui is the home port for several charter boats which can take you to the Three Kings Islands north of Cape Reinga.



Tours depart daily from Doubtless Bay – see us for bookings. *

Our most northerly departure assures you of a relaxed day with more time to spend at the many points of interest.

The tour includes a drive along Ninety Mile Beach and the Te Paki quicksand stream, a visit to the Cape Reinga lighthouse and the often-turbulent confluence of the Pacific Ocean and the Tasman Sea, with knowledgeable commentary from your local driver. Collect Tuatuas for dinner and swim at Tapotupotu Bay, your delightful picnic spot near the top of New Zealand. Feeling energetic? Grab a toboggan and try the enormous sand dunes at Te Paki Stream.

*A lot of visitors do the trip from The Bay of Islands, which adds three hours and becomes a very long day. Stay at Driftwood Lodge and make it an event, not an ordeal!


Enter the magnificent Butler Point property – opposite the Mangonui wharf – via the inner Hihi Harbour Road.

The property includes the carefully restored Butler House – lived in since 1847 – a notable Maori Pa, and a whaling museum detailing Mangonui’s early colonial history. It also offers a large grove of some of the oldest pohutukawa trees in Northland.

Butler Point is a tranquil place, ideal for a picnic or walking. Visits to the private property are by appointment and incur a small fee.

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Just an hour’s drive from Cable Bay lies the beautiful Bay of Islands.

The Bay is best appreciated from the water – let us arrange a booking to enable you to truly experience the beauty of this delightful area, which includes secluded bays, island jewels and sheltered waters.


A fifty minute drive south of Cable Bay, Puketi forest contains some magnificent kauri and native trees. Turn right about three kilometres south of Kaeo. Picnic area and toilets available.


The KariKari Peninsula is a scenic delight, showcasing azure water and delightful beaches.

Tokerau Beach is fabled for its Tuatua shellfish beds and surfcasting potential.

The peninsula also includes Rangiputa and Puheke Beach, the beautiful Matai Bay – which is within the Department of Conservation (DOC) reserve – and Whatuwhiwhi which is where de Surville anchored in 1764.